Genesis 12 Part 2–Faith and Humanity

Abram is best known for his faith.  In Romans 4:3, God says that Abram had great faith and that faith was counted to him as righteousness.  But even the faithful and the righteous are still frail human beings.  Abram and Sarai went to Egypt because there was a famine in Canaan.  When they arrived, Abram had Sarai tell a little white lie…Say you are my sister! She did and was scooped up by Pharaoh to be Pharaoh’s wife.


God did protect Abram and Sarai. He started dropping plagues on the Egyptians until the
Pharaoh returned Sarai to Abram. 
Pharaoh was insulted that they would lie and risk the lives of so many.  The issue is, had Abram told the truth, would he have remained safe?  The answer is…of course.  God protected Abram with the lie, How much more would God have blessed the truth?!!?


We do silly things, even as God’s chosen, in order to “Help God Out”.  Here is a fun fact, God does not need our help, He’s Got This! The wonderful news is that even when we do sin, God still loves and protects us.  Abram’s faith is what made him righteous, Abram’s fear made him human.  We started with Romans, so let’s end with Romans 5:8,”God Demonstrated His love for us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us!” 


Like Abram, our faith is what saves us.  Sadly, our humanity exposes how much we need God to love us even when we try to help Him out!


God Bless You


Now there was a famine in the land. So, Abram went down to Egypt to sojourn there, for the famine was severe in the land. 11 When he was about to enter Egypt, he said to Sarai his wife, “I know that you are a woman beautiful in appearance, 12 and when the Egyptians see you, they will say, ‘This is his wife.’ Then they will kill me, but they will let you live. 13 Say you are my sister, that it may go well with me because of you, and that my life may be spared for your sake.” 14 When Abram entered Egypt, the Egyptians saw that the woman was very beautiful. 15 And when the princes of Pharaoh saw her, they praised her to Pharaoh. And the woman was taken into Pharaoh’s house. 16 And for her sake he dealt well with Abram; and he had sheep, oxen, male donkeys, male servants, female servants, female donkeys, and camels.

17 But the Lord afflicted Pharaoh and his house with great plagues because of Sarai, Abram’s wife. 18 So Pharaoh called Abram and said, “What is this you have done to me? Why did you not tell me that she was your wife? 19 Why did you say, ‘She is my sister,’ so that I took her for my wife? Now then, here is your wife; take her, and go.” 20 And Pharaoh gave men orders concerning him, and they sent him away with his wife and all that he had.

Genesis 12 Part 1–Abram Trusts God

At age 75, God called Abram to go to Canaan.  When God called Abram two important things happened.  First, God made a promise to Abram that would live beyond Abram until this present day.  God told Abram that if He would trust God and Go to Canaan the Lord would someday Give the entire land to Abram’s ancestors.  Next, God promised that If Abram would trust Him, that Abram’s family would literally bless the entire world.


Abram did trust God and made the trip to Canaan.  He built alters to worship God at Shechem and at Bethel.  We know that even today Israel is God’s people’s land.  Fight though they might, the world will not take it away.  In addition, Abram’s lineage produced our Lord and Savior Jesus and through Him, we all have the opportunity to be in relationship with God.


God keeps His promises.  We do not always get the benefit of seeing God’s finished product; but we can trust that, in his time, those promises will be kept.

  In the meanwhile, as His ambassadors, we simply need to trust and follow Him with joy and peace. It is an ongoing journey with many twists and turns along the way.  We only have to trust that God knows us and knows what lies ahead for us. We must simply keep His commands and follow His lead.  If we will, Like Abram, We will begin a work that God can use for generations to come.


God Bless You.


 The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you.

“I will make you into a great nation,
    and I will bless you;
I will make your name great,
    and you will be a blessing.[a]
I will bless those who bless you,
    and whoever curses you I will curse;
and all peoples on earth
    will be blessed through you.”[b]

So Abram went, as the Lord had told him; and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he set out from Harran. He took his wife Sarai, his nephew Lot, all the possessions they had accumulated and the people they had acquired in Harran, and they set out for the land of Canaan, and they arrived there.

Abram traveled through the land as far as the site of the great tree of Moreh at Shechem. At that time the Canaanites were in the land. The Lord appeared to Abram and said, “To your offspring[c] I will give this land.” So he built an altar there to the Lord, who had appeared to him.

From there he went on toward the hills east of Bethel and pitched his tent, with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east. There he built an altar to the Lord and called on the name of the Lord.

Then Abram set out and continued toward the Negev.

Genesis 10–Almost But Not Quite

The next comeback story is the story of Abram.  Abram was the son of Terah.  According to the scripture, the journey to the promised land started with Terah who took Abram, Sarai, and Lot and they set out to Canaan.  Sadly, they made it to Harran, but then SETTLED.  It seems that they built a nice enough life, but the dream of Canaan seemed to fall off the table.  Terah and his family seemed to build a home and a life in Harran.  They followed Adonai and there are no indications that Terah was anything other than a fine man.  There is a strong indication that Terah had the dream to go to Canaan but gave up just short of the goal.


In our lives, God calls us to a journey and a mission.  Often that involves simply trusting Him and following His leadership.  Following God is hard, especially in this current godless world culture. Fact is, however, that the world has always been against God.  That is why the Lord has called us to be His ambassadors.  We are to tell people of His desire to be in relationship with us.  As God’s chosen, sometimes we come to a point that we want to give up and settle.  I confess in writing this devotion, there are days that I think 20 years, is long enough.

  
God calls us to do as Paul did in 2nd Timothy.  Paul told Timothy, “I have fought the God fight, I have finished the race and I have Kept the faith!” 2 Timothy 4:7-8.  We need to not settle.  We need to charge forward and finish the race.  That will be the start of a legacy that will reach beyond us for generations.

  Clearly Terah raised a great son.  His son would complete what dad started.  So, while Terah may not have taken Canaan by storm, His son trusted God so Terah was still used mightily.  


Never give up, never give in, and never underestimate God’s ability to use your frail and imperfect life to do amazing things.

God Bless You


 When Nahor had lived 29 years, he became the father of Terah. 25 And after he became the father of Terah, Nahor lived 119 years and had other sons and daughters.

26 After Terah had lived 70 years, he became the father of Abram, Nahor and Haran.

Abram’s Family

27 This is the account of Terah’s family line.

Terah became the father of Abram, Nahor and Haran. And Haran became the father of Lot. 28 While his father Terah was still alive, Haran died in Ur of the Chaldeans, in the land of his birth. 29 Abram and Nahor both married. The name of Abram’s wife was Sarai, and the name of Nahor’s wife was Milkah; she was the daughter of Haran, the father of both Milkah and Iskah. 30 Now Sarai was childless because she was not able to conceive.

31 Terah took his son Abram, his grandson Lot son of Haran, and his daughter-in-law Sarai, the wife of his son Abram, and together they set out from Ur of the Chaldeans to go to Canaan. But when they came to Harran, they settled there.

32 Terah lived 205 years, and he died in Harran.

Genesis 8–The New Start

After months of confinement, the earth finally dried.  God encouraged Noah to release the animals back into the world and to God and do likewise.  As God looked at the family of Noah and then at the animals as they left the ark, He made two important decisions.


First, God decided that he would never wipe out all the living creatures again because of the acts of men.  God knew that men were inclined to evil from birth.  They would always have that predisposition and the rest of the earth and animals on the earth should not suffer as a result.


Second, God made a covenant with Noah and Noah’s family not to destroy the world by a flood.  As a result, God sent a rainbow as a reminder to men after every rainfall.

God then set about the business of building his plan to save men from their evil hearts.  through the lineage of Shem, Noah’s son, God would establish a way for salvation to come to men and they would have the freedom to choose to follow God or to reject salvation and turn to their inclination of evil.


The important message from the Lord then and now is that God demonstrated His love for us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8.  God spelled it out, men were never destined to get better.  Instead, God had to redeem and restore men to a place of fellowship with Him.  Thank You, Lord that that place was on a cross at Calvary.


God Bless You

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15 Then God said to Noah, 16 “Come out of the ark, you and your wife and your sons and their wives. 17 Bring out every kind of living creature that is with you—the birds, the animals, and all the creatures that move along the ground—so they can multiply on the earth and be fruitful and increase in number on it.”

18 So Noah came out, together with his sons and his wife and his sons’ wives. 19 All the animals and all the creatures that move along the ground and all the birds—everything that moves on land—came out of the ark, one kind after another.

20 Then Noah built an altar to the Lord and, taking some of all the clean animals and clean birds, he sacrificed burnt offerings on it. 21 The Lord smelled the pleasing aroma and said in his heart: “Never again will I curse the ground because of humans, even though[a] every inclination of the human heart is evil from childhood. And never again will I destroy all living creatures, as I have done.

22 “As long as the earth endures,
seedtime and harvest,
cold and heat,
summer and winter,
day and night
will never cease.”

Genesis 7 Part 2–Noah Trusting God

There is little doubt that Noah knew the pressure he carried.  As the flood waters came, Noah was able to see every living creature on earth.  He was responsible for their lives, and he was responsible for their release back into life.  Had Noah been a stranger to God, that would have been overwhelming.  


That is the great part of knowing God; to be able to simply trust Him for our very lives and existence.  We know in our heads He is God and a creator.  He has known the plans for us since the creation.  The most difficult part is to take that head knowledge and allow it to become faith.  Then as we allow faith to take over; we actually trust in the things we cannot see.


For Noah and his family, it was several months on the boat without any land in sight.  It had to have become quite confining over time.  Still, the animals were in sync. God was in charge, and Noah was living out a lifetime of faith.  God not only saved Noah, He protected and blessed him as the new patriarch of the world.


We must trust God in the same way.  We must know that God counts our faith as righteousness.  We simply must trust Him, then the Lord will do the rest.  If we trust God, He will lead us, He will provide for us, He will protect us, and finally, He will use us to do amazing things.  Solomon said it best, “Trust in the Lord with all your hearts.  Lean not on your own understanding. Acknowledge God in all your ways…and HE will make your path straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6


God Bless You


 In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, on the seventeenth day of the second month—on that day, all the springs of the great deep burst forth, and the floodgates of the heavens were opened. 12 And rain fell on the earth forty days and forty nights.

13 On that very day Noah and his sons, Shem, Ham and Japheth, together with his wife and the wives of his three sons, entered the ark. 14 They had with them every wild animal according to its kind, all livestock according to their kinds, every creature that moves along the ground according to its kind and every bird according to its kind, everything with wings. 15 Pairs of all creatures that have the breath of life in them came to Noah and entered the ark. 16 The animals going in were male and female of every living thing, as God had commanded Noah. Then the Lord shut him in.

17 For forty days the flood kept coming on the earth, and as the waters increased they lifted the ark high above the earth. 18 The waters rose and increased greatly on the earth, and the ark floated on the surface of the water. 19 They rose greatly on the earth, and all the high mountains under the entire heavens were covered. 20 The waters rose and covered the mountains to a depth of more than fifteen cubits.[a][b] 21 Every living thing that moved on land perished—birds, livestock, wild animals, all the creatures that swarm over the earth, and all mankind. 22 Everything on dry land that had the breath of life in its nostrils died. 23 Every living thing on the face of the earth was wiped out; people and animals and the creatures that move along the ground and the birds were wiped from the earth. Only Noah was left, and those with him in the ark.

24 The waters flooded the earth for a hundred and fifty days.

Genesis 7–Time to Go!!!!

It must have been a daunting feeling the day Noah and his family entered the Ark.  All of the animals parading in and all the preparation for feeding and caring for the animals,  All of the behavior, the ridicule and scorn as Noah and his clan entered the boat on that sunny day. 

Then the door was closed and  well, nothing happened. Nothing happened for a week. I am sure it took some time to get everyone and everything settled in.  I am also sure that as the family prepared, they had to practice the care and feeding of the animals…BUT, by day 6, faith had to be growing weak.  Of course, day seven changed everything.  The world had never seen rain or flood–the people would not have known what hit them, they never would.  Noah and his family would be the lone survivors for the world they knew.

When we are faithful, God will make our lives full and meaningful.  He will put us in positions to test our faith, and in the midst, allow us to experience every human emotion.  We do see through all of Bible history, that God always protects, provides and prepares His chosen for what lies ahead.  He allows our faith to be stretched and pushed–so when struggles hit; we can face them with confidence, not in our abilities–but in God’s character.  We can never lose either faith or hope.  Those things are gifts.  We simply trust him, follow him and allow him to steer the boat–then we will survive!

God Bless You

The Lord then said to Noah, “Go into the ark, you and your whole family, because I have found you righteous in this generation. Take with you seven pairs of every kind of clean animal, a male and its mate, and one pair of every kind of unclean animal, a male and its mate, and also seven pairs of every kind of bird, male and female, to keep their various kinds alive throughout the earth. Seven days from now I will send rain on the earth for forty days and forty nights, and I will wipe from the face of the earth every living creature I have made.”And Noah did all that the Lord commanded him.

Noah was six hundred years old when the floodwaters came on the earth. And Noah and his sons and his wife and his sons’ wives entered the ark to escape the waters of the flood. Pairs of clean and unclean animals, of birds and of all creatures that move along the ground, male and female, came to Noah and entered the ark, as God had commanded Noah. 10 And after the seven days the floodwaters came on the earth.

Genesis 6 Part 2–Noah’s Calling

God was finished.  He had put up with the decline of humanity for as long as could.  Now it was time to clean the slate.  Interestingly, as the saying goes, “Every rule has an exception!” Noah was the exception.  He was the grandson of Methuselah and the son of Lamech. He had been raised to honor and follow God.  He stood out in the community of men.  He and His family still sought and followed God.


Now God was done.  He came to Noah and told Him to prepare the ark, Gather the animals, gather food, and prepare to survive.  It had to fill Noah with such a sense of grief and urgency.  He literally had the weight of the world upon his shoulders.  So, Noah did what men of God do when given such a task.  The scripture says it quite plainly, “Noah did everything that God commanded him.” God did not leave Noah with mysteries or puzzles.  He laid the plan out very clearly and with much detail.  As God laid it out, Noah completed God’s plan.


God wants us to do the same as Noah.  We are to ignore what everyone else is doing, and simply follow God.  He sent Jesus to redeem us from our sin.  In return, our Father simply asks that we accept the gift of life and follow the Lord.  We are called to Love God, Love others, and trust God’s plan for our lives.  Make no mistake, following God is no small task.  It is difficult and filled with trials and temptation.  If we will follow the Lord, however, He will make our path straight and meet our needs each day.


God Bless You


This is the account of Noah and his family.

Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God. 10 Noah had three sons: Shem, Ham and Japheth.

11 Now the earth was corrupt in God’s sight and was full of violence. 12 God saw how corrupt the earth had become, for all the people on earth had corrupted their ways. 13 So God said to Noah, “I am going to put an end to all people, for the earth is filled with violence because of them. I am surely going to destroy both them and the earth. 14 So make yourself an ark of cypress[c] wood; make rooms in it and coat it with pitch inside and out. 15 This is how you are to build it: The ark is to be three hundred cubits long, fifty cubits wide and thirty cubits high.[d] 16 Make a roof for it, leaving below the roof an opening one cubit[e] high all around.[f] Put a door in the side of the ark and make lower, middle and upper decks. 17 I am going to bring floodwaters on the earth to destroy all life under the heavens, every creature that has the breath of life in it. Everything on earth will perish. 18 But I will establish my covenant with you, and you will enter the ark—you and your sons and your wife and your sons’ wives with you. 19 You are to bring into the ark two of all living creatures, male and female, to keep them alive with you. 20 Two of every kind of bird, of every kind of animal and of every kind of creature that moves along the ground will come to you to be kept alive. 21 You are to take every kind of food that is to be eaten and store it away as food for you and for them.”

22 Noah did everything just as God commanded him.

Genesis 6–The Fall of Man and the Rise of Noah

As stated yesterday, by the time Noah was born, the world was a complete mess.  God saw the state of the world and regretted ever creating men.  They had become a true eyesore and disease to the wonderful creation of God.  The most striking phrase was, “Every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time.” 

The Evil of Men

 
What a distressing thought to the loving God and creator.  God then decided it was time to clean the slate and kill man and beast.  He simply could not take it anymore.  It was at that moment that God focused on Noah.  The grandson of Methusaleh and the son of Lamech found favor in God’s eyes.  It is the picture of a diamond resting in a box of coal.  It is obvious that God wrestled with the decision, But in the end, God, the Father, and Creator was willing to save mankind if even one would follow.  Noah was that one.

Noah


In our lives, God seeks and saves the lost world through the sacrifice of Christ.  As God said, “Every inclination of the hearts of men is only evil all the time.” But, as it says in Romans 5:8, “God demonstrated His love for us in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”  God’s expectations of men never changed.  But through the saving power of Christ, we can stand out as Noah did as a new creation. The old is gone and the new has come. 2 Corinthians 5:17.


he world was beyond repair, But the love of God saw a savior in Noah. What followed was an absolutely amazing Journey.


God Bless You


When human beings began to increase in number on the earth and daughters were born to them, the sons of God saw that the daughters of humans were beautiful, and they married any of them they chose. Then the Lord said, “My Spirit will not contend with[a] humans forever, for they are mortal[b]; their days will be a hundred and twenty years.”

The Nephilim were on the earth in those days—and also afterward—when the sons of God went to the daughters of humans and had children by them. They were the heroes of old, men of renown.

The Lord saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time. The Lord regretted that he had made human beings on the earth, and his heart was deeply troubled. So the Lord said, “I will wipe from the face of the earth the human race I have created—and with them the animals, the birds and the creatures that move along the ground—for I regret that I have made them.” But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord.

Genesis 5 Part 2–Establishing a Godly Legacy

Whenever I review the lineage of Adam to Noah, I am reminded that the Bible is not a comprehensive ancestry guide, but the History of a lineage of people that ultimately became God’s chosen ones.  Four names really stand out in the lineage to me.  1st and foremost to me was Enoch.  He only lived on earth for 368 years, but in that time, he stood out so much as a man of God, that God simply refused to let him die.  God decided to simply take him and leave. 

Enoch

That becomes significant.  He was the Father of Methuselah.  Methuselah’s name means When He dies then comes judgement.  Interestingly, He lives longer than any other person.  What a picture of God’s patience.

Mehusaleh


His son was Lamech–Noah’s Dad.  By the time Noah’s dad was on the scene, the world was a mess.  Yet because Lamech was the grandson of Enoch, the son of
Methuselah and the Father of Noah, Noah became the last man to live a Godly legacy before the flood.  It was a lineage of God honoring men that saved the world, No single superhero , but a product of godliness that reached back for more than a thousand years. 

Noah


We need to see life as an opportunity to leave a legacy that will go on for many generations. If we could commit to living that way, we could go down in the annals of History as that family that honored God for Generations.  Not a bad epitaph if one says so themselves.


God Bless You


When God created mankind, he made them in the likeness of God. He created them male and female and blessed them. And he named them “Mankind”[a] when they were created.

When Adam had lived 130 years, he had a son in his own likeness, in his own image; and he named him Seth. After Seth was born, Adam lived 800 years and had other sons and daughters. Altogether, Adam lived a total of 930 years, and then he died.

When Seth had lived 105 years, he became the father[b] of Enosh. After he became the father of Enosh, Seth lived 807 years and had other sons and daughters. Altogether, Seth lived a total of 912 years, and then he died.

When Enosh had lived 90 years, he became the father of Kenan. 10 After he became the father of Kenan, Enosh lived 815 years and had other sons and daughters. 11 Altogether, Enosh lived a total of 905 years, and then he died.

12 When Kenan had lived 70 years, he became the father of Mahalalel. 13 After he became the father of Mahalalel, Kenan lived 840 years and had other sons and daughters. 14 Altogether, Kenan lived a total of 910 years, and then he died.

15 When Mahalalel had lived 65 years, he became the father of Jared. 16 After he became the father of Jared, Mahalalel lived 830 years and had other sons and daughters. 17 Altogether, Mahalalel lived a total of 895 years, and then he died.

18 When Jared had lived 162 years, he became the father of Enoch. 19 After he became the father of Enoch, Jared lived 800 years and had other sons and daughters. 20 Altogether, Jared lived a total of 962 years, and then he died.

21 When Enoch had lived 65 years, he became the father of Methuselah. 22 After he became the father of Methuselah, Enoch walked faithfully with God 300 years and had other sons and daughters. 23 Altogether, Enoch lived a total of 365 years. 24 Enoch walked faithfully with God; then he was no more, because God took him away.

25 When Methuselah had lived 187 years, he became the father of Lamech. 26 After he became the father of Lamech, Methuselah lived 782 years and had other sons and daughters. 27 Altogether, Methuselah lived a total of 969 years, and then he died.

28 When Lamech had lived 182 years, he had a son. 29 He named him Noah[c] and said, “He will comfort us in the labor and painful toil of our hands caused by the ground the Lord has cursed.” 30 After Noah was born, Lamech lived 595 years and had other sons and daughters. 31 Altogether, Lamech lived a total of 777 years, and then he died.

32 After Noah was 500 years old, he became the father of Shem, Ham and Japheth.

Genesis 4-5 The Lineage born of Pain

Once sin took hold, it took hold deep.  Adam became a farmer and rancher.  Not only did he care for the animals, but he also worked…and I mean worked the land.  He had two sons, Cain, and Abel.  Cain was a farmer and Abel a rancher.  As the brothers grew, it was clear that Abel had a heart for God and Cain was jealous.  Even as they offered offerings to God, the Lord looked past the offering and saw the men’s hearts.  Cain’s jealousy was apparent, and God called Cain on the attitude of his heart. Sadly, Cain did not listen and killed Abel.

Cain and Abel

The pain of Abel’s death could have been a showstopper.  Adam could have blamed himself and he and Eve could have been done.  That, however, was not the case.  Instead, we learn that Adam had Seth. In Seth, we see the beginnings of a heart for God that literally passed generation to generation all the way to the birth of our Lord and Savior.  As we continue to look at the lives of Seth’s ancestors, we will see a common theme of God’s influence on those lives and an impact on the entire world as a result.

When the Holy Spirit Comes

That theme is the Spirit of God’s influence.  Jesus told the disciples that when the Holy spirit came into their lives, they would receive power to be God’s witnesses.  In fact, the Spirit would leave that indelible mark that shows the world we are the Lord’s ambassadors.  God never gave up on us; and though Adam lost Cain and Abel, God provided a second-round victor, Seth, to build a lineage of people that would carry God’s message of love and hope to anyone that would believe.

God Bless You


Adam[a] made love to his wife Eve, and she became pregnant and gave birth to Cain.[b] She said, “With the help of the Lord I have brought forth[c] a man.” Later she gave birth to his brother Abel.

Now Abel kept flocks, and Cain worked the soil. In the course of time Cain brought some of the fruits of the soil as an offering to the Lord. And Abel also brought an offering—fat portions from some of the firstborn of his flock. The Lord looked with favor on Abel and his offering, but on Cain and his offering he did not look with favor. So, Cain was very angry, and his face was downcast.

Then the Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it.”

Now Cain said to his brother Abel, “Let’s go out to the field.”[d] While they were in the field, Cain attacked his brother Abel and killed him.

Then the Lord said to Cain, “Where is your brother Abel?”

“I don’t know,” he replied. “Am I my brother’s keeper?”

10 The Lord said, “What have you done? Listen! Your brother’s blood cries out to me from the ground. 11 Now you are under a curse and driven from the ground, which opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood from your hand. 12 When you work the ground, it will no longer yield its crops for you. You will be a restless wanderer on the earth.”……

This is the written account of Adam’s family line.

When God created mankind, he made them in the likeness of God. He created them male and female and blessed them. And he named them “Mankind”[a] when they were created.

When Adam had lived 130 years, he had a son in his own likeness, in his own image; and he named him Seth. After Seth was born, Adam lived 800 years and had other sons and daughters. Altogether, Adam lived a total of 930 years, and then he died.

When Seth had lived 105 years, he became the father[b] of Enosh. After he became the father of Enosh, Seth lived 807 years and had other sons and daughters. Altogether, Seth lived a total of 912 years, and then he died.