ASV notes on Genesis 19:4-10 and questions

Obediens and power

Soldiers under command

The two men didn’t tell Lot what they were about to do, they waited to see what was going to happen, to see if the outcry of Sodom and Gomorrah was indeed great, and their sin was exceedingly grave as God had said, now these two men from God wanted to see it and report to God. 

Handsome and tempting

Then many from the sinful city of Sodom surrounded Lot’s house and tried to break in, to have sex with the two men and probably kill them. The men of Sodom were governed by their senses completely, they were in the hands of the devil; they wanted to have their will with the two men that probably looked hansom and tempting to the sinful crowd.

Value of women, and action

Lot offered them his daughters, they would probably have killed them too, and this shows us the value of the women at the time of Lot and Abraham. Now the men had seen enough, now God knew that what the outcry from Sodom had told Him was true, the moment for action had come. They grabbed Lot and blinded the crowd.  

Questions

  1. Do angles have free will?
  2. How were women valued by the times of Abraham?
  3. What were the sins of Sodom?

ASV notes on Genesis 19:11-14 and questions

Choose carefully who or what you mingle with

Your surroundings affect you

The men outside the house of Lot were now blind, but they still strived to find the door to break into the house, the sin controlled them completely. The two men could now explain the situation to Lot. They said that if he had others there, belonging to his family he needed to get them out because God was about to destroy the city.

The men waited

Then Lot went through the city and found his sons in law who were to marry his daughters. Lot had mingled with the sinful inhabitants of Sodom to the degree that his two daughters was about to marry two of them, seems like the sinful behavior of Sodom had affected the family of Lot also.

2018

Lot explained the situation to his sons in law, but they did not believe in the God Lot was talking about, to them it sounded stupid and ridiculous and they thought it was a joke. Like today, if I am mentioning God or Jesus they look at me as if something is wrong with me, the world now in 2018 is getting close to the world of Sodom and Gomorrah.   

Questions

  1. Does sin controls people?
  2. Does sin make you blind?
  3. Does sin make you deaf?

ASV mark on Genesis 19:15-17 and questions

God loves you

God waited

Lot probably spent most of the night walking through the city looking for his coming sons in law and the two men were waiting for him at his house. When morning dawned, Lot and his family and the two men were in the house and it seems like God had waited with the destruction for Lot to return.

Do not look back

Now it was time, the two men said that Lot and his family had to run for their lives, however, they lingered, they wanted to stay in the house for protection. Their faith was more in the city than in God, but by God’s mercy the two men took them by their hands and led them outside and one of them said; “Escape for your life” God gave them a clear order and told them not to stop anywhere in the valley and not to turn around and look back.

God or Lot, mountain or valley?

This was not a conversation, this was an order, but their faith were wavering and Lot had his own opinion of the best solution, their stay in this sinful environment had brought them away from God’s greatness and omniscience, that God looks ahead and always knows best. God told Lot to run for the mountain away from this valley, up where he could be on his own with his family far away from the sinful city life.   

Questions

  1. Does God know best?
  2. How often are you asking Him for guidance?
  3. Is everything God does, good?

ASV notes on Genesis 19:18-22 and questions

שלום חברי

The sin

The easy way

Lot did not fancy the mountain; he still preferred the easy way, to a little cozy town with only a few people. God gave us our own will, free to choose, God is not forcing his will upon us, even thou He knows it is the best solution.

Zoar

God granted Lot to run with his family to a little town that later was called Zoar, south of the Dead Sea. Zoar means few or small, but if the sin had developed there as in Sodom, it would affect the Lot family there too.

Sin develops

Seems like God meant to destroy this little town too, but because Lot wanted to go there He didn’t, the sin in its mature stat would still live on in this little place and develop from there. Where you live the sin is there, in fact the sin is in you, you cannot run away from it, you have to fight it and stay away from areas and environments where the sin have developed and are practiced in all its variations. The sin problem was the reason that Jesus had to come to earth, suffer and die.   

Questions

  1. Where do you find the sin?
  2. Can we handle the sin?
  3. Where do the sin come from?
  4. How can we know we are doing the will of God?
  5. Does our company affect how we think?
  6. Why did Jesus come to earth?

ASV notes on Genesis 19:23-29 and questions

How do you change?

Their life in Sodom

The sun had risen, may be it was close to midday when Lot and his family came to this small village, they had been running for a long time, probably several hours when brimstones and fire begun to rain down from heaven, their place in Sodom and their life there were about to be demolished.

You need to change your heart

However, Lots wife could not resist turning around, look at, and probably longing for her “city life” a last time. One of the two men warned her not to look back, but she followed her heart and not God, turning into a pillar of salt.  The fire and brimstone from heaven destroyed everything in the valley of Jordan except the small village of Zoar.

The importance of your environment

Lot and his family had been living in more than one city in the valley, probably in all of them while moving his flocks around. The thinking of Lots family had been under the influence of the sinful people in the valley area for many years and their way of reasoning had gradually changed. God saved Lot and his family, not because of them, but because of Abraham, the righteous one with his heart towards YaHaWaH his precious God.  If Jesus is in you, God looks at you and sees Jesus.

Questions

  1. Who runs the world?
  2. How does he run it?
  3. Do we need help against him?

ASV notes on Genesis 19:30-38 and questions

How to make wrong decisions

Sad situation

Lot finally went up to stay in the mountain area where he should have gone in the first place. He was afraid to stay in Zoar, likely because of the threatening behavior of the people there. Lot chose the easy way, staying in a nice house to live a city life, now he had lost his wife and was living in a cave with his daughters on a mountain, fearing for his life.

No inner restrain

His daughters saw no future in the mountain having lost both their promised husbands, and almost every male in the area were dead. They could have been patient and expected God to find them mates, but again the quick and easy way, their own father. How could they do it? They had no shame, no inner restrain; most certainly affected by their life in the cities.

More trouble to come

They both had child with their father, and two people were born; the Moabites and the Ammonites, two people that was to cause a lot of trouble for Abraham’s descendants, the Hebrews, in the future.   

Questions

  1. How can we make good decisions?
  2. Where does it end if you follow your senses and feelings?

ASV notes on Genesis 18:1-5 and questions

God, Jesus and humans

The common name of God

Moses wrote that YaHaWaH was appearing to Abraham, we should understand that from the beginning this was God’s common name, to address who they were talking about when talking of God, people used His name; YaHaWaH.

Adonai, not YHWH

Lord is a title and in the Hebrew language, which the Old Testament was written in, the Lord is Adonai, not YHWH. If you translate YHWH with the LORD, using capital letters it will not changes the basic text in Hebrew. This is the name of God in Hebrew; יהוה, it is read from right to left; י is Y and ה is H and ו is W and ה is H and it makes YHWH. Usually they translate the Hebrew word YHWH with The LORD, but יהוה has no article “the”. If God’s name is written with the article “the” It would looks like this; היהוה, with a ה in front, but that is not the case. The article is added by the translators to make it look right, to use the word LORD.

Many titles

To make it simple; to translate God’s name with the LORD, is not bad translation, but wrong translation, it is misleading the reader. God has only one name, but many titles to describe His great personality.

Not angles

Abraham was resting in his tent door when he saw three men standing, may be twenty meter off, he didn’t see them coming, they just stood there and Abraham knew that they were of God and not humans, but they were men not angles with wings.

To understand the time of visitation

Abraham lived his life for God and new in his heart that he was 100% dependent of Him, in a twinkle of an eye he understood the importance of this moment. Abraham was not afraid of God or His messengers, however, he run towards them and worshipped them with his face to the ground, and he was not afraid but humble.

A message

Abraham offered the three men water for their feet and bread and meat to eat, and they accepted and they rested under an oak tree. They behaved like humans, but Abraham knew that they were of God, he wanted them to rest and eat and drink and feel comfortable, maybe he thought, they had a message for him.

Questions

  1. How many times does the name of God appear in The Old Testament?
  2. Is The LORD a name?
  3. Do God visit people?

ASV notes on Genesis 18:7-8 and questions

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God loves all people

The best he had

Abraham brought to the three men the best he had, a tender calf, new made bread, milk and butter and he stood by them when they ate, may be they wanted more or something else, but most importantly, may be they had a message for him. Abraham offered to God of the best he had, like building an Alter and offer on it. If you give, give of the best you have, not left overs.

Giving

Remember, you can never out give God. If you give to someone in need, you give to God, and you will always receive. God is a giver and giving is love, “for God so loved the world that He gave …………………….” Love is not how you feel, love is giving.

Questions

  1. Do you offer the best you have?
  2. What is love?

ASV notes on Genesis 18:9-15 and questions

God wants the best for you

Chocking news

Abraham hoped for a message, and yes when enjoying the meal the one that represented God had chocking news, one of the men promised Sarah a child next year when YAHAWAH would visit them again. Behind the tent-door, Sarah heard it and laughed within herself. Sarah believed God, but the news seemed so unrealistic, fantastic, ridiculous and funny at the same time and she laughed.

Cannot fool Him

God heard Sarah’s silent laugh from her heart, in Jesus God is with you too, He hears every sigh, everything you utter, you can say many things to convince God, but God knows what is in your heart, He loves you, but you cannot fool Him. God asked Abraham why Sarah laughed, Sarah denied it, but God confirmed it.

But in Jesus

God knows we are flesh, He doesn’t want us to be perfect in our flesh, but in Jesus, Jesus was and is perfect. God wants us to be honest in our weakness and follow Jesus. God asked Abraham and Sarah this question; Is anything too difficult or too wonderful for the [f]LORD? We believe that God could do anything for others, but not for us, but in Jesus God can, but it works by the laws of God, we need faith and faith comes by hearing, hearing the words of God.

Questions

  1. Does God know our thoughts?
  2. Do you need Jesus in your everyday life?
  3. What makes faith?

ASV notes on Genesis 18:16-19 and questions

The visit, the love and the parents

The time of visitation

The three men had a nice meal under one of the great oak threes of Mamre, and were ready to walk on, to descend down towards the valley of Jordan, towards the cities down there. Abraham walked with them, as we should do when visitors are leaving, to have some final words. When they walked together toward the east, God considered if He should reveal to Abraham what He was about to do in the city area of the Jordan valley.

To know is to love

What God prophesied concerning Abraham was to be fulfilled, and through him, all the nations would be blessed because God knew Abraham. This is the key to a relationship with God, He needs to know you, He wants to love you, understand you, weep with you, cry with you, be happy with you, suffer with you, overcome with you, struggle with you, and be your pillar in your everyday life. To know is the love story (John: 17:3) between God and His creation; they were created for His pleasure (Revelation: 4:11 KJV).

The parents need to do it

The life with God in Jesus is not without conditions, we need to follow His plans written in the Bible. God did know Abraham, God had planted his words in Abraham’s heart for him and his wife Sarah to teach their children to keep the way of YaHaWaH by doing what is righteous and just. We cannot rely on the education system to teach our children the way of God, the father and mother need to do it, in God’s plan the family is the centre of influence. God knew Abraham and that made him able to bring God’s ways to his household after him.

Questions

  1. How important is the word from God to you?
  2. Did Abraham do everything right?
  3. Is your life with God, conditional?