ASV notes on Genesis 22:20-24 and questions to consider

שלום חברי

רוח הקודש

Milcah

Abraham had a brother, Nahor, he lived in Haran with his wife Milcah, and Milcah was the daughter of Haran the firstborn of Terah, Abraham’s father. Haran died in Ur in Chaldea before they left for Canaan. Terah died in Haran and Abraham and Lot the son of Haran left the rest of the family and traveled to Canaan the land God promised Abraham.

Bethuel

Haran was a center that all the trading caravans came through heading west and now some of the people coming from Haran brought news to Abraham who knew the area well where the trading was going on. They told him about his family in Haran and that Milcah had born eight male children to Nahor and among them Bethuel who became the father of Rebekah.

Wife

Abraham now had all the information he needed, where to travel to find a wife for his son Isaac. The people living in Canaan at that time didn’t know the only God, and they were of low morale and Abraham didn’t want Isaac to look for a wife there. Now he knew that there were many daughters in the Nahor family back in Haran in the east.  

Questions to consider

  1. What are your thoughts about who people marry?
  2. Are you as parents responsible for who your children connect with?

ASV notes on Genesis 22: 15-19

שלום חברי

Faith

Our life with God is conditional. Because we accept Jesus as Lord and listen to His words the faith of Jesus makes us children of God. God through an angel said to Abraham; “since you have done this thing and have not withheld your son, your only son ” Abraham fulfilled the condition that God had set, that Abraham believed God and did as he was told.

Sand and stars

Abraham didn’t have the Bible, we are lucky; we have all the conditions written down in a book, we can find out what is expected of us by reading, praying and studying. Abraham gave God the best he had and his God, YaHaWaH responded by promising Abraham to greatly bless him and multiply his descendants like the sand of seashores and like the stars on the sky and to defeat their enemies.

Descend

And the angel ended his speech by saying; “Through your seed, all the nations of the earth shall be blessed” God said that Jesus Christ would descend from Abraham and through Him God would bless the whole world.

ASV notes on Genesis 22:11-14

שלום חברי

The obedience of Abraham testified that he feared his God. Abraham loved his God, but in this love is also fear, not trembling fear, but a kind of great respect that God always wants the best for his children, Abraham, and his descendants. Abraham’s faith was important to God.

Abraham had given God the most precious he had on this earth, God wants to be loved with the best we have. Then God loved Abraham back, because Abraham gave his son Isaac, God is responding by giving His son for the descendants of Abraham, the Hebrews and then the whole world.

To kill Isaac wouldn’t have helped anybody, but sacrificing the Son of God would give the entire world a way to “life” on earth and a life forever with God in heaven. Jesus died for the sin in us to give us a new spirit to overcome the sin in our life.

ASV notes on Genesis 22: 1-10 and questions to consider

שלום חברי

Abraham’s life with his God had been a travel of faith all the way from when he left Haran to the land promised to him, the land of Canaan. Through the Promised Land, back and forth and to Egypt and back. Abraham knew that his God was reliable, his faith was anchored in the past experiences, his God YAHAWAH always looked after him, saved him and blessed him. This building up of Abraham’s faith was not the work of Abraham; it was the work of God and now the time had come to prove it.

God told Abraham to go to Moriah and sacrifice his son there when reading the words of Moses it seems to me that Abraham was calm and collected, did what he had to do in a proper way, and took with him the servants, the fire and his son Isaac.

When they came close to the place for sacrifice; “Abraham said to his servants, “Settle down and stay here with the donkey; the [c]young man and I will go over there and worship [God], and we will come back to you.”  Abraham didn’t waver in his faith, he said: “and we will come back to you.” Abraham was 100% confident that his descendants would come through Isaac. Even if he had to kill Isaac Abraham believed that his God was able to resurrect him.  

Questions to consider

  1. How did the faith of Abraham come by
  2. How did Abraham in these verses put words to his faith