ASV notes on Genesis 24:15-27 and questions

Faith

First then

The girls passed the test she fulfilled all 3 conditions, first then Eliezer asked what family she came from, and yes, she was the daughter of Bethuel the son of Milcah, (the daughter of Haran, Abraham’s late brother), and Nahor Abraham’s brother. “When the camels had finished drinking, Eliezer took a gold ring weighing a half-shekel and two bracelets for her hands weighing ten shekels in gold

Belonged to the bride

Eliezer took some of the gift meant for the coming bride, a ring and two bracelets of gold and put the ring in her nose and the bracelets on her arms. Eliezer had faith in God and did not consider the possibility of the girl saying no to mary Isaac, the golden rings belonged to the bride.

Where it came from

Eliezer had lived with Abraham for many years, and had learned were the blessings came from, the girl was pretty and nice to look at and she said we have enough room at home you can stay with us and we have food for the camels too. Eliezer could have thanked the girl and embraced her, but Eliezer didn’t focus on the girl, he knew where it all came from; he bowed down to the ground and worshipped YaHaWaH, Eliezer also knew the name of the God of Abraham.

Spoken words, the servants and Rebekah heard it

He said; “Blessed be YaHaWaH, the God of my master Abraham, who has not denied His lovingkindness and His truth to my master. As for me, YaHaWaH led me to the house of my master’s brothers.”

Questions

  1. Are you blessed?
  2. Does the blessing come from people?
  3. Are you unlucky, lucky or blessed?

ASV notes on Genesis 24:10-14 and questions

How faith works

Long journey and ten camels

This was a long journey and Eliezer needed ten camels to carry all the things for the travel and for all the gifts to give the chosen bride. Eliezer and his servants after a long travel, probably months arrived outside the city where Nahor, the brother of Abraham, and his family lived.

Instead

Eliezer had learned from the life with his master Abraham not to trust any man. Eliezer could have inquired about Nahor and his family, but instead he asked God for help;

Prayer

And he said, “O Lord, God of my master Abraham, please grant me success today, and show lovingkindness to my master Abraham.Behold, I stand here at the spring of water, and the daughters of the men of the city are coming out to draw water; now let it be that the girl to whom I say, ‘Please, let down your jar so that I may drink,’ and she replies, ‘Drink, and I will also give your camels water to drink’—may she be the one whom You have selected for Your servant Isaac; and by this I will know that You have shown lovingkindness to my master.”

The answer

Eliezer believed that God already had piqued the girl for Isaac; the problem was how to find her and be assured it was the right girl. In the prayer of Eliezer the girl selected had to meet three conditions; 1 she had to be among those girls fetching water the first time Eliezer was present at the well. 2 When Eliezer asks for water, she let him drink from her jar. 3 And she also had to say, “I will also give your camels water to drink” It was actually no need for her to do that, they had 10 camels and probably 3 or 4 servants that could water the camels, but if she was the one, she should offer to do it.  God is not slow to answer, could be things that hinder the answer to come, but God’s answers are immediate, before Eliezer had finished talking to God; the answer was in front of him.

Questions

  1. Are God’s answers always the easy way?
  2. Can you trust men?

ASV notes on Genesis 24:1-9 and questions

The only way

Grief

At this time, Abraham was 140 and Isaac 40, and Abraham thought that it was time for his son to marry. Three years had passed since the death of his mother Sarah, but he was still grieving for her, may be Abraham thought that a wife would help Isaac to get his mind off the death of his mother.

Faith

Abraham had a faithful and clever servant, Eliezer from Damascus, who he made swear that he would go and fetch a wife for Isaac from Abraham’s family in the Haran area in the north part of Mesopotamia. Eliezer had been a good and faithful servant, however, Abraham didn’t have his faith in his servant and he said. The LORD, the God of heaven, who took me from my father’s house, from the land of my family and my birth, who spoke to me and swore to me, saying, ‘To your descendants I will give this land’—He will send His angel before you and you will take a wife from there for my son

Blessings

Abraham trusted in his God, but he didn’t just wait for things to happen, he made all the necessary preparation, like having the servant Eliezer swear to not take the easy way and pick a wife for Isaac among the daughters of Canaan. Eliezer had to travel all the way to Mesopotamia and look for a wife among the family of Abraham. Abraham did “set his hand to” the task and then God could bless the work of Eliezer seeking a wife for Isaac.

On the sofa

The same goes for you today, if in Jesus God blesses all the things you “set your hand to”, but “on the sofa” there is no blessings to be found.

Questions

  1. How do the blessings work?
  2. Can we trust in humans?

ASV notes on Genesis 23:1-20 and questions

Abraham, Ephrom and the cave of Machpelah

37 years of age

Isaac was born when Sarah was 90 and when she died at the age of 127, Isaac must have been 37 years of age. When Sarah died Abraham and all his Camp were in the area surrounding the city Kiriath-arba, where also his friends Mamre and his brothers lived, they who helped Abraham in the battle against the four kings from the east when saving Lot.

A burying place

When Isaac was 37, the Hittites owned and ruled the land, a mighty people at the time. Later the city of Kiriath-arba changed its name to Hebron. After Sarah’s death, Abraham went to the city and found most of the men at the city gate where all the trading and discussions took place. Abraham wanted to buy a burying place for Sarah, and he knew the land he wanted, not only to bury Sarah there but also as a burring place for his whole family and descendants after him.

Trust in your God

When we read about how the negotiation went on between Abraham, the Hittites and Ephron the owner of the land. We can learn a good bargain technique from it. First Abraham stood up, talked to the Hittites, and said that he was a sojourner and a stranger among them, meaning he didn’t owe any land there and he asked them to give him land. The Hittites answered that he could bury his wife where he wanted because he was a prince of God, the Hittites in a polite way said no, thrust in your God.

Approval

It seems that the custom was that those who spoke were standing, and all the other were sitting. Then Abraham stood up again, and this time he showed humbleness and bowed down to the ground and said, “Please, I need your help.” Listen to me, and plead with Ephron the son of Zohar for me so that he may give me the cave of Machpelah which he owns—it is at the end of his field; let him give it to me here in your presence for the full price as a burial site. Abraham didn’t talk directly to Ephron the owner, first he wanted the approval of all who lived in the area by asking them to bring the question forward to Ephron, this, to make the deal secured for future times.

Smartness

Abraham was humble and polite, but he also was a smart businessperson, Ephron could have priced the land very high, Abraham would have accepted it, but in front of all the people, Ephron had to give a fair price to keep his honor. Then Abraham bowed down in front of all the people a second time pleaded to Ephron to give a price for the land in front of all. The pressure was now on Ephron and he had to come up with the fair price of 400 shekels and honored Abraham by saying that this price was nothing for rich and honorable people like Abraham and himself. 

Honor

Ephron was present among the Hittites in the city gate of Kiriath-arba and now he knew what Abraham wanted and that he was willing to pay the full price for the land. He could have stood up and said: “four hundred shekels of silver and the land is yours”. But instead Ephron stood up and said; “No, my lord, hear me; I give you the field, and I also give you the cave that is in it. In the presence of the men of my people I give it to you; bury your dead” Ephron showed generosity in front of his people, but he knew that Abraham had to pay the full price if he wanted to be respected as an honorable man in the future.

The deed

Abraham didn’t hesitate, he immediately weighed up 400 shekel of silver and handed it over to the owner and the deed was written and signed. In the deed were all the details as we can see in verse 17, “So the field of Ephron in Machpelah, which was to the east of Mamre the field, and the cave which was in it, and all the trees that were in the field and in all its borders around it—were deeded over

Common knowledge

All this negotiation between Ephron and Abraham happened at the city gate of Kiriath-arba when most of the men of the city were present as witness. Now all in the area knew that the land with the cave of Machpelah belonged to Abraham and his descendants. Then when Abraham legally owned the land he could bury his wife there, Abraham secured and respected his dead wife, like we should respect our dead and their graves.  

Questions

  1. Where is Kiriat-arba today?
  2. In old times, where did people negotiate?

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 and questions

Faith in God

שלום חברי

To act on 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 sonAbraham fulfilled the condition that God had set, that Abraham believed God and did as God told him.

The promise

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.

All the nations

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 world.

Questions

  1. How do we become children of God?
  2. Who is Abraham’s seed?

ASV notes on Genesis 22:11-14 and questions

שלום חברי

To resist the sin in us

Fear

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.

Love is to give

Abraham had given God the most precious he had on this earth, God wants us to love Him 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 overcome

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.

Questions

  1. Where is the sin located?
  2. How does the faith in God come by?

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 

ASV notes on Genesis 21:22-34 and questions

Abraham and his awesome God

Just water

The king Abimelech and his general Phicol knew Abraham and his private army that eradicated the four kings from the east, Abraham was in their mind a threat to their kingdom. However, the interest of Abraham was just water for his animals.

The well of oath

The king and his general came and wanted Abraham to swear to keep his word and treat Abimelech and his descendants fairly. They stood by a well that Abraham had dug. There they both swore. Abraham not to be hostile to the king’s people, and Abimelech swore that Abraham had dug this well, and they called the well Beersheba, the well of the oath. This was in the same area where an angel spoke to Hagar.

The awesome God

Abraham was powerful in the eyes of Abimelech, but the main reason, I think, that the king feared Abraham was that he saw God blessing him in everything, Abimelech feared Abraham’s God. Abraham planted a tamarisk in the area as a witness of his awesome God, and there he called on His name; YaHaWaH. 

Questions

  1. Do you know the power of God?
  2. How does the power of God works?

ASV mark on Genesis 21:14-21 and questions

Hagar and Ishmael

Into the wilderness of Beersheba

Abraham sent Hagar and Ishmael away into the wilderness of Beersheba with a skin bag of water, Ishmael was about 20 years of age, he was grown up and he and his mother could have been days in the wilderness before the bag was empty.

God cared for Ishmael

They were exhausted and they both wept. Hagar wept, but God heard the voice of Ishmael. Hagar was not of Abraham, and should never have been his wife, but Ishmael was a descendant of Abraham, he was of Abraham and because of Abraham God cared for Ishmael.

A wife from Egypt

An angel called Hagar from heaven and told her not to be afraid and to take Ishmael by his hand and help him up, Hagar did exactly what the angel told her, and then she saw a well with fresh running water, God saved them because of the boy, not her. God blessed them, and Ishmael became an archer. Hagar coming from Egypt went there and fetched a wife for his son.

Questions

  1. Was Ishmael a child when this happened?
  2. Does God treat His people different from the rest of the world?