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 notes on Genesis 20:14-18 and questions

Gods people is protected

To court

Abimelech the king did not touch Sarah, Abraham’s wife, but in his heart he did and was guilty, even if Sarah had been Abraham’s sister and not his wife, Abimelech had no right to take her into his harem against her will. God took Abimelech and his entire household to court, and they were judged to death if the king didn’t make it right and compensated for mistreating Sarah.

Even richer

As a warning to the king, God closed the wombs of all in the kings household, no women there got pregnant anymore. This was serious, and the king got the message and made Abraham even richer then he already was.

Cattle and slaves

The king payed Abraham a thousand silver coins to honor that Sarah was Abraham’s wife and therefore to be respected and not touched by anyone. The king also gave Abraham more cattle and male and female slaves and he gave Abraham the right to settle and let his animals feed anywhere in the king’s country.

Prayer power

Then Abraham prayed to God for the king and his household and God healed him and his wife and his maids, and they once again could give birth to children. Abraham was the prophet of God and he had the prayer power that “moved God”. This is the way it works even today; through God’s word, Jesus, in our heart we got the power of prayer, even for people that don’t know God.

Questions

  1. Why does God defend and protect you?
  2. Does God always answer prayers?

ASV notes on Genesis 20:8-13 and questions

God is the solution

Nothing is too complicated for God

The dream where God talked to Abimelech scared him and he feared for his life, and got up in the morning and told all his servants about it, and they most certainly brought this further to the people. The respect and fear for the God of Abraham must have affected all in the area when Abraham or some of his met them in their moving around with all the animals looking for food and water. God prepared the way for His prophet.

The half sister

Abraham as nomad moved from place to place and he gave Sarah a standing order to tell people that she was his sister. Sarah was Abraham’s half-sister; they were both children of Terah and siblings of Nahor and Haran, they had different mothers, not named in the Bible.

Questions

  1. Is your life too complicated for you?
  2. Do you know what to do?
  3. Is God good and smart?

ASV mark on Genesis 20:1-7 and questions

Abraham at Gerar and Abimelech

Gerar and Abimelech

Now it was time for Abraham to move all his cattle and flocks to another area, finding food for them. Abraham was a nomad, moved from place to place, and stayed temporarily where his animals were grazing. This time he ended up in Gerar where he settled his huge camp, here Abimelech was king.

She lied

Again, Abraham did it, he told Sarah his beautiful wife to lie and say that Abraham was her brother, giving the impression that she was not his wife. Even thou Sarah was close to ninety and probably pregnant she was nice to look at and desirable. The king, Abimelech heard about her beauty and fetched her into his harem were she stayed waiting for the king to call her.

A prophet

Abimelech wanted to have sex with Sarah, but every time he tried to make it happen God hindered him, God looked after Sarah because she was the wife of the prophet Abraham. God gave Abraham the title prophet; it implies that Abraham spoke the words of God. God protected His prophet and stopped the king from touching his wife. 

Guilty

The same is true today, if you speak the words of God, God protects you because of the words you speak; speaking the “words of God when in Jesus” makes you a prophet. Abimelech in his intent to have sex with Sarah was innocent, it was Abraham that did wrong, sacrificing his wife making Abimelech sin against God’s prophet.

Death penalty

God sentenced Abimelech to death for trying to touch Sarah, the king was facing the death penalty, he was about to be executed by God, not just Abimelech but also his household was to be killed, God made Abimelech and his people respect Abraham.  

His awesome God

God told Abimelech to return the prophets wife to him and then God would pardon Abimelech by Abraham praying for him, saving his life. Abimelech did what God told him in a dream. After this, all in the area knew about Abraham and his awesome God.

Questions

  1. Why did all the people in the area know Abraham?
  2. Dis Abraham sin?
  3. Who was the guilty one?