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

שלום חברי

רוח הקודש

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.

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.

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 20:14-18

Abimelech the king didn’t 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.

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.

The king payed Abraham a thousand silver coins to honor that Sarah was Abraham’s wife and to be respected and not touch 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.

Then Abraham prayed to God for the king and his household and then God healed him and his wife and his maids and they 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.

ASV notes on Genesis 20:8-13

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.

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.

ASV notes on Genesis 11:26-30

ASV notes on Genesis 11:26-30

Abraham was at first given the name Abram; God later changed his name to Abraham. Abraham had two brothers, Nahor and Haran, Haran was the first born, and he died in Ur of the Chaldeans, the home town of the Terah family. Excavations has shown that at the time of Abraham (Abram) they lived and existed as we do today in houses with bathrooms, even rooms for guests. They went to schools as children do today and they studied as young people do today. The people of Ur were well educated and smart people.

Abraham married Sarai whose name God later changed to Sarah. Nahor Abraham’s brother married Milcah a daughter of Haran. Haran had two daughters, Milcah and Iscah. Nothing is said about Sarah’s mother or Abraham’s mother, but later we learn that Sarah was Abraham’s half-sister.