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 mark on Genesis 13:2-4 and questions to consider

שלום חברי

Abraham suffered a famine in South Canaan and had to go to Egypt to survive, he could have complained to God, but he just went on. In addition, in Egypt, they took his wife away from him and then chased him away into the desert. Abraham experienced negative circumstances, but he was confident in his God, and God made him extremely rich and he got his wife back untouched. Moreover, Abraham’s faith in God grew even stronger.

Now Abraham and Lot came to the Mountain between Ai and Bethel and pitched their tents there and Abraham called on the name of his God, YHWH, in Hebrew written with four consonants, however, Moses says nothing about Lot doing the same. Abraham knew that God looked after him and that all he had obtained came from Him.

Many people of today only calls to God when things go wrong, and when things go good they think they did it, a very common remark of today is; “I am so proud of myself, of what I have managed”. Nevertheless, when things are bad they blame God, “How could God do this terrible thing” God didn’t do it, every day you are living by the world’s ideas run by the devil and his future for you is steeling, killing and destroying.

Wake up look to Abraham and call on Jesus your only savour and provider.

Questions to consider

  1. Can God make people rich?
  2. Lot chose what he saw, what did Abraham choose?
  3. Do you blame God?
  4. Who is goberning this world?

ASV notes on Genesis 12:1-3 and the questions to consider

שלום חברי

God talked to Abraham and told him to leave for Canaan. Abraham was told to leave his family to travel on his own only with Sarah (Sarai). God wanted to be alone with Abraham, not having any disturbing factors around, it was vital for the relationship between God and Abraham, and it is vital for how we relate to God.

Christians, friends, and congregations could be beneficial, but could also be disturbing and moving you away from the will of God. Here in the case of Abraham, the pressure from Nahor, Lot and the rest of the family made Abraham accept to take with him his nephew Lot against the will of God, who told Abraham to leave their family behind.

God told Abraham to leave his father’s house and go where He would show Abraham, and then He would bless him, and bless those who blessed him and curse those who cursed him and all the families of the earth would be blessed.” 

God promised Abraham great things, but it was with conditions, “leave your family and their influence on you, and stay only with me, you and your wife. Another condition was to go where God showed him and listen to God’s instructions.

Abraham didn’t obey God, but you may say, “Yes he did, just took with him Lot, that cannot be bad”. When God tells you to do something, just do exactly what He tells you, this is the way to stay out of trouble. Lot brought many difficulties in his journey with Abraham. Abraham didn’t obey, but God led him on the right track along the way. He will do the same to you; just listen carefully when He adjusts you.

Questions to consider

  1. Does God talk to you?
  2. How can you make God talk to you?
  3. Do the promises of God have conditions linked to them?