Isaac gives the wells of Abraham the same names as Abraham did. Taken from Genesis 26:18-22, commented by ASV and questions

Conquering the land

Isaac with his enormous flocks and herds needed many wells to water his animals, and dug open them that his father Abraham had dug, and gave them the same names as Abraham had given them. This was a way of conquering the land by naming the wells. The philistines didn’t like it and came and quarreled with Isaac’s herdsmen, saying that the wells belonged to them.

Peace before trouble

They had earlier filled the wells with dirt so the water wasn’t that important to them, they just didn’t want Hebrews and their names in their land. Isaac was a man of peace and kept on digging wells until the philistine herdsmen didn’t quarrel any more.

In peace and quiet

The reason for the peace Isaac had in his heart was his faith in God as we can see here; “so he named it Rehoboth (broad places), saying, “For now the LORD has made room for us, and we shall be prosperous in the land.”” Why did Isaac name the well Rehoboth, broad places? It was because the other wells he dug he had to share with the Philistines with all the hostilities and delays, but now he could water all his animals in peace and quiet.

Hebrew text is the original

Isaac said “for the LORD had made room for us”. Isaac waited for the LORD to sort out the problems, Isaac had as his father a personal relationship with his God and he used his name YaHaWaH. The LORD, is not God’s name, the Hebrew word used in the Hebrew text is YHWH and with the vowel a, the name becomes YaHaWaH.

Fit all the pieces together

The only way to keep your calm in every situation in your life is having built up a strong personal faith in God, and then you can leave it to Him, He knows all the details and how to fit them together.

Questions

  1. Is your life too complicated for God?
  2. Do you get angry often?
  3. Are people the reason for your difficulties?
  4. How can we study the word with patience and care?

Abraham leaves for Moriah with servants and Isaac, to sacrifice his son, from Genesis 22:1-10 commented by ASV and questions

Faith

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.

Calm and collected

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.

Abraham did not waver

When they came close to the place for sacrifice; “Abraham said to his servants, “Settle down and stay here with the donkey; the young man and I will go over there and worship , 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 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?

Abraham meets the Sodom king and the king of Salem after having beaten the four kings from the east, from Genesis 14:17-24 commented by ASV and questions

Abraham said no to the Sodom king

When Abraham and his allies came back from crushing the four kings, the king of Sodom and the King of Salem came to meet them. In the mind of the Sodom king, was material and people and possessions, and he wanted to look generous and offered Abraham all the spoil he brought back. Abraham, however, knew the kings in the Jordan valley, their sinful ways and said no, he did not want them to brag about making him rich.

Melchizedek

But the other king, Melchizedek king of Salem that came had God in his heart and mind and understood that the people coming from battle needed food and drink. Did he praise Abraham and his allies for what they achieved, no, Melchizedek praised and glorified the God most high, he used the Hebrew word El Elyon, meaning “The supreme Ruler of the entire universe; His dominion is all encompassing and everlasting. “

Abraham gives tenth to Melchizedek

Melchizedek knew that God had Given Abraham the victory and blessed Abraham, and Abraham knew that the high priest the king of Salem needed material support and gave him a tenth of all that they had gained in the battle. We need our Christian leaders and their care, but they also need our giving.

The question to consider

  1. Is it sin to become rich?
  2. Who made Abraham rich?

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 11:10-11 and questions

Noah and his family

Japheth

Japheth was probably the first born of Noah’s three sons and might have been born when Noah was 500 years. Shem was born when Noah was 502 years and we will now follow the generations of Shem through Abraham.

Shem

Shem became 600 years and had Arpachshad. Arpachshad became 438 years and had Shelah. Shelah became 433 years and had Eber. Eber became 464 years and had Peleg. Peleg became 239 years and had Reu. Reu became 239 years and had Serug. Serug became 230 years and had Nahor, the grandfather of Abraham.  Nahor became 148 years and had Terah. Terah became the father of Abraham, Nahor and Haran, the first-born. Terah became 205 years.

Abraham

Noah lived 950 years, his son Shem lived 600 years and we see that their ages did decrease down to between 140 and 200 years approximately. Abraham, for instance, became 175 years.

Questions

  1. Why did Noah have children late in life?
  2. Who was the father of Abraham?

ASV notes on Genesis 11:26-30 and questions

Facts about old times

Abraham and his brothers

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 hometown of the Terah family.

Modern houses and schools

Excavations have 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.

Milcah and Iscah

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 told about Sarah’s mother or Abraham’s mother, but later we learn that Sarah was Abraham’s half-sister.

Questions

  1. Do we understand the old times?
  2. Who was Milcah?