ASV notes on Genesis 21:1-13

God in his grace came to Sarah, what He did we don’t know, but God kept his promise and the laughter Isaac was born. When Isaac was about 3 years old Sarah and Abraham could stop nursing him as a helpless child and start the teaching and demanding period. Today children are being nursed far too long; the children enter school not prepared for it.   

Isaac was now at least 3 years old, probably 5 or 6, that made Ishmael about 19, 20 years old. Ishmael was grown up; he was old enough to know not to mock the 5/6 year old Isaac. The normal scenario would have been that Ishmael bothered Isaac, and Sarah talked to him and Ismael stopped doing it, but when he thought nobody saw him, he did it again.

Then Sarah talked to her maid Hagar, and she also talked to Ishmael, but in a respectful way, Ishmael was about 20 and Hagar knew that God had promised to make him a people. Ishmael also knew he was to become the father of a nation and I think that his high thoughts of himself made him treat Isaac as an inferior.

When the mocking didn’t stop Sarah went to Abraham asking him to send Hagar and her son away from them. This bothered Abraham and he didn’t know what to do, he loved his son Ishmael also. This was just a family matter, quite normal for a family to have some trouble like that, especially if you have two wives.

But God found it important enough to intervene; He spoke to Abraham and told him to listen to Sarah and do as she said. God was to look after both Isaac and Ishmael not because of them, but because of Abraham, God blessed the descendants of His prophet. Abraham was in the center, all around was a blessing for him. It is the same with you today, if you follow Jesus all people around you are blessed too, and they are a blessing to you, it is not because of them, but it is God’s relation to you through Jesus.

ASV notes on Genesis 17:6-8 and 12-14

Abraham descendants was to be God’s elected people, they were to be extremely fruitful, they became so fruitful that Pharaoh in Egypt in the period of slavery was afraid that they would be too many and take over the land. Remember this, to have children is a great blessing, God loves the child in spite of you not because of you. 

Our life with God is not being a leader; we can be whatever in a church and are called a leader. In the world we might be a leader, but in Gods world we are followers. God said; “Every male among you who is eight days old shall be circumcised” This command was new to Abraham, but for him it was simple, he just found out what it meant and did it. All from 8 days and up was to be circumcised and all means all.

ASV notes on Genesis 9:1-5 and questions

Fruitful

God blessed Noah and his family and told them to be fruitful and multiply, children are a blessing in all countries on earth, we should look after them and give them education and protection.

Meat

In verse 3 God gives the man every moving thing to be food for him; this did now change from vegetables to meat. Man can eat all kind of meat, but without the blood in it.

Blood

In verse 5 it seems like God communicates with the blood in all living and man and the animal must answer for all blood that is taken. The world might not find the murderer and sentence him, but God has already done it.

Death sentence

This verse 5 makes dead sentence right and legal. But it has to be investigated if the taken of blood was intentional or not. God’s motive for the death sentence is surprising and not commonly known.

Blood speaks

God made man in His image, and when murder is committed, someone like God is killed. We are of God’s spirit and the spirits are communicating with each other, blood speaks to blood.

Image

The reason for the death sentence is that God created man in His image and that image is connected to God, no man is left on his own.

Blessing

Again I will say and make it clear, to have children is a blessing, the circumstances do not matter, we have to respect the newborn life as a blessing and look after the child created in the image of God. God is good and able, in him is the provision for all.

Questions

  1. Does the child belong to its parents?
  2. Does God know what’s going on?
  3. Is pregnancy a blessing?

ASV notes on Genesis 1:29-31 and questions

Glory of God

The gift

God made everything and gave authority over the earth to man by the words He spoke, it became a heavenly law. At that time there was no physical evidence of the trees and plants, animals and man, all were in the spiritual and perfect. Moreover, in the spiritual realm, God saw it and validated it. God gave plants and fruit for food, there was no need to kill, the life was forever and the earth was rich and big enough as the earth still is today.

Blessing

In that progress of creation, God made man to live forever, multiply and have children, no death. Imagine how many inhabitants would be living on earth today if Adam and Eve had listened to God and not eaten of the fruit. Today the earth is under the curse, and does not function, as it would have without the sin. In spite of the vast number of people on earth, it would have been enough for all by the blessing of God. 

Questions

1.        Do we need birth control?
2.        Does God live in the spiritual realm?
3.        How old did God create man to be?