ASV notes on Genesis 22:11-14

שלום חברי

The obedience of Abraham testified that he feared his God. Abraham loved his God, but in this love is also fear, not trembling fear, but a kind of great respect that God always wants the best for his children, Abraham, and his descendants. Abraham’s faith was important to God.

Abraham had given God the most precious he had on this earth, God wants to be loved with the best we have. Then God loved Abraham back, because Abraham gave his son Isaac, God is responding by giving His son for the descendants of Abraham, the Hebrews and then the whole world.

To kill Isaac wouldn’t have helped anybody, but sacrificing the Son of God would give the entire world a way to “life” on earth and a life forever with God in heaven. Jesus died for the sin in us to give us a new spirit to overcome the sin in our life.

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.