ASV notes on Genesis 22: 1-10 and questions to consider

שלום חברי

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.

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.

When they came close to the place for sacrifice; “Abraham said to his servants, “Settle down and stay here with the donkey; the [c]young man and I will go over there and worship [God], 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 15:9-21 and questions to consider

שלום חברי

God wanted to make a covenant between Him and Abraham and used a well-known ritual and had Abraham bring Him animals and birds to fulfill it. Abraham knew the rite well and prepared everything like God wanted it.

When the sun setting fire started to consume the meat and God took Abraham on a journey in his sleep. God told about the terrible times for his descendants in Egypt and Abraham lived through the dark and gloomy years there. Then darkness lifted when God told about the release from the slavery and also the giving of the Promised Land to the fourth generation from Abraham.

We know the size of the land Israel of today, it is a tiny land compared to the land God promised Abraham, this was a huge land, from the Nile in Egypt to the river Euphrates in the today Iraq, and that promise still stands.

God is a fair God; He was fair to Abraham but also to the people that lived in Canaan, the Amorites. The conquering of the land promised to the descendants of Abraham had to wait till wickedness and guilt of the Amorites was complete. At that time ten tribes lived in the land of Canaan, represented here by the Amorites.

God also promised Abraham a long life and a peaceful end, he had lived with God for a long time now, and knew that God’s word was the truth; he had experienced it and believed that God was able to see His word through. Because of the faith in God, Abraham could pass everything God told him to his descendants with conviction.

Abraham had faith in God based on his life with Him for many years now, with us it is not the same way, we don’t need that much time and experience. When we give our life to Jesus the faith takes place in our new spirit, from there it can move into our soul and grow to be the faith of Jesus, not in Jesus but of Jesus. If Jesus being in us we have “the faith of God”

Questions to consider

  1. Why does God make covenants with people?
  2. What is “the size” of the land Israel?
  3. How does God treat “bad people”?
  4. What kind of faith do we need?

ASV notes on Genesis 12:10-13 and questions to consider

שלום חברי

Now there was a famine and all the animals that Abraham and Lot had needed food, Abraham didn’t complain to God, he just went on towards Egypt where he heard there were enough of green grass, herbs, and fruit. God blesses what you set your hand to. God blesses, but you have to set your hand to something that He can bless.

When they were about to enter Egypt, Abraham feared for his life because of the beauty of Sarah his wife. He said to Sarah; please tell them that you are my sister. This was not a friendly asking; this was more like an order, even though he said please. Sarah was 65, but still pretty and desirable.

Abraham was not perfect, he told Sarah to lie, well Sarah was Abraham’s half-sister, but by saying that she was his sister, she expressed that she was not Abraham’s wife. Abraham would sacrifice Sarah to become a possible kind of sex slave in Pharaohs’ harem.

Questions to consider

  1. Did Abraham lie?
  2. Why do we have to set our hand to something?
  3. Was Abraham perfect?

ASV notes on Genesis 12:14-20 and questions to consider

שלום חברי

In Egypt as in many other kingdoms at that time, everything was about the leader, in this case Pharaoh, his power, his army, his battles and his wellbeing including his harem. Abraham knew all that and we can well understand why he asked Sarah to say she was his sister.

Pharaoh made Abraham richer than he already was. Abraham became a small moving city, with transportation, donkeys and camels, working labours, slaves or servants.  When Abraham moved it was a huge caravan that needed to be well organised. When Abraham settled down somewhere and builded an Alter for his God, people around noticed it, they knew who Abraham was and they knew that he worshipped only one God.

 

God had said that He would bless Abraham and his seed, and bless them that blessed him, and curse them that curse him; God’s protection surrounded Abraham, This protection did not depend on Abraham, but on the integrity of God’s Word. God punished Pharaoh, the innocent part in this matter and Pharaoh gave Sarah back to Abraham and acknowledged that Abraham’s God was a great God. You are not perfect either, but in Jesus you are a new creation, 2 Corinthians 5:17, and you are already blessed, Ephesians 1:3.

Pharaoh commanded his soldiers to escort Abraham away from Egypt; I think Pharaoh thought that then this “great and terrible God” also would leave together with Abraham.

Questions to consider

  1. Why did Abraham ask Sarah to say that she was his sister?
  2. Why did Pharoh make Abraham richer than he was before?
  3. Why did Abraham build an Alter?
  4. Who was the guilty party in the matter between Pharoah and Abraham?