ASV notes on Genesis 25:19-26 and questions

Isaac and Rebekah, the faith and the Word

60 and 160

It seemed that Rebekah or Isaac was unable to have children, and I am sure that they discussed this with Abraham the father of Isaac and He most likely told them that God would fulfill his promises about Abraham becoming great nations in its due time. However, it took 20 years for Isaac to understand where to turn to for having children. Isaac prayed to YaHaWaH believing in God’s promises and Rebekah got pregnant, Isaac being 60 and Abraham 160.

What does, the faith comes of?

Why did Isaac believe in God’s promises, the only reason is because of all the words he constantly heard from the mouth of his mother and father, they told him day by day about all that YaHaWaH had done for them and why his name was laughter, Isaac. Now he prayed in faith and God answered immediately. 

Faith

Why do we have to pray to God about all the promises in his word? He has promised so why can’t He just do it. It is again, this word faith, is which everything pivots around whether we like it or not. In Hebrews, 11:1 we can dig for the treasures buried there. Now faith is the assurance (title deed, confirmation) of things hoped for (divinely guaranteed), and the evidence of things not seen [the conviction of their reality—faith comprehends as fact what cannot be experienced by the physical senses].”

Not blame, and the foundation

First, faith is assurance of things hoped for, “things hoped for” is all the promises in the Bible, however, before that you have to establish the foundation, namely that all the words in the Bible are from God, every single one of them. You cannot blame the translations, because you can always go to the Interlinear Bible and look at the Hebrew text in The Old Testament and Greek in The New Testament. First then, when you have decided in your heart that the words in the Bible are from God, then you can start digging for the true treasures buried in the Word.

That is not faith

Back to faith in Hebrews 11:1;  Assurance is what happens in your heart, not in your brain, it is influenced of what you daily are thinking about, but for the assurance to be established in your heart it takes time, the longest distance you ever “walk” in your life is from your brain down to your heart. “And evidence of things not seen” it doesn’t say things that are not, no those things not seen are in a perfect shape and in a perfect world, not like this imperfect world that we can see. Our problem is that we cannot sense them, not see them, not touch them and we don’t like that, we want to confirm it by our senses, but that is not faith.

From hearing

Our hopes are reality, but we cannot see them. Now you know what faith is, the problem is how to obtain it. To dig further we need more scriptures, Romans 10:16-17; But they did not all pay attention to the good news [of salvation]; for Isaiah says,Lord, who has believed our report?  So faith comes from hearing [what is told], and what is heard comes by the message concerning Christ.”

A person

Again there are different steps to take, first we need to pay attention, when we read the Bible it is not like reading a newspaper, we have to look for all the buried secrets there, and paying attention also includes having a praying heart to The Holy Spirit for help and guidance; John 14:26. Then we have to listen to the Word, Jesus, they are spirit and they make you come alive on the inside; John 6:63. They also open up the hearing capacity of your heart; “and what is heard comes by the [preaching of the] message” It is easier to see it in The King James Version; “and hearing by the word of God.” There you can see more clearly that the hearing comes by hearing the Word of God. Let me remind you of that the Word is not a word, it is a person and it is plural and has a name, Jesus.

According to

Now when faith has established your prayer according to the Word, God will answer all the time because He is good.

Questions

  1. Does watching TV affect our faith?
  2. Do books you read affect your faith?
  3. Do people who you listen to affect your faith?
  4. Is the world on your side?
  5. Who is running this world?
  6. How many real friends do we have?

ASV notes on Genesis 24:15-27 and questions

Faith

First then

The girls passed the test she fulfilled all 3 conditions, first then Eliezer asked what family she came from, and yes, she was the daughter of Bethuel the son of Milcah, (the daughter of Haran, Abraham’s late brother), and Nahor Abraham’s brother. “When the camels had finished drinking, Eliezer took a gold ring weighing a half-shekel and two bracelets for her hands weighing ten shekels in gold

Belonged to the bride

Eliezer took some of the gift meant for the coming bride, a ring and two bracelets of gold and put the ring in her nose and the bracelets on her arms. Eliezer had faith in God and did not consider the possibility of the girl saying no to mary Isaac, the golden rings belonged to the bride.

Where it came from

Eliezer had lived with Abraham for many years, and had learned were the blessings came from, the girl was pretty and nice to look at and she said we have enough room at home you can stay with us and we have food for the camels too. Eliezer could have thanked the girl and embraced her, but Eliezer didn’t focus on the girl, he knew where it all came from; he bowed down to the ground and worshipped YaHaWaH, Eliezer also knew the name of the God of Abraham.

Spoken words, the servants and Rebekah heard it

He said; “Blessed be YaHaWaH, the God of my master Abraham, who has not denied His lovingkindness and His truth to my master. As for me, YaHaWaH led me to the house of my master’s brothers.”

Questions

  1. Are you blessed?
  2. Does the blessing come from people?
  3. Are you unlucky, lucky or blessed?

ASV notes on Genesis 24:10-14 and questions

How faith works

Long journey and ten camels

This was a long journey and Eliezer needed ten camels to carry all the things for the travel and for all the gifts to give the chosen bride. Eliezer and his servants after a long travel, probably months arrived outside the city where Nahor, the brother of Abraham, and his family lived.

Instead

Eliezer had learned from the life with his master Abraham not to trust any man. Eliezer could have inquired about Nahor and his family, but instead he asked God for help;

Prayer

And he said, “O Lord, God of my master Abraham, please grant me success today, and show lovingkindness to my master Abraham.Behold, I stand here at the spring of water, and the daughters of the men of the city are coming out to draw water; now let it be that the girl to whom I say, ‘Please, let down your jar so that I may drink,’ and she replies, ‘Drink, and I will also give your camels water to drink’—may she be the one whom You have selected for Your servant Isaac; and by this I will know that You have shown lovingkindness to my master.”

The answer

Eliezer believed that God already had piqued the girl for Isaac; the problem was how to find her and be assured it was the right girl. In the prayer of Eliezer the girl selected had to meet three conditions; 1 she had to be among those girls fetching water the first time Eliezer was present at the well. 2 When Eliezer asks for water, she let him drink from her jar. 3 And she also had to say, “I will also give your camels water to drink” It was actually no need for her to do that, they had 10 camels and probably 3 or 4 servants that could water the camels, but if she was the one, she should offer to do it.  God is not slow to answer, could be things that hinder the answer to come, but God’s answers are immediate, before Eliezer had finished talking to God; the answer was in front of him.

Questions

  1. Are God’s answers always the easy way?
  2. Can you trust men?

ASV notes on Genesis 22: 15-19 and questions

Faith in God

שלום חברי

To act on faith

Our life with God is conditional, because we accept Jesus as lord and listen to His words; the faith of Jesus makes us children of God. God through an angel said to Abraham; since you have done this thing and have not withheld your son, your only sonAbraham fulfilled the condition that God had set, that Abraham believed God and did as God told him.

The promise

Abraham didn’t have the Bible, we are lucky; we have all the conditions written down in a book, we can find out what is expected of us by reading, praying and studying. Abraham gave God the best he had and his God, YaHaWaH responded by promising Abraham to greatly bless him and multiply his descendants like the sand of seashores and like the stars on the sky and to defeat their enemies.

All the nations

And the angel ended his speech by saying; “Through your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed” God said that Jesus Christ would descend from Abraham and through Him God would bless the world.

Questions

  1. How do we become children of God?
  2. Who is Abraham’s seed?

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 mark on Genesis 16:3-4 and questions

שלום חברי   רוח הקודש

We are not smart or  good

Faith contains patience

God promised Abraham descendants, but years went by and Sarah did not get pregnant, Sarah wanted children so she thought that maybe she could help God a little bit by her made Hagar. Abraham went into Hagar as Sarah suggested, and she bears a child to Abraham. Then Hagar treated Sarah with contempt instead of being her made.

Obedience and faith

God does not need our help, God wants our obedience and faith, not our struggle, and it only messes up things. Hagar having a child with Abraham brought a lot of trouble.

Questions to consider

  1. What does God want from us?
  2. What is the most common way to communicate with God?

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 6: 13-14 and questions

Preaching and faith

Leaking

God new Noah well, and Noah knew God, so God decided to reveal the secret to Noah that He was going to destroy almost all the living on earth, God was leaking this secret to Noah, knowing that Noah believed in Him and would try to warn the people around him. God said, “Make yourself an ark”

The box

God did not tell Noah to make a boat, He told him to make a box that could accommodate himself, his family and some pairs of all the animals and flying creatures and provisions needed. The rooms and decks in the box and the coat outside and inside were vital. How the box moved in the water was not important, God looked after them.

No sailor

Noah had faith in God, he was probably not a sailor, he did not know what he was doing, he just knew the architect. For Noah everything was impossible, how could he catch all the animals and birds, and how could he close the huge door. Noah was just obedient and did not care how ridicules it looked.

The truth

Believe in God through Jesus, do not believe in what you experience and see, it is not the truth. We need medics, but medics get sick too. The truth is not in scholars, the truth is not in knowledge or ideas, the truth is not something, the truth is a person and his name is Jesus.

Questions

  1. Did God want to kill all the people that died in the flood?
  2. Do we need God in everything we do?
  3. What is the truth?

ASV notes on Genesis 5:3-8 and 18-24 and questions

First-borne and daughters

Who was the first-borne?

When Adam was hundred and thirty years he had Seth, but we know that before Seth Adam and Eve had both Cain and Abel. The first son mentioned to the descendants of someone in the Bible, is not necessarily the first-born.

Daughters as well

We also notice that Adam, after he had Seth had other sons and daughters, mostly the sons are mentioned in the Bible. However, they had daughters as well. We suppose that Eve was the mother to all the children of Adam, looks like the women at that time were strong and healthy.

Questions

  1. Who was Adam and Eve’s first-borne son?
  2. How many daughters did Adam and Eve have?

ASV notes on Genesis 5:18-24 and questions

The importance of the spoken words of God

The preacher

Now in verse 18, we arrive at the old people, beginning with Jared the father of Enoch the preacher. Jared became 962 years only one became older than he did, his grandson. You can feel the blessing of God here in the family of Jared. His son Enoch walked with God, he believed that God was YaHaWaH and was a good God and Enoch preached God’s goodness to people and thought them to call upon His name, YaHaWaH.

109500 days

One day when Enoch was 365 years, God thought that the preaching of Enoch for at least 300 years was enough. People had now heard about Him, who he was every day for more than 300 years times 365 days it takes 109500 days. God will always try to help you, He keeps on trying, you do not have to decide, but you have to listen. God took Enoch to be with Him, Enoch never died he became immortal by preaching the word of God.

Faith

What you are listening to grows your faith. If you are listening to the medics telling you about sickness, you will grow faith in sickness, if you are listening to the news, you will start believing in their reports. If you are listening to words like “The good is in human, you just have to look for it and believe that you can do it” that and likewise is a lie from the devil and it excludes God. The fact is, you cannot do it alone, God created you to be with Him, you need Him and God has given you the solution, Jesus the anointed one.

Questions

  1. Why should we call upon God’s name?
  2. Why did God take Enoch to be with Him?
  3. What is the only solution?