ASV notes on Genesis 26:7-11 and questions

Abimelech, Isaac and Rebekah

Nobody did

Isaac stayed in Gerar and Rebekah was Isaac’s “sister” and by the moral in the area at that time she could be taken and made love to, but nobody did, they waited to see what the king Abimelech did, maybe he wanted her for his harem.

Fear

After a long time in Gerar Isaac caressed Rebekah, his wife in the open outside Abimelech’s house and the king saw it through his window and understood that Rebekah was Isaac’s wife. Abimelech and the philistines didn’t know the God of Abraham, but they feared Him and knew that He protected Abraham’s family.

Who was the guilty one?

The king called Isaac and in anger, he told him: “What is this that you have done to us? One of the men might easily have been intimate with your wife, and you would have brought guilt on us.” Abimelech didn’t care about Isaac, but he feared his God and told all his people; Whoever touches this man or his wife shall without exception be put to death.” Isaac like his father made his wife lie, however, God was ready to punish Abimelech if he touched her.

Because of Jesus

The family of Abraham belonged to God as his precious property, and He polished and protected it. If you become the family of God through Jesus, you are His precious property; He will “polish” you and protect you, not because of you, but because of Jesus.

Questions

  1. Do you earn the blessings?
  2. From when, are you blessed?
  3. Why does God look after you?
  4. What is it to be a precious property?

ASV notes on Genesis 22:11-14 and questions

שלום חברי

To resist the sin in us

Fear

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.

Love is to give

Abraham had given God the most precious he had on this earth, God wants us to love Him 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 overcome

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.

Questions

  1. Where is the sin located?
  2. How does the faith in God come by?

ASV notes on Genesis 3:8-13 and questions

What could have been so awesome, instead started to regenerate and decline

Fear

God went down to talk with Adam and Eve as usual in the cool of the day, normally they would be in the open and easy to find, but this time when God came they were afraid and had hidden behind some trees or bushes.

Perform

In the presence of YaHaWaH, you feel inner peace and secure, you know that He is the one taking care of things and looks after you. However in this case with Adam and Eve eating of the fruit of Good and evil, all the responsibility was suddenly on their shoulders, they had to perform and present themselves.

Not knowing

They could not go around in the garden naked and they had to defend their actions. Adam blamed the woman, the woman blamed the serpent, and they knew they were in big trouble, but they did not know what they had done to the rest of mankind. I think God felt sorry for them and saved them from explaining to them the devastating result of their actions.

Questions

  1. What did Adam and Eve do?
  2. Why were they afraid?
  3. Who was the crook behind it all?