ASV notes on Genesis 21:22-34 and questions

Abraham and his awesome God

Just water

The king Abimelech and his general Phicol knew Abraham and his private army that eradicated the four kings from the east, Abraham was in their mind a threat to their kingdom. However, the interest of Abraham was just water for his animals.

The well of oath

The king and his general came and wanted Abraham to swear to keep his word and treat Abimelech and his descendants fairly. They stood by a well that Abraham had dug. There they both swore. Abraham not to be hostile to the king’s people, and Abimelech swore that Abraham had dug this well, and they called the well Beersheba, the well of the oath. This was in the same area where an angel spoke to Hagar.

The awesome God

Abraham was powerful in the eyes of Abimelech, but the main reason, I think, that the king feared Abraham was that he saw God blessing him in everything, Abimelech feared Abraham’s God. Abraham planted a tamarisk in the area as a witness of his awesome God, and there he called on His name; YaHaWaH. 

Questions

  1. Do you know the power of God?
  2. How does the power of God works?

ASV notes on Genesis 18:1-5 and questions

God, Jesus and humans

The common name of God

Moses wrote that YaHaWaH was appearing to Abraham, we should understand that from the beginning this was God’s common name, to address who they were talking about when talking of God, people used His name; YaHaWaH.

Adonai, not YHWH

Lord is a title and in the Hebrew language, which the Old Testament was written in, the Lord is Adonai, not YHWH. If you translate YHWH with the LORD, using capital letters it will not changes the basic text in Hebrew. This is the name of God in Hebrew; יהוה, it is read from right to left; י is Y and ה is H and ו is W and ה is H and it makes YHWH. Usually they translate the Hebrew word YHWH with The LORD, but יהוה has no article “the”. If God’s name is written with the article “the” It would looks like this; היהוה, with a ה in front, but that is not the case. The article is added by the translators to make it look right, to use the word LORD.

Many titles

To make it simple; to translate God’s name with the LORD, is not bad translation, but wrong translation, it is misleading the reader. God has only one name, but many titles to describe His great personality.

Not angles

Abraham was resting in his tent door when he saw three men standing, may be twenty meter off, he didn’t see them coming, they just stood there and Abraham knew that they were of God and not humans, but they were men not angles with wings.

To understand the time of visitation

Abraham lived his life for God and new in his heart that he was 100% dependent of Him, in a twinkle of an eye he understood the importance of this moment. Abraham was not afraid of God or His messengers, however, he run towards them and worshipped them with his face to the ground, and he was not afraid but humble.

A message

Abraham offered the three men water for their feet and bread and meat to eat, and they accepted and they rested under an oak tree. They behaved like humans, but Abraham knew that they were of God, he wanted them to rest and eat and drink and feel comfortable, maybe he thought, they had a message for him.

Questions

  1. How many times does the name of God appear in The Old Testament?
  2. Is The LORD a name?
  3. Do God visit people?

ASV notes on Genesis 14:17-24 and questions

Abraham the kings and his God

Abraham said no to the Sodom king

When Abraham and his allies came back from crushing the four kings, the king of Sodom and the King of Salem came to meet them. In the mind of the Sodom king, was material and people and possessions, and he wanted to look generous and offered Abraham all the spoil he brought back. Abraham, however, knew the kings in the Jordan valley, their sinful ways and said no, he did not want them to brag about making him rich.

Melchizedek

But the other king, Melchizedek king of Salem that came had God in his heart and mind and understood that the people coming from battle needed food and drink. Did he praise Abraham and his allies for what they achieved, no, Melchizedek praised and glorified the God most high, he used the Hebrew word El Elyon, meaning “The supreme Ruler of the entire universe; His dominion is all encompassing and everlasting. “

Abraham gives tenth to Melchizedek

Melchizedek knew that God had Given Abraham the victory and blessed Abraham, and Abraham knew that the high priest the king of Salem needed material support and gave him a tenth of all that they had gained in the battle. We need our Christian leaders and their care, but they also need our giving.

The question to consider

  1. Is it sin to become rich?
  2. Who made Abraham rich?

ASV notes on Genesis 11:6-7 and questions to consider

שלום חברי

God said that they are one people, what was it that unifies them? Yes, the language, they spoke the same words, they could understand each other. Is this good or bad, if God is the leader it is good, but the crowd will always try to find smart leaders that convince people, leaders they could trust and listen to.

This makes many stops thinking on their own and follows the few. This is what’s going on today, big unions having big meetings with automatic translation. Today the cities are growing bigger and the unions stronger and they fight for a good life without the true God, they are looking for the broad highway leading to disaster.

Questions to consider 

  1. What unifies people?
  2. What are the dangers we face when the cities grow bigger?