God makes Jacob rich with flocks and herds, camels and slaves and whatever he needed, from Genesis 30:37-43 commented by ASV and questions

To know the hand of God in what’s going on

What Jacob is doing in these verses, humanly thinking seems stupid actually, and those branches he made wouldn’t have had any influence on the color of the offspring, of course not. So why did he do it, the answer is that he communicated with God and told Him that if the offspring is not white when mating at the sticks I know that You have answered me, for this is not possible.

He knew without doubt that God made him riche

God made Jacob rich, his flocks increased and he separated them from the white sheep and goats, which he pastured. His sons looked after his own flock. However Jacob’s flocks grew bigger and bigger, and when he needed more labor he just bought “slaves” in the “slave markets” in Haran. Jacob also prepared for his travel home and bought camels and donkeys.

Not many or much

What we can learn from what Jacob did here is that when we pray to God, additional to our prayer we also have to act “put our hand to something” God cannot bless what we don’t do. What we say is not too important; you don’t need to use many words, and not many people to pray for you.

First step

What is of much more importance is the condition of your heart; in your heart, your spirit and soul are located. First step is to change your spirit, throw your old away and install a new one; 2 Corinthians 5:17. Now you are ready to change, but in the physical, nothing has happened.

Second step

Second step is to change your lifestyle, from a life with the world, to a life with the Word. You have to conduct what is influencing your brain, your way of thinking. You have to turn off all the information from TV, from your friends, from the medics, all? Yes all because in the beginning you are not capable of selecting and filter the info being thrown at you.

Not want to, but need to

Then you need to open up for the Word to move your brain to think like God, you have to dig deep in the Bible, slowly, deep, and chronically, from the beginning to the end. After being baptized in water and in the Spirit you need to discipline your body with all your 5 senses, instead of saying I want, your saying should be; “I need to”

Expose the lie

 It is not hard work; in yourself, it is impossible; you need Jesus by The Holy spirit to help you, every day? Yes every day, shutting the doors, where the devil can slip in. He is slippery as a snake; however, The Holy Spirit will expose the lie and give you the truth.

Questions

  1. Do you have the new spirit in your heart?
  2. Do you understand that the Word is Jesus?
  3. Do you think your body is your friend?
  4. Do you need some of the Bible or the whole Bible?
  5. Do you need some of your body or the whole body?

Jacob meets God in Bethel, the house of God, from Genesis 28:18-22 commented by ASV and Questions

Bethel

God can be everywhere, however it might be that Jacob didn’t knew that, and thought he had found God’s home on earth and called the place Bethel meaning the house of God, may be God was home when he returned here? Jacob sanctified the place by erecting the stone he used as a pillow and anointed it with oil. Jacob had nothing now, so everything he later had he believed God had given him and he promised to give tenth back to God of all he was given.

Pay back

God has given us all that we have, without him we don’t have it, even if it seems that we have, if praising him for it, all we have become a blessing to us. God had just told Jacob that He would protect him and bless him, however it seemed as Jacob needed to confirm it and made a deal with God, if God would give him what he needed and bring him back to his father’s house in safety, Jacob would pay Him back.

Preaching

Jesus is protecting his people, and the word should be preached for His people to extend and we need to pay to support the preaching of the Word, Jacob promised to God to pay for what he got, do we?

Questions

  • Is it possible to sense the presence of God?
  • Does Jesus by The Holy Spirit protect the world from all evil?
  • What will happen if The Holy Spirit leaves the earth?

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 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?