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 20:8-13

The dream where God talked to Abimelech scared him and he feared for his life, and got up in the morning and told all his servants about it, and they most certainly brought this further to the people. The respect and fear for the God of Abraham must have affected all in the area when Abraham or some of his met them in their moving around with all the animals looking for food and water. God prepared the way for His prophet.

Abraham as nomad moved from place to place and he gave Sarah a standing order to tell people that she was his sister. Sarah was Abraham’s half-sister; they were both children of Terah and siblings of Nahor and Haran, they had different mothers, not named in the Bible.

ASV notes on Genesis 12:4-5 and questions to consider

שלום חברי

God told Terah and Abraham to go to the land of Canaan, they stopped in Haran and God blessed them there with possessions and servants, Abraham started to become rich and he led a huge flock on their way to Canaan, Abraham was 75 at that time and I think he felt as strong as ever.

Even today God blesses people, in the same way, there are conditions to be met, but the blessings are real, both with inner peace and material wealth. God knows what you need, it is not things, it is a person, the way to a rich life on earth and a gate to heaven, His name is Jesus, Matthew 6:33

Abraham was curious to see the land that God promised him, so he didn’t settle down somewhere, and relaxed after this long journey from Haran to Canaan. No, he wanted to inspect the great land that God had promised him. Abraham traveled through the land as far as Shechem, he had seen the Canaanites who lived there and had been on the mountains, in the valleys and along rivers and lakes. Crossing the landscape like that with all his animals when in Shechem Abraham knew most of the land pretty well.

Consider questions, make your opinion by commenting

  1. Can you be as strong as Abraham?
  2. Is it bad to be rich?
  3. Is what you need the same as what you want?
  4. What do we need?

ASV notes on Genesis 11:10-11

ASV notes on Genesis 11:10-11

Japheth was probably the first born of Noah’s three sons and might have been born when Noah was 500 years. Shem was born when Noah was 502 years and we will now follow the generations of Shem through Abraham.

Shem became 600 years and had Arpachshad. Arpachshad became 438 years and had Shelah. Shelah became 433 years and had Eber. Eber became 464 years and had Peleg. Peleg became 239 years and had Reu. Reu became 239 years and had Serug. Serug became 230 years and had Nahor, the grandfather of Abraham.  Nahor became 148 years and had Terah. Terah became the father of Abraham, Nahor and Haran, the first born. Terah became 205 years.

Noah lived 950 years, his son Shem lived 600 years and we see that their ages did decrease down to between 140 and 200 years approximately. Abraham for instance became 175 years.

ASV notes on Genesis 11:26-30

ASV notes on Genesis 11:26-30

Abraham was at first given the name Abram; God later changed his name to Abraham. Abraham had two brothers, Nahor and Haran, Haran was the first born, and he died in Ur of the Chaldeans, the home town of the Terah family. Excavations has shown that at the time of Abraham (Abram) they lived and existed as we do today in houses with bathrooms, even rooms for guests. They went to schools as children do today and they studied as young people do today. The people of Ur were well educated and smart people.

Abraham married Sarai whose name God later changed to Sarah. Nahor Abraham’s brother married Milcah a daughter of Haran. Haran had two daughters, Milcah and Iscah. Nothing is said about Sarah’s mother or Abraham’s mother, but later we learn that Sarah was Abraham’s half-sister. 

ASV notes on Genesis 11:31-32 and questions

רוח הקודש

Haran

Seems like Haran the older brother of Abraham (Abram) was a lot older than Nahor and Abraham and had daughters that Nahor could marry. Haran died in Ur of the Chaldeans and the rest of the family decided to move North West to the land of Canaan.

Nomades

They went along the trade route with caravans carrying goods to trade in other cities. Along with this rout, there were towns/cities they could stay in and buy what they needed. It was a long journey, but they had a lot of cattle and flocks so this was their way of living moving from place to place finding food for their animals.

Fertile

After a long time, probably years, they arrived in Haran and decided to stay there. My opinion is that the place they stopped and stayed in was fertile with lots of water and provision and they named the place Haran after their late brother. There Terah died at the age of 205 and Abraham and his wife was ready to continue further west to the land of Canaan.

Questions

  1. Why did they marry within their own family?
  2. How can we live in the promises of God?