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 12:1-3 and the questions to consider

שלום חברי

God talked to Abraham and told him to leave for Canaan. Abraham was told to leave his family to travel on his own only with Sarah (Sarai). God wanted to be alone with Abraham, not having any disturbing factors around, it was vital for the relationship between God and Abraham, and it is vital for how we relate to God.

Christians, friends, and congregations could be beneficial, but could also be disturbing and moving you away from the will of God. Here in the case of Abraham, the pressure from Nahor, Lot and the rest of the family made Abraham accept to take with him his nephew Lot against the will of God, who told Abraham to leave their family behind.

God told Abraham to leave his father’s house and go where He would show Abraham, and then He would bless him, and bless those who blessed him and curse those who cursed him and all the families of the earth would be blessed.” 

God promised Abraham great things, but it was with conditions, “leave your family and their influence on you, and stay only with me, you and your wife. Another condition was to go where God showed him and listen to God’s instructions.

Abraham didn’t obey God, but you may say, “Yes he did, just took with him Lot, that cannot be bad”. When God tells you to do something, just do exactly what He tells you, this is the way to stay out of trouble. Lot brought many difficulties in his journey with Abraham. Abraham didn’t obey, but God led him on the right track along the way. He will do the same to you; just listen carefully when He adjusts you.

Questions to consider

  1. Does God talk to you?
  2. How can you make God talk to you?
  3. Do the promises of God have conditions linked to them?

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.