ASV notes on Genesis 22:11-14

שלום חברי

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.

Abraham had given God the most precious he had on this earth, God wants to be loved 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 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.

ASV notes on Genesis 16:3-4

God promised Abraham descendants, but years went by and Sarah didn’t get pregnant, Sarah wanted children so she thought that maybe she could help God a little bit by her maid Hagar. Abraham went into Hagar as Sarah suggested and she bears a child to Abraham. Then Hagar treated Sarah with contempt instead of being her maid.

God doesn’t need our help, God wants our obedience and faith, not our struggle, and it only messes up things. Hagar having a child with Abraham brought a lot of trouble.