ASV notes on Genesis 21:22-34

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. But the interest of Abraham was water for his animals.

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 the well was dug by Abraham and they called the well Beersheba, the well of the oath. This was in the same area where an angel spoke to Hagar.

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.

ASV notes on Genesis 8:2 and 8:15-17 and questions

שלום חברי

ASV notes on Genesis 8:2

Water

Here it seems like the fountains of the deep also were closed, indicating that there still was water in the centre of the earth.

ASV notes on Genesis 8:15-17

The same

When reading how God watched Noah and his family on top of the water and how God was talking to Noah it is of vital importance to consider that God is the same today as He was in the days of Noah. If He talked to Noah with love and care, He can do the same to you.

In you?

No, now you can say, Noah was of vastly more importance than me, no, he wasn’t, what made Noah important to God, was the fact that God considered Noah righteous and that Noah listened to God and did what He told him. You are treated in the same way, it depends on righteousness, not on Noah, and not on you, but on Jesus, being in you or not.

question to consider

  1. Is God talking to you?
  2. Are you as important to God as Noah was?