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Lesson 8- Isaac, Jacob, Esau, Leah and Rachel, Laban

 

 

Gen. 27:18 So he went to his father and said, “My father.‘ And he said, “Here I am. Who are you, my son?”19 Jacob said to his father, “I am Esau your firstborn; I have done just as you told me; please arise, sit and eat of my game, that your soul may bless me.”

 

 

Gen. 27:20 But Isaac said to his son, “How is it that you have found it so quickly, my son?” And he said, “Because the Lord your God brought it to me.”21 Then Isaac said to Jacob, “Please come near, that I may feel you, my son, whether you are really my son Esau or not.”

 

Gen 27:22 So Jacob went near to Isaac his father, and he felt him and said, “The voice is Jacob’s voice, but the hands are the hands of Esau.”23 And he did not recognize him, because his hands were hairy like his brother Esau’s hands; so he blessed him.24 Then he said, “Are you really my son Esau?” He said, “I am.”

 

 

Gen. 27:25 He said, “Bring it near to me, and I will eat of my son’s game, so that my soul may bless you.” So he brought it near to him, and he ate; and he brought him wine, and he drank.26 Then his father Isaac said to him, “Come near now and kiss me, my son.”27 And he came near and kissed him; and he smelled the smell of his clothing, and blessed him and said:

“Surely, the smell of my son, Is like the smell of a field, Which the Lord has blessed.28 Therefore may God give you, Of the dew of heaven, Of the fatness of the earth, And plenty of grain and wine.29 Let peoples serve you, And nations bow down to you. Be master over your brethren, And let your mother’s sons bow down to you. Cursed be everyone who curses you,  And blessed be those who bless you!”

Summary Gen. 27:18-29

Isaac is suspicious of Jacob’s approach.

A. The voice was different, but the clothing and the hairy hands convinced him that it was Esau, and not Jacob.

B. The blessing held several promises.

1. Wealth. Verses 27-28

2. Mastery of other peoples, nations, and kinsmen.

3. The language of the last part of Verse 29 is similar to the promise God made to Abraham. Gen.12:3, Gen. 22:15-18.

(Balaam, the greedy prophet, used the same phrases when he was forced by God to bless the nation of Israel. Numbers 24:9)

Gen. 27:30 Now it happened, as soon as Isaac had finished blessing Jacob, and Jacob had scarcely gone out from the presence of Isaac his father, that Esau his brother came in from his hunting.31 He also had made savory food, and brought it to his father, and said to his father, “Let my father arise and eat of his son’s game, that your soul may bless me.”32 And his father Isaac said to him, “Who are you?” So he said, “I am your son, your firstborn, Esau.”33 Then Isaac trembled exceedingly, and said, “Who? Where is the one who hunted game and brought it to me? I ate all of it before you came, and I have blessed him—and indeed he shall be blessed.”

 

Gen. 27:34 When Esau heard the words of his father, he cried with an exceedingly great and bitter cry, and said to his father, “Bless me—me also, O my father!”

 

 

Gen.27:35 But he said, “Your brother came with deceit and has taken away your blessing.”36 And Esau said, “Is he not rightly named Jacob? For he has supplanted me these two times. He took away my birthright, and now look, he has taken away my blessing!” And he said, “Have you not reserved a blessing for me?”

Related Scripture:

Hebrews 12:16-17  lest there be any fornicator or profane person like Esau, who for one morsel of food sold his birthright.17 For you know that afterward, when he wanted to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no place for repentance, though he sought it diligently with tears.

 

Gen. 27:37-40 Then Isaac answered and said to Esau, “Indeed I have made him your master, and all his brethren I have given to him as servants; with grain and wine I have sustained him. What shall I do now for you, my son?”

38 And Esau said to his father, “Have you only one blessing, my father? Bless me—me also, O my father!” And Esau lifted up his voice and wept.

39 Then Isaac his father answered and said to him:“Behold, your dwelling shall be of the fatness of the earth,And of the dew of heaven from above.
40 By your sword you shall live,And you shall serve your brother;And it shall come to pass, when you become restless,That you shall break his yoke from your neck.”

Related Scripture:

Heb. 11:20 By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning things to come.

Summary Gen. 27:30-40

Esau’s profane behavior in selling his birthright has robbed him of the blessing.

A.When Esau expected to receive the blessing, he found that his father, Isaac, was not willing to change or alter what he had done. Bitterness set in with Esau. He was truly not repentant:

Compare Hebrews 12:15-17.   “See to it that no one comes short of the grace of God; that no root of bitterness springing up causes trouble, and by it many be defiled; [16] that there be no immoral or godless person like Esau, who sold his own birthright for a single meal. [17] For you know that even afterwards, when he desired to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no place for repentance, though he sought for it with tears.”

Definition of Repentance:

Heb. 12:16-17 That no one may become guilty of sexual vice, or become a profane (godless and sacrilegious) person as Esau did, who sold his own birthright for a single meal.  17. For you understand that later on, when he wanted [TO REGAIN TITLE TO] his inheritance of the blessing, he was rejected (disqualified and set aside), for he could find no opportunity to repair by repentance [what he had done, no chance to recall the choice he had made], although he sought for it carefully with [bitter] tears. AMP

 

To repent =  Gk. μετανοέω = think differently or afterwards, that is, reconsider. The Greek word also carries the meaning of aligning ones thoughts with God’s, coming back together with the (mind of Christ) 

B. Esau’s statement in Verse 36 is not justified.

1. Jacob did not “take away” anything from Esau.

2. Esau surrendered his right to the blessing of the firstborn son, when he foolishly exchanged his birthright for a bowl of soup.

C. The only relief that Esau could expect is seen in Verse 40.

1. The prophecy that the “elder (Esau) shall serve the younger (Jacob),” given at the time of their birth as fraternal twins, would continue for a while.

2. Then, at some future time, Esau would be able take Jacob’s “yoke” from his neck.

 

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

 

We will continue with lesson 8 next week.

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Lesson 8- Isaac, Jacob, Esau, Leah and Rachel, Laban

Gen. 26:23 Then he (Isaac) went up from there to Beersheba.24 And the Lord appeared to him the same night and said, “I am the God of your father Abraham; do not fear, for I am with you. I will bless you and multiply your descendants for My servant Abraham’s sake.

Promises to Abraham

”25 So he built an altar there and called on the name of the Lord, and he pitched his tent there; and there Isaac’s servants dug a well.

 

Gen. 26:23-25 Summary:

Isaac receives a blessing similar to that given to his father.

A. This blessing comes to Isaac, after he had moved from Gerar to Beersheba.

B. God clearly shows that this is a continuation of the blessing given to Abraham.

C. This move to Beersheba removes Isaac from direct contact with the Philistines, in the same way that Abraham was separated.

Gen. 26:26 Then Abimelech came to him from Gerar with Ahuzzath, one of his friends, and Phichol the commander of his army.

Abimelech (also spelled Abimelek or Avimelech; “father/leader of a king; my father/leader, a king”) was the name of multiple Philistine kings mentioned in the Hebrew Bible.

 

Gen. 26:27 And Isaac said to them, “Why have you come to me, since you hate me and have sent me away from you?”28 But they said, “We have certainly seen that the Lord is with you. So we said, ‘Let there now be an oath between us, between you and us; and let us make a covenant with you,29 ‘that you will do us no harm, since we have not touched you, and since we have done nothing to you but good and have sent you away in peace. You are now the blessed of the Lord.’ ”30 So he made them a feast, and they ate and drank.31 Then they arose early in the morning and swore an oath with one another; and Isaac sent them away, and they departed from him in peace.32 It came to pass the same day that Isaac’s servants came and told him about the well which they had dug, and said to him, “We have found water.”33 So he called it Shebah. Therefore the name of the city is Beersheba to this day.

Gen. 26:26-33 Summary:

The Philistines make a treaty with Isaac, as they did with Abraham in 21:22-32.

 A. It was a “non-aggression treaty” identical to that former treaty.

B. This was probably a confirmation of the former treaty, since there was no “consideration” (or, token gift) to bind the parties – only oaths (Verse 31).

C. Beersheba had been given its name by Abraham at the time of the first treaty. 21:22-32

1. Isaac did not name Beersheba, but he apparently confirmed the name by calling his well “Shibah,” because of its location.

2. This city and area is mentioned in many other places in the Bible, and stands as a point of reference to the land of Israel (the phrase, “From Dan to Beersheba” is found in Judges 20:1, and 2 Samuel 24:2,15, to describe the length of the land of Israel. Dan is an extreme northern city and Beersheba is an extreme southern city.) Sheba in ruins today.

Gen. 26:34 When Esau was forty years old, he took as wives Judith the daughter of Beeri the Hittite, and Basemath the daughter of Elon the Hittite.35 And they were a grief of mind to Isaac and Rebekah.

Esau Chose a Curse!

Related Scripture:

Deuteronomy 11:26-28“Behold, I set before you today a blessing and a curse:27 “the blessing, if you obey the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you today;28 “and the curse, if you do not obey the commandments of the Lord your God, but turn aside from the way which I command you today, to go after other gods which you have not known.

 

THE HITTITES, CANAANITES, AND ESAU’S DESCENDANTS, THE EDOMITES WERE LATER ENEMIES OF ISRAEL.

Summary Gen. 26:34-35

The beginning of troubles in the family of Isaac.

A. Esau apparently married two Hittite women without parental approval.

1. Abraham had forbidden his servant to find a wife for Isaac among the Canaanites.

2. The prejudice against the Canaanites continued with Isaac and Rebekah.

 B. This event caused the parents to chose a different course for Jacob.

Genesis 27:1-36

Now it came to pass, when Isaac was old and his eyes were so dim that he could not see, that he called Esau his older son and said to him, “My son.” And he answered him, “Here I am.”2 Then he said, “Behold now, I am old. I do not know the day of my death.

Gen. 27:3 “Now therefore, please take your weapons, your quiver and your bow, and go out to the field and hunt game for me.

 

Gen. 27:4 “And make me savory food, such as I love, and bring it to me that I may eat, that my soul may bless you before I die.”

Gen 27:5 Now Rebekah was listening when Isaac spoke to Esau his son. And Esau went to the field to hunt game and to bring it.6 So Rebekah spoke to Jacob her son, saying, “Indeed I heard your father speak to Esau your brother, saying,7 ‘Bring me game and make savory food for me, that I may eat it and bless you in the presence of the Lord before my death.’8 “Now therefore, my son, obey my voice according to what I command you.9 “Go now to the flock and bring me from there two choice kids of the goats, and I will make savory food from them for your father, such as he loves.10 “Then you shall take it to your father, that he may eat it, and that he may bless you before his death.”11 And Jacob said to Rebekah his mother, “Look, Esau my brother is a hairy man, and I am a smooth-skinned man.12 “Perhaps my father will feel me, and I shall seem to be a deceiver to him; and I shall bring a curse on myself and not a blessing.”13 But his mother said to him, “Let your curse be on me, my son; only obey my voice, and go, get them for me.”

Rebekah pronounced the curse upon her and Jacob. The good news was  Gpd turned Jacob’s curse into blessing. The blessing of the Lord overides any curse.

 

Gen 27:14 And he went and got them and brought them to his mother, and his mother made savory food, such as his father loved.15 Then Rebekah took the choice clothes of her elder son Esau, which were with her in the house, and put them on Jacob her younger son.16 And she put the skins of the kids of the goats on his hands and on the smooth part of his neck.17 Then she gave the savory food and the bread, which she had prepared, into the hand of her son Jacob.

 

Summary Gen. 27:1-17

Rebekah aids Jacob to obtain the blessing that Isaac had offered to Esau.

A. Jacob had obtained the birthright of Esau, easily. 25:29-34

1. Isaac may not have known of this event, or….

2. He may not have approved of it.

3. Jacob believed that he had obtained Esau’s birthright, legitimately, but…

4. He was unsure of his claim enough to submit to his mother’s instruction.

 5. His greatest mistake was in not trusting the promises of God.

B. Rebekah eased Jacob’s doubt about the success of the scheme by being willing to transfer any curse to herself that might arise from it.

C. Rebekah and Jacob took advantage of Isaac’s failing sight to deceive him.

1. Jacob did not need to deceive his father, because God had preordained him to rule over his brother. 25:21-23

2. He was willing to deceive his father for several possible reasons.

a. To please his mother’s wishes.

b. To assure himself that there would be no obstacle to obtaining the blessing.

c. To avoid the need for claiming the inheritance after it had been granted to his brother (a matter that Isaac might possibly consider irrevocable).

 

 

We will continue with lesson 8 next week.

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Lesson 8– Isaac & Rebekah, Jacob, Esau, Leah and Rachel, Laban

Gen. 26:6 So Isaac dwelt in Gerar.7 And the men of the place asked about his wife. And he said, “She is my sister”; for he was afraid to say, “She is my wife,” because he thought, “lest the men of the place kill me for Rebekah, because she is beautiful to behold.”8 Now it came to pass, when he had been there a long time, that Abimelech king of the Philistines looked through a window, and saw, and there was Isaac, showing endearment to Rebekah his wife.9 Then Abimelech called Isaac and said, “Quite obviously she is your wife; so how could you say, ‘She is my sister’?” And Isaac said to him, “Because I said, ‘Lest I die on account of her.’ ”10 And Abimelech said, “What is this you have done to us? One of the people might soon have lain with your wife, and you would have brought guilt on us.”11 So Abimelech charged all his people, saying, “He who touches this man or his wife shall surely be put to death.”

 

 

Gen. 26:6-11 Summary:

Isaac foolishly followed his father’s example.

A. While living among the Philistines, his fear that they would kill him to take his wife caused him to say that she was his “sister.”

B. The King’s discovery of the truth moved him to rebuke Isaac.

1. He saw Isaac “caressing” Rebekah in a way that indicated she was his wife.

 2. He recognized that guilt could come from sexual relations with another man’s wife.

3. He issued a charge to the people pronouncing a death sentence to anyone who “touched” (or harmed) Isaac or Rebekah.

NOTE: The close similarity of this incident to the two examples involving Abraham and Sarah has caused many Bible critics to claim that it proves the human invention of the stories, instead of divine inspiration. Both women in the stories must have been unusually beautiful. The Philistine king involved in the stories had the same name, and could have been the same man, or successive kings wearing the same name. One noticeable difference is that in the earlier event, the sin is only implied, but the latter one specified the nature of the sin that might have occurred. Isaac had less justification for calling his cousin-wife a “sister” than Abraham had in calling a half sister-wife, “sister.”

 

Gen 26:12 Then Isaac sowed in that land, and reaped in the same year a hundredfold; and the Lord blessed him.

 

 

 

THE ONE HUNDRED-FOLD BLESSING

As a young man, “Isaac planted crops in that land and THE SAME YEAR REAPED A HUNDRED-FOLD, because the LORD blessed him. The man became rich, and his wealth continued to grow until he became very wealthy”. Genesis 26:12 NIV.

 

This hundred-fold blessing is also spoken of in the Gospels. “Then Peter began to say unto him, Lo, we have left all, and have followed Thee. And Jesus answered and said, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for My sake and the gospel’s, But HE SHALL RECEIVE AN HUNDREDFOLD NOW IN THIS TIME, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life”. Mark 10:28-30 KJV. The follower of Jesus who is willing to give up the eight things listed–in order to receive a “new beginning”–if called on to do so, will in turn inherit the hundred-fold blessing in THIS LIFE. In the world to come, he has eternal life, but “in the now”, the hundred-fold blessing is in effect in the New Covenant. The sower who sowed seed in good ground, discovered that it “sprang up, and BARE AN HUNDREDFOLD . . . ” Jesus, Luke 8:8, Matt. 13 KJV.

 

The sower who sowed seed in good ground, discovered that it “sprang up, and BARE AN HUNDREDFOLD . . . ” Jesus,  Matthew 13 & Luke 8.

Side Note: 30-60- 100 Explained in the Parable of the Sower:

Matthew 13:8 But others fell on good ground and yielded a crop: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. 9 He who has ears to hear, let him hear!”

Matthew 13:23 But he who received seed on the good ground is he who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and produces: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.

Luke 8 only says 100 fold.

Luke 8:8 8 But others fell on good ground, sprang up, and yielded a crop a hundredfold.” When He had said these things He cried, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear!”

Why? 100 fold only comes to hearer and doer of the Word.

The dimensions of the Tabernacle:

30 cu.- Outer court-  man

60 cu.- Inner Court- Holy Place- part man, part God

100 cu- 90 cu+ 10 Melchizedek (10th)tenth= 100- all God

The hundred-fold blessing is and infinite blessing- beyond what we can ask or think–described in:

2 Cor. 9:8-11

And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work. As it is written:

“He has dispersed abroad, He has given to the poor; His righteousness endures forever.”[b]

10 Now may[c] He who supplies seed to the sower, and bread for food, supply and multiply the seed you have sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness, 11 while you are enriched in everything for all liberality, which causes thanksgiving through us to God. 

Gen. 26: 13 The man began to prosper, and continued prospering until he became very prosperous;14 for he had possessions of flocks and possessions of herds and a great number of servants. So the Philistines envied him.

PROMISES

 

Gen. 26:15 Now the Philistines had stopped up all the wells which his father’s servants had dug in the days of Abraham his father, and they had filled them with earth. 16 And Abimelech said to Isaac, “Go away from us, for you are much mightier than we.”

 

Foreshadowing of Hebrew flight from Egypt

Exodus 1:9 And he said to his people, “Look, the people of the children of Israel are more and mightier than we;– Ex. 1:12

 

Genesis 26:17-22 Then Isaac departed from there and pitched his tent in the Valley of Gerar, and dwelt there.18 And Isaac dug again the wells of water which they had dug in the days of Abraham his father, for the Philistines had stopped them up after the death of Abraham. He called them by the names which his father had called them.19 Also Isaac’s servants dug in the valley, and found a well of running water there.20 But the herdsmen of Gerar quarreled with Isaac’s herdsmen, saying, “The water is ours.” So he called the name of the well Esek, because they quarreled with him.21 Then they dug another well, and they quarreled over that one also. So he called its name Sitnah.22 And he moved from there and dug another well, and they did not quarrel over it. So he called its name Rehoboth, because he said, “For now the Lord has made room for us, and we shall be fruitful in the land.”

Rehoboth (Hebrewרְחוֹבוֹת, Reḥovot; lit. broad places[1]) is the name of three Biblical places:[2]

  • “A well in Gerar dug by Isaac (Gen. 26:22), supposed to be in Wady er-Ruheibeh, about 20 miles south of Beersheba.”[3] Isaac gave it the name Rehoboth, which means “open spaces”.[4] Isaac’s servants had dug two wells before Rehoboth and the herdsmen of Gerar quarrelled with Isaac’s herdsmen. So when they dug the third well and there were no quarrels Isaac named it Rehoboth saying “Now the Lord has given us room and we will flourish in the land.”
  • An ancient city from which came Saul, an Edomite king (Gen. 36:37; 1 Chr. 1:48), “Rehoboth by the river”.
  • Rehoboth-Ir is a biblical town named in Genesis 10:11 as among those founded by either Asshur or Nimrod.[5] 

 

 

Gen. 26:12-22 Summary:

Isaac has some legal disputes with the Philistines.

A. He had moved among the Philistines, because of a famine. 26:1

B. When he became a farmer, as well as a herdsman, he became rich. 26:12-14

1. He was envied by the Philistines.

2. They asked him to leave. 26:16

C. The language in this section can be confusing.

1. Isaac went to Gerar, among the Philistines. 26:1

2. He lived in Gerar. 26:6

3. He left, and settled in the Valley of Gerar. 26:17

4. Gerar was apparently a region around a valley, in which Isaac moved to find pasture for his flocks and herds.

D. His disputes were with the people of Gerar.

1. The Philistines had filled in the wells dug by Abraham. 26:15

2. Isaac re-dug two wells that had been filled in, but in disputes with the people of Gerar over ownership, he abandoned them. 26:19-21

3. The third well was not disputed, and Isaac retained it. 26:22

 

We will continue with lesson 8 next week.

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Lesson 8– Isaac & Rebekah, Jacob, Esau, Leah and Rachel, Laban

Gen. 26:6 So Isaac dwelt in Gerar.7 And the men of the place asked about his wife. And he said, “She is my sister”; for he was afraid to say, “She is my wife,” because he thought, “lest the men of the place kill me for Rebekah, because she is beautiful to behold.”8 Now it came to pass, when he had been there a long time, that Abimelech king of the Philistines looked through a window, and saw, and there was Isaac, showing endearment to Rebekah his wife.9 Then Abimelech called Isaac and said, “Quite obviously she is your wife; so how could you say, ‘She is my sister’?” And Isaac said to him, “Because I said, ‘Lest I die on account of her.’ ”10 And Abimelech said, “What is this you have done to us? One of the people might soon have lain with your wife, and you would have brought guilt on us.”11 So Abimelech charged all his people, saying, “He who touches this man or his wife shall surely be put to death.”

 

 

Gen. 26:6-11 Summary:

Isaac foolishly followed his father’s example.

A. While living among the Philistines, his fear that they would kill him to take his wife caused him to say that she was his “sister.”

B. The King’s discovery of the truth moved him to rebuke Isaac.

1. He saw Isaac “caressing” Rebekah in a way that indicated she was his wife.

 2. He recognized that guilt could come from sexual relations with another man’s wife.

3. He issued a charge to the people pronouncing a death sentence to anyone who “touched” (or harmed) Isaac or Rebekah.

NOTE: The close similarity of this incident to the two examples involving Abraham and Sarah has caused many Bible critics to claim that it proves the human invention of the stories, instead of divine inspiration. Both women in the stories must have been unusually beautiful. The Philistine king involved in the stories had the same name, and could have been the same man, or successive kings wearing the same name. One noticeable difference is that in the earlier event, the sin is only implied, but the latter one specified the nature of the sin that might have occurred. Isaac had less justification for calling his cousin-wife a “sister” than Abraham had in calling a half sister-wife, “sister.”

 

Gen 26:12 Then Isaac sowed in that land, and reaped in the same year a hundredfold; and the Lord blessed him.

 

 

 

THE ONE HUNDRED-FOLD BLESSING

As a young man, “Isaac planted crops in that land and THE SAME YEAR REAPED A HUNDRED-FOLD, because the LORD blessed him. The man became rich, and his wealth continued to grow until he became very wealthy”. Genesis 26:12 NIV.

 

This hundred-fold blessing is also spoken of in the Gospels. “Then Peter began to say unto him, Lo, we have left all, and have followed Thee. And Jesus answered and said, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for My sake and the gospel’s, But HE SHALL RECEIVE AN HUNDREDFOLD NOW IN THIS TIME, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life”. Mark 10:28-30 KJV. The follower of Jesus who is willing to give up the eight things listed–in order to receive a “new beginning”–if called on to do so, will in turn inherit the hundred-fold blessing in THIS LIFE. In the world to come, he has eternal life, but “in the now”, the hundred-fold blessing is in effect in the New Covenant. The sower who sowed seed in good ground, discovered that it “sprang up, and BARE AN HUNDREDFOLD . . . ” Jesus, Luke 8:8, Matt. 13 KJV.

 

The sower who sowed seed in good ground, discovered that it “sprang up, and BARE AN HUNDREDFOLD . . . ” Jesus,  Matthew 13 & Luke 8.

Side Note: 30-60- 100 Explained in the Parable of the Sower:

Matthew 13:8 But others fell on good ground and yielded a crop: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. 9 He who has ears to hear, let him hear!”

Matthew 13:23 But he who received seed on the good ground is he who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and produces: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.

Luke 8 only says 100 fold.

Luke 8:8 8 But others fell on good ground, sprang up, and yielded a crop a hundredfold.” When He had said these things He cried, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear!”

Why? 100 fold only comes to hearer and doer of the Word.

The dimensions of the Tabernacle:

30 cu.- Outer court-  man

60 cu.- Inner Court- Holy Place- part man, part God

100 cu- 90 cu+ 10 Melchizedek (10th)tenth= 100- all God

The hundred-fold blessing is and infinite blessing- beyond what we can ask or think–described in:

2 Cor. 9:8-11

And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work. As it is written:

“He has dispersed abroad, He has given to the poor; His righteousness endures forever.”[b]

10 Now may[c] He who supplies seed to the sower, and bread for food, supply and multiply the seed you have sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness, 11 while you are enriched in everything for all liberality, which causes thanksgiving through us to God. 

Gen. 26: 13 The man began to prosper, and continued prospering until he became very prosperous;14 for he had possessions of flocks and possessions of herds and a great number of servants. So the Philistines envied him.

PROMISES

 

Gen. 26:15 Now the Philistines had stopped up all the wells which his father’s servants had dug in the days of Abraham his father, and they had filled them with earth. 16 And Abimelech said to Isaac, “Go away from us, for you are much mightier than we.”

 

Foreshadowing of Hebrew flight from Egypt

Exodus 1:9 And he said to his people, “Look, the people of the children of Israel are more and mightier than we;– Ex. 1:12

 

Genesis 26:17-22 Then Isaac departed from there and pitched his tent in the Valley of Gerar, and dwelt there.18 And Isaac dug again the wells of water which they had dug in the days of Abraham his father, for the Philistines had stopped them up after the death of Abraham. He called them by the names which his father had called them.19 Also Isaac’s servants dug in the valley, and found a well of running water there.20 But the herdsmen of Gerar quarreled with Isaac’s herdsmen, saying, “The water is ours.” So he called the name of the well Esek, because they quarreled with him.21 Then they dug another well, and they quarreled over that one also. So he called its name Sitnah.22 And he moved from there and dug another well, and they did not quarrel over it. So he called its name Rehoboth, because he said, “For now the Lord has made room for us, and we shall be fruitful in the land.”

Rehoboth (Hebrewרְחוֹבוֹת, Reḥovot; lit. broad places[1]) is the name of three Biblical places:[2]

  • “A well in Gerar dug by Isaac (Gen. 26:22), supposed to be in Wady er-Ruheibeh, about 20 miles south of Beersheba.”[3] Isaac gave it the name Rehoboth, which means “open spaces”.[4] Isaac’s servants had dug two wells before Rehoboth and the herdsmen of Gerar quarrelled with Isaac’s herdsmen. So when they dug the third well and there were no quarrels Isaac named it Rehoboth saying “Now the Lord has given us room and we will flourish in the land.”
  • An ancient city from which came Saul, an Edomite king (Gen. 36:37; 1 Chr. 1:48), “Rehoboth by the river”.
  • Rehoboth-Ir is a biblical town named in Genesis 10:11 as among those founded by either Asshur or Nimrod.[5] 

 

 

Gen. 26:12-22 Summary:

Isaac has some legal disputes with the Philistines.

A. He had moved among the Philistines, because of a famine. 26:1

B. When he became a farmer, as well as a herdsman, he became rich. 26:12-14

1. He was envied by the Philistines.

2. They asked him to leave. 26:16

C. The language in this section can be confusing.

1. Isaac went to Gerar, among the Philistines. 26:1

2. He lived in Gerar. 26:6

3. He left, and settled in the Valley of Gerar. 26:17

4. Gerar was apparently a region around a valley, in which Isaac moved to find pasture for his flocks and herds.

D. His disputes were with the people of Gerar.

1. The Philistines had filled in the wells dug by Abraham. 26:15

2. Isaac re-dug two wells that had been filled in, but in disputes with the people of Gerar over ownership, he abandoned them. 26:19-21

3. The third well was not disputed, and Isaac retained it. 26:22

 

We will continue with lesson 8 next week.

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Lesson 8- Isaac, Jacob, Esau, Leah and Rachel, Laban

Gen. 25: 27 So the boys grew. And Esau was a skillful hunter, a man of the field; but Jacob was a mild man, dwelling in tents.28 And Isaac loved Esau because he ate of his game, but Rebekah loved Jacob.

 

Gen 25:29 Now Jacob cooked a stew; and Esau came in from the field, and he was weary.30 And Esau said to Jacob, “Please feed me with that same red stew, for I am weary.” Therefore his name was called Edom.31 But Jacob said, “Sell me your birthright as of this day.”

 

Related Scripture:

Hebrews 12:15-16 looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled;16 lest there be any fornicator or profane person like Esau, who for one morsel of food sold his birthright.

 

 

Genesis 25:32-34 And Esau said, “Look, I am about to die; so what is this birthright to me?”33 Then Jacob said, “Swear to me as of this day.” So he swore to him, and sold his birthright to Jacob.34 And Jacob gave Esau bread and stew of lentils; then he ate and drank, arose, and went his way. Thus Esau despised his birthright.

 

Summary Gen. 25:27-34:

 

Esau sells his birthright to Jacob.

 

A. Jacob took advantage of Esau’s hunger to buy his birthright.

1. Custom, and later, Law provided that the firstborn child was the chief heir.

2. The Law of Moses prescribed a double portion of the inheritance for the one who was born first. Deuteronomy 21:15-17 “If a man has two wives, the one loved and the other unloved, and both the loved and the unloved have borne him sons, if the firstborn son belongs to the unloved, [16] then it shall be in the day he wills what he has to his sons, he cannot make the son of the loved the firstborn before the son of the unloved, who is the firstborn. [17] “But he shall acknowledge the firstborn, the son of the unloved, by giving him a double portion of all that he has, for he is the beginning of his strength; to him belongs the right of the firstborn.”

3. There were some exceptions to this rule in the Age of the Patriarchs, before the Law was given through Moses. 1 Chronicles 5:1-2 Now the sons of Reuben the firstborn of Israel (for he was the firstborn, but because he defiled his father’s bed, his birthright was given to the sons of Joseph the son of Israel; so that he is not enrolled in the genealogy according to the birthright. [2] Though Judah prevailed over his brothers, and from him came the leader, yet the birthright belonged to Joseph)…

 

B. The writer of Hebrews makes an argument from this event. Hebrews 12:15-17   See to it that no one comes short of the grace of God; that no root of bitterness springing up causes trouble, and by it many be defiled; [16] that there be no immoral or godless person like Esau, who sold his own birthright for a single meal. [17] For you know that even afterwards, when he desired to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no place for repentance, though he sought for it with tears.

 

C. From this time, we will see that Esau becomes an outcast by his own actions.(bitterness)

 

Genesis 26:1

There was a famine in the land, besides the first famine that was in the days of Abraham. And Isaac went to Abimelech king of the Philistines, in Gerar.

 

 

Same situation as:

Genesis 12:10Now there was a famine in the land, and Abram went down to Egypt to dwell there, for the famine was severe in the land.

 

Genesis 26:2-3 Then the Lord appeared to him and said: “Do not go down to Egypt; live in the land of which I shall tell you.3 “Dwell in this land, and I will be with you and bless you; for to you and your descendants I give all these lands, and I will perform the oath which I swore to Abraham your father.

 

 

COVENANT REPEATED TO ISSAC

Original Covenant

Genesis 12:2-3 I will make you a great nation;

I will bless you And make your name great; And you shall be a blessing.3 I will bless those who bless you, And I will curse him who curses you; And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”

 

 

Genesis 26:4-5 “And I will make your descendants multiply as the stars of heaven; I will give to your descendants all these lands; and in your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed;5 “because Abraham obeyed My voice and kept My charge, My commandments, My statutes, and My laws.”

Gen. 26:1-5 Summary:

Isaac receives a blessing that is almost identical to the one given his father.

A. The “Land Promise” in verse 3 was the same. Genesis 12:7

B. In verse 4, the number of descendants (“as the stars of heaven”) was the same, Genesis 22:17

 C. The blessing of “all the nations of the earth” was the same. Genesis 22:18 NOTE: The New American Standard Bible says that the nations would be blessed by Isaac’s “descendants.” In a marginal note, however, the translators acknowledge that the word is literally, “seed.” We have already commented on Paul’s interpretation of this promise, as it was made to Abraham, that the “Seed” God intended was singular, not plural, and that it referred to Jesus Christ. Galatians 3:16.

The word seed in the physical would imply that the nations would be blessed by all the descendants of Isaac — from Esau, the ancestor of the Edomites, as well as Jacob, the ancestor of the Israelites.

The capital S, Seed is spiritual, Christ.

Galatians 3:16 Now to Abraham and his Seed were the promises made. He does not say, “And to seeds,” as of many, but as of one, “And to your Seed,”[a] who is Christ.

 

D. Verse 5 reveals that in the early days of the “Patriarchs,” there were “commandments, statutes and laws.”

1. Abraham had been charged by God to teach these things to his descendants. Genesis 18:19 “For I have chosen him, so that he may command his children and his household after him to keep the way of the Lord by doing righteous-ness and justice, so that the Lord may bring upon Abraham what He has spoken about him.”

2. There could be no sin without law. Romans 5:13 “…for until the Law (of Moses) sin was in the world, but sin is not imputed when there is no law.”

Maks me wonder since sin was not imputed before the law, then could it be sin is not imputed after the fulfillment of the law?

Romans 5:13 [To be sure] sin was in the world before ever the Law was given, but sin is not charged to men’s account where there is no law [to transgress]. AMP

 

Instead we have received:

We will continue with lesson 8 next week.

The blessings of the Lord are upon you whether by blood, adoption, or assignment. The blessing of the LORD makes a person rich, and he adds no sorrow with it. Prov. 10:22

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Lesson 8- Isaac,Jacob, Esau, Leah and Rachel, Laban

 

 

JACOB AND ESAU

Genesis 25:21-23 Now Isaac pleaded with the Lord for his wife, because she was barren; and the Lord granted his plea, and Rebekah his wife conceived.22 But the children struggled together within her; and she said, “If all is well, why am I like this?” So she went to inquire of the Lord.

23 And the Lord said to her:  “Two nations are in your womb, Two peoples shall be separated from your body; One people shall be stronger than the other, And the older shall serve the younger.”

 

Cross reference:

Romans 9:10-15 And not only this, but when Rebecca also had conceived by one man, even by our father Isaac 11 (for the children not yet being born, nor having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works but of Him who calls),12 it was said to her, “The older shall serve the younger.”13 As it is written, “Jacob (later Israel)I have loved, but Esau (Edom)I have hated.” 14 What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? Certainly not!15 For He says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whomever I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whomever I will have compassion.”

 

We are already God’s Elect. I do not believe in the Calvinist theory of Divine Election. There are too many scriptures that say Christ died for all and whosever shall come.

John 3:16

 

Did God really hate Esau? Paul writes a difficult statement in Romans 9:13: Jacob I have loved, but Esau I have hated.

Scholars debate whether or not God actually hated Esau. There are two main opinions on this question.

Option 1: Hate = “Love Less”

Some argue that the reference to hate in Malachi 1:2-3 is a Hebrew idiom for “love less.” They point out that Jesus instructs us to love our enemies rather than hate them (Matt 5:44), point to the places where Jesus tells His disciples to both hate and love their parents (Luke 14:26; Mark 10:19), and remind people that God has strictly forbidden the Israelites from hating the Edomites (Deut 23:7).

 

 

Some might suppose that God’s pronouncement that he “loved” Jacob and “hated” Esau shows that he is speaking about their individual eternal destinies, but this is mistaken. In Hebraic thought, when “love” and “hate” are contrasted they usually are meant hyperbolically. The expression simply means to strongly prefer one person or thing over another.

So, for example, when Jesus said, “Whoever comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and even life itself, cannot be my disciple” (Lk 14:26), he was not saying we should literally hate these people. Elsewhere he taught people to love and respect their parents, as the Old Testament also taught (Mk 10:19). Indeed, he commanded us to love even our enemies (Mt 5:44)! What Jesus was saying was that he must be preferred above parents, spouses, children, siblings and even life itself. The meaning of Malachi’s phrase, then, is simply that God preferred Israel over Edom to be the people he wanted to work with to reach out to the world.

God loves Jacob and hates Esau

Option 2: Hate = Hate

Others, however, argue that God did in fact hate Esau (and the Edomites), for that is what the text clearly states. The Calvinistic commentator John Murray provides a good explanation of this view:
We must, therefore, recognize that that there is in God a holy hate that cannot be defined in terms of not loving or loving less. Furthermore, we may not tone down the reality of intensity of this hate by speaking of it as “anthropopathic” … The case is rather, as in all virtue, that this holy hate in us is patterned after holy hate in God (Murray, Romans, 2:22).

So which view is right? Did God hate Esau?

How can we choose between the two views above? Does God hate Esau and Edom, or does He simply love Edom less than He loves Israel?

The solution to the problem of Romans 9:13 is to agree with those who say that “hate” means “hate,” but to also agree with the others who argue that neither Paul nor Malachi are talking about Esau’s eternal destiny (or anyone else for that matter).

More critical still is to recognize that what God hated is not specifically Esau, for Malachi 1:3 was written many centuries after he had died, nor was God saying He hates the people of Edom.

Instead, God hated how Edom behaved toward Israel.

The Hebrew word used in Malachi 1:3 for “hate” (Heb., sanati) is used in various other places to speak of hatred for the sin and wickedness of people (cf. Psa 26:5; 101:3; 119:104, 128, 163; Prov 8:13; Jer 44:3; Amos 5:21; 6:8; Zech 8:17), not hatred for the people themselves. In light of what many other biblical prophets say about the actions and behavior of Edom (cf. Jer 49:7-22; Lam 4:21-22; Ezek 25:12-14; Amos 1:6-11), this is how we can understand God’s hatred in Malachi 1:3.

God does not hate Edom; He hates how she has behaved. Specifically, God hated how Edom treated Israel.

Psalm 115:33 But our God is in heaven; He does whatever He pleases.

GOD IS SOVEREIGN ONLY OUTSIDE OF HIS WORD; HE IS BOUND WITH HIS COVENANT WITH ABRAHAM/ JESUS CHRIST

(Num 23:19-20)  God is not a man that He should lie, neither the son of man that He should repent. Has He said, and shall He not do it? Or has He spoken, and shall He not make it good? Behold, I have received word to bless. And He has blessed, and I cannot reverse it.

 

 

God is not a respecter of persons

God also does not want us to show favoritism. James:2:9 says that “respect to persons” (KJV) or “partiality” (NKJV) is sin. This is seen more clearly by considering the context of this passage in the New Living Translation:

“My dear brothers and sisters, how can you claim that you have faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ if you favor some people more than others? For instance, suppose someone comes into your meeting dressed in fancy clothes and expensive jewelry, and another comes in who is poor and dressed in shabby clothes. If you give special attention and a good seat to the rich person, but you say to the poor one, ‘You can stand over there, or else sit on the floor’—well, doesn’t this discrimination show that you are guided by wrong motives?…

 

“Yes indeed, it is good when you truly obey our Lord’s royal command found in the Scriptures: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ But if you pay special attention to the rich, you are committing sin, for you are guilty of breaking that law” (James:2:1-4, 8-9).

 

 

Therefore, God shows no favoritism or partiality, and the Bible teaches us that we should not either.

(Gen 25:24-25) 24 So when her days were fulfilled for her to give birth, indeed there were twins in her womb. 25 And the first came out red. He was like a hairy garment all over; so they called his name Esau.

Esau

 

(Gen 25:26)  And after that his brother came out, and his hand took hold on Esau’s heel. And his name was called Jacob. And Isaac was sixty years old when she bore them.

Jacob

 

(Jacob’s name means deceiver, supplanter, one who grabs. Jacob’ s name was later changed to Israel. Jacob is a type of Christ and the believer, the spiritual replacing the natural. 

Jacob deceived his father Isaac by using a goat to prepare him “venison,” convincing his aged and blind father that he was Esau. Years later, Jacob reaped this deceit when his sons used the blood from a goat smeared on Joseph’s coat of many colors to convince Jacob that Joseph was dead (compare Genesis 27:9-29 with Genesis 37:31-35). Jacob’s heart was broken and he mourned over the loss of his son. Without knowing the cause-effect relationship, he was reaping what he had sowed!

 

Summary Gen. 25:19-26

 

This genealogical history sets a precedent that can be exploited by other writers.

A. We can learn how long Rebekah was barren by noting Isaac’s age at his marriage (40, Vs. 20), and when the twins were born (60, Vs. 26).

 

B. The prophet, Malachi, uses verse 23 to develop an argument against the unfaith- fullness of Israel. Malachi 1:2-5 “I have loved you,” says the Lord. But you say, “How have You loved us?” “Was not Esau Jacob’s brother?” declares the Lord. “Yet I have loved Jacob; [3] but I have hated Esau, and I have made his mountains a desolation and appointed his inheritance for the jackals of the wilder-ness.” [4] Though Edom says, “We have been beaten down, but we will return and build up the ruins”; thus says the Lord of hosts, “They may build, but I will tear down; and men will call them the wicked territory, and the people toward whom the Lord is indignant forever.” [5] Your eyes will see this and you will say, “The Lord be magnified beyond the border of Israel!”

C. The Apostle Paul uses the same verse, and a reference to Malachi, to make an argument favoring God’s right to choose a course that is unlike the choices preferred by men. Romans 9:6-13 But it is not as though the word of God has failed. For they are not all Israel who are descended from Israel; [7] nor are they all children because they are Abraham’s descendants, but: “through Isaac your descendants will be named.” [8] That is, it is not the children of the flesh who are children of God, but the children of the promise are regarded as descendants. [9] For this is the word of promise: “At this time I will come, and Sarah shall have a son.” [10] And not only this, but there was Rebekah also, when she had conceived twins by one man, our father Isaac; [11] for though the twins were not yet born and had not done anything good or bad, so that God’s purpose according to His choice would stand, not because of works but because of Him who calls, [12] it was said to her, “The older will serve the younger.” [13] Just as it is written, “Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated.” 

God is perfect LOVE. There is not one iota of hate in God. God doesn’t hate so what does this mean?

God did not hate Esau; He hated how he behaved.

 

We will continue with lesson 8 next week.

The blessings of the Lord are upon you whether by blood, adoption, or assignment. The blessing of the LORD makes a person rich, and he adds no sorrow with it. Prov. 10:22

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Lesson 8- Abraham Cont.’, Isaac & Rebekah, Jacob, Esau, Leah and Rachel, Laban

 

 

Summary Genesis 25:1-6:

Abraham’s descendants from his third wife, Keturah.

 

 

A.Of the six sons, only Midian seems to have a well-known place in Bible history.

 

 

1. Jethro, the “priest of Midian.” gave one of his daughters as wife to Moses. Exodus 2:16-21

 

 

2. The Midianites were sometimes hostile to Israel. (See Judges 6 and 7.)

 

B. Another well-known name is Sheba, a grandson of Abraham. (See 1 Kings 10.) His descendant was the Queen of Sheba.

 

C. Keturah was apparently a concubine-wife, since Isaac was made the sole heir of Abraham.

 

1.The sons of Abraham’s concubines only received gifts.

 

2. They were then sent away “to the land of the east.”

 

Genesis 25: 7 This is the sum of the years of Abraham’s life which he lived: one hundred and seventy-five years.8  Then Abraham breathed his last and died in a good old age, an old man and full of years, and was gathered to his people.As stated earlier long life is a promise of the Father.

Job 5:26 You shall come to the grave at a full age, As a sheaf of grain ripens in its season.

Psalm 91:16; 16 With long life I will satisfy him, And show him My salvation.”

 

Ps. 92:14 They shall still bear fruit in old age; They shall be fresh and flourishing,

 

 

Prov. 3:1-2 My son, do not forget my law, 1 But let your heart keep my commands;2 For length of days and long life And peace they will add to you.

 

 

Summary and Symbolism of Abraham’s Life

God made it plain to Abraham that he was to be the father of a vast earthly family, revealed “as many as the sands of the seashore in multitude,” and a heavenly family, “as many as the stars in the sky in multitude.” There was to be the earthly family and the heavenly family. The people of the spirit always saw the heavenly family. The fact that he was forming an earthly family was only incidental to Abraham and Isaac and Jacob. It was symbolized by the fact that in the land in which this family was to come into being, the land of Canaan, Abraham only lived in tents. He never built cities. Hebrews says that all his life he “dwelt in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise, for he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.”(Heb. 11:10) It was not an earthly Jerusalem, not an earthly Canaan, but a heavenly city, which is the whole universe, and people to manage by His vast family of sons, who are ourselves. He looked for a heavenly inheritance. That’s very important because you would think he would look for an earthly one.

 “But now they desire a better country that is a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He prepared for them a city.” (Heb. 11:16)

It was not the present Jerusalem but the eternal Jerusalem which includes all this vast family of redeemed sons and all that come out of them. People of the spirit are always heavenly people. They see the ultimate that spirits are persons, a vast family of millions of spirits who have new forms of bodies which are unlimited agents without time or space. They can go anywhere and do anything. The Bible says they will fulfill God’s unlimited purposes throughout eternity.

Genesis 25:9-18

Gen. 25:9 And his sons Isaac and Ishmael buried him in the cave of Machpelah, which is before Mamre, in the field of Ephron the son of Zohar the Hittite,10 the field which Abraham purchased from the sons of Heth. There Abraham was buried, and Sarah his wife.11 And it came to pass, after the death of Abraham, that God blessed his son Isaac. And Isaac dwelt at Beer Lahai Roi.

 

Summary Gen. 25:7-11:

 

Abraham dies, and is buried by his sons, Isaac and Ishmael.

 

A. He is buried in the cave of Machpelah, the only he had purchased.

 

B. God blessed Isaac, as the promised heir of Abraham.

Gen 25: 12 Now this is the genealogy of Ishmael, Abraham’s son, whom Hagar the Egyptian, Sarah’s maidservant, bore to Abraham.

Gen. 25:13 And these were the names of the sons of Ishmael, by their names, according to their generations: The firstborn of Ishmael, Nebajoth; then Kedar, Adbeel, Mibsam,14 Mishma, Dumah, Massa,15 Hadar, Tema, Jetur, Naphish, and Kedemah.16 These were the sons of Ishmael and these were their names, by their towns and their settlements, twelve princes according to their nations.17 These were the years of the life of Ishmael: one hundred and thirty-seven years; and he breathed his last and died, and was gathered to his people.18 (They dwelt from Havilah as far as Shur, which is east of Egypt as you go toward Assyria.) He died in the presence of all his brethren.

THE PROMISES OF GOD IN CHRIST ARE YES AND AMEN- For as many as are the promises of God, in Him they are yes; therefore also through Him is our Amen so be it)to the glory of God through us. 2 Cor. 1:20

Genesis 17:20 “And as for Ishmael, I have heard you. Behold, I have blessed him, and will make him fruitful, and will multiply him exceedingly. He shall beget twelve princes, and I will make him a great nation.

 

Summary Gen. 25:12-18:

Ishmael’s descendants.

 

A. The 12 sons of Ishmael become princes, and fulfill the prophecy of Genesis 17:20 “As for Ishmael, I have heard you; behold, I will bless him, and will make him fruitful and will multiply him exceedingly. He shall become the father of twelve princes, and I will make him a great nation.”

 

 

B. Verse 18 shows the fulfillment of Genesis 16:12 “He will be a wild donkey of a man, his hand will be against everyone, and everyone’s hand will be against him; and he will live to the east of all his brothers.”

 

 

Genesis 25:19 This is the genealogy of Isaac, Abraham’s son. Abraham begot Isaac. 20 Isaac was forty years old when he took Rebekah as wife, the daughter of Bethuel the Syrian of Padan Aram, the sister of Laban the Syrian. This is the same place where jacob flees in the future.

 

 

 

We will continue with lesson 8 next week.

The blessings of the Lord are upon you whether by blood, adoption, or assignment. The blessing of the LORD makes a person rich, and he adds no sorrow with it. Prov. 10:22

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Lesson 8–Abraham Cont.’, Isaac & Rebekah, Jacob, Esau, Leah and Rachel, Laban

Story of Isaac and Rebekah Continued: Genesis Chapters 24:1-36:43

Typology of Christ in Courtship

 

 

Notice the typology in the story of Isaac and Rebekah

 

1. Abraham is a type of heavenly Father, who is planning a marriage for his beloved Son. Matt. 22:2

2. Isaac is a type of Christ, who was offered up as a sacrifice (Gen.22, Matt. 22) and seeks his bride. Like Isaac, Christ loves his bride dearly Gen. 24:67, Eph. 5:25

 

3. The servant is a type of Holy Spirit.

 

4.The servant came to Mesopotamia for one reason- to take a bride for Isaac. The Holy Spirit came at Pentecost (Acts 2) for one purpose- to gather a bride for the Son.

 

5. Abraham’s servant gave honor to the father and son. Today the Holy Spirit gives honor to the Father and Son. (John 15:26)

 

A recent study of Comforter/Helper revealed Holy Spirit as Compamion, One who is face to face with you.

6.Rebekah is a type of church. Before anyone can be a part of the Bride of Christ, he or she must answer the question Rebekah answered: “Are you willing to go with this man?’

 

 

Parallel to Rebekah, a Proverbs 31 woman, and the Bride of Christ, Us. (paraphrased)

 

Proverbs 31:10 “virtuous or an excellent woman” is a woman of high morals who is upright in all her ways.

Proverbs 31:11 This woman is totally faithful to her bridegroom. He can have confidence in her, because she will not let him down. His wife will always be faithful to him in every situation. She will not even give the appearance of evil.

Proverbs 31:12 “She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.” She is beside her bridegroom helping in everything. Co-laborers

Proverbs 31:13

She is industrious, not lazy and works willingly.

Excellent women gathered the material, resourceful

Proverbs 31:14

Excellent women who provides

Proverbs 31:15

Her first concern is the welfare of others

Proverbs 31:16

She was resourceful and entrepreneurial in her investing and reinvesting.

Proverbs 31:17

She is strong

Proverbs 31:18

She protects what is her own.

Proverbs 31:19

She looks for useful work to do. (In verses 20-24), her activities, driven by the priority of caring for her family, resulted in multiplied fruitfulness for:

(1) The poor and needy (verse 20);

(2) Her own household (verse 21);

(3) Herself (verse 22);

(4) Her husband (verse 23); and

(5) The tradesmen (verse 24).

Proverbs 31:20

She is not selfish, but shares with the less fortunate. She is generous in helping the poor and needy. She has a big, giving heart.

Proverbs 31:21

She is a person of comfort

Proverbs 31:22

The efforts she makes to honor others are rewarded to her. These silk and purple garments are expensive evidences of the blessings returned to her by God’s grace.

Proverbs 31:23

This woman made a significant contribution to in the community and to his success.

Proverbs 31:24

 She is prosperous

The section (of verses 25-27), emphasizes her character.

Proverbs 31:25

This woman is upright in all of her ways, and the Lord will reward her. She will be among those who will hear Him say, “Well done thy good and faithful servant”. She is well covered in the spiritual things of righteousness.

Proverbs 31:26

Her teaching of wisdom and the law is tempered with mercy.

Her speech conveys her wisdom and kindness. Her words build up and don’t tear down. She is not a gossip or a slanderer.

Proverbs 31:27

We said before, she is industrious; and her first thought is for the well being of the members of her own house. She was a skilled manager of the home.

Proverbs 31:28

Her husband and her children (who know her best), see her unselfishness, love, and care that she has for all of them.

Proverbs 31:29

She is a woman of excellence

Proverbs 31:30

True holiness and virtue command permanent respect and affection, far more than charm and beauty of face and form.

She is to be praised, because she has chosen the best:

Proverbs 31:31

The Lord is pleased with her, because she has done His will in her life.

 

The virtuous woman is not how to be” or “how to find” a good wife. In actuality the Virtuous Woman, and of many women in the Old Testament and New Testament, we discovered that many of them were pictured to be less than Virtuous, and the Truth is, they were one hundred percent Virtuous in the truest sense of the Word.

 GOD SEES–VIRTUOUS: Righteous, Worthy, Honorable, Upright, Honest – OT. 4377 of Value and a Daughter in Marriage (Union – One not two)

Being one with the Father makes us virtuous.

And we are invited to the Marriage Supper as His Bride. As of all Scripture the Marriage Supper was, is, and is to come, a complete communion and sup with Him Rev.3:20


 

Genesis 25:1-6 Abraham again took a wife, and her name was Keturah.2 And she bore him Zimran, Jokshan, Medan, Midian, Ishbak, and Shuah.3 Jokshan begot Sheba and Dedan. And the sons of Dedan were Asshurim, Letushim, and Leummim.4 And the sons of Midian were Ephah, Epher, Hanoch, Abidah, and Eldaah. All these were the children of Keturah.5 And Abraham gave all that he had to Isaac. 6 But Abraham gave gifts to the sons of the concubines which Abraham had; and while he was still living he sent them eastward, away from Isaac his son, to the country of the east.

 

Related Scripture:

 

Deuteronomy 21:16-17 “then it shall be, on the day he bequeaths his possessions to his sons, 17 “But he shall acknowledge the son of the unloved wife as the firstborn by giving him a double portion of all that he has, for he is the beginning of his strength; the right of the firstborn is his.

Double portion means in New Covenant terms everything (infinitely beyond what we can ask or think)

 

The concept of a double portion is mentioned six times in the Bible.

Deuteronomy 21:17 says, “he shall acknowledge the firstborn … by giving him a double portion of all that he has, for he is the firstfruits of his strength. The right of the firstborn is his.” The firstborn son was to receive twice as much of an inheritance as any other son in the family.

The rights of the firstborn were extremely important in antiquity. The influence of the firstborn is seen as early as the animal sacrifice given by Abel in Genesis 4:4: “Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat portions.” The final judgment upon Egypt was the death of the firstborn (Exodus 11:5). Israel was called God’s firstborn: “Thus says the LORD, Israel is my firstborn son” (Exodus 4:22). Genesis 27 also demonstrates the importance of the firstborn. Despite the fact that Jacob and Esau were twins, Esau had been delivered first and expected a special blessing. Jacob instead deceitfully took it, pretending to be Esau to his aged father, causing tremendous family problems. Colossians 1:15 refers to Jesus as the firstborn over all creation. This is not a reference to Jesus being born, but rather a reference to His position of importance over all created things and of course, being the firstborn of many brethren. ( us) Romans 8:29

A double portion is the right of a firstborn in terms of inheritance or adopted son, but can also be a sign of love. In 1 Samuel 1:5 we read that Hannah’s husband gave her a double portion: “But to Hannah he gave a double portion, because he loved her, though the Lord had closed her womb.” This double portion was not required, but was a way Hannah’s husband could show her preference and was considered a great gift.

In 2 Kings 2, Elijah was about to leave the earth and asked Elisha what gift he would desire. Elisha asked for a double portion of the Spirit God had given to Elijah: “Please let there be a double portion of your spirit on me” (2 Kings 2:9). Elisha wanted to be Elijah’s successor; in some senses he was requesting both to be considered as a firstborn and to be shown love.

Isaiah 61:7 mentions the double portion twice in the same verse: “Instead of your shame there shall be a double portion; instead of dishonor they shall rejoice in their lot; therefore in their land they shall possess a double portion; they shall have everlasting joy.” In contrast with shame, there would be a double blessing. This double portion was associated with joy and gladness. In some ways this is similar to the restoration of Job, in which he received twice what he had prior to his tribulations (Job 42:10).

 We already have God’s fullness.

John, the apostle who loved the Lord intensely, wrote, “Of His fullness we have all received” and Paul, the apostle to the Gentiles, added, “For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; and you are complete in Him” (John 1:16; Col. 2:10). Jesus was the entirety of “the Word made flesh,” and He received from the Father “the fullness of His Spirit” (John 1:14; one version says, “the Spirit without limit,” GNB).

 

His inner connection with the Almighty was so absolute, He dared to say, “He who has seen Me has seen My Father” (John 14:9). If the Son of God dwells within the hearts of true believers, imparting His “fullness” to us. How can that indwelling presence of the Most High God increase?

 

 

How could we receive more than “the fullness” of the One who is infinitely wise, infinitely powerful and infinitely loving? Undoubtedly, we can yield more completely to His Lordship and see greater manifestations of His power and wisdom and love in our lives. There is no need to ask for a double portion of the Lord Jesus Christ, the Messiah, the firstborn Son of God. We have His fullness within.

There is none like Him and none worthy of even being compared to Him. Added to that, we have received the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Can the Holy Spirit be doubled?  Is there more than one anointing or Anointed One?

Evidently, there are differing “functions” manifested through various believers, determined by the callings they are given, the places they fill, the purposes that rest upon them or the levels of responsibility in God’s kingdom that they bear (e.g., apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor, teacher, etc.) and other ministry gifts.

These varied callings probably differ in measure and are distinct from the equal shared “fullness” that every believer inherits on a foundational level. At times, these specific callings might be increased as we become aware to accommodate new phases of God’s purposes, times and seasons.

 

However, as believers we have received his fullness.

 

(Eph 3:20)  Now to Him who is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us,(infinite)

 

 

We will continue with lesson 8 next week.

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Lesson 8–Abraham Cont.’, Isaac & Rebekah, Jacob, Esau, Leah and Rachel, Laban

Finding a Wife for Isaac Continued

Gen. 24:28 So the young woman ran and told her mother’s household these things. 29 Now Rebekah had a brother whose name was Laban, and Laban ran out to the man by the well.

 

 

Gen. 24:30 So it came to pass, when he saw the nose ring, and the bracelets on his sister’s wrists, and when he heard the words of his sister Rebekah, saying, “Thus the man spoke to me,” that he went to the man. And there he stood by the camels at the well.31 And he said, “Come in, O blessed of the Lord! Why do you stand outside? For I have prepared the house, and a place for the camels.” 32 Then the man came to the house. And he unloaded the camels, and provided straw and feed for the camels, and water to wash his feet and the feet of the men who were with him.33 Food was set before him to eat, but he said, “I will not eat until I have told about my errand.” And he said, “Speak on.”34 So he said, “I am Abraham’s servant.35 “The Lord has blessed my master greatly, and he has become great; and He has given him flocks and herds, silver and gold, male and female servants, and camels and donkeys.36 “And Sarah my master’s wife bore a son to my master when she was old; and to him he has given all that he has.

Gen. 24:37 “Now my master made me swear, saying, ‘You shall not take a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, in whose land I dwell;38 ‘but you shall go to my father’s house and to my family, and take a wife for my son.’39 “And I said to my master, ‘Perhaps the woman will not follow me.’

 

Gen, 24:40 “But he said to me, ‘The Lord, before whom I walk, will send His angel with you and prosper your way; and you shall take a wife for my son from my family and from my father’s house.

 

Gen. 24:41 ‘You will be clear from this oath when you arrive among my family; for if they will not give her to you, then you will be released from my oath.’ 42 “And this day I came to the well and said, ‘O Lord God of my master Abraham, if You will now prosper the way in which I go,43 ‘behold, I stand by the well of water; and it shall come to pass that when the virgin comes out to draw water, and I say to her, “Please give me a little water from your pitcher to drink,” 44 ‘and she says to me, “Drink, and I will draw for your camels also,”—let her be the woman whom the Lord has appointed for my master’s son.’

 

 

Gen 24:45 “But before I had finished speaking in my heart, there was Rebekah, coming out with her pitcher on her shoulder; and she went down to the well and drew water. And I said to her, ‘Please let me drink.’46 “And she made haste and let her pitcher down from her shoulder, and said, ‘Drink, and I will give your camels a drink also.’ So I drank, and she gave the camels a drink also.47 “Then I asked her, and said, ‘Whose daughter are you?’ And she said, ‘The daughter of Bethuel, Nahor’s son, whom Milcah bore to him.’ So I put the nose ring on her nose and the bracelets on her wrists.48 “And I bowed my head and worshiped the Lord, and blessed the Lord God of my master Abraham, who had led me in the way of truth to take the daughter of my master’s brother for his son.49 “Now if you will deal kindly and truly with my master, tell me. And if not, tell me, that I may turn to the right hand or to the left.”

Gen. 24:28-49 Summary:

The relatives of Abraham receive his servant.

A. He is brought to the house of Laban, Rebekah’s brother, and shown hospitality.

B. When he is offered food, the servant refuses it, until after he has related his mission. (Compare 1 Samuel 16:10-11 Thus Jesse made seven of his sons pass before Samuel. But Samuel said to Jesse, “The Lord has not chosen these.” [11] And Samuel said to Jesse, “Are these all the children?” And he said, “There remains yet the youngest, and behold, he is tending the sheep.” Then Samuel said to Jesse, “Send and bring him; for we will not sit down until he comes here.”

C. After he has revealed his mission, he asks for an immediate decision.

Gen. 24:50 Then Laban and Bethuel answered and said, “The thing comes from the Lord; we cannot speak to you either bad or good.51 “Here is Rebekah before you; take her and go, and let her be your master’s son’s wife, as the Lord has spoken.” 52 And it came to pass, when Abraham’s servant heard their words, that he worshiped the Lord, bowing himself to the earth.53 Then the servant brought out jewelry of silver, jewelry of gold, and clothing, and gave them to Rebekah. He also gave precious things to her brother and to her mother.

 

 

Rebekah and Laban became rich suddenly. This sets up Laban’s account later with Jacob.

Gen. 24:54 And he and the men who were with him ate and drank and stayed all night. Then they arose in the morning, and he said, “Send me away to my master.”55 But her brother and her mother said, “Let the young woman stay with us a few days, at least ten; after that she may go.”56 And he said to them, “Do not hinder me, since the Lord has prospered my way; send me away so that I may go to my master.”57 So they said, “We will call the young woman and ask her personally.”58 Then they called Rebekah and said to her, “Will you go with this man?” And she said, “I will go.”59 So they sent away Rebekah their sister and her nurse, and Abraham’s servant and his men.60 And they blessed Rebekah and said to her:

1 “Our sister, may you become the mother of thousands of ten thousands; And may your descendants possess the gates of those who hate them.”

SAME BLESSING GIVEN TO ABRAHAM, SARAH, AND ISAAC

The Promise to Abraham  “…and they shall possess the gate of their enemies” Gen.22:17 

 

 

Gen. 24:50-60 Summary:

Rebekah decides to go with Abraham’s servant and become Isaac’s wife.

A. Rebekah’s kin recognize the hand of God in matter, and give consent.

1. The servant again praises God. He worships.

2. The family of Rebekah asks for a 10-day delay before the return trip.

B. The servant does not want to delay even for one day, and asks that the family allow Rebekah to return with him immediately. (Compare Peter’s prompt response to the call of Cornelius. Acts 10:17-33)

1. The family calls Rebekah, and permits her to make her own decision.

2. She agrees to go with the servant on the next day following his arrival.

3. She was accompanied by her nurse (Vs. 59), and her maids (Vs. 61, below).

Genesis 24:61-67  Then Rebekah and her maids arose, and they rode on the camels and followed the man. So the servant took Rebekah and departed.62 Now Isaac came from the way of Beer Lahai Roi, for he dwelt in the South.63 And Isaac went out to meditate in the field in the evening; and he lifted his eyes and looked, and there, the camels were coming.64 Then Rebekah lifted her eyes, and when she saw Isaac she dismounted from her camel;65 for she had said to the servant, “Who is this man walking in the field to meet us?” The servant said, “It is my master.” So she took a veil and covered herself.66 And the servant told Isaac all the things that he had done.67 Then Isaac brought her into his mother Sarah’s tent; and he took Rebekah and she became his wife, and he loved her. So Isaac was comforted after his mother’s death.

 

 

Summary Gen. 24:61-67

 

Rebekah travels a distance of about 300 miles to come to Isaac. From the way of BeerLahai Roi

A.Isaac meets them by chance, as he was walking in the field to meditate. NOTE: Rebekah veiled herself when meeting Isaac, but different cultures had other rules about the use of the veil. Some years later, Tamar, the daughter-in-law of Judah, used a veil to disguise herself as a prostitute (Genesis 38:13-15). In the New Testament, the custom mentioned by Paul in 1 Corinthians 11:13 shows that the veil was imposed as a sign of subjection (apparently in Greek or Roman society).

1 Corinthians 11:13–15

13 Judge for yourselves—is it proper for a woman to pray to God with her head uncovered? 14 Doesn’t the natural order of things[a] teach you—if a man has long hair, it is a disgrace for him; 15 but if a woman has long hair, it is her glory, for her hair was given to her as a covering. TLV

In context meaning long hair which is a symbol of:

The traditional connotation of “long hair” in English meant, roughly, someone artistically knowledgeable or wise,

 

 

Symbolic meaning of covering. The covering is not a hat or a veil that one wears on the head, but an ATTITUDE that a person has. As Paul mentions in verse 3, God the Father is in authority over Jesus Christ, who is the Son and the Word or Spokesman (Greek: Logos), and also was the God of the Old Testament. If Christ is subject to the Father, then man needs to be subject to Christ, just as Jesus told His disciples (John 13:13). Jesus is my covering.

 

In actuality He washed our sins away!

 

In verses 11 to 13 in 1Corinthians we are told that man is not separate from woman and vice versa. Paul also makes a rhetorical statement in verse 13 when he asks if it is right for women to pray “uncovered” or with very short or no hair. All this points to the fact that  men and women are equal in God’s eye, and joint heirs of eternal life (1Peter 3:7).

 

 

B. Isaac receives the report of the servant, and takes Rebekah to be his wife. (NOTE: There is no ceremony of marriage recorded here, but one is suggested in Genesis 29:20-28.)

  

We will continue with lesson 8 next week.

The blessings of the Lord are upon you whether by blood, adoption, or assignment. The blessing of the LORD makes a person rich, and he adds no sorrow with it. Prov. 10:22

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Lesson 8–Abraham Cont.’, Isaac & Rebekah, Jacob, Esau, Leah and Rachel, Laban

 

 

Finding a Wife for Isaac:

 

Genesis Chapters 24:1-36:43

Isaac is an entirely different kind of person from Abraham. Not much is said about him. Some believe he was shy, not as aggressive as Abraham. Abraham was an originator, Isaac was a consolidator.

Genesis 24:1-27

Genesis 24:1 Now Abraham was old, well advanced in age; and the Lord had blessed Abraham in all things.

 

Long life part of the covenant.

Genesis 15:15 “Now as for you, (Abraham) you shall go to your fathers in peace; you shall be buried at a good old age.

Longevity of Life

 

For the law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.” Romans 8:2

We are set free from “the law of sin,” through the blood that Jesus shed, in our behalf, on the cross. The bread of communion is the body of the Lord, who shed blood for our redemption. As I identify with His body, I receive forgiveness.

We are set free from “the law of death,” through the resurrection of Jesus as quickening, life giving spirit. Symbolically, the wine of communion is the blood of Jesus, who in resurrection, became quickening – life giving spirit. As I identify with Jesus in His resurrection, I receive life more abundant, and become younger.

Jesus said that He came that we might have life, and have life more abundantly. This speaks of divine health and longevity of life. Those who receive this gift from Him will stand out from all others in the quality and length of their life span.

Long Life Scriptures:

Deuteronomy 5:33  You shall walk in all the way that the Lord your God has commanded you, that you may live, and that it may go well with you, and that you may live long in the land that you shall possess.

Ephesians 6:1-4  Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise), “that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.” Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.

 

 

Psalm 91:16  With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.”

 

Proverbs 16:31  Gray hair is a crown of glory; it is gained in a righteous life.

1 Peter 3:10 For “Whoever desires to love life and see good days, let him keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit;

 

Deuteronomy 6:1-2 “Now this is the commandment, the statutes and the rules that the Lord your God commanded me to teach you, that you may do them in the land to which you are going over, to possess it, that you may fear the Lord your God, you and your son and your son’s son, by keeping all his statutes and his commandments, which I command you, all the days of your life, and that your days may be long.

Proverbs 10:27 “ The fear (awe)of Jehovah prolongs days; but the years of the wicked shall be shortened.”

1 Kings 3:14  “And if you will walk in my ways, keeping my statutes and my commandments, as your father David walked, then I will lengthen your days.”

Deuteronomy 4:40 – “So you shall keep His statutes and His commandments which I am giving you today, that it may go well with you and with your children after you, and that you may live long on the land which the LORD your God is giving you for all time.”

Proverbs 3:16 – Long life is in her right hand; in her left hand are riches and honor.

 

Psalm 92:14 – They will still yield fruit in old age; they shall be full of sap and very green,

Isaiah 46:4 – Even to your old age I will be the same, And even to your graying years I will bear you! I have done it, and I will carry you; and I will bear you and I will deliver you.

Job 5:26 You shall come to your grave in a full age, like a shock of grain comes in its season.

Prov. 3:1-2- My son, do not forget my law, 1 But let your heart keep my commands;2 For length of days and long life And peace they will add to you.

 

 

Genesis 24:2 So Abraham said to the oldest servant of his house, who ruled over all that he had, “Please, put your hand under my thigh, 3 “and I will make you swear by the Lord, the God of heaven and the God of the earth, that you will not take a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I dwell;4 “but you shall go to my country and to my family, and take a wife for my son Isaac.” (from Haran in Mesopotamia) 5 And the servant said to him, “Perhaps the woman will not be willing to follow me to this land. Must I take your son back to the land from which you came?”6 But Abraham said to him, “Beware that you do not take my son back there.7 “The Lord God of heaven, who took me from my father’s house and from the land of my family, and who spoke to me and swore to me, saying, ‘To your descendants I give this land,’ 

(Repeats the promise; Isaac’s wife must be one of his descendants)

He will send His angel before you, and you shall take a wife for my son from there.8 “And if the woman is not willing to follow you, then you will be released from this oath; only do not take my son back there.”9 So the servant put his hand under the thigh of Abraham his master, and swore to him concerning this matter.

This was OT custom; the NT forbids swearing.

James 5:12 But above all, my brethren, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or with any other oath. But let your “Yes,” be “Yes,” and your “No,” “No,” ………….

 

 

Gen. 24:1-9 Summary

Abraham’s steward is given the commission to seek a wife for Isaac.

 A. He is charged to reject the “daughters of the Canaanites.”

B. The Canaanites were idolaters, and not fit to provide a wife for one who was a worshiper of the only true God.

1. There are some examples of descendants of Abraham taking Canaanite brides. See Genesis 36:2, 38:1-2, 12 2. Hundreds of years later, the Law of Moses forbade marriage of Israelites to Canaanites. Deuteronomy 7:1-3

C. The Steward is sent to Abraham’s former country and relatives (See vs. 10)

1. He is told that he cannot take Isaac back there.

2. Abraham’s great-grandson, Jacob, did go back there to obtain his wives.

a. Jacob’s conflict with Esau drove him to this decision.

b. After this, no other descendant of Abraham sought a wife in that way.

Genesis 24:10-60

Gen. 24:10 Then the servant took ten of his master’s camels and departed, for all his master’s goods were in his hand. And he arose and went to Mesopotamia, to the city of Nahor.11 And he made his camels kneel down outside the city by a well of water at evening time, the time when women go out to draw water.12 Then he said, “O Lord God of my master Abraham, please give me success this day, and show kindness to my master Abraham.13 “Behold, here I stand by the well of water, and the daughters of the men of the city are coming out to draw water.14 “Now let it be that the young woman to whom I say, ‘Please let down your pitcher that I may drink,’ and she says, ‘Drink, and I will also give your camels a drink’—let her be the one You have appointed for Your servant Isaac. And by this I will know that You have shown kindness to my master.”

Gen. 24:10-14 Summary

Abraham’s Servant Places His Mission in the Hands of God.

A,He prays to God for success.

B.He addresses God as “the God of my master Abraham.”

a. God used this same manner in identifying himself to Moses. Exodus 3:6   He said also, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” Then Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look at God.

b. The Children of Israel were often called upon by the prophets to obey the “God of your fathers.”

1. The servant asks for the providential intervention of God in helping him find the right girl for Isaac.

 a. Three things are asked of God – a drink granted to him – the girl’s offer to water the camels – and that the girl be the one chosen by God.

 

b. Gideon, one of the Judges of Israel, asked for specific things in a sign from God. Read Judges 6:17-37.

C. Many of the people around Jesus asked for signs from Him.

1. They would not accept signs, even when given. John 12:37-40 But though He had performed so many signs before them, yet they were not believing in Him; [38] that the word of Isaiah the prophet might be fulfilled, which he spoke, “Lord, who has believed our report? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?” [39] For this cause they could not believe, for Isaiah said again, [40] “He has blinded their eyes, and He HARDENED THEIR HEART; lest they see with their eyes, and perceive with their heart, and BE CONVERTED, AND I heal them.”

2. This attitude hindered the Jews from believing.

1 Corinthians 1:22-24 For indeed Jews ask for signs, and Greeks search for wisdom; [23] but we preach Christ crucified, to Jews a stumbling block, and to Gentiles foolishness, [24] but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.

As NT believers, we do not ask for signs.

Signs and wonders follow us. We do not seek them. Unlike Jacob’s fleece in the Old Covenant, the New Covenant believers know that signs follow them.

(Mar 16:17-18)  And miraculous signs will follow those who believe: in My name they will cast out demons; they will speak new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it will not hurt them. They will lay hands on the sick, and they will be well.

 

 

Gen. 24:15 And it happened, before he had finished speaking, that behold, Rebekah,  (Rebekah means bind up or captivate) who was born to Bethuel, son of Milcah, the wife of Nahor, Abraham’s brother, came out with her pitcher on her shoulder. (Rebekah was Abraham’s grandniece, Isaac’s 2nd cousin)

 

 

Gen. 24:16 Now the young woman was very beautiful to behold, a virgin; no man had known her. And she went down to the well, filled her pitcher, and came up.17 And the servant ran to meet her and said, “Please let me drink a little water from your pitcher.”18 So she said, “Drink, my lord.” Then she quickly let her pitcher down to her hand, and gave him a drink.19 And when she had finished giving him a drink, she said, “I will draw water for your camels also, until they have finished drinking.”20 Then she quickly emptied her pitcher into the trough, ran back to the well to draw water, and drew for all his camels.21 And the man, wondering at her, remained silent so as to know whether the Lord had made his journey prosperous or not. 22 So it was, when the camels had finished drinking, that the man took a golden nose ring weighing half a shekel, and two bracelets for her wrists weighing ten shekels of gold, (great possession of wealth) 23 and said, “Whose daughter are you? Tell me, please, is there room in your father’s house for us to lodge?”24 So she said to him, “I am the daughter of Bethuel, Milcah’s son, whom she bore to Nahor.”25 Moreover she said to him, “We have both straw and feed enough, and room to lodge.”26 Then the man bowed down his head and worshiped the Lord.27 And he said, “Blessed be the Lord God of my master Abraham, who has not forsaken His mercy and His truth toward my master. As for me, being on the way, the Lord led me to the house of my master’s brethren.”

 

Gen.24:15-27 Summary:

God answers the prayer of the servant.

A. All three of his conditions for a sign are granted by God.

B. The steward does not neglect to give thanks to God for the prompt fulfillment of his prayer.

1. We should also consistently thank God for His blessings.

a. Philippians 4:6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

 

b. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

 

2. Some people fail to do this. Romans 1:20-21 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. [21] For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God, or give thanks; but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened.

 

We will continue with lesson 8 next week.

HAPPY FALL YA’LL!

 

The blessings of the Lord are upon you whether by blood, adoption, or assignment. The blessing of the LORD makes a person rich, and he adds no sorrow with it. Prov. 10:22

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Lesson 7–ABRAHAM CONTINUED, SODOM AND GOMORRAH, ISAAC

 

Gen.22:20 Now it came to pass after these things that it was told Abraham, saying, “Indeed Milcah also has borne children to your brother Nahor:21 “Huz his firstborn, Buz his brother, Kemuel the father of Aram,22 “Chesed, Hazo, Pildash, Jidlaph, and Bethuel.”23 And Bethuel begot Rebekah. These eight Milcah bore to Nahor, Abraham’s brother.24 His concubine, whose name was Reumah, also bore Tebah, Gaham, Thahash, and Maachah.

Gen. 22:20-24 Summary:

The Genealogy of Abraham’s Brother, Nahor.

 

 

A. Nahor had remained in Haran of Mesopotamia, after Abraham left with Lot, his nephew, to go to Canaan. See 24:10, and 29:4-5

B. The key generation in this list is in the first part of Verse 23, which tells of the birth of Rebekah, who would later become the wife of Isaac, her 2nd cousin.

 

Genesis 23:1-20

Sarah lived one hundred and twenty-seven years; these were the years of the life of Sarah.2 So Sarah died in Kirjath Arba (that is, Hebron) in the land of Canaan, and Abraham came to mourn for Sarah and to weep for her.

 

The Abraham and Sarah Commission”



 

Long life and Prosperous:



 

There is a special commission upon older men and women in the Body of Christ. God is not through using you. Your age is not against you, it is for you. Job 12:12 “With the ancient is wisdom; and in length of days understanding.” GOD WILL USE YOUR UNDERSTANDING.

You have more wisdom now than ever. With years comes understanding. This commission is causing you to live longer. It will be similar to Caleb when he reached eighty-five years and he said to the Lord, “I am as strong now as when I was at forty and I still want that mountain!”

There is a “spiritual fountain of youth” in your midst.  A renewing, a release of God’s strength. Psalm 68:28 “Your God has commanded your strength,”
God is commanding His Strength into you!
SOME OF YOU ARE GOING TO LIVE LONGER, BECAUSE :

 

Some of you are going to have to live longer because God is not through using you. Many of you are going to go into a second “childhood” in the Spirit. You will be re-activated by God to live out your dreams that you are just dreaming about right now.
This is rising up within you to take mountains, to do exploits, to run
and not be weary, to walk and not faint.
Your older years are when we are in our prime to be used and bring forth fruit.  Psalm 91 says, “With LONG life will I satisfy you and show you My Salvation.”  There is a commission upon God’s people to live longer.  The joy of the Lord which is our strength is
lengthening our days upon the earth.
MANY WHO HAVE MADE OUT THEIR WILLS ARE NOT GOING ANYWHERE FOR AWHILE.
As Abraham and Sarah conceived in old age, you are to conceive and live to see your Isaac (IMPOSSIBLE DREAM).

 

INSTRUCTIONS THAT PROMISE PROLONGED LIFE

 

Proverbs 3:1-2 “My son, forget not my law; but let your heart keep my commandments: 2 For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to you..”

Proverbs 3:7-8 “Be not wise in your own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil. 8 It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.”

Proverbs 4:10 “Hear, O my son, and receive my sayings; and the years of your  life shall be many.”

Proverbs 4:21-22 “Let them not depart from your eyes; keep them in the midst of your heart. 22 For they are life to those that find them, and health to all their flesh.”

Proverbs 8:35 “For whosoever  finds Me finds life, and shall obtain favor of the LORD.”

Proverbs 9:11 “For by me your days shall be multiplied, and the years of your life shall be increased.”

Proverbs 10:27 “The fear(awe) of the LORD prolongs days: but the years of the wicked shall be shortened.”

Proverbs 12:28 “In the way of righteousness is life; and in the pathway thereof there is no death.”

Proverbs 14:27 “The fear(awe) of the LORD is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death.”

Proverbs 14:30 “A sound heart is the life of the flesh: but envy the rottenness of the bones.”

Proverbs 21:21 “He that follows  after righteousness and mercy finds life, righteousness, and honor.”

 

When God’s Word is seriously obeyed, health is promoted and prolonged. When requirements are ignored or disobeyed life can be shortened.

 

Ps 91:16 With long life will I satisfy him,

        
and show him my salvation.

 

 

 

Ephesians 6:2-3 “Honor your  father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;) 3 That it may be well with you, and you may live long on the earth.”

 

 

In any capacity where you cannot honor your father and mother (even if the lack of honor may not be your fault) then life will not go well with you and life will be shortened.

 

Back to Genesis

 

Gen. 23:3 Then Abraham stood up from before his dead, and spoke to the sons of Heth, saying,4 “I am a foreigner and a visitor among you. Give me property for a burial place among you, that I may bury my dead out of my sight.”5 And the sons of Heth answered Abraham, saying to him,

 

 

Gen 23:6 “Hear us, my lord: You are a mighty prince among us; bury your dead in the choicest of our burial places. None of us will withhold from you his burial place, that you may bury your dead.”7 Then Abraham stood up and bowed himself to the people of the land, the sons of Heth.8 And he spoke with them, saying, “If it is your wish that I bury my dead out of my sight, hear me, and meet with Ephron the son of Zohar for me,9 “that he may give me the cave of Machpelah which he has, which is at the end of his field. Let him give it to me at the full price, as property for a burial place among you.”10 Now Ephron dwelt among the sons of Heth; and Ephron the Hittite answered Abraham in the presence of the sons of Heth, all who entered at the gate of his city, saying,11 “No, my lord, hear me: I give you the field and the cave that is in it; I give it to you in the presence of the sons of my people. I give it to you. Bury your dead!”12 Then Abraham bowed himself down before the people of the land;13 and he spoke to Ephron in the hearing of the people of the land, saying, “If you will give it, please hear me. I will give you money for the field; take it from me and I will bury my dead there.”14 And Ephron answered Abraham, saying to him,

 

 

Gen. 23:15 “My lord, listen to me; the land is worth four hundred shekels of silver. What is that between you and me? So bury your dead.”16 And Abraham listened to Ephron; and Abraham weighed out the silver for Ephron which he had named in the hearing of the sons of Heth, four hundred shekels of silver, currency of the merchants. 17 So the field of Ephron which was in Machpelah, which was before Mamre, the field and the cave which was in it, and all the trees that were in the field, which were within all the surrounding borders, were deeded18 to Abraham as a possession in the presence of the sons of Heth, before all who went in at the gate of his city. 19 And after this, Abraham buried Sarah his wife in the cave of the field of Machpelah, before Mamre (that is, Hebron) in the land of Canaan.20 So the field and the cave that is in it were deeded to Abraham by the sons of Heth as property for a burial place.

Gen. 23:1-20 Summary:

 

The death and burial of Sarah.

 

 

 

A. Sarah lived 37 years after the birth of her son, Isaac. (She was 90 at his birth.)

 

B. The rest of the chapter illustrates the manner in which negotiations were held for the purchase of land, among the Hittites.

 

C. The cave of Machpelah, and the field surrounding it and the surrounding borders, were owned in the land of Canaan by Abraham.

 

1. Sarah was buried in the cave. 23:19

2. Abraham was also buried there. 25:7-10

3. Other descendants of Abraham were buried there (Isaac, Rebekah, Leah, and Jacob). 49:29-32, 50:13

 

 

Gen. 23: 17 So the field of Ephron which was in Machpelah, which was before Mamre, the field and the cave which was in it, and all the trees that were in the field, which were within all the surrounding borders, were deeded 18 to Abraham as a possession…………………

 

LAND PURCHASED IS NOW ISRAEL. ( Yet Hebron is a divided state)

 

Hebron stands 930 metres above sea level, making it the highest city in Israel and Palestine. It is also the largest city in the West Bank, with a population in 2007 of around 165,000 Palestinians and several hundred Jewish settlers, and is known for its glassware and pottery.

Jews and Muslims have been restricted to their own areas of this divided site, except that each faith has 10 special days a year on which its members may enter all parts of the building. Pilgrims and tourists may enter both areas.

The city of Hebron is also divided into two zones. The larger part is governed by the Palestinian Authority. The remainder, including the town centre and market area, is occupied by Jewish settlers and under Israeli military control.

 

In Scripture:

Abram settles by the oaks of Mamre at Hebron: Genesis 13:18

God makes a covenant with Abram and changes his name: Genesis 17:3-5

Three strangers pay a visit to Abraham: Genesis 18:1-16

Abraham haggles with God over the future of Sodom: Genesis 18:17-33

Sarah dies and Abraham buys the Cave of Machpelah: Genesis 23:1-20

Abraham dies and is buried with Sarah: Genesis 25:7-10

Joshua attacks Hebron and kills its inhabitants: Joshua 10:36-37

David is anointed king over Judah at Hebron: 2 Samuel 2:1-4, 11

 

End of Lesson 7- Summary

 

Messianic Prophecies

 

Gen. 22:8…The Lamb of God promised…Jn. 1:29
Gen. 22:18

 

 

As Isaac’s seed, will bless all nations…Gal. 3:16
Gen.26:2-5

 

The Seed of Isaac promised as the Redeemer..Heb.11:18


 

To conclude Lesson 7 here is a summary of the Types and Shadows of Abraham and Isaac. Just in case you missed it.

 

  • Isaac Carried the Wood. Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering and laid it on Isaac his son. (Genesis 22: 6) 
  • Jesus Carried the Cross. Isaac carried the wood on his back up to the place of the sacrifice. Jesus carried a wooden cross on His back on the road to Golgotha to the place of his crucifixion. The wood that Isaac carried would have been used to sacrifice him. The cross that Jesus carried was used to sacrifice Him. 
  • God Provided Himself as the Lamb. In the end, the blood of bulls and goats could not save man from sin. In the story of Abraham and Isaac, God provided the Lamb to replace Isaac. We could not offer a perfect sacrifice. God provided Himself as the sacrifice. 
  • A Crown of Thorns. Then Abraham raised his eyes and looked, and look, behind him a ram caught in the thicket by his horns. (Genesis 22: 13) 
  • God provided a lamb that was caught in a thorn thicket around his head. It was very significant, that when Jesus was caught and under trial, he was given a crown of thorns on his head. 
  • (Crown of Thorns). The curse on the earth is the source of the thorns, but this event is the source of the crown of thorns on the innocent lamb.
  • Asher (“Death”). Abraham prepared his son for death and the strong young man did not resist his father who must have been over 115 years old. 
  • Then they came to the place of which God told him, and Abraham build the altar there and arranged the wood, and bound his son Isaac and led him on the altar on top of the wood. (Genesis 22: 9) 
  • Almost Dead. Abraham stretched out his hand and took the knife to slay his son. (Genesis 22: 10) 
  • Covering Removed. The knife in his outstretched hand was removed from over the boy. 

 

But the Angel of the Lord called to him from heaven and said, “Abraham, Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” He said, “Do not stretch out your hand against the lad, and do nothing to him; for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me.”(Genesis 22: 11-12) 

 

Instead, God covered us with His own outstretched hands, nailed to the cross.

 

Naphtali (“Resurrection”). He considered that God is able to raise people even from the dead, from which he also received him back as a type. (Hebrews 11: 19)

 

Just as Jesus was resurrected and God received Him back from the dead after three days of suffering, Abraham also received Isaac back from the dead when the angel told him not to kill the boy. 

 

  • New Name: YHWH Jireh. He actually named the mountain where God would provide His Lamb. Abraham called the name of the place “The Lord will provide [YHWH Jireh]”, as it is said to this day, “In the mount of the Lord it will be provided”. (Genesis 22: 14) 
  • Golgotha – the Place of Sacrifice. This seems to suggest that the sacrifice of Isaac happened on a nearby hill right next to the location of the crucifixion. It was on a mountain in the land of Moriah, three days journey from where he was.

 

We will continue with Lesson 8 next week.

The blessings of the Lord are upon you whether by blood, adoption, or assignment. The blessing of the LORD makes a person rich, and he adds no sorrow with it. Prov. 10:22

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Lesson 7–ABRAHAM CONTINUED, SODOM AND GOMORRAH, ISAAC

 

 

Genesis 22:14 And Abraham called the name of the place, The-Lord-Will -Provide ;  (Yahweh Jireh) as it is said to this day, “In the Mount of The Lord it shall be provided.”

 

 

A Word about Yahweh instead of Jehovah

 

Jehovah” is, according to Webster’s Dictionary, “an erroneous rendering of the ineffable [inexpressible name JHVH [or YHVH or YHWH] in the Hebrew scriptures.” Nelson’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary adds: “The divine name Yahweh is usually translated Lord in English versions of the Bible, because it became a practice in late Old Testament Judaism not to pronounce the sacred name YHWH, but to say instead ‘my Lord’ (Adonai)—a practice still used today in the synagogue. When the vowels of Adonai were attached to the consonants YHWH in the medieval period, the word Jehovah resulted. Today, many Christians use the word Yahweh, the more original pronunciation, not hesitating to name the divine name since Jesus taught believers to speak in a familiar way to God.

 

Jesus Christ- Yeshua Ha’Mashiach and Isaac (the son of promise)

 

  • Isaac carried the wood of the sacrifice on his back, Gen 22:6, and Jesus carried His cross on His back, John 19:17.
  • He is the Yachild- only begotten Son of the Father- Isaac is a type and shadow. The place where God told Abraham to sacrifice his only son Isaac is the same place where God sacrificed His own Son: the hills of Moriah, now called Mt. Zion, once Calvary outside Jerusalem.
  • He is the Lamb during Isaac’s sacrifice- THE ACTUAL HEBREW TRANSLATION IS : GOD WILL PROVIDE HIMSELF AS A LAMB.

 

The literal rendering is: Gen. 22:8 God will provide Himself (Elohim by Spirit sees a lamb and He will provide Himself as a Lamb) for a burnt offering. Exegeses Parallel Bible (a literal translation and transliteration of Scripture)

 

THE SUPREME SACRIFICE, Christ Jesus, 1st prophesied in Gen. 3, now established.

 

Genesis 3:15 And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, And you shall bruise His heel.

 

 

SUMMARY OF FORESHADOW, TYPE OF DEATH OF JESUS CHRIST, TRIAL RUN OF CALVARY.

1.  Abraham represents the Father who out of love for mankind gave his only son as a sacrifice for sin. John 3:16

2.   Historians stare that Isaac was 33 years old at the time of the sacrifice. Jesus Christ was 33 years old at His Crucifixion.

3. As Abraham was 132 years old at that time, Isaac would have been physically able to overpower him. Instead Isaac was submissive to the wishes of his father even when he meant his own death. Jesus Christ was able to stop the Crucifixion at any time, (could have called 10,000 angels) but instead He was submissive to His Father’s will.

4. Isaac is a type of Christ who submits to the will of his father; Isaac bore the wood as the Lord bore his cross Gen. 22:6; John 19:17

5. It was 3 days from the time Abraham left to sacrifice his son until they returned together. After 3 days Abraham received his son back.(rose from the altar) Resurrection–Hebrew 11:19. After 2 days our Lord, on the 3rd Day, arose from the dead. John 20; 21 Cor. 15:4

6. Isaac was sacrificed at the place on Mt. Moriah where the temple would be erected, also in view of Mt. Calvary, outside Jerusalem.

 

Old Testament Order 



The Cross was in God’s mind and was the redemptive provision of His Master Plan from the beginning. Men in the Old Testament dispensation had to look above the animal sacrifice, by faith, to see Christ, and they had to look forward, by faith, to the time Jesus Christ would come in a body of flesh and become a propitiation for sin.

 

God never wanted sacrifices.

 

When he said above, “You have neither desired nor taken pleasure in sacrifices and offerings and burnt offerings and sin offerings” (these are offered according to the law), Heb. 10:8

“What makes you think I want all your sacrifices?” says the LORD. “I am sick of your burnt offerings of rams and the fat of fattened cattle. I get no pleasure from the blood of bulls and lambs and goats.Is. 1:11

 

 

God had to receive Abraham’s permission to send Jesus to die for sin and for a new creation to come.

 

Summary of Types and Shadows:

 

  ISAAC
Genesis
JESUS
Gospels
Only begotten Son Gen. 22:2 John 3:16
Offered on a hill in Mt. Moriah, place of the Mt. Calvary Gen. 22:2 Matt. 21:10
Took donkey to place of sacrifice Gen. 22:3 Matt. 21:2-11
Two men went with him Gen. 22:3 Mark 15:27Luke 23:33
Three day journey. Jesus: three days in the grave Gen. 22:4 Luke 24:13-21
Son carried wood on his back up hill Gen. 22:6 John 19:17
God will provide for Himself the lamb Gen. 22:8 John 1:29
Son was offered on the wood Gen. 22:9 Luke 23:33
Ram in thicket of thorns, crown of thorns Gen. 22:13 John 19:2
The seed will be multiplied Gen. 22:17 John 1:12Isaiah 53:10
Abraham went down. Son didn’t.  Isaac is “not mentioned” Gen. 22:19 Luke 23:46
Servant, gets bride for son Gen. 24:1-4 Eph. 5:22-32Rev. 21:2922:17
The bride was a beautiful virgin Gen. 24:16 2 Cor. 11:2
Servant offered ten gifts to bride Gen. 22:10 Rom. 6:23121 Cor. 12

 

 

 

Genesis 22:14 Genesis 22:14 And Abraham called the name of the place, The-Lord-Will -Provide; (Yahweh Jireh) as it is said to this day, In the mount of  Yahweh it will be seen.TLB

 

 

 

 

 

Related Scripture:

(John 8:56)  Your father Abraham rejoiced to see My day, and He saw and was glad.

 

(Heb 11:9-10)  By faith he lived in the land of promise as a stranger, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs of the same promise with him. For he looked for a city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God.

 

Genesis 22:15-16 Then the Angel of the LORD called to Abraham a second time out of heaven, 16 and said: “By Myself I have sworn, says the LORD, because you have done this thing, and have not withheld your son, your only son—

WE KNOW FROM SCRIPTURE THAT THE ANGLE OF THE LORD IS JESUS CHRIST- THE WORD

Related Scriptures:

Hebrews 6:13 For when God made a promise to Abraham, because He could swear by no one greater, He swore by Himself,

 

 Gen 22:17 “blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply your descendants as the stars of the heaven and as the sand which is on the seashore; and your descendants (us, the Body of Christ) shall possess the gate of their enemies.

 

 

New words added to the covenant. God’s word is progressive.

Matthew 16:18 “And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock (revelation) I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.

Genesis 22:18-24

Gen. 22:18 “In your seed (Christ) all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice.”

 

LAST OF THE COVENANT SPOKEN TO ABRAHAM; IT WILL BE REPEATED TO ISAAC AND REBEKAH.

 

Gen. 22:19 So Abraham returned to his young men, and they rose and went together to Beersheba; and Abraham dwelt at Beersheba.

 

Gen. 22:1-19 Summary:

 

The Supreme Proof of Abraham’s faith.

 

A. Abraham’s trust in God grew to the point that he did not hesitate to obey the command of God because he saw in the Spirit the reason.

 

1. This act of trust confirmed the faith that the childless Abraham had, many years before, when God promised that he would have many descendants. Genesis 15:5-6 “Then He brought him outside and said, ‘Look now toward heaven, and count the stars if you are able to number them.’ And He said to him, ‘So shall your descendants be.’ [6] And he believed in the Lord, and He accounted it to him for righteousness.”

 

a. In the choice between Ishmael and Isaac, God chose Isaac as the heir to continue the lineage of Abraham. Genesis 21:12 “God said to Abraham, ‘Do not let it be displeasing in your sight because of the lad (Ishmael) or because of your bondwoman (Hagar). Whatever Sarah has said to you, listen to her voice; for in Isaac your seed shall be called.’ ”

 

b. God’s promise was trusted, completely. Hebrews 11:17-19 “By faith Abraham, when he was tested/proved, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises offered up his only begotten son, [18] of whom it was said, ‘In Isaac your seed shall be called,’ [19] concluding that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead, from which he also received him in a figurative sense.”

 

 

c. Abraham’s faith was perfected by works. James 2:21-24 “Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son on the altar? [22] Do you see that faith was working together with his works, and by works faith was made perfect? [23] And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, ‘Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.’ And he was called the friend of God. [24] You see then that a man is justified by works, and not by faith only.”

 

2. God assured Abraham that His promises would be fulfilled, by swearing an oath on Himself.

 

a. God swore on himself as the highest form of an oath. Hebrews 6:13-14 “For when God made a promise to Abraham, because He could swear by no one greater, He swore by Himself, [14] saying, “Surely blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply you.”

 

b. This oath is mentioned in two other places.

 

(1) Psalm 105:8-9 “He remembers His covenant forever, the word which He commanded, for a thousand generations, [9] the covenant which He made with Abraham, and His oath to Isaac…”

 

(2) Luke 1:72-73 “To perform the mercy promised to our fathers and to remember His holy covenant, [73] the oath which He swore to our father Abraham…”

 

 

B. The faith of Abraham is our model.

 

1. We follow his “steps.” Romans 4:11b-12 “… (Abraham is the) father of all those who believe, though they are uncircumcised, that righteousness might be imputed to them also, [12] and the father of circumcision to those who not only are of the circumcision, but who also walk in the steps of the faith which our father Abraham had while still uncircumcised.”

 

2. By faith, we become “sons of Abraham.” Seed of Christ Galatians 3:7-9 “Therefore know that only those who are of faith are sons of Abraham. [8] And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel to Abraham beforehand, saying, ‘In you all the nations shall be blessed.’ [9] So then those who are of faith are blessed with believing Abraham.”

 

3. Our inheritance, salvation in Christ, is based on the faith, in the pattern of Abraham.

 

Romans 4:16 “Therefore it is of faith that it might be according to grace, so that the promise might be sure to all the seed, not only to those who are of the law, but also to those who are of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all.

 

Of course, initial salvation has nothing to do with ourselves or works. Only to acknowledge and believe in  heart, confess with mouth. Romans 10:9-10.

 

Ephesians 2:8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—

 

 

Salvation is progressive in that we work it out from our spirit, to soul, to body.

 

Phil. 2:12b continue working out your salvation with awe and reverence,
 

We will continue with lesson 7 next week.

The blessings of the Lord are upon you whether by blood, adoption, or assignment. The blessing of the LORD makes a person rich, and he adds no sorrow with it. Prov. 10:22

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Lesson 7–ABRAHAM CONTINUED, SODOM AND GOMORRAH, ISAAC

 

 

Did God Tell Abraham to Kill His Son?

You say, yes? (Add the fact that God didn’t actually require Abraham to go through with it.)

Does God change?

No?

 

 

Well then, since God doesn’t change — and you have already acknowledged that in times past God has sanctioned the killing of children — is it possible that God would require you to kill children?

Of course, you answer without hesitation that under no circumstance would you participate in the killing of children!

 

ABSOLUTELY NOT!!

 

Our options are limited.

1. We can question the morality of God.

2. We can question the immutability of God. (non-changing)

3. We can question our understanding of Scripture.

 

If you suggest that I go with a variation of the first option by claiming that when God commands genocide it’s not immoral, that is asking me to violate my own conscience. Genocide is immoral. It violates God’s commandments. Furthermore, such a position opens the door for all manner of evil to be justified in the name of God — something the human race has a long, tragic history of doing. For me, any variation of the first option is unacceptable.

 

 

What about the second option? — a mutating God who is in the process of learning and growing.  No, he changes not. The immutability of God is foundational to my faith. If God is subject to change, how do we know that somewhere down the line God won’t mutate into an omnipotent malevolent monster? Since I believe God is fully revealed in Christ, I reject the theologies of a monstrous deity.

 

Notice what really happened?

God always allows faith to be tested/proved for it to run its full course pure and strong. God allowed the testing/proving of Abraham’s faith by commanding him to sacrifice the thing that he loved the most in his life, his only son. Since God knows the end from the beginning, He knew what was going to happen, also this was needed as a trial run or mankind’s permission for Calvary, permission for God to send his only begotten Son to die for man’s sin.

 

 

 

Genesis 22:2 Then He said, “Take now your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.”

 

1 Samuel 5:3 Now go, attack the Amalekites and totally destroy all that belongs to them. Do not spare them; put to death men and women, children and infants, cattle and sheep, camels and donkeys.'”

 

Kill them all………………

 

 

Can you believe our Good Good Father could do this? NO

Definitely Not!!

 

LATER  IN MOSAIC LAW IT WAS UNLAWFUL TO SACRIFICE A CHILD

Deuteronomy 18:10 “There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, or one who practices witchcraft, or a soothsayer, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer,

 

 

Only son translates yachild. Yachild describes Abraham’s unique miracle child, Isaac now in his thirties. Christ was 33 years old when he died. Zechariah describes what the Messiah will one day become to Israel’s repentant, weeping citizens, precious son, yachild.

Zechariah 12:10“And I will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplication; then they will look on Me whom they pierced. Yes, they will mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son, and grieve for Him as one grieves for a firstborn.

 

Here is the place where God told Abraham to sacrifice his only son Isaac which is the same place where His own Son: the hills of Moriah,  near Mt. Zion, and near Mt. Calvary, once Golgotha outside Jerusalem.

Equally noted is the phrase “His only begotten Son in The Hebrew New Testament is translated : His Son, His “Yachild.”

John 3:16“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

Genesis 22:3

Gen. 22: 3 So Abraham rose early in the morning and saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son; and he split the wood for the burnt offering, and arose and went to the place of which God had told him.

TYPES AND SHADOWS OF Jesus Christ

1. Isaac was his father’s only son- Jesus Christ is the Father’s only begotten Son

2. Luke 19:35 Then they brought him to Jesus. And they threw their own clothes on the donkey, and they set Jesus on him.

3. While making the journey Isaac was dead three days in the mind of his father. Jesus Christ was dead 3 days and nights before he was resurrected.

 

 

Genesis 22:4-5 Then on the third day Abraham lifted his eyes and saw the place afar off.5 And Abraham said to his young men, “Stay here with the donkey; the lad and I will go yonder and worship, and we will come back to you.”

WHAT DID ABRAHAM KNOW IN HIS HEART? He knew that even if Isaac’s life had to be taken then God would raise him from the dead so that he could come back with his father. Or he knew a sacrifice was to be furnished instead. He knew there was purpose behind this act.

Third day- day of resurrection- 3 the number of divine completeness, perfection, perfect testimony

4. Abraham saw the place , Mt. Moriah, the future place of the temple mount where sacrifices were later offered now Mt. Zion. Yet he also saw another hill close by, a far off into the spirit and saw the death of Jesus Christ on Mt. Calvary/Golgotha.

According to dispensationalist Jesus will set foot on   Mount of Olives when he returns physically.

Zech, 14:4 On that day his feet shall stand on the Mount of Olives that lies before Jerusalem on the east, and the Mount of Olives shall be split in two from east to west by a very wide valley, so that one half of the Mount shall move northward, and the other half southward.
 

Related Scriptures:

Matt. 16:21 From that time Jesus began to show to His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised the third day.

 

Luke 22:40-41 When He came to the place, He said to them, “Pray that you may not enter into temptation.”41 And He was withdrawn from them about a stone’s throw, and He knelt down and prayed,

Hebrews 11:17-19 By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises offered up his only begotten son,18 of whom it was said, “In Isaac your seed shall be called,”19 concluding that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead, from which he also received him in a figurative sense.

Abraham in offering Isaac enacted in a figurative sense, Calvary. It was not just a foreshadowing, but a trial run.

5. Isaac carried the wood on which he was to be sacrificed, Jesus carried His own cross.

Gen. 22:6 So Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering and laid it on Isaac his son; and he took the fire in his hand, and a knife, and the two of them went together.

John 19:17And He, bearing His cross, went out to a place called the Place of a Skull, which is called in Hebrew, Golgotha,

Genesis 22:7 But Isaac spoke to Abraham his father and said, “My father!” And he said, “Here I am, my son.” Then he said, “Look, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?”

GOD ANSWERED ISAAC ‘S QUESTION

John 1: 29 The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!

John 1:34 “And I have seen and testified that this is the Son of God.” 35 Again, the next day, John stood with two of his disciples.

Rev. 5:12 saying with a loud voice: “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain To receive power and riches and wisdom, And strength and honor and glory and blessing!”

 6. God provided a ram for a substitution sacrifice to replace Isaac. God provided Jesus Christ as the substitution sacrifice to replace all of mankind.  Abraham’s sacrifice was a ram. God’s sacrifice was Jesus Christ.

Genesis 22:8 And Abraham said, “My son, God will provide for Himself the lamb for a burnt offering.” So the two of them went together.

ABRAHAM’S WORDS MUST BE MADE GOOD; ABRAHAM GAVE GOD PERMISSION TO SEND HIS SON;

 Because of the dominion mandate in Gen. 1:28  Be fruitful (produce spiritual fruit), multipy (add members of the Body) replenish (cover all the earth), subdue (enforce the enemy’s defeat) and have dominion (establish kingdom authority over all creation).It was God’s intent for the spiritual man (the Christ body) to represent Him and complete the mandate given to mankind. 

Abraham did just that.

GOD WILL PROVIDE FOR HIMSELF A LAMB; THE ACTUAL HEBREW TRANSLATION IS : GOD WILL PROVIDE HIMSELF AS A LAMB.

ABRAHAM HAD TO SPEAK IT, DECREE IT FOR IT TO BE ESTABLISHED.

According to ancient Jewish history, in the Old Testament, the people believed God was putting evil spirits on people to deceive and torment them (1 Kings 22:22, 1 Samuel 16:14-16). They believe that God was holding the power of death and destruction over them, wielding it upon humanity according to his pleasure, exactly as the surrounding nations perceived their own gods. This application of destructive power was viewed as “the wrath of God.”

Whenever there was temptation, destruction, wrath, and death, all activities which the New Testament would later assign to satan. The Old Testament would instead attribute these destructions to God Himself. They would not pray against the wiles of the devil, the way the New Testament instructs, but would rather beg God to stay His own wrathful hand. satan was nowhere in their causative equation. I always say satan was cloaked in the Old Testament and they had little or no revelation of him. God was the ONLY cause of both good and evil.

Jesus reveals otherwise. Jesus reveals that God is not in line with everything the Old Testament attributed to God simply because they thought he was the author of everything. Jesus reveals God as opposed to evil, chaos, destruction, deception, retribution, evil spirits, etc. whereas the Old Testament commonly attributed all these things to God.

 

3rd Option in Interpreting OT passages:

This leaves us with only the third option. We have no choice but to revisit how we understand Scripture — particularly the Old Testament.

Let’s begin by asserting that it is Jesus Christ/Yeshua Ha’Mashiach who is the true Word of God. Christians confess that Christ is the Logos (divine logic) made flesh. This is the theme of John’s majestic gospel as he asserts over and over again that it is Christ who finally and fully reveals to humanity what God is really like.

So if we don’t want a god who occasionally commands genocide or a god who is mutating, how do we view the Old Testament. Something like this…

The Old Testament is the inspired telling of the story of Israel coming to know their God. But it’s a process. God doesn’t mutate/change, but Israel’s revelation and understanding of God obviously does. Along the way assumptions are made. One of these assumptions was that Yahweh shares certain violent attributes with the pagan deities of the ancient Near East.  The Great Lie and mythological beliefs of God, spread and spread throughout time. It affected the writers of the O.T. and was placed in what we call our Bible by the Catholic religion and then spread to other versions and religions. These assumptions were inevitable, but wrong. For example, the Hebrew prophets will eventually begin to question the assumption that Yahweh desires blood sacrifice. Jesus was fond of quoting Hosea’s bold assertion that Yahweh doesn’t want sacrifice, he wants mercy.

 

 

In the divine endorsement of genocide in the conquest of Canaan and then to the Sermon on the Mount something changes! What changes isn’t God, but the degree to which humanity has attained a revelation of the true nature of God.

Note: You’ve heard it said, but I say:

 

Mat 5:21  You have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment:

Mat 5:22  But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment:…………………….

 

 

The Old Testament is telling the story of Israel coming to know God. It isn’t Joshua the son of Nun who gives us the full revelation of God, it’s Yeshua of Nazareth! It isn’t the warrior-poet David who gives us the full revelation of God, but the greater Son of David, Jesus Christ! We understand David as a man of his time, but we understand Christ as the exact imprint of God’s nature! (see Hebrews 1:1–3)

 

WE SEE JESUS/YESHUA WE HAVE SEEN THE FATHER!

 

 

The whole point of this exercise has been to dampen enthusiasm for using the Old Testament to justify the use of violence. This is a dangerous practice that must be abandoned in the light of Christ. For if you want to occasionally revert to the Old Testament to justify the use of “appropriate” violence, how do you know you won’t be using the Old Testament to justify genocide? This is a legitimate question.

 This has been the world’s view for a while now. God was seen crushing the enemies of his people, burning them up in the fire of his wrath and dunging the ground with their flesh. It was the Lord’s doings and it was marvelous in their eyes. The Bible can be used to justify every kind of violence including genocide.

This is why we must interpret Scripture in the Light of Christ who is the true Word of God.

The kingdom of Christ is without coercion. (and certainly without violence!) As Christians we persuade by love, witness, Spirit, reason, rhetoric, and if need be, martyrdom, but never by force. Christ followers are called to embody the peaceable kingdom of the Lamb.

In conclusion, I find the description of Abraham as a “knight of faith” who achieves a “suspension of the ethical” in the sacrifice of Isaac. Abraham didn’t “suspend the ethical” when he set off for Moriah, rather Abraham attained the ethical when he put down the knife.

 

 

LET’S USE SOME LOGICAL, COMMON SENSE HERE!

 

Abraham gained the revelation that, contrary to the assumption of the age, God does not want human sacrifice.  Human sacrifice was common practice in that day. If Abraham is the father of monotheism, he is also the father of the abolition of human sacrifice.

 

 

Much to think and ponder over!  Let the Goodness of God be revealed to you! If you would like a copy of God is Good, http://equippingthesaintsministries.blogspot.com/

 

We will continue with lesson 7 next week.

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Lesson 7–ABRAHAM CONTINUED, SODOM AND GOMORRAH, ISAAC

ABRAHAM AND ISAAC: A CLOSEUP OF CALVARY: A TRIAL RUN

Genesis 22:2 Then He said, “Take now your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.”

The land of Moriah, specifically Mount Moriah, was to be the place of the burnt offering. We learn from 2 Chronicles 3:1 that Solomon’s temple was to be constructed here, upon the very spot where Abraham and Isaac experienced this heart-rending trial. The rock upon which Isaac is supposed to have been bound was the location for the brazen altar in this temple.

LATER IN MOSAIC LAW IT WAS UNLAWFUL TO SACRIFICE A CHILD

Deuteronomy 18:10 “There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, or one who practices witchcraft, or a soothsayer, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer,

God cannot violate His own law. God is not a man that he could lie. Num. 23:19

Only son translates yachild. Yachild describes Abraham’s unique miracle child, Isaac now in his thirties. Christ was 33 years old when he died. Zechariah describes what the Messiah will one day become to Israel’s repentant, weeping citizens, precious son, yachild.

Zechariah 12:10 “And I will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplication; then they will look on Me whom they pierced. Yes, they will mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son, and grieve for Him as one grieves for a firstborn.

Here is the place where God told Abraham to sacrifice his only son, Isaac, the temple mount,  now called Mt. Zion. On a nearby hill is where Jesus was sacrificed : the hills of Moriah, now called Mt. Calvary, once outside Jerusalem. (Golgotha, the place of the skull)

Equally noted is the phrase “His only begotten Son in The Hebrew New Testament is translated : His Son, His “Yachild.” (begotten is not used)

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son (yachild), that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

Genesis 22:3 So Abraham rose early in the morning and saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son; and he split the wood for the burnt offering, and arose and went to the place of which God had told him.

TYPES AND SHADOWS OF Jesus Christ and his Crucifixion and Resurrection:

1. Isaac was his father’s only son- Jesus Christ is the Father’s only begotten Son

2. Luke 19:35 Then they brought him to Jesus. And they threw their own clothes on the donkey, and they set Jesus on him.

 

3. While making the journey Isaac was dead three days in the mind of his father. Jesus Christ was dead 3 days and nights before he was resurrected.

 

 

Genesis 22:4 Then on the third day Abraham lifted his eyes and saw the place afar off

 

Notice, lifted his eyes. You will see that again in next verses. Abraham saw in the Spirit. He saw the finished work of Jesus on the cross.

Gen. 22:5 And Abraham said to his young men, “Stay here with the donkey; the lad and I will go yonder and worship, and we will come back to you.”

Noteworthy: We will come back to you. Abrahm lifted his eyes in the Spirit and saw the provision.

WHAT DID ABRAHAM KNOW IN HIS HEART? He knew that even if Isaac’s life had to be taken then God would raise him from the dead so that he could come back with his father. Or he knew a sacrifice was to be furnished instead.

Third day- day of resurrection- 3 the number of divine completeness, perfection, perfect testimony

The Meaning of Numbers: The Number 3

The number 3 is used 467 times in the Bible. It pictures completeness, though to a lesser degree than 7. The meaning of this number derives from the fact that it is the first of four spiritually perfect numerals (the others being 7, 10 and 12). The 3 righteous patriarchs before the flood were Abel, Enoch and Noah. After the deluge there was the righteous “fathers” Abraham, Isaac and Jacob (later renamed Israel).

There are 27 books in the New Testament, which is 3x3x3, or completeness to the third power.

Jesus prayed three times in the Garden of Gethsemane before His arrest. He was placed on the cross at the 3rd hour of the day (9 a.m.) and died at the 9th hour (3 p.m.). There were 3 hours of darkness that covered the land while Jesus was suffering on the cross from the 6th hour to the 9th hour. Three is the number of resurrection. Christ was dead for three full days and three full nights, a total of 72 hours, before being resurrected on Saturday, just before sunset.

Appearances of the Number Three:

There were only three individuals who witnessed Jesus’ transfiguration on Mount Hermon. Those who saw Jesus’ glory on the mount were John, Peter and James.

The apostle Paul was an exceptionally well educated person. In three different occasions he quotes directly from Greek poets (Acts 17:28, 1Corinthians 15:33 and Titus 1:12). He also was privileged to visit the location of God’s throne, which is in the third heaven (2Corinthians 12:2 – 4).

4. Abraham saw the place on the one of the hills of Moriah ( Mt. Zion, the future place of the temple mount where sacrifices were later offered, yet he also saw a far off into the spirit and saw the death of Jesus Christ at Mt. Calvary, a nearby hill.)

 

Matt. 16:21 From that time Jesus began to show to His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised the third day.

Luke 22:40-41 When He came to the place, He said to them, “Pray that you may not enter into temptation.”41 And He was withdrawn from them about a stone’s throw, and He knelt down and prayed,

Hebrews 11:17-19 By faith Abraham, when he was tested/proven, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises offered up his only begotten son,18 of whom it was said, “In Isaac your seed shall be called,”19 concluding that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead, from which he also received him in a figurative sense.

 

Abraham in offering Isaac enacted in a figurative sense, Calvary. It was not just a foreshadowing, but a trial run.

5. Isaac carried the wood on which he was to be sacrificed, Jesus carried His own wooden crossbeam.

Gen. 22:6 So Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering and laid it on Isaac his son; and he took the fire in his hand, and a knife, and the two of them went together.

 

 

John 19:17  And He, bearing His cross, (this was a wooden crossbeam which was nailed to a tree)went out to a place called the Place of a Skull, which is called in Hebrew, Golgotha,

 

 

 

Jesus was crucified on a literal tree. Symbolically, it was the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, self.

In Galatians 3:13 the apostle Paul makes the following statement when referring to the Messiah’s crucifixion: Cursed is everyone who is hung on a TREE. This, we will find, is a direct reference to Deuteronomy 21:22-23, which says –

“When someone is convicted of a capital offense and is executed, and you hang him on a TREE, his body shall not remain all night on the tree, but you shall indeed bury him that same day. For anyone who is hanged is under God’s curse; you must not defile your land which the LORD your God is giving to you as an inheritance”.

In Hebrew times debts were nailed to a tree until paid. Jesus redeemed our debt forever.

Genesis 22:7 But Isaac spoke to Abraham his father and said, “My father!” And he said, “Here I am, my son.” Then he said, “Look, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?”

Much more detail next week. 

We will continue next week with “A Trial Run of Calvary.”

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Lesson 7–ABRAHAM CONTINUED, SODOM AND GOMORRAH, ISAAC

ABRAHAM AND ISAAC: A CLOSEUP OF CALVARY: A TRIAL RUN

Genesis 22:1 Now it came to pass after these things that God tested  (Hebrew, proved, refers to the proving of Abraham’s faith with the intent of proving his faith as acceptable) and he said to him, Abraham. And he said, Here am I.

ASV (Gen 22:1) And it came to pass after these things, that God did prove Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham. And he said, Here am I.

Related Scriptures:

Exodus 20:20 And Moses said to the people, “Do not fear; for God has come to test (prove) you, and that His fear may be before you, so that you may not sin.”

Deut. 8:2 “And you shall remember that the LORD your God led you all the way these forty years in the wilderness, to humble you and test (prove) you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not.

James 1:2-3,13  My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials,3 knowing that the testing/proving of your faith produces patience.13 Let no one say when he is tempted, (tested,)  “I am tempted (tested) by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt (test) anyone.

The word test in the Hebrew is “nasa” In most contexts the word nasa has the idea of proving the quality of someone or something, often through adversity or hardship. The rendering tempt used frequently in the AV and ASV generally means to prove rather than the English idea of enticing to do wrong. The verb nasa occurs 36 times in the OT. “Nasa” is used when God proved Abraham’s faith (Gen. 22:1) and Hezekiah’s (2 Chron. 32:31).  The allowing or the proving by God, however, is the trying of one’s faith.

What the enemy means for bad, God turns to good.

Gen. 50:20 “You meant evil against me, but God meant it for good.”

 

 

Remember as believers we have the faith of God already inside us (Gal. 2:20); the proving of your faith is in the sense/soulish realm.

AGAIN, THE OLD TESTAMENT MENTALITY: IF GOD ALLOWED IT HE DID IT.

Did God Require Abraham to Kill His Only Son? NOT

Other Opinions on Why Abraham was Required to Seemingly Sacrifice His Son

  1. Abraham didn’t hear God sufficiently.
  2. Isaac talked him into carrying this out.
  3. satan, the enemy, spoke to Abraham and he misunderstood it for God.

My Comment:

Mankind has authority in the earth and God had to have permission to send His Son, Jesus/Yeshua. It was a trial run of Calvary. We will talk much more about this in next lessons.

Does God Permit Bad Things to Happen to Us?

A loving God doesn’t send or even permit death and destruction in His children’s lives to instruct them. If these things are happening, there is another reason. In the beginning when God created man, He gave us authority to rule the earth, to have dominion over it, and to subdue it (Genesis 1:26-28). God couldn’t interrupt or interfere in man’s business after that unless He was invited. He kept His word to Adam, even though He had to swear to His own hurt to keep it.  Did God send the devil in to get Adam? No, He gave Adam authority over the whole situation. It was Adam’s decision and responsibility. Adam was the one who gave the devil entrance into man’s realm. In the same way, it’s not God Who lets the devil influence our lives, it’s us. We do it through our words, and also through our actions. Ignorance of God’s Word and spiritual principles operate whether we understand them or not; it opens the door wide to satanic attacks.

God never afflicted any man with disease or anything of the curse. satan has always been the thief, killer and destroyer. John 10:10a. In the Old Testament, when a man stepped out from the protection of the Law, satan attacked. Man was punished for his mistake through satan’s physical harassment, but God was often able to use it for good to teach and correct him. By doing so, God received the credit for the harassment in error. The law of sowing and reaping is in effect.

THE TEST/PROOF OF FAITH OR TESTING/PROVING OF THE WORD

If anything is worth anything it must be tested/proved.

In industry we call it quality control.

 

 

God always allows faith to be tested/proved for it to run its full course pure and strong. God allowed the testing/proving of Abraham’s faith by commanding him to sacrifice the thing that he loved the most in his life, his only son. Since God knows the end from the beginning, He knew what was going to happen, also this was needed as a trial run or mankind’s permission for Calvary, permission for God to send his only begotten Son to die for man’s sin.

We know that Abraham passed the test/proof of his faith. God saw his heart.

We will cover all of this next week in detail.

 

We will continue with lesson 7 next week.

The blessings of the Lord are upon you whether by blood, adoption, or assignment. The blessing of the LORD makes a person rich, and he adds no sorrow with it. Prov. 10:22

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Lesson 7–ABRAHAM CONTINUED, SODOM AND GOMORRAH, ISAAC

Hagar and Ishmael In Desert

Genesis 21:15-34

Gen. 21:15-16 And the water in the skin was used up, and she placed the boy under one of the shrubs.16 Then she went and sat down across from him at a distance of about a bowshot; for she said to herself, “Let me not see the death of the boy.” So she sat opposite him, and lifted her voice and wept.

Gen 21: 17 And God heard the voice of the lad. Then the angel of God called to Hagar out of heaven, and said to her, “What ails you, Hagar? Fear not, for God has heard the voice of the lad where he is. (The name Ishmael means God who hears)

Word Origin:  Yishmael: Ishmael from shama and el Definition“God hears”

“El Shama”– Shama means “to hear” (Strong’s) and is found in Psalm 17:6, as you mention. Furthermore, the name Ishmael is derived from these two words:

Related Scripture

And the Angel of the Lord (Jesus Christ, Yeshua Ha’ Mashiach) said to her, “Behold, you are pregnant and shall bear a son. You shall call his name Ishmael, because the Lord has listened to your affliction. (Genesis 16:11 (ESV))

The ESV note specifically says, “Ishmael means God hears,” and so does Strong’s Concordance.

There’s also the name “Elishama,” meaning “God has heard,” which belongs to several Israelites listed in the genealogies of the OT (e.g., Numbers 1:10 and 1 Chronicles 2:41).

El Shama- God hears–

In Genesis 16 Hagar had already seen and heard from God.

She [Hagar] gave this name to the LORD who spoke to her: “You are the God who sees me, El Roi,” for she said, “I have now seen the One who sees me.” That is why the well was called Beer Lahai Roi [the “well of the Living One who sees me”]. — Genesis 16:13–14 (NIV)

 

This is how the story could have happened:

Ishmael slumped beneath a bush, hoping for relief from the desert sun. He felt feverish, dizzied by the heat. Hagar had watched him drink the last of the water, greedily sucking at the empty skin. His face was flushed, his speech was blurred. It wouldn’t be long, she thought, until the boy was past helping. And what of it? She could do nothing for him.

Unable to bear her helplessness in the face of his anguish, she sat down several yards away and began rocking back and forth, wailing out her grief. The angel of the Lord had named him Ishmael, meaning “God hears.” But now the name seemed to mock her. Was God deaf, unable to keep His promise? Or cruel? Was He simply unwilling to listen to her cries for help? She would not allow herself to think so.

 

 

 

In the midst of her despair Hagar suddenly heard a voice calling: “Do not be afraid; God has heard the boy crying. Lift him up and take him by the hand, for I will make him into a great nation.” Then God opened Hagar’s eyes and she saw the thing she dreamed of—a well full of water.

Many years later, the psalmist echoed words that must surely have been on Hagar’s mind during her ordeal: “I am worn out calling for help; my throat is parched. My eyes fail, looking for my God” (Psalm 69:3).

The promise God had made to Hagar and Ishmael so many years before stretched itself thin during their time of trial, but never so thin as to break, for God upheld the word He had spoken years before. Remember this when you seemingly fail for a time to find God’s help or to receive answers to your prayers.

 

 We have this assurance–

Related Scripture:

Gen 21:18 “Arise, lift up the lad and hold him with your hand, for I will make him a great nation.”19 Then God opened her eyes, and she saw a well of water. And she went and filled the skin with water, and gave the lad a drink.20 So God was with the lad; and he grew and dwelt in the wilderness, and became an archer.21 He dwelt in the Wilderness of Paran; and his mother took a wife for him from the land of Egypt.

Gen. 21:1-21 Summary:

The birth of Isaac causes a rift between Sarah and Hagar.

A. Sarah resented the scoffing of Hagar’s son, Ishmael, during the feast held in honor of the weaning of Isaac. According to the Word English Bible Ishmael mocked Isaac.

 

1. Sarah asked Abraham to send Hagar and her son away.

2. Abraham was reluctant, until God approved the action, and reminded Abraham that his legitimate heir was to be Isaac.

 

 

Note Ishmael’s descendants

 

Gal 4:25 Now this Hagar is Mount Sinai in Arabia and corresponds to the present Jerusalem, for she is in slavery with her children.

B. The Apostle Paul used this incident in an allegory. Galatians 4:21-31

C. Paul also used this incident in the same allegorical sense in

Romans 9:6-8. “But it is not that the word of God has taken no effect. For they are not all Israel who are of Israel, [7] nor are they all children because they are the seed of Abraham; but, ‘In Isaac your seed shall be called.’ [8] That is, those who are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God; but the children of the promise are counted as the seed.”

Gen. 21:22 And it came to pass at that time that Abimelech and Phichol, the commander of his army, spoke to Abraham, saying, “God is with you in all that you do.23 “Now therefore, swear to me by God that you will not deal falsely with me, with my offspring, or with my posterity; but that according to the kindness that I have done to you, you will do to me and to the land in which you have dwelt.”24 And Abraham said, “I will swear.” 25 Then Abraham rebuked Abimelech because of a well of water which Abimelech’s servants had seized.26 And Abimelech said, “I do not know who has done this thing; you did not tell me, nor had I heard of it until today.”

 

Gen 21: 27 So Abraham took sheep and oxen and gave them to Abimelech, and the two of them made a covenant.28 And Abraham set seven ewe lambs of the flock by themselves. (Seven is the number of perfection and completeness, used 600 times in the Bible) 29 Then Abimelech asked Abraham, “What is the meaning of these seven ewe lambs which you have set by themselves?”30 And he said, “You will take these seven ewe lambs from my hand, that they may be my witness that I have dug this well.”31 Therefore he called that place Beersheba, because the two of them swore an oath there.32 Thus they made a covenant at Beersheba. So Abimelech rose with Phichol, the commander of his army, and they returned to the land of the Philistines.33 Then Abraham planted a tamarisk tree in Beersheba, and there called on the name of the LORD, the Everlasting God.34 And Abraham stayed in the land of the Philistines many days.

Everlasting God:

EL OLAM: 

EVERLASTING GOD

Genesis 21:33 is the first revelation of this Name.

 ……and there he called on the Name (He worshipped) of the LORD, the Everlasting God (El Olam).

 

Gen. 21:22-34 Summary:

Abraham’s continued peaceful relationship with Abimelech.

A. They swore an oath of mutual good will. Verses 22-24

B. Abraham seized an opportunity from this to settle a dispute over the ownership of a well. Verses 25-33

NOTE: There is some geographical information in these verses regarding the area ruled at that time by the Philistines. It is said to include the area where Abraham was living, around Beersheba. Other place names given here are Kadesh, Shur, and Gerar. Some maps indicate that the immediate region of Beersheba was surrounded by Philistine territory, indicating that this is the reason for the treaty between Abraham and Abimelech. The Philistines did not control this area a thousand years later, during the reign of King David over Israel. Philistia was then only a narrow area on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea.

We will continue with lesson 7 next week.

The blessings of the Lord are upon you whether by blood, adoption, or assignment. The blessing of the LORD makes a person rich, and he adds no sorrow with it. Prov. 10:22

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Lesson 7–ABRAHAM CONTINUED, SODOM AND GOMORRAH, ISAAC

Genesis 21:2-14

Gen 21:2-3 For Sarah conceived and bore Abraham a son in his old age, at the set time of which God had spoken to him.3 And Abraham called the name of his son who was born to him—whom Sarah bore to him—Isaac.

 

 

 

Isaac – Laughter/ Son of Laughter  

 

 

 

(1) Begets Jacob, Israel, or the kingdom of the ten tribes ( Amos 7:9 Amos 7:16 ) and Esau.

(2) The only son of Abraham by Sarah. He was the longest lived of the three patriarchs ( Genesis 21:1-3 ). He was circumcised when eight days old (4-7); and when he was probably two years old a great feast was held in connection with his being weaned.

(3) The next memorable event in his life is that connected with the command of God given to Abraham to offer him up as a sacrifice on a mountain in the land of Moriah ( Genesis 22 ).

(4) When he was forty years of age Rebekah was chosen for his wife ( Genesis 24 ). After the death and burial of his father he took up his residence at Beer-lahai-roi ( 25:7-11 ), where his two sons, Esau and Jacob, were born (21-26), the former of whom seems to have been his favorite son (27,28).

(5) In consequence of a famine ( Genesis 26:1 ) Isaac went to Gerar, where he practiced deception as to his relation to Rebekah, imitating the conduct of his father in Egypt ( 12:12-20 ) and in Gerar ( 20:2 ). The Philistine king rebuked him for his prevarication.

(6) After sojourning for some time in the land of the Philistines, he returned to Beersheba, where God gave him fresh assurance of covenant blessing, and where Abimelech entered into a covenant of peace with him.

(7) The next chief event in his life was the blessing of his sons ( Genesis 27:1 ). He died at Mamre, “being old and full of days” ( 35:27-29 ), one hundred and eighty years old, and was buried in the cave of Machpelah.

(8) In the New Testament reference is made to his having been “offered up” by his father ( Hebrews 11:17 ; James 2:21 ), and to his blessing his sons ( Hebrews 11:20 ). As the child of promise, he is contrasted with Ishmael ( Romans 9:7 Romans 9:10 ; Galatians 4:28 ; Hebrews 11:18 ).

 

More on the Son of Laughter:

Son of Laughter is a reference to the name Isaac. It is a reminder that Abraham and Sarah laughed a terrible, despairing laugh at God when he told them they would have a son after a lifetime of barren disappointment.

Remember both Abraham and Sarah laughed.

 

God is relentlessly gracious. In the case of Abraham and Sarah, a son was born out of hopeless cynicism. With Laughter’s son, Jacob, God graced him in the middle of his wretchedness, disabling him at his most contentious and giving him a new name, Israel.

Isaac’s Legacy

Like Abraham, Isaac encountered many of the same trials and blessings. However, his legacy serves as something to consider by believers today:

  • Isaac was faithful to trust his father when things did not make sense: Genesis 22:6-9
  • Isaac spent time meditating on God’s Word: Genesis 24:63
  • Isaac loved his mother greatly even years after her death: Genesis 24:67
  • Isaac did things like his father that were not God honoring: Genesis 26:1-17
  • Isaac had an encounter with God like his father had: Genesis 26:24-25
  • Isaac considered his blessing on his children to be important: Genesis 27:1-40; Hebrews 11:20
  • Like his father, Isaac had two sons that went in different directions in their relationship with the Lord: Genesis 27:41-46-Genesis 28:9; Genesis 33

Gen. 21:4 Then Abraham circumcised his son Isaac when he was eight days old, as God had commanded him.

Interesting Facts:

Why an Eight Day Circumcision

The number eight gets its primary definition from the Old Testament practice of circumcising newborn males on the 8th day. Genesis 17:12 states:

12 And he that is eight days old shall be circumcised among you, every man child in your generations, he that is born in the house, or bought with money of any stranger, which is not of thy seed.

So why did the Lord command that newborn males be circumcised on the 8th day of life? Here’s an answer found online:

This has been posted before but bears repeating.

“In 1935, professor H. Dam proposed the name “vitamin K” for the factor in foods that helped prevent hemorrhaging in baby chicks. We now know vitamin K is responsible for the production (by the liver) of the element known as prothrombin

 

If vitamin K is deficient, there will be a prothrombin deficiency and hemorrhaging may occur. Oddly, it is only on the fifth through the seventh days of the newborn male’s life that vitamin K (produced by bacteria in the intestinal tract) is present in adequate quantities.

Vitamin K, coupled with prothrombin, causes blood coagulation, which is important in any surgical procedure. Holt and McIntosh, in their classic work, Holt Pediatrics, observed that a newborn infant has “peculiar susceptibility to bleeding between the second and fifth days of life…. Hemorrhages at this time, though often inconsequential, are sometimes extensive; they may produce serious damage to internal organs, especially to the brain, and cause death from shock and exsanguination” (1953, pp. 125-126).

Obviously, then, if vitamin K were not produced in sufficient quantities until days five through seven, it would be wise to postpone any surgery until sometime after that. But why did God specify day eight?

On the eighth day, the amount of prothrombin present actually is elevated above one hundred percent of normal—and is the only day in the male’s life in which this will be the case under normal conditions. If surgery is to be performed, day eight is the perfect day to do it. Vitamin K and prothrombin levels are at their peak.”

  We read earlier that vitamin K is released at levels of over 100 percent on the 8th day in a newborn male’s life.

How does this relate to the church? If the church is going to survive the cutting away or circumcision of the Levitical priesthood (law)and not hemorrhage (lose people) we need some vitamin k or vitamin Kingdom of God!

Circumcision of the Heart

Rom. 2:29 But he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that which is of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the letter; and his praise is not from men, but from God. NAS


 

God/Yahweh gave Abraham and his descendants the mark of circumcision as a physical reminder that they were cut out from the world, that is, set apart to serve the one, true Lord (Gen. 17:1–14)(Gen. 21:4)

True “children of Abraham” are those who follow Abraham’s example of believing God (Genesis 15:6). Physical circumcision does not make one a child of God; faith does. Believers in Jesus Christ can truly say they are children of “Father Abraham.” “If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise” (Galatians 3:29).


God has always wanted more from His people than just external conformity to a set of rules. He has always wanted them to possess a heart to love, know and follow Him. That’s why God is not concerned with a circumcision of the flesh. Even in the Old Testament, God’s priority was a spiritual circumcision of the heart: “Circumcise yourselves to the LORD, circumcise your hearts, you men of Judah and people of Jerusalem…………….. Jer. 4:4

 

Gen. 21:5 Now Abraham was one hundred years old when his son Isaac was born to him.

Gen. 21:6 And Sarah said, “God has made me laugh, and all who hear will laugh with me.”

 

Gen 21:7 She also said, “Who would have said to Abraham that Sarah would nurse children? For I have borne him a son in his old age.” 8 So the child grew and was weaned. And Abraham made a great feast on the same day that Isaac was weaned.

Gen 21:9 And Sarah saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian, whom she had borne to Abraham, scoffing.10 Therefore she said to Abraham, “Cast out this bondwoman and her son; for the son of this bondwoman shall not be heir with my son, namely with Isaac.”11 And the matter was very displeasing in Abraham’s sight because of his son.12 But God said to Abraham, “Do not let it be displeasing in your sight because of the lad or because of your bondwoman. Whatever Sarah has said to you, listen to her voice; for in Isaac your seed shall be called.

Gen. 21:13 “Yet I will also make a nation of the son of the bondwoman, because he is your seed.”14 So Abraham rose early in the morning, and took bread and a skin of water; and putting it on her shoulder, he gave it and the boy to Hagar, and sent her away. Then she departed and wandered in the Wilderness of Beersheba. (now southern Israel)

Did Ishamel mock Isaac?

Genesis 21:8-9
World English Bible (WEB)

The child grew, and was weaned. Abraham made a great feast on the day that Isaac was weaned. Sarah saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian, whom she had borne to Abraham, mocking.

Galatians 4:21-31 World English Bible (WEB)

21 Tell me, you that desire to be under the law, don’t you listen to the law? 22 For it is written that Abraham had two sons, one by the servant, and one by the free woman. 23 However, the son by the servant was born according to the flesh, but the son by the free woman was born through promise. 24 These things contain an allegory, for these are two covenants. One is from Mount Sinai, bearing children to bondage, which is Hagar. 25 For this Hagar is Mount Sinai in Arabia, and answers to the Jerusalem that exists now, for she is in bondage with her children. 26 But the Jerusalem that is above is free, which is the mother of us all. 27 For it is written,

“Rejoice, you barren who don’t bear.
    Break out and shout, you that don’t travail.
    For more are the children of the desolate than of her who has a husband.” [a]

28 Now we, brothers, as Isaac was, are children of promise. 29 But as then, he who was born according to the flesh persecuted him who was born according to the Spirit, so also it is now. 30 However what does the Scripture say? “Throw out the servant and her son, for the son of the servant will not inherit with the son of the free woman.”[b] 31 So then, brothers, we are not children of a servant, but of the free woman.

This is the first of the conflict.

 

Beersheda is a compound name made up of beer, which means well and Sheba which means seven. Seven is the number of completeness and perfection. (Gen.21:28-30) In addition, Sheba is very similar to the word oath. So, Beersheba means “well of oath .” (v31) The very name of the place where Hagar wandered means, I have made an oath with you of perfection.”

We will continue with lesson 7 next week.

The blessings of the Lord are upon you whether by blood, adoption, or assignment. The blessing of the LORD makes a person rich, and he adds no sorrow with it. Prov. 10:22

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Lesson 7–ABRAHAM CONTINUED, SODOM AND GOMORRAH, ISAAC

FULFILLMENT OF A PROPHETIC WORD/PROMISE

Genesis 21:1 And the Lord visited Sarah as He had said, and the Lord did for Sarah as He had spoken.

Related Scripture:

Numbers 23:19“God is not a man, that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should repent (change his mind). Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?

Genesis 21:2 For Sarah conceived and bore Abraham a son in his old age, at the set time (KAIROS TIME) of which God had spoken to him.

Kairos Time:

Kairos (καιρός) is an Ancient Greek word meaning the right, critical or opportune moment.

Related Scriptures:

Ecclesiastes 3:1 To everything there is a season, 1 A time for every purpose under heaven:

 

Eph.5:15-17 See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise,16 redeeming the time, because the days are evil.17 Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is.

Col. 4:5 Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time.

Redeeming the Time:

Paraphrased, redeeming the time means:

So pervasive is the evil of these days that our opportunities to do good (our kairos) will slip away and be consumed by everyday life unless we act. It’s as if we have to rescue and redeem these opportunities from the clutches of an evil world. It also means those things which seemed to be consumed, wasted can be restored by our Father.

Abraham did that; he continued to believe God, redeeming the time, not acting impulsively like he did with Ismael, but he continued to redeem the time.

Redeeming the time takes effort. It takes thought. It takes discipline and diligence. It takes introspection. It takes learning. It takes prayer. It takes wisdom. It takes maturing. It takes rest.

Abraham’s Faith Development; Our Faith Development

Abram/Abraham had clearly heard the call of God upon his life. Have you clearly heard the call of God upon your life? If so, now is the time of commissioning.

Draw close to God and He will draw close to you. Seek Him with all your heart and you will find Him closer than your next breath. Make a decision of your will to desire to do the destiny God has planned for you, the book written for you all the days of your life. Ask Him to make it clear to you what He would have you to do. (Rhema Word)

Don’t be surprised that after you receive revelation from God’s Word or after He gives you a Rhema Word or a Prophecy you experience a testing of the word. There will be a test. The enemy will bring about contrary situations and circumstances to challenge the Word of God in your thought life.

Don’t be concerned; there is nothing in the World that the Word can’t handle because the Word of God spoke the world into existence.

Keep the vision that God has given you before your eyes. God’s provision follows His vision. You will sleep peacefully when you stay in the perfect Will of God.  Pursue peace; that’s how you know if you’re in God’s perfect will. Also, be patient. God wants to get you to a place where you can “Live by Faith”, (we live by His, the faith Gal. 2:20) so you can be perfect and complete lacking nothing, rest completely in Him.

God fulfilled His covenant with Abraham. The New Covenant has been fulfilled with you by the blood of Jesus Christ, the finished work of the cross.

If you have gone your own way and have grieved the Spirit of Grace, then go back to your place of Worship like Abram. (Genesis 13:3) Grace and mercy abounds for us.

Even though he produced an Ishmael, Abraham eventually did not put his confidence in what he could see with his natural eye, he put his confidence in what God had said; “I will make you a great nation, I will bless you and make your name great, and you shall be a blessing.” Gen. 12:1

When in Christ you are blessed with the blessing of Abraham, and all spiritual blessings in heavenly places and have been given all things that pertain to life and godliness. 2 Pet 1:3 You need only to look to God……….

7 Characteristics of Abraham’s Faith, Characteristics of Our Faith:

Romans 4:18-21 who, contrary to hope, in hope believed, so that he became the father of many nations, according to what was spoken, “So shall your descendants be.” 19 And not being weak in faith, he did not consider his own body, already dead (since he was about a hundred years old), and the deadness of Sarah’s womb. 20 He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, 21 and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform.

  1. Contrary to hope, in hope he believed
  2. According to what was spoken
  3. Not being weak in faith; not believing what he saw in the natural
  4. Did not waiver at the promise of God through unbelief
  5. Strengthened in faith
  6. Thankfulness and Giving glory to God
  7. Being fully convinced that what God had promised He was able to perform (total trust and rest)

With us we must realize:

Faith is The Response of Your Heart to God’s Truth! It is the Faith of God! Gal. 2:20

King James got it right this time!

My big breakthrough in my understanding came when I suddenly saw that the King James Version of the Bible reads, “I live by the faith of the Son of God, rather than, “I live by my faith in the Son of God,” All along I had the impression that my spiritual success was related to my faith in Christ (which always seemed to be faltering!). Now I could relax.

The ” real me” was more than Mary Sue Davis.  Thank God I know now and am still learning who I am.

“I live by the faith of the Son of God, rather than, “I live by my faith IN the Son of God.” An important distinction that many translations don’t catch.

As Andrew Wommack puts it in his commentary: “We were so spiritually bankrupt that we thought we had to believe for salvation with our own faith.  We didn’t know to acknowledge God’s supernatural faith (Eph 2:8) that came to us as a gift through hearing God’s Word (Rom 10:17).  Faith comes by hearing and understanding the word of God.

There is a human faith that is limited to believing only what we can perceive through our five senses, but the supernatural, God-kind of faith goes beyond what we can see, taste, hear, smell, and feel. God’s kind of faith calls those things that be not as though they already.

God gave you faith at salvation (the faith in your spirit) and that faith is supposed to grow through all of our life circumstances in your soulish realm.

All we need to do is to go forward in His faith, and we shall find that what is true in the realm of the Spirit becomes manifest, through our faith, in the realm of the senses. (soul) That’s why the mind ( soul) has to be renewed daily.

 

 

 

For a copy of the faith scriptures see: equippingthesaintsministries.blogspot.com

We will continue with lesson 7 next week.

The blessings of the Lord are upon you whether by blood, adoption, or assignment. The blessing of the LORD makes a person rich, and he adds no sorrow with it. Prov. 10:22

David & Mary Sue

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Lesson 7–ABRAHAM CONTINUED, SODOM AND GOMORRAH, ISAAC

Gen 20:1-18 Cont.’:

Summary Gen. 20:1-18:

Abraham’s Trust in God’s Protection is Still Not Perfect/Mature.

 

A. This incident should be compared to a previous one in Genesis 12:10-20.

1.There are similarities in the two events.

a. In both incidents, Abraham withheld the whole truth about his relationship to Sarah. (although there was some truth; Sarah was his ½ sister)

Similar events also happened with Jacob.

 

Abram

Israel

Abram travels to Egypt because of a famine in the land (Genesis 12:10). Israel travels to Egypt because of a famine in the land (Genesis 43:1; 47:4).
Abram is afraid that he will be killed by the Egyptians (Genesis 12:11-13). Israel faces being killed by the Pharaoh who orders all male babies to be thrown into the Nile(Exodus 1:16).
Sarai taken into the house of the Egyptian pharaoh (Genesis 12:14-15). Israel taken into bondage in Egypt (Exodus 1:11-14).
Pharaoh stricken with great plagues (Genesis 12:17). Egypt stricken with great plagues (Exodus 7-11).
Pharaoh:  “Now then, here is your wife, take her and go” (Genesis 12:19). Pharaoh: “Take both your flocks and your herds, as you have said, and go” (Exodus 12:32).

 

 

(1) Before these incidents, only two deceptions are recorded in Genesis.

(a)That of the enemy/evil in the Garden of Eden. Genesis 3:13 “And the Lord God said to the woman, ‘What is this you have done?’ The woman said, ‘The serpent deceived me, and I ate.’ (The truth of this is confirmed by Paul in 1 Timothy 2:14 “And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived, fell into transgression.” Adam sinned willfully.)

(b)And that of Cain, when he was asked about his brother. Genesis 4:9 “Then the Lord said to Cain, ‘Where is Abel your brother?’ He said, ‘I do not know. Am I my brother’s keeper?’

(2) The devil is the father of lies, according to Jesus. He said to the Pharisees:  John 8:44 “You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it.”

b. In both incidents, the nations reaped what they sowed

(1) Egypt received plagues. 12:17 (consequences of pollution, and opposition to false gods)

(2) Abimelech’s nation was under threat of destruction. 20:4 (Also, the wombs of the women in Abimelech’s household. 20:17-18) Abraham prayed and they were healed.

c. In both incidents, the rulers heaped gifts on Abraham.

d. In both incidents, Abraham is not rebuked or punished for his deception.

(1)Since there is no written or expressed prohibition against lying in the Genesis record of the Patriarchal Age, to the time of Abraham, there would possibly be no punishment. Romans 4:15 “…the law brings about wrath; for where there is no law there is no transgression.”

Sin was not imputed until the law. (this is an important concept and will be discussed at length later in lessons)

For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life. 12Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned: 13(For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law.)Romans 5:10-13

Sin is NOT IMPUTED when there is no law.
 

“For until the law, sin was in the world: but sin is NOT IMPUTED when there is no law.” (Romans 5:13) Did you catch that?… sin is NOT IMPUTED when there is no law! Now you may be thinking that only applies to those people who were alive before the giving of the law, and since the time of Moses all have been under the law, because John 1:17 says, “For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.” However, we must consider that Jesus fulfilled every demand of that very law; “Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to FULFILL.” (Matthew 5:17) And further, “For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a CHANGE also OF THE LAW.” (Hebrews 7:12) Yes, the law has changed! Now then, did the law change only for some men, or for all men? “Therefore as by the offense of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon ALL MEN unto justification of life.” (Romans 5:18)

(2) However, both rulers were angry because of Abraham’s deception, which indicates that lying was not approved in the two cultures.

(3) It would not be wise to assume from this narrative that we, as children of God under the New Covenant, can avoid the consequences of lying, as Abraham seemingly did? Yes, we overcome.  Yet, the law of sowing and reaping is still in effect. Revelation 21:7 “He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son.

2. There are also details in the two events that are different.

a. Each ruler discovered the true identity of Sarah in different ways.

(1) Pharaoh seems to have learned it in some natural way. 12:18-19

(2) Abimelech was made aware of it directly by the revelation of God. 20:3 (how did he hear from God, remember Pilate’s wife did as well.)

 

b. Abraham explained the reason for his deception to Abimelech, but not to Pharaoh.

c. Abimelech is told by God to ask Abraham (described as a “prophet”) to pray for him, and the prayer was answered by God. (Pharaoh was given no similar instruction.)

B. There is a good lesson to be drawn from God’s dealings with Abimelech.

1. When God rebuked Abimelech for seizing Sarah, the king pleaded his innocence. (Compare similar pleas in 2 Kings 20:1-5 and Nehemiah 13:14.)

 

a. God acknowledged his innocence, and said this was His reason for preventing sin. (Compare the context of 1 Samuel 25:26.)

b. Abimelech must have had a good relationship with God, if he received this direct message from Him, and was able to converse with Him.

2. Abimelech indirectly accused Abraham of returning evil for good. 20:9

a. This sort of attitude is shown to be wrong in all the Bible historical ages.

(1) Proverbs 17:13 “Whoever rewards evil for good, evil will not depart from his house.”

 

(2) Romans 12:21 “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”

b. Even though Abraham suffered no consequences from Abimelech’s rebuke, the king appears to be more moral than Abraham at the time.

(1) Abraham made no restitution to Abimelech, because of his sin.

New Testament Restitution and Restoration:

Individual

1. What is restitution? Restitution is not simply telling the person who was wronged that you are sorry. That is a starting point in most cases, but it is not restitution. Restitution is repairing – as much as humanly possible – the damage that was done to the victim’s life plus an added penalty to compensate for the damage [Ex. 22:1, 5-6, Nu. 5:6-8]. Anyone who thinks that confession and saying sorry is enough has not understood the principle of restitution.

2.In the New Testament — An example of this is given regarding our relationship with God when Jesus said to FIRST be reconciled with the offended person—and then go to God. “Therefore if you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has ought against you; Leave there your gift before the altar, and go your way; FIRST be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift” (Matt 5: 23-24).

Universal Restitution, Restoration:

These terms denote a return of something that was once present but that has been taken away or lost. It involves, for example, the renewal of the earth to its paradisiacal glory as it was before the Fall of Adam (A of F 1:10; compare D&C 133:23–24 with Gen. 10:25). In terms of the soul of man it means a return of the individual which includes the reuniting of the physical body with the spirit. It means a reestablishment of the gospel of Jesus Christ on the earth, the glory of God shall cover the earth as the waters cover the seas. It means a gathering together of the house of Israel from its scattered condition. Thus it is frequently spoken of as the restitution (or restoration) of all things, as in Acts 3:19–21. The time in which all these things are accomplished is called the age of the fullness of times (Eph. 1:10D&C 27:6, 13).

(2) Instead, Abimelech gave Abraham cattle and servants, plus 1000 pieces of silver, to vindicate (and reprove) Sarah . 20:14-16

We will continue with lesson 7 next week.

The blessings of the Lord are upon you whether by blood, adoption, or assignment. The blessing of the LORD makes a person rich, and he adds no sorrow with it. Prov. 10:22

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Lesson 7

ABRAHAM CONTINUED, SODOM AND GOMORRAH, ISAAC

ABRAHAM AND ABIMELECH

 

 

 

Genesis 20:1-2 And Abraham journeyed from there to the South, and dwelt between Kadesh and Shur, and stayed in Gerar.2 Now Abraham said of Sarah his wife, “She is my sister.” And Abimelech king of Gerar sent and took Sarah. (This is the 2nd time Abraham said she is my sister Gen.12:10-20)

 

 

 

 

Abimelech was a title rather than a proper name, just as Pharaoh is a title rather than a name.

 

 

 

All the kings of the Philistine city Gerar apparently used Abimelech as a public title. Abimelech meant “My father, my king,” and is used to show respect and reverence on the part of his subjects. In Genesis 26 Isaac and Rebekah will use the same ploy about their identities with the King Abimelech of Gerar. But it is not known whether Isaac dealt with the same Abimelech as Abraham or another king with the same title. If they are different kings, they are both presented as upright rulers.

 

 

 

SAME STORY AS IN GENESIS 12:10-20

 

 

 

Genesis 20:3 But God came to Abimelech in a dream by night, and said to him, “Indeed you are a dead man because of the woman whom you have taken, for she is a man’s wife.”

 

(Dreams and visions, visitation of angels, and God’s audible voice were frequent modes of revelation in the Old Testament because the Holy Spirit moved upon mankind tangibly. This because their spirits were darkened and Holy  Spirit had to move upon them externally.)

 

Genesis 20:4-6 But Abimelech had not come near her; and he said, “Lord, will You slay a righteous nation also?5 “Did he not say to me, ‘She is my sister’? And she, even she herself said, ‘He is my brother.’ In the integrity of my heart and innocence of my hands I have done this.”6 And God said to him in a dream, “Yes, I know that you did this in the integrity of your heart. For I also withheld you from sinning against Me; therefore I did not let you touch her.

 

Psalm 105:13-15 When they (Abraham and his company) went from one nation to another, From one kingdom to another people, 14 He permitted no one to do them wrong; Yes, He rebuked kings for their sakes, 15 Saying, “Do not touch My anointed ones, And do My prophets no harm.”

 

 

 

This is where we get this famous line which, of course, is taken out of context. The conditions are Abraham and his company went from one nation to another, from one kingdom of people to another. He was being led by the Lord.

 

Basic tenants of Biblical hermeneutics: Don’t take a Scripture out of context.

 

Touch not the Lord’s anointed, This is NOT speaking about 5 fold leaders, but speaks of God’s people, Israel. The they in this passage is a reference to the Lord’s people, the nation of Israel. God is warning other nations not to hurt His people. “Anointed” is a reference to “they,” the people of Israel – God’s people … NOT ONE MAN OR WOMAN.

 

CASES OF CONDITIONAL PROPHECIES OR PROMISES

 

Genesis 20:7-16 “Now therefore, restore the man’s wife; for he is a prophet, and he will pray for you and you shall live. But if you do not restore her, know that you shall surely die, you and all who are yours.”

 

The first use of “prophet” in the Bible: Gen 20:7. The first job of a prophet:

“…he will pray (intercede) for you and you will live.”

 

This is the prophetic voice for today, his/her job description. There are many functions of the prophet; yet, this is one of the main ones.

 

 

 

Abraham interceded for Sodom and he was called a friend of God.

 

 

 

I am, we are, friends of God as well. 

 

 

 

Abimelech was encouraged to return his wife to him, because being a prophet he knew he had not touched her, and therefore would receive her more readily, and entertain no ill opinion of her; but rather it is mentioned for the reason following: and he shall pray for you, and you shall live;

This being one part of the business of a prophet to pray for others, and make intercession for them, especially in any distress or trouble, see (Jeremiah 27:18 ).

 

Prophets were praying persons, had usually a great gift in prayer, and great power with God, and prevailed with him for the good of others; and such as one was Abraham.

 

Gen. 20:8-16 So Abimelech rose early in the morning, called all his servants, and told all these things in their hearing; and the men were very much afraid.9 And Abimelech called Abraham and said to him, “What have you done to us? How have I offended you, that you have brought on me and on my kingdom a great sin? You have done deeds to me that ought not to be done.”10 Then Abimelech said to Abraham, “What did you have in view, that you have done this thing?”11 And Abraham said, “Because I thought, surely the fear (awe) of God is not in this place; and they will kill me on account of my wife.12 “But indeed she is truly my sister. She is the daughter of my father, but not the daughter of my mother; and she became my wife.13 “And it came to pass, when God caused me to wander from my father’s house, that I said to her, ‘This is your kindness that you should do for me: in every place, wherever we go, say of me, “He is my brother.” ’ ” 14 Then Abimelech took sheep, oxen, and male and female servants, and gave them to Abraham; and he restored Sarah his wife to him.15 And Abimelech said, “See, my land is before you; dwell where it pleases you.”16 Then to Sarah he said, “Behold, I have given your brother a thousand pieces of silver; indeed this vindicates you before all who are with you and before everybody.” Thus she was rebuked.

 

Proverbs 13:22 A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children, But the wealth of the sinner is stored up for the righteous.

 

 

 

 

Another quote which is taken out of context. Yes, the wealth of the unbeliever is laid up for the righteous—Condition “a good man leaves an inheritance to his children and grandchildren, not debt.”

 

Abraham — A Man of Faith?

 

 

Abraham is Biblically known as the Father of the Faithful. But during the outset of his calling Abraham did not always trust God. As we recount Abraham’s experience you will see that Abraham was not always faithful. He lacked faith on many occasions. Abraham’s experience is inspiring and encouraging.  Notice that Abraham was not unlike ourselves:

 

 When Abraham went down to Egypt for the 1st time why did he think that the Egyptian people might kill him? Abraham was filled with doubt. He did not believe God. As a result, fear and anxiety filled his mind. Instead of walking by faith, he walked by sight. We too sometimes, when faced with a difficult or awkward situation, can forget God’s promises and walk by sight and not by faith.

 

On two occasions God had promised Abraham that He would make his descendants (offspring) as the dust of the earth. But Abraham replied, “What will you give me, seeing I go childless…”, as if God had not already explained it to him. Abraham had his doubts.

 

Abraham’s impatience and lack of faith in listening to Sarai caused him to do things his way. Instead of turning to God he took matters into his own hands. Abraham made many mistakes before God finally got him to do His will and have faith in His word.

 

On previous occasions God had told Abraham that He was going to bless him with his own progeny and multiply them as the dust of the earth. But on this last occasion God had said to Abraham, “I will bless her [Sarah] and also give you a son by her…” You would have thought that Abraham would have thanked God, but he didn’t. Instead of believing God, perhaps he laughs in disbelief. So did Sarai.

 

Here is the reason Abraham was called a man of faith:

 

In Jewish tradition, Abraham is considered to have passed 10 trials of faith. The most famous of these are having left his homeland to go to the promised land, and having been willing to sacrifice his son, Isaac, upon God’s command. (We will look further into that in next lessons)

 

 

 

Hebrews 11:8 “By faith Abraham, when he was called to out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed…” verse 9 “By faith he sojourned in the land of promise…” verse 17 “By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac…”

 

 

 

 

Hebrews Hall of Fame

 

 

Hebrews 11:1-

 

 

 3 By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God,

 

This is the precedent for all the other by faiths.

 

The WORD of GOD created the WORLDS.

 

 

 

By faith Abel offered to God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain,.

By faith Enoch was taken away so that he did not see death, “

By faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved with godly fear, prepared an ark for the saving of his household,

By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would receive as an inheritance.

 By faith he dwelt in the land of promise as in a foreign country, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob,

11 By faith Sarah herself also received strength to conceive seed, and she bore a child[b] when she was past the age, because she judged Him faithful who had promised. 

17 By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises offered up his only begotten son, 

20 By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning things to come.

21 By faith Jacob, when he was dying, blessed each of the sons of Joseph, and worshiped, leaning on the top of his staff.

22 By faith Joseph, when he was dying, made mention of the departure of the children of Israel, and gave instructions concerning his bones.

23 By faith Moses, when he was born, was hidden three months by his parents, because they saw he was a beautiful child; and they were not afraid of the king’s command.

24 By faith Moses, when he became of age, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, 

27 By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king; for he endured as seeing Him who is invisible. 

29 By faith they passed through the Red Sea as by dry land, whereas the Egyptians, attempting to do so, were drowned.

30 By faith the walls of Jericho fell down after they were encircled for seven days. 

31 By faith the harlot Rahab did not perish with those who did not believe, when she had received the spies with peace.

 

We continue the Hebrews Hall of Fame

 

 

 

With the next situation with Abimelech, Abraham was again overcome by fear and anxiety, and was too afraid to tell the king that Sarah was his wife. But why? Notice what the following passage of Scripture reveals: “Then Abimelech said to Abraham, ‘What did you have in view, that you have done this thing?’ And Abraham said, ‘Because I thought, surely the fear of God is not in this place; and they will kill me on account of my wife.’ (Genesis 20:10–11).

 

Genesis 20:17-18 So Abraham prayed to God; and God healed Abimelech, his wife, and his female servants. Then they bore children;18 for the Lord had closed (allowed) up all the wombs of the house of Abimelech because of Sarah, Abraham’s wife.

 

 

This is the first healing recorded in the Bible.

 

Notice three things about this incident:

  • The first recorded prayer did not focus on self. It is not wrong to pray for ourselves, but a healthy prayer life encompasses others.

 

  • Of all types of prayer, healing prayer clearly invokes the power of God in a situation that is humanly impossible. It builds faith in God’s love and might.

 

  • Most significantly, Abraham’s prayer was an early example of passing God’s blessing on to the nations. Abimelech and the people of Gerar were foreigners, perhaps even ancestors of the Philistines who later lived in that territory. They experienced the loving touch of God through Abraham.

 

We Are to Take Healing to the Nations:

 

 

 

Related Scriptures:

Job 42:10 And the LORD restored Job’s losses when he prayed for his friends. Indeed the LORD gave Job twice as much as he had before.

 

 

Notice what happens in Genesis 21:1

 

James 5:16 Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.

 

 

We will continue with lesson 7 next week.

The blessings of the Lord are upon you whether by blood, adoption, or assignment. The blessing of the LORD makes a person rich, and he adds no sorrow with it. Prov. 10:22

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Lesson 7

ABRAHAM CONTINUED, SODOM AND GOMORRAH, ISSAC

Lessons to Be Learned from Sodom and Gomorrah and Lot/ Lot’s Wife, Daughters

 

 

 

The wickedness of that place and time is so notorious that it is remembered to this very day …

Jude 7                                                                                                                                                                            

Jude 7 So also Sodom and Gomorrah–and the neighboring towns in the same manner–having been guilty of gross fornication and having gone astray in pursuit of unnatural vice, are now before us as a specimen of the fire of the Ages in the punishment which they are undergoing. Weymouth

 

Throughout the New Testament, Christ and others use Sodom figuratively to represent wickedness in this world.  …and the whole world (system) lies in wickedness.1 John 5:19

 

 

 

 

There are many valuable lessons to be learned about the consequences of allowing the world system to enter our hearts as it did in the family of Lot.

 

1.Not only did Lot’s family live in Sodom –  He was a chief official sitting at the gate, Sodom lived in Lot’s family. Yet they did they hold righteous Lot in too high a regard. Sin is progressive.

 

2.When Sodom lived in Lot’s family there was a reluctance to flee evil.

 

 

 

3.Today Christians are told to flee the evils of the world system. We are in the world, not of it. (1 Cor. 6:18) (1 Cor. 10:14) (1 Tim. 6:10-11) (2 Tim. 2:22)

 

 

 

Good news:
 

Rev.11:15 And the seventh angel sounded the trumpet: and there were great voices in heaven, saying: The kingdom of this world is become our Lord’s and his Christ’s, and he shall reign for ever and ever. Amen. DRB

 

 

 

 

(I absolutely love this translation : it says the kingdom is become our Lord’s and his Christ’s come — now,KJ says are become)

 

4.When Sodom lived in Lot’s family fear reigned in the place of faith. Lot did not trust God. Fear is a lack of trust and, of course, faith.

 

Hebrews 5:9 And having been perfected, He  (JESUS CHRIST/Yeshua HaMasiach) became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him,

 

 

 

 

5.The angels specifically told Lot he would be safe in the mountains, but he was, incredibly, too afraid.

 

6. He was so influenced by the sinful society of Sodom that he was conditioned to be afraid.

 

7.When Sodom lived in Lot’s family a deadly yearning for the earthly was stronger than the will to obey God. This powerful lesson was learned in the most graphic way

 

8.God told Lot’s family not to look back at the wicked city, but Lot’s wife was too enamored with it. Her glance back was fatal. She tried to preserve the old.

 

9.When Sodom lived in Lot’s family Sodom’s immorality had taken root in their actions. Unfortunately, the problems of Sodom were not completely removed, even after its destruction.

 

10. Sodom was still very much in the hearts of Lot’s daughters. They had regular contact with the citizens of Sodom, and its influence rubbed of on them. 

 

1 Corinthians 15:33 Do not be deceived: “Evil company corrupts good habits.

 

 

 

Proverbs 6:27-28 Can a man take fire to his bosom,  And his clothes not be burned?28 Can one walk on hot coals, And his feet not be seared?

 

 

 

Yet, the Word calls Lot righteous.

 

But God also rescued Lot out of Sodom because he was a righteous man who was sick of the shameful immorality of the wicked people around him. 2 Pet. 2:7 NLT

 

Notice the comparison of Lot and Abraham

 

 

 

But he was called righteous? Remember righteousness was imputed to him.

 

 

Conclusion:

 

It was not a sin for Lot and his family to live in Sodom – the sin came when Sodom started living in them.  Lot succumbed in the soulish realm, failed to overcome. Notice these interesting words of Jesus … 

 

John 17:15  I pray not that you should not take them out of the world, but that you should keep them from the evil.

 

 

 

 

 

John  17:16  They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paraphrased John 17:16 We must live in this world, but the world does not have to live in us. 

 

How do we do that?  It is NOT by our own power, will or fortitude.

 

Heb 8:14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. 

 

Gal. 5:16 I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.

 

THE WORK OF CHRIST IN THE CHRISTIAN DEALING WITH SIN, VICTORY IN CHRIST

 

Knowing that–SIN IS DEALT WITH—SAVIOR- “He will save His people from sins”- Matt. 1:21 – “saved by His life” – Rom. 5:10

 

Personal revelation- “God will reveal it to you” – Phil. 3:15

 

 

 

 

Balanced (Not living in the law but in grace, yet not OVER BALANCED (taking advantage of grace, if you can do that.)

 

If you take advantage of grace and believe it is a license to sin, then you put yourself in lawlessness. Galatians 5:13 says that we are not to use liberty as an occasion to the flesh. Many have said that if you teach ‘Grace’ or our ‘liberty in Christ’ in an unbalanced way that it gives one a license to sin. That would be like saying that the Grace that brought us out of the world and into Christ causes us to sin. What Paul is really saying there is that we are NOT to say that liberty gives us an occasion to sin. Grace and Truth teaches us to DENY ungodliness. The sin-conscious preaching is what gives people a license to sin; for the LAW is the strength or the force of sin. Even though the law was good, once we have come unto Christ the law is no longer needed in our life. Awake to righteousness and sin not! We now live from the inside out!

 

KNOWING THAT—–LORD- “Jesus/Yeshua is Lord” – Rom. 10:9; I Cor. 12:3 – “sanctify Christ as Lord in our lives” – I Pt. 3:15

 

You are Spirit- “New creation in Christ” – II Cor. 5:17 – “new spirit” – Ezek. 36:26,27 – “Spirit bears witness with spirit” – Rom. 8:16

 

Indwelling Christ- “Christ in you” – Col. 1:27; II Cor. 13:5 – “Christ lives in me” – Gal. 2:20 – “as many as are perfect” – Phil. 3:15

Knowing the–

Spirit of Christ – Rom. 8:9- “Spirit sets desires against flesh” – Gal. 5:17 – “led of the Spirit” – Rom. 8:14; Gal. 5:18 – “walk by the Spirit” – Gal. 5:16 – “fruit of the Spirit” – Gal. 5:22,23

 

 

 

 

 

-Process positive- “Conformed to the image of Son” – Rom. 8:29 – “God/Yahweh is at work in you” – Phil. 2:13 – “reckon yourself dead to sin, but alive to God

in Christ Jesus” – Rom. 6:11 Resurrection (experiential in spirit)

– “raised to newness of life” – Rom. 6:5,6 – “give life to mortal bodies” – Rom. 8:11 – “life of Jesus manifested…” – II Cor. 4:10,11

 

God’s Grace Activity- “this grace in which we stand” – Rom. 5:2 – “all grace, all sufficiency in all” – II Cor. 9:8

 

Our Faith Response- “faith without (corresponding action, led by Holy Spirit), works is dead” – James 2:17,26

 

Knowing that we are one with God 

Oneness with God – Essential oneness with Christ – “Christ as us” – “What I do is what He does” – Gal. 2:20

 

 

 

 

 

We will continue with lesson 7 next week.

The blessings of the Lord are upon you whether by blood, adoption, or assignment. The blessing of the LORD makes a person rich, and he adds no sorrow with it. Prov. 10:22

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Lesson 7

ABRAHAM CONTINUED, SODOM AND GOMORRAH, ISSAC

Genesis 19:27-29

Gen. 19: 27 And Abraham went early in the morning to the place where he had stood before the LORD.28 Then he looked toward Sodom and Gomorrah, and toward all the land of the plain; and he saw, and behold, the smoke of the land which went up like the smoke of a furnace. 29 And it came to pass, when God destroyed (allowed destruction) of the cities of the plain, that God remembered Abraham, and sent Lot out of the midst of the overthrow, when He overthrew (allowed the overthrow) of the cities in which Lot had dwelt.

450 THE NUMBER OF REAPING WHAT WAS SOWN

450 YEARS FROM THE FLOOD TO THE DESTRUCTION OF SODOM AND GOMORRAH, 450 YEARS FROM THE DESTRUCTION OF SODOM TO THE EXPIRATION OF THE CANAANITES, 450 YEARS FROM THE CANAANITES TO THE EXPIRATION OF THE AMALEKITES AND 450 PROPHETS OF BAAL WERE DESTROYED ON MT. CARMEL.

2 Peter 2:6-8 and turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes, condemned them to destruction, making them an example to those who afterward would live ungodly;7 and delivered righteous Lot, who was oppressed by the filthy conduct of the wicked8 (for that righteous man, dwelling among them, tormented his righteous soul from day to day by seeing and hearing their lawless deeds)—

Abraham was the first intercessor; God answered his prayer.

Summary Gen. 19:27-29:

Abraham saw the destruction of the cities, and was given credit for saving Lot.

A. Abraham realized that the Lord did not find the 10 righteous souls in Sodom. 

B. Verse 29 reveals that God saved Lot as a favor to Abraham. 

1. God saved the joint armies of Judah and Israel, as a favor to Jehoshaphat, King of Judah. 2 Kings 3:4-17 (especially, Verse 14) 

2. Today, Christians are credited for “preserving” the world. Matthew 5:13  “You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men.”

How Are Believers the SALT of the EARTH?

QUESTION: What did Jesus mean when he said we should be the salt of the earth?

ANSWER: The interesting thing about salt is that although it is essential to life and good health on planet earth, too much of it can be harmful. Blood, sweat and tears are this mineral in them. Its importance has lasted for several millennia.

Anciently, the mineral provided the financial support for pursuits like art. In Roman times, it was so precious it provided a means to pay soldiers. Salt received the nickname of ‘white gold‘ sometime during the Middle Ages. Our English word “salary” comes from the word salarium, a name given to the mineral when it functioned as currency.

Jesus, during his famous sermon given on a mount, stated that believers were the ‘salt of the earth’ and warned that it was possible for them to lose their ‘saltiness.’ If believers lost their “flavor,” they would be of no benefit to others. They would then only be worthy of being “thrown out and trampled upon by men” (Matthew 5:13). We begin to find our answer regarding the meaning of what Jesus stated by noting the context in which it was given.

14. You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a mountain cannot be hid. 15. Neither do they light a lamp and put it under a bushel basket, but on the lamp stand . . . you are to let your light shine before men, so that they may see your good works, and may glorify your Father . . . (Matthew 5:14 – 16, HBFV throughout)

Jesus tells those wishing to follow him that they must make a difference in the world. The difference made is “the flavor” or the good works believers are to do that are to shine like a light on a lampstand and offer a witness for Christ.

Consider that for many years salt was used as an agent to slow the decay of meat and other foods so that they could be edible for a longer period. Christians who obey God and do his will act as a preservative of the human race and the earth by slowing down the moral and spiritual decay of the world around them.

Making a difference, however, even includes even more than our actions. According to the apostle Paul, we must also use our words like salt to season or benefit those we talk to (Colossians 4:5 – 6).

Colossians 4:5-6 Walk in wisdom toward those who are outside, redeeming the time. 6 Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one.NKJ

Who Destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah?

There were four cities of the plain that were destroyed: Sodom, Gomorrah, Admah and Zeboiim. See Deuteronomy 29:23-28 “The whole land is brimstone, salt, and burning; it is not sown, nor does it bear, nor does any grass grow there, like the overthrow of Sodom and Gomorrah, Admah and Zeboiim, which the Lord overthrew in His anger and His wrath.” (allowed)

God says, “I did it.”
(or at least it was written that way)

Genesis 13:10

“…the Lord destroyed Sodom
and Gomorrah.

(again the OT mentality was if it happened, God did it.)

 

God says, “They did it.”
(God gave them up to their sinful ways)

Hosea 11:8

“How can I give you up Ephraim?
“How can I hand you over Israel?
How can I make you like Admah?
How can I set you like Zeboiim?
My heart churns within Me.
My sympathy is stirred.” 

 

 

 

God is saying that He doesn’t want to give up Ephraim or hand over Israel as He gave up Admah and handed over Zeboiim, the cities that were destroyed along with Sodom and Gomorrah. God is telling us that THEY DID IT TO THEMSELVES!

How could these four cities have been responsible for their own destruction? Genesis 14:10 says, “Now the Valley of Siddim (where Sodom, Gomorrah and the other two cities were) was full of asphalt pits.” Today “the shores around the Dead Sea are covered with lava, sulfur, and rock salt. Gases escape from the surface of the water.” (World Book Encyclopedia, 1954, Vol 4, p. 1891).

 

All the elements necessary to destroy these cities by earthquake or fire were present; oil, gas, asphalt. “Brimstone” (sulfur) which rained down on these cities is a major export of this region today. 

The Dead Sea, where these cities are thought to have been located, lies on a geological fault according to the Encyclopedia Americana, p. 351, “Outpourings of lava formed volcanic plateaus at places along the sides, as well as volcanoes in and near the valley.” 

So it’s not difficult to suggest how the destruction of these four cities could have occurred naturally, or could have been a direct result of “corporate” greed and carelessness caused possibly by excessive mining or other technological efforts. 

Could this be one of the causes of all the “so called natural disasters” (and some even call them “acts of God”, NOT)  happening in the earth right now?

Much of religion is based in fear, fear of God, fear of punishment, fear of being wrong, fear of losing God’s approval/blessing, etc.  Some beliefs make absolutely no sense. You can’t say, “God is love” (which the Bible says) and then also say this same God destroys people.

Or can we say that because humans are so bad (even though the first thing we learn about ourselves in the Bible is that we are very good)

 
 

Most translations say God destroyed Sodom. Did He?

Gen 1:31  And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.

And religion says God is a killer? This is practically pathological. You don’t kill, murder, and torture people as some kind of expression of “love”, neither do you break one of your commandments. Jesus is the pattern Son revealing the Father. Jesus went about doing good.

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.James  1:17

If you would like the entire teaching “God is Good,” please email me and I will send to you. ms_davis@bellsouth.net

I will leave you with this. Neh. 2:18 –the gracious favorable hand of God.

 

We will continue with lesson 7 next week.

The blessings of the Lord are upon you whether by blood, adoption, or assignment. The blessing of the LORD makes a person rich, and he adds no sorrow with it. Prov. 10:22

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Lesson 7– Genesis Chapter 18:1-23:20 ABRAHAM CONTINUED, SODOM AND GOMMORAH, ISSAC 

Gen. 19:12-26

 

Gen. 19:12 Then the men said to Lot, “Have you anyone else here? Son-in-law, your sons, your daughters, and whomever you have in the city—take them out of this place!13 “For we will destroy this place, because the outcry against them has grown great before the face of the Lord, and the Lord has sent us to destroy it.”14 So Lot went out and spoke to his sons-in-law, who had married his daughters, and said, “Get up, get out of this place; for the Lord will destroy this city!” But to his sons-in-law he seemed to be joking.

Gen 19:15 When the morning dawned, the angels urged Lot to hurry, saying, “Arise, take your wife and your two daughters who are here, lest you be consumed in the punishment of the city.”

Gen. 19:16 And while he lingered, the men took hold of his hand, his wife’s hand, and the hands of his two daughters, the Lord being merciful to him, and they brought him out and set him outside the city.17 So it came to pass, when they had brought them outside, that he said, “Escape for your life! Do not look behind you nor stay anywhere in the plain. Escape to the mountains, lest you be destroyed.”18 Then Lot said to them, “Please, no, my lords!19 “Indeed now, your servant has found favor in your sight, and you have increased your mercy which you have shown me by saving my life; but I cannot escape to the mountains, lest some evil overtake me and I die.20 “See now, this city is near enough to flee to, and it is a little one; please let me escape there (is it not a little one?) and my soul shall live.”21 And he said to him, “See, I have favored you concerning this thing also, in that I will not overthrow this city for which you have spoken.22 “Hurry, escape there. For I cannot do anything until you arrive there.” Therefore the name of the city was called Zoar. 23 The sun had risen upon the earth when Lot entered Zoar.24 Then the Lord rained brimstone and fire on Sodom and Gomorrah, from the Lord out of the heavens. (5 CITIES WERE DESTROYED: SODOM, GOMORRAH, ZEBOIM, ADMAH, AND LASHA) 25 So He overthrew those cities, all the plain, all the inhabitants of the cities, and what grew on the ground.  (We know the Lord allowed this He did not do it) 26 But his wife looked back behind him, and she became a pillar of salt. 

Lot’s wife “looked back” (the phrase might even be rendered “returned back” or “lagged back”) seeking to cling to her luxurious life in Sodom (note Christ’s reference to this in Luke 17:32,33) and was destroyed in the “overthrow” (Genesis 19:25,29) of the city. There are many great deposits of rock salt in the region, probably formed by massive precipitation from thermal brines upwelling from the earth’s deep mantle during the great Flood. Possibly the overthrow buried her in a shower of these salt deposits blown skyward by the explosions. There is also the possibility that she was buried in a shower of volcanic ash, with her body gradually being converted into “salt” over the years following through the process of petrifaction, in a manner similar to that experienced by the inhabitants of Pompeii and Herculaneum in the famous eruption of Mount Vesuvius.
– Henry Morris (taken from: “The Defenders Study Bible”)

Genesis 19:28 KJV “And he looked toward Sodom and Gomorrah, and toward all the land of the plain, and beheld, and, lo, the smoke of the country went up as the smoke of a furnace.”

The place that Lots wife killed was never meant to be a memorial – she perished as the result of her own misjudgment. Her body was reduced to ash and salt – That whole area is now salt – its not just one tiny pillar somewhere so we wouldn’t expect to find one human shaped mound or anything. This was warned that they would “be consumed.” Genesis 19:17 KJV

However, these pictures are of the area:

Here is a video of the area you might like.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IksUJCFCaMo

Lot’s Wife’s Disobedience and Turning Back

Points to remember:

·    Salt used to preserve

  • Looking back means turning back to the old

LOT’S WIFE WAS TURNED INTO A PILLAR OF SALT BECAUSE SHE TRIED TO PRESERVE THE OLD?

Luke 17:28-33 “Likewise as it was also in the days of Lot: They ate, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built;29 “but on the day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all.30 “Even so will it be in the day when the Son of Man is revealed.31 “In that day, he who is on the housetop, and his goods are in the house, let him not come down to take them away. And likewise the one who is in the field, let him not turn back.32 “Remember Lot’s wife.33 “Whoever seeks to save his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life will preserve it.

Do Not Love the World

Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life—is not from the Father but is from the world. 17 And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever. 1 John 2:15

Mourning dead things, trying to preserve the old is a product of an unrenewed mind.

– And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what [is] that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. Romans 12:2

“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.”–Isaiah 43:18-19

Romans 12:2

“Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, 14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” (Phil 3:13-14).

Jesus replied, “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.”Luke 9:62

Summary Gen. 19:12-26:

The escape of Lot and family from Sodom. 

A. The angels gave Lot time to try to persuade his other daughters and sons-in-law to escape with them, but he was unsuccessful. 

1. His willingness to allow his daughters to marry sinful men of the city shows that he had not been very concerned about the possible evil influence of such marriages. 1 Corinthians 15:33 “Do not be deceived: ‘Evil company corrupts good habits.’ ” 

2. His sons-in-law treated his warning like many have done in history.

a. When King Hezekiah attempted to restore the celebration of Passover, his messengers were scorned. 2 Chronicles 30:1-10!! 

b. Israel’s scorn for the warnings of God, 2 Chronicles 36:16 “But they mocked the messengers of God, despised His words, and scoffed at His prophets, until the wrath of the Lord arose against His people, till there was no remedy.” 

c. The men of Athens scorned the message of Paul. Acts 17:32 And when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some mocked, while others said, “We will hear you again on this matter.” 

B. Lot’s family was reluctant to leave the city.

1. They “lingered,” and had to be pulled by the hand out of the city. Verse 16 2. They were told not to look back, but flee into the mountains surrounding the valley. Verse 17 

a. Lot was afraid of possible danger in the mountains. 

b. He persuaded the angels to let them go to the small city of Zoar. 

c. Lot’s wife turned into a pillar of salt, when she disobeyed the charge of the angels, and looked back at the city where her other children lived. 

Perhaps One Reason Why Lot’s Wife Was Turned to Salt: 

The inhabitants of Sodom were known for their cruelty to strangers. In fact, inhospitality was included in their code of law.

Lot was the exception. Although he lived in Sodom, the years that he had spent with his uncle Abraham had influenced him, and he had learned to emulate Abraham’s hospitality.

According to ancient Jewish history (the midrash  a genre of rabbinic literature which contains early interpretations and commentaries on the Written Torah and Oral Torah (spoken law and sermons), when God sent two angels, disguised as men, Lot invited them to his home and served them food. 

His wife Adit, a native Sodomite  disapproved of his actions.

Lot asked his wife for salt for the guests and she replied, “Also this evil custom you wish to introduce into this place?” She had no salt in the house and went from door to door asking neighbors for salt for her husband’s guests, letting everyone know that Lot had ignored the laws of the city by inviting strangers.  A short time later, a mob gathered at Lot’s door, demanding that he give up his guests to be mistreated.

The next morning, as Sodom was about to be destroyed, the angels rescued Lot and his family. As they fled, the angels warned them not to look back at the city. It was not appropriate for them to stare at the suffering of others. But Lot’s wife disregarded the admonition and, “She looked from behind, and she became a pillar of salt (Genesis 19:26).

The Midrash explains, “She sinned with salt, and she received the result with salt. Explanation is the law of sowing and reaping.

Don’t be under any illusion: you cannot make a fool of God! A man’s harvest in life will depend entirely on what he sows. If he sows for his own lower nature his harvest will be the decay and death of his own nature. But if he sows for the Spirit he will reap the harvest of everlasting life by that Spirit. Let us not grow tired of doing good, for, unless we throw in our hand, the ultimate harvest is assured. Let us then do good to all men as opportunity offers, especially to those who belong to the Christian household. Gal. 6:7-10 J.B. Phillips New Testament (PHILLIPS)

We will continue with lesson 7 next week.

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Lesson 7– Genesis Chapter 18:1-23:20

ABRAHAM CONTINUED, SODOM AND GOMORRAH, ISSAC

 

Genesis 19:1 Now the two angels came to Sodom in the evening, and Lot was sitting in the gate of Sodom. When Lot saw them, he rose to meet them, and he bowed himself with his face toward the ground. (Lot was probably a member of Sodom’s ruling council because of where he was sitting)

LOT. 1. The son of Haran. Accompanies Terah from Ur of the Chaldees to Haran, Gen. 11:31. Migrates with Abraham to the land of Canaan, Gen. 12:4. Accompanies Abraham to Egypt; returns with him to Beth-el, Gen. 13:1-3. Rich in flocks, and herds, and servants; separates from Abraham, and locates in Sodom, Gen. 13:5-14. Taken captive by Chedorlaomer; rescued by Abraham, Gen. 14:1-16. Providentially saved from destruction in Sodom, Sat at the gates of the city (Lot was there with other leading men of the city, either discussing the day’s issues or engaging in important civic business) Gen. 19; Luke 17:28,29.  Declared Righteous, 2 Pet. 2:7,8.

2 Peter 2:7-8 and delivered righteous Lot, who was oppressed by the filthy conduct of the wicked8 (for that righteous man, dwelling among them, tormented his righteous soul from day to day by seeing and hearing their lawless deeds)—

Disobediently protests against going to the mountains, and chooses Zoar, Gen. 19:17-22. His wife disobediently longs after Sodom, and becomes a pillar of salt, Gen. 19:26; Luke 17:32. Commits incest with his daughters, Gen. 19:30-38. Descendants of, AMMONITES; MOABITES.

Evidence of Lot’s progressive backsliding: Lot made a choice. The same decision that every believer must make whether he will put God or mammon (the world system) first.

 

     Lot pitched his tent toward Sodom

 

    He moved into Sodom

·     He sat at the gate of Sodom (became part of the establishment)

Genesis 19:2-5 And he said, “Here now, my lords, please turn in to your servant’s house and spend the night, and wash your feet; then you may rise early and go on your way.” And they said, “No, but we will spend the night in the open square.”3 But he insisted strongly; so they turned in to him and entered his house. Then he made them a feast, and baked unleavened bread, and they ate. 4 Now before they lay down, the men of the city, the men of Sodom, both old and young, all the people from every quarter, surrounded the house.5 And they called to Lot and said to him, “Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us that we may know them carnally.”

Related Scriptures:

Jude 7 as Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities around them in a similar manner to these, having given themselves over to sexual immorality and gone after strange flesh, are set forth as an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.

Ezekiel 16:49-50“Look, this was the iniquity of your sister Sodom: She and her daughter had pride, fullness of food, and abundance of idleness; neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy.50 “And they were haughty and committed abomination before Me; therefore I took them away as I saw fit.

AGAIN THE SINS OF SODOM WERE:

1.   Pride

2.  Fullness of bread, Gluttony

3. Abundance of idleness

4. Serving false gods

5. Apathy

6. Sacrifice to demons

7. Idolatry

8. Forsaking God, showing contempt for God

9. Oppression of strangers, the poor, widows, fatherless, didn’t strengthen the hand of the poor and needy

10. Discrimination

11. Haughtiness

12. Homosexuality, sodomy

According to Genesis: Being evil and wanting to rape two angels (who visited Sodom in the form of men).

According to Ezekiel (depending on translation): Being prideful (arrogant), overfed and unconcerned (having an abundance of idleness); neglecting the poor and needy; being haughty and committing abominations before God. Ez.16:49

The passage contains a direct implication on homosexuality by wording,

“Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us that we may have relations with them”. The word ‘men’ was explicitly mentioned 3 times in reference to the angels over the entire passage.

Related Scripture:

Romans 1:26-27For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature.27 Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due.

Genesis 19:6-11 So Lot went out to them through the doorway, shut the door behind him,7 and said, “Please, my brethren, do not do so wickedly!8 “See now, I have two daughters who have not known a man; please, let me bring them out to you, and you may do to them as you wish; only do nothing to these men, since this is the reason they have come under the shadow of my roof.”9 And they said, “Stand back!” Then they said, “This one came in to stay here, and he keeps acting as a judge; now we will deal worse with you than with them.” So they pressed hard against the man Lot, and came near to break down the door.10 But the men reached out their hands and pulled Lot into the house with them, and shut the door.11 And they struck the men who were at the doorway of the house with blindness, both small and great, so that they became weary trying to find the door.

Summary Gen. 19:1-11:

The angels came to Sodom on their mission.

A.Lot, like Abraham, was hospitable, and insisted that they come into his house.

B. When the men of Sodom sought to “know them carnally,” Lot refused.

1. Lot’s reason for insisting that the angels come into his house was apparently to protect them from being approached with this demand.

2. His offer of his two virgin daughters to the homosexuals was probably based on the knowledge that homosexual desire does not usually involve women.

3. When the Sodomites tried to take Lot’s visitors by force, they were blinded.

a. This device was used by a prophet to protect himself. 2 Kings 6:8-19

b. It was also used by the Apostle Paul to silence a sorcerer. Acts 13:2-12

C. The sin of Sodom and Gomorrah were pride, gluttony, haughtiness, lack of charity, homosexuality, etc.

1. Lot called the act “wicked,” so it was considered a sin before Moses’ Law.

2. This sin was later forbidden in the Law of Moses.

a. Leviticus 18:22 “You shall not lie with a male as with a woman. It is an abomination.”

b. Leviticus 20:13 “If a man lies with a male as he lies with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination. They shall surely be put to death. Their blood shall be upon them.”

3. It is also condemned under the New Testament.

a. Romans 1:26-27 “For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. [27] Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due.”

b. 1 Corinthians 6:9 “Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites…”

Is there degree to sin?

Historically speaking, both Roman Catholicism and Protestantism have understood that there are degrees of sin.   According to them, these are scriptures that back that up.

Matthew 5:22 But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ will be liable to the hell of fire.

John 19:11 Jesus answered him, “You would have no authority over me at all unless it had been given you from above. Therefore he who delivered me over to you has the greater sin.”

Hebrews 10:26 For if we go on sinning deliberately after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins,

1 John 5:16 If anyone sees his brother committing a sin not leading to death, he shall ask, and God will give him life—to those who commit sins that do not lead to death. There is sin that leads to death; I do not say that one should pray for that.

Genesis 18:20 Then the Lord said, “Because the outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is great and their sin is very grave,

1 Corinthians 6:18 Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body.

Matthew 5:28 But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart.

What is sin?

Hamartiology, the Doctrine of Sin, is taken from hamartia, which means, “to miss the mark.” One of the Greek words for “mark” is charagma, transliterated to the English, “character.” Hence, to sin is to fall short of the character of Christ! Sin is a mistaken identity.  Do we know who we are in Christ  (Seed of Abraham and seed of David), the 42nd generation. (Matt. 1:1 with 1 Jn. 4:17)?

To see more about the 42nd generation. https://www.facebook.com/notes/mary-sue-davis/42nd-generation/10155350038618431/

We are made in the image and likeness of God from the beginning. Yet, there is much more to our eternal identity.

I say if there are degrees, then sin must be forgiven separately. Jesus died for the sin of the world.

(John 1:29)  The next day John sees Jesus coming to him and says, Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! (Heb 9:26)  (for then He must have suffered often since the foundation of the world), but now once in the end of the world He has appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself.

It is always difficult and dangerous to attempt to list sins according to their degree of seriousness. In one sense, all sins are equal in that they all separate us from God. The Bible’s statement, “For the wages of sin is death …” (Romans 6:23), applies to all sin, whether in thought, word, or deed. The wages of sin is death, death to finances, death to relationships etc.

But the good news is sin/s are already forgiven and you as a believers have died to sin.

The Word teaches us that Jesus shed His blood one time, never to be repeated. Our Savior’s last words at the cross were: “It is finished” because He had accomplished what the Father had sent Him to do.

The blood of Jesus has perfected forever those who are sanctified by faith in Him. The body of sin has been done away with. The Bible makes it clear that the precious blood of Jesus was shed once and for all.  But we have a choice to accept that.

Hebrews 7:26-27 states: “For such a High Priest was fitting for us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and has become higher than the heavens; who does not need daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifices, first for His own sins and then for the people’s, for this He did once for all when He offered up Himself.

Hebrews 9:28 “So Christ was offered once and for all to bear the sins of many. . .”

Hebrews 10:10 “By that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.”

Hebrews 10:12 “But He, having offered one sacrifice for sins for all time, sat down at the right hand of God” 

Hebrews 10:14 “For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified.”    

Romans 6: 9For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, He cannot die again; death no longer has dominion over Him. 10The death He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life He lives, He lives to God. 11So you too must count yourselves dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus.…

 

1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

We will continue with Les. 7 next week.

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