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Genesis 25:1-27:46 Do You Help Or Exploit?

            DO YOU HELP OR EXPLOIT?   
    Genesis 25:1-27:46        February 24 2008
   
    Following Sarah’s death Abraham married again and
fathered six sons. but Isaac remained his sole heir. when
the sons reached adulthood, Abraham gave them gifts
and send them away from Isaac. At the age of 175,
Abraham died. Isaac and Ishmael buried him beside
Sarah. Ishmael died at age 137, having fathered 12
sons (Gen.25:1-18).
    At 40 Isaac Married Rebekah. Isaac prayed to God and
Rebekah conceived twin boys. After Rebekah delivered
their sons , Isaac and Rebekah named the firstborn Esau
and the second Jacob. Esau enjoyed the life of a hunter,
while Jacob kept flocks and herds. One day when Esau
came home exhausted from an unsuccessful hunt , Jacob
sold him a bowl of soup in exchange for Esau’s birthright
(Gen. 25:19-34).
    Isaac avoided conflict and moved away from the
Philistine threat. After a reaffirming word from God.
Isaac and Abimelech made a covenant creating peace
between them. Esau’s marriage to two Canaanite women
marred Isaac’s and Rebekah’s happiness (Gen.26:1-35).
    When Isaac was old and blind, he summoned Esau,
asking him to hunt for wild game and prepare a meal.
They would eat together and Isaac would bless his son.
Rebekah overheard the conversation and instructed
Jacob to pretend to be Esau and secure the blessing .
Jacob succeeded and received the family blessing,
leaving nothing for Esau. When Esau planned to kill
Jacob as soon as Isaac died, Rebekah had Isaac send
Jacob to visit her brother Laban to find a wife
(Gen.27:1-46)
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Genesis 24:1-67 Do You Seek The Lord’s Guidance?

HELLO !

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For God so loVed the world,_     
       That He gAve_           
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      Believeth In Him_          
         Should Not perish,_     
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John3:16__     Send it around the World.        
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Genesis 20:1-23:20 Do You Obet In Faith?

            DO YOU OBET IN FAITH?
        GENESIS 20:1-23:20    FEBRUARY 10 2008

    God warned Abimelech in a dream that this nation faced
destruction because he had brought a married woman into his
household. Abimelech stated his innocence and God
commanded him to return Sarah to Abraham and to have
Abraham pray for him (Gen.20:1-18).
    Sarah insisted Abraham send Hagar and Ishmael away.
After assurances from God , Abraham reluctantly did so. God
cared for Hagar and Ishmael and gave them a future
(Gen. 21:1-21).
    As the two men made a covenant, ceremony, Abraham
worshiped God (Gen. 21:22-34).
    God tested Abraham by asking him to sacrifice Isaac as
a burnt offering. As Abraham prepared to sacrifice his son.
God Stopped him, stating Abraham had passed the test . God
reaffirmed His promises to Abraham, who then returned to
Beer-shepa. In Beer-sheba Abraham learned how God had
blessed his brother Nahor with children (Gen.22:1-24).
    Sarah died when she was 127 years old. Abraham asked
his Hittite neighbors to allow him to purchase the cave of
Machpelah in which to bury his wife. Ephron offered to give
the cave and the field around it to Abraham, but he insisted
on buying them. Abraham and Ephron agreed on a price and
Abraham buried Sarah in the cave (Gen. 23:1-20).

    1. Does God command Us? (Gen. 22:1-2)

Gen. 22:1   Some time later God tested Abraham. He said to him,
“Abraham!” Here I am,” he replied. 22:2   Then God said, “Take your
son, your only son, Isaac, whom you love, and go to the region of
Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on one of the
mountains I will tell you about.”

    Some time later. Isaac had grown into adolescence or young
manhood, as implied also by (GEN.21:34) (“a long time”). Tested.
Not “tempted,” for God does not tempt (Jas 1:13). Satan tempts us
(1Cor. 7:5) in order to make us fall; God tests us in order to confirm
our faith (Exodus 20:20) or prove our commitment (Deut. 8:2).
( Matt.4:1). Here I am. Abraham answered with the response of a
servant, as did Moses and Samuel when God called them by name
(Exodus 3:4; 1Sam 3:4,6,8).
    Your son , your only son, Isaac, whom you love. In the Hebrew
text “Isaac” follows the clause “whom you love,” in order to
heighten the effect: “your son, your only son, whom you love —Isaac.
” Isaac was the “only son” of the promise (Gen.21:12). Region of
Moriah. The author of Chronicles identifies the area as the temple
mount in Jerusalem (2Chro. 3:1). Today “Mount Moriah” is occupied
by the Dome of the Rock, an impressive Muslim structure erected in
A.D. 691. A large outcropping of rock inside the building is still
pointed to as the traditional site of the intended sacrifice of Isaac.
Sacrifice Him. Abraham had committed himself by covenant to be
obedient to the Lord and had consecrated his son Isaac to the Lord by
circumcision. The Lord put his servant’s faith and loyalty to the
supreme test, thereby instructing Abraham, Isaac and their
descendants as to the kind of total consecration the Lord’s covenant
requires. The test also foreshadowed the perfect consecration in
sacrifice that another offspring of Abraham would undergo
(Gen 22: 16) in order to wholly consecrate Abraham and his spiritual
descendants to God and to fulfill the covenant promises.

    2. When and How Do We Respond? (Gen. 22:3-6)

Gen. 22:3   Early the next morning Abraham got up and saddled his
donkey. He took with him two of his servants and his son Isaac. When
he had cut enough wood for the burnt offering, he set out for the
place God had told him about. 22:4   On the third day Abraham looked
up and saw the place in the distance. 22:5   He said to his servants,
“Stay here with the donkey while I and the boy go over there. We will
worship and then we will come back to you.” 22:6   Abraham took the
wood for the burnt offering and placed it on his son Isaac, and he
himself carried the fire and the knife. As the two of them went on
together,

     Early the next morning. Prompt obedience, even under such trying

circumstances, characterized Abraham’s response to God (Gen.12:4).
    Third day. Three days would be necessary for the journey from
Beersheba (Gen.22:19) to Jerusalem.
    Boy. (Gen.22:12). The Hebrew for this word has a wide range of
meaning, from an infant (Exodus 2:6) to a young man of military age
(1Chro. 12:28). We will come back to you. Abraham, the man of faith
and “the father of all who believe” (Rom. 4:11), “reasoned that God
could raise the dead” (Heb 11:19) if that were necessary to fulfill
his promise.

    3. Do We Follow Through? (Gen 22:9-10)

Gen. 22:9   When they reached the place God had told him about,
Abraham built an altar there and arranged the wood on it. He
bound his son Isaac and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood.
22:10   Then he reached out his hand and took the knife to slay
his son.

    God himself will provide the lamb. The immediate fulfillment of Abraham’s trusting response was the ram of (Gen.22:13), but its
ultimate fulfillment is the Lamb of God (John 1:29,36).
    Laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. Isaac is here a type
(prefiguration) of Christ (Gen.22:16).
    Angel of the Lord. (Gen.16:7). Abraham! Abraham! The repetition
of the name indicates urgency (Gen.46:2; Exodus 3:4; 1Sam. 3:10;
Acts 9:4).Here I am.  (Gen.22:1).

    4. Do We Experience God’s Affirmation and Insighly (Gen. 22:11-18)

Gen. 22:11   But the angel of the LORD called out to him from heaven,
“Abraham! Abraham!” Here I am,” he replied. 22:12   “Do not lay a hand on the boy,” he said. “Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son.” 22:13   Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son.  22:14   So Abraham called that place The LORD Will Provide. And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the LORD it will be provided.” 22:15   The angel of the LORD called to Abraham from heaven a second time 22:16   and said, “I swear by myself, declares the LORD, that because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son, 22:17   I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will take possession of the cities of their enemies, 22:18   and through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed, because you have obeyed me.”

    Angel of the Lord. (Gen.16:7). Abraham! Abraham! The repetition of the name indicates urgency (Gen.46:2; Exodus 3:4; 1Sam 3:10; Acts 9:4). Here I am . (Gen.22:1).
    Fear God. (Gen.20:11). You have not withheld from me your son , Your only son. (Gen.22:16). Abraham’s “faith was made complete by what he did” (Jas 2:21-22).
    Instead of. Substitutionary sacrifice of one life for another is here mentioned for the first time. As the ram died in Isaac’s place, so also Jesus gave his life as a ransom “for” (lit. “instead of”) many
(Mark 10:45).
    Mountain of the Lord. During the Israelite monarchy the phrase
referred to the temple mount in Jerusalem ( Psalms 24:3; Isa 2:3;
30:29; Zec 8:3).
    I swear by myself. There is no greater name in which the Lord
can take an oath (Heb 6:13). YOU. . . Have not withheld your son,
your only son . Abraham’s devotion is paralleled by God’s love to
us in Christ as reflected in (John 3:16 and Rom 8:32), which may
allude to this verse.
    Descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky. (Gen.13:16;
15:5 ). Sand on the seashore. Fulfilled, at least in part, during
Solomon’s reign (1Kings 4:20). Cities. Lit. “gates.” Taking possession
of the gate of a city was tantamount to occupying the city itself
(Gen. 24:60).
    All nations on Earth will be blessed. (Gen.12:2-3). Because you
have obeyed me.. (Gen.17:9).

        Summary:

            Abraham’s descendants through the years would bless every nation of the world. Through their faithfulness and obedience to God in sharing God’s love, they would be a shining beacon directing others to Him. God extended this blessing and opportunity to Abraham’s descendants because of His servant’s obedience and His Love.
            The Israelites did not always obey God like their ancestor Abraham, but God remained faithful to His promises and continually invited them to work with Him in spreading His message to all nations.

 

Genesis 18:1-19:38 Do You Care About Others

            DO YOU CARE ABOUT OTHERS
    Genesis 18:1-19:38         February 3 2008

    Three visitors appeared to Abraham. through them God
reaffirmed His promise to give Abraham and Sarah a son .
Sarah laughed wondering if she could become a first-time
mother at her age. god emphasized His promise would be
fulfilled, stating nothing was impossible for Him. Just
before the visitors left, Abraham learned God was about
to determine the extent of sin in Sodom and Gomorrah
and decide what to do with the cities (Gen.18:1-21).
    When God stated He would spare the city for 10
righteous people, Abraham realized the breadth and depth
of God’s love and mercy (Gen,18:22-33).
    The angel blinded the men who tried to force their
way into the house, thus protecting Lot and his family
 (Gen.19:1-11).
    As dawn broke, the angels escorted Lot, his wife,
and his daughters Sodom, instructing them to run and
not look back. When Lot’s wife looked back , she became
a pillar of salt. From a distance Abraham saw smoke rising
and knew god had judged the cities (Gen.19:12-29).
    Lot and his daughters moved to a cave. His daughters
took turns getting Lot drunk and sleeping with him. Each
became pregnant. The older daughter gave birth to a son who
became the ancestor of the Moabites.  The younger daughter
gave birth to a son who became the ancestor of the
Ammonites (Gen. 19:30-38).

    1. Open Your Mind to Judgment’s Reality (Gen. 18:20-21)

Gen. 18:20   Then the LORD said, “The outcry against Sodom
and Gomorrah is so great and their sin so grievous 18:21  
that I will go down and see if what they have done is as bad
as the outcry that has reached me. If not, I will know.”

    Outcry. A cry of righteous indignation (the blood of
Abel, Gen.4:10) that became one of the reasons for the
destruction of the cities (Gen.19:13). Gomorrah.
(Gen.10:19; 13:10). Sin so Grievous. The sin of Sodom
(and probably of Gomorrah as well) was already proverbial
(Gen.13:13) and remained so for centuries (Eze 16:49-50).
    I will go down. The result would be judgment
(as in Gen.11:5-9), but God also comes down to redeem
(as in Ex 3:8). Not a denial of God’s infinite knowledge
but a figurative way of stating that he does not act out
of ignorance or on the basis of mere complaints.

    2. Offer Intercessory Prayers (Gen. 18:22-26)

Gen. 18:22   The men turned away and went toward Sodom,
but Abraham remained standing before the LORD. 18:23  
Then Abraham approached him and said: “Will you sweep
away the righteous with the wicked? 18:24   What if there
are fifty righteous people in the city? Will you really
sweep it away and not spare the place for the sake of the
fifty righteous people in it? 18:25   Far be it from you to
do such a thing —to kill the righteous with the wicked,
treating the righteous and the wicked alike. Far be it from
you! Will not the Judge of all the earth do right?” 18:26  
The LORD said, “If I find fifty righteous people in the city
 of Sodom, I will spare the whole place for their sake.”

    Abraham remained standing before the Lord. The
text and NIV text note both illustrate the mutual
accessibility that existed between God and his servant.
    The second time Abraham intervened for his relatives
and for Sodom (Gen.14:14-16).
    Judge of all the earth. Abraham based his plea on the
justice and authority of God, confident that God would do
what was right (Deut. 32:4).

    3. Observe God’s Compassion (Gen.19:12-16)

Gen. 19:12   The two men said to Lot, “Do you have anyone
else here —sons-in-law, sons or daughters, or anyone else
in the city who belongs to you? Get them out of here, 19:13  
because we are going to destroy this place. The outcry to
the LORD against its people is so great that he has sent us
to destroy it.” 19:14   So Lot went out and spoke to his
sons-in-law, who were pledged to marry his daughters.
He said, “Hurry and get out of this place, because the LORD
is about to destroy the city!” But his sons-in-law thought
he was joking. 19:15   With the coming of dawn, the angels
urged Lot, saying, “Hurry! Take your wife and your two
daughters who are here, or you will be swept away when
the city is punished.”  19:16   When he hesitated, the men
grasped his hand and the hands of his wife and of his two
daughters and led them safely out of the city, for the LORD
was merciful to them.

    This fellow came here as an alien, and now He want to
play judge. Centuries later, Moses was also considered an
outsider and accused of setting himself up as a judge
( Exodus 2:14; Acts 7:27).
    We are going to destroy this place. Sodom’s wickedness
had made it ripe for destruction (Isa 3:9; Jer 23:14; La 4:6;
Zep 2:8-9; 2Pe 2:6; Jude 7).
    His sons-in-law thought he was joking. Lot apparently
had lost his power of moral persuasion even among his
family members.
     Hesitated. Perhaps because of reluctance to leave his
material possessions. His hand and the hands of his wife
and of his two daughters . The ten righteous people required
to save Sodom (Gen.18:32) had now been reduced to four. The
Lord was merciful to them. Deliverance is due to divine
mercy, not to human righteousness (Tit 3:5).

        Summary:

            Our intercession also can make a difference in
the lives of others.
            Not every prayer we pray for others receives
the answer we desire. Sometimes those for whom we pray
die. Sometimes families  collapse despite our intercession.
Despite our disappointments, we allhave seen God work in
wonderful ways in the life of individuals for whom we have
prayed. God has restored physical, mantal, and spiritual
health. God has healed families. God has brought people into
a saving relationship with Him through His Son Jesus Christ.
We need to thank and praise Him for answering our prayers
and continue to pray with confidence knowing He will
respond.