Genesis 14 – Abram Rescues Lot

Genesis 14

To give us an idea of how Abram’s wealth has grown, take note that in v 14, he takes 318 of his men – born in his house – with him to rescue Lot. Lot and his family have been abducted after  a battle lost by the kings around Sodom and Gomorrah to other kings. Abram’s rescue of Lot is successful, and afterward we are introduced to Melchizedek, who is both a king and a priest. God’s word does not tell us as much as we might like to know about Melchizedek. But he is obviously a significant figure, as in Hebrews 5:5-10 Jesus is said to be made a high priest by God after the order of Melchizedek.

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Please note: I did not design the reading plan that I am following in my blog.  All of my comments in this blog, however, are solely my responsibility.  When reading ANY commentary, you should ALWAYS refer first to the scripture, which is God’s unchanging and unfailing word. Reading schedules, as well as a link to the site where you can get the reading plan that I’m currently following for yourself can be found on the “Schedules” page of my website at http://graceofourlord.com.  For questions and help, please see the “FAQ” and “Summaries” pages there.
/Robert

Genesis 13 – Abram and Lot Separate

Genesis 13

Abram’s wealth was increasing, and indeed he is said in verse 2 to be rich in livestock and gold and silver. His nephew Lot had much livestock as well; and that was creating problems between the herdsmen of the relatives. So Abram gives Lot his choice of taking the land to one direction or the other, stating that he would take the other direction. Lot chooses the land that looks the best. As Abram settles in the land of Canaan, it is clear that this is where the Lord intended him to go along, as he repeats his promise and shows Abram the land that will belong to his descendants.

Abram’s faith is increasing; but as we will see, he is not a perfect man and has not learned to fully trust in God.

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Please note: I did not design the reading plan that I am following in my blog.  All of my comments in this blog, however, are solely my responsibility.  When reading ANY commentary, you should ALWAYS refer first to the scripture, which is God’s unchanging and unfailing word. Reading schedules, as well as a link to the site where you can get the reading plan that I’m currently following for yourself can be found on the “Schedules” page of my website at http://graceofourlord.com.  For questions and help, please see the “FAQ” and “Summaries” pages there.
/Robert

Genesis 12 – The Call of Abram

As far as milestones go, this is an extremely important chapter in the Bible. It here that God’s promise to Abram is first made. He is promised that his line will become a great nation, that his name will be great and he will be blessed, and all of the families of the earth will be blessed through him ( a promise of a coming savior through his lineage.  For land, he is specifically promised that his people will obtain the land of Canaan. God always keeps His promises, and all have been fulfilled.

Notice that Abram does not trust in God completely yet. Instead, he lies and gets his wife to lie as well – hoping that will protect him from harm. But God does not give up on him. That should encourage us, to know that even thought we are not perfect, God still cares for us. That doesn’t mean that we do not have to do follow His word. God does demand obedience. But He is a forgiving and loving God.

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Please note: I did not design the reading plan that I am following in my blog.  All of my comments in this blog, however, are solely my responsibility.  When reading ANY commentary, you should ALWAYS refer first to the scripture, which is God’s unchanging and unfailing word. Reading schedules, as well as a link to the site where you can get the reading plan that I’m currently following for yourself can be found on the “Schedules” page of my website at http://graceofourlord.com.  For questions and help, please see the “FAQ” and “Summaries” pages there.
/Robert

Genesis 11 – The Tower of Babel

So God commanded the people to go forth and populate the earth after the flood, and what do they do? They do what they want instead, as usual. They congregate in one place and they build the Tower at Babel. They are full of themselves and their abilities, and not following God’s plan for them. So He confuses their language so that they cannot understand each other. This has the intended consequence of getting them to move on and spread out away from each other.

The genealogy of Shem’s line is told. The most important part is when it gets to Terah. Terah was the father of Abram, who God will later rename as Abraham, and his brother Haran, who fathers Lot. This means Lot is Abram’s nephew; and their stories will become important, especially the story of Abraham.

(Side note: The ancient city of UR in v 28 has unquestionably been found, and was the site of major excavations in the late 1920′s and early 1930s by Sir Leonard Wooley. It lays less that 200 miles southeast of modern Baghdad, and has been found to have been the site of highly developed urban culture. Some pictures of artifacts can be found at this link)

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Please note: I did not design the reading plan that I am following in my blog.  All of my comments in this blog, however, are solely my responsibility.  When reading ANY commentary, you should ALWAYS refer first to the scripture, which is God’s unchanging and unfailing word. Reading schedules, as well as a link to the site where you can get the reading plan that I’m currently following for yourself can be found on the “Schedules” page of my website at http://graceofourlord.com.  For questions and help, please see the “FAQ” and “Summaries” pages there.
/Robert

Genesis 9 – God’s Covenant With Noah

God blesses Noah and his sons, and where he had previously given man the plants to eat, now God has also “given” man the fish and creeping things to eat. But man is forbidden to eat meat with its blood because life is in the blood. There will be more on that from God and from Moses later.

God establishes a covenant with Noah, his offspring, and with every living creature. He will never again destroy all life on the earth with a flood. Note that He does not promise there will never be ANY floods, but that the earth will never again be destroyed with one – even more proof against the suggestion that it could have been a “local” flood. Note also that in verse 13, God does not say that he just now set his bow in the sky – that rainbows didn’t exist before. We do not know whether the scientific properties for such had been already created or not.  He is simply saying that now it shall be sign of this covenant.

Ham’s sin against his father Noah was disrespect and humiliation. Noah’s curse of Ham’s son Canaan foretells the judgment that will later befall the Canaanites. We will read much more of Canaan’s line.

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Please note: I did not design the reading plan that I am following in my blog.  All of my comments in this blog, however, are solely my responsibility.  When reading ANY commentary, you should ALWAYS refer first to the scripture, which is God’s unchanging and unfailing word. Reading schedules, as well as a link to the site where you can get the reading plan that I’m currently following for yourself can be found on the “Schedules” page of my website at http://graceofourlord.com.  For questions and help, please see the “FAQ” and “Summaries” pages there.
/Robert

Genesis 8 – The Flood Subsides

When we compare beginning in 8:13 with chapter 7, we can see that Noah and his family were in the Ark for a year before the waters subsided enough that God sent them out. A log time indeed. We know that every creature, man or beast, that was not on the Ark had died. But imagine the force and destruction of a flood of that magnitude for that many months. Such a disaster would leave permanent marks on the earth, and in fact it did. It is pretty easy to find them when you look at the world through your Christian eyes.

God makes lots of promises in this chapter and in chapter 9, and He always keeps His promises. One promise not often discussed is made in verse 22 – that we can expect the world to behave in a consistent manner. There will be seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night. God holds the universe together, as he reminds Job in Job 38, and as is stated in many passages such as in Heb 1:3 and Col 1:16-17. Even scientific experiments themselves are only possible because God made the world to behave in ways that we can depend on to be consistent!

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Please note: I did not design the reading plan that I am following in my blog.  All of my comments in this blog, however, are solely my responsibility.  When reading ANY commentary, you should ALWAYS refer first to the scripture, which is God’s unchanging and unfailing word. Reading schedules, as well as a link to the site where you can get the reading plan that I’m currently following for yourself can be found on the “Schedules” page of my website at http://graceofourlord.com.  For questions and help, please see the “FAQ” and “Summaries” pages there.
/Robert

Genesis 7 – Global Flood!

The day has finally arrived. God commands Noah to go into the Ark with the other 7 members of his family and shuts them in with the animals. Then he opened up the “fountains of the great deep” and “the windows of the heavens” (v 11) for 40 days. The waters prevailed on the face of the earth 150 days (v 24), but that was not the end of it, as we will see in chapter 8.

Many have tried to say that this was just a local flood, but that simply is not the case. Note in verse 20 that the mountains were covered 15 cubits deep. Secondly, if it was not a global flood, why would God have Noah build this massive Ark at all? Just tell him where to travel to for safety! Also, there would be no need to include the birds. If it was just a local flood, the birds could fly and land on dry ground or trees in another location. No, this was a global flood of catastrophic proportions that we can see evidence of even today when we look at it honestly.  Note again that “Noah did all that the Lord had commanded him”.

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Please note: I did not design the reading plan that I am following in my blog.  All of my comments in this blog, however, are solely my responsibility.  When reading ANY commentary, you should ALWAYS refer first to the scripture, which is God’s unchanging and unfailing word. Reading schedules, as well as a link to the site where you can get the reading plan that I’m currently following for yourself can be found on the “Schedules” page of my website at http://graceofourlord.com.  For questions and help, please see the “FAQ” and “Summaries” pages there.
/Robert

Genesis 6 – Increasing Corruption On Earth

This chapter’s reference to the “sons of God” marrying the “daughters of man” is the subject of much confusion to some.  It is simply a reference to Seth’s line of people that were “calling on the name of the Lord” inter-marrying with Cain’s line of evil.  The world was full of violence and evil and God had decided to start over.  That brings us to concentrate on Noah.  Noah found favor with God.

We go to bible class as children and we see the cute little pictures of the Ark – some refer to it as the “bathtub Ark.”  Scholars much smarter than I am say that the truth is that if you take the measurements of Genesis 6 that God told Noah to build, and apply the smallest known length for a cubit (usually about 18 inches), the size of the Ark is about the equivalent of 522 railroad cars in volume!  I’m not sure how accurate that is, but it is much closer than the cartoon pictures are. Ships have been built on the model of the ratio of dimensions of the Ark (see article at Apologetics Press website).

We do not know what a “kind” means, as far as the animals are concerned. The classification system we have today for genus, species, etc. did not get defined by man until a couple of centuries ago. We just know that two of everything listed of the beasts of the field and birds needed to re-populate came to the ark by God’s instruction.  We note here Noah’s complete obedience and “walking with God”, and how God takes care to deliver on his promises.

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Please note: I did not design the reading plan that I am following in my blog.  All of my comments in this blog, however, are solely my responsibility.  When reading ANY commentary, you should ALWAYS refer first to the scripture, which is God’s unchanging and unfailing word. Reading schedules, as well as a link to the site where you can get the reading plan that I’m currently following for yourself can be found on the “Schedules” page of my website at http://graceofourlord.com.  For questions and help, please see the “FAQ” and “Summaries” pages there.
/Robert

Genesis 4 – Cain and Abel

Now that sin and death have entered the world, and Adam and Eve are cast out from the garden, sin gets worse.  One of their children murders another of their children in cold blood. Many wonder and speculate why the Lord had no regard for Cain’s offering, but it comes down to a matter of the heart and of faith (see 1 John 3:12 and Hebrews 11:4). God, in fact, challenges him to do better.  But his nature comes out when he kills his brother because of his jealous heart.
It is proper to note that the Bible (God), as is always the case, does not try to tell us every little detail about everything we would like to know.  We can surmise about where Cain’s wife came from. Adam and Eve obviously had more children than just Cain and Abel. But that is our speculation, and is not important to God’s message to us.  God has promised that hope will come from Eve’s offspring, and Adam and Eve clearly know what happened between Cain and Abel (v 24). So Seth is born. We will see Seth and Cain’s lines develop as the story continues.  Cain’s descendant Lamech will be a worse murderer and his people are attributed with animal breeding, music, metalwork, and more sin. Seth’s descendants seem to be the first to “call upon the name of the Lord” (v 26).

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Please note: I did not design the reading plan that I am following in my blog.  All of my comments in this blog, however, are solely my responsibility.  When reading ANY commentary, you should ALWAYS refer first to the scripture, which is God’s unchanging and unfailing word. Reading schedules, as well as a link to the site where you can get the reading plan that I’m currently following for yourself can be found on the “Schedules” page of my website at http://graceofourlord.com.  For questions and help, please see the “FAQ” and “Summaries” pages there.
/Robert

Genesis 3 – The Fall

Genesis 3 is one of the most important chapters of the Bible for three very good reasons. The first and second are that this is where sin enters the world, but hope is given to us with the first prediction of the coming of the Messiah (Jesus) in verse 15. Everything was good. There was no death until this happened. Sin and death enter the world because they did not trust in what God had told them. The third lesson is the clearest example that males today can have of what is expected of them as a leader, and how grave the consequences can be for not living up to that.

Notice that verse 6 says that Eve ate some of the fruit and then “gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate.”  Adam was right there, had been given CLEAR instructions of what was forbidden; AND he was given the responsibility to instruct, protect and lead his mate. Yet he was right there when it all happened, and he gave us the most dreadful example of leadership in history.

Then, to make matters worse (if they could get worse), when God confronts him, Adam blames Eve, then God himself for his sin! (verse 12 “..the woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me of the fruit, and I ate.”)  Adam should have spoken up when the temptation arose, and said that God had told them what was wrong because it was best for them – not because God was trying to hold them back, as the serpent was saying.  Adam’s failure to lead is one of the most important and most over-looked lessons for men in God’s word.

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Please note: I did not design the reading plan that I am following in my blog.  All of my comments in this blog, however, are solely my responsibility.  When reading ANY commentary, you should ALWAYS refer first to the scripture, which is God’s unchanging and unfailing word. Reading schedules, as well as a link to the site where you can get the reading plan that I’m currently following for yourself can be found on the “Schedules” page of my website at http://graceofourlord.com.  For questions and help, please see the “FAQ” and “Summaries” pages there.
/Robert