Genesis 27-29

Genesis: Isaac and Jacob | GCI Archive

So yesterday Jacob took Esau’s birthright.  Yes, it is a big deal, but not nearly as big a deal as what happens today.  There are so many details to this story so we will talk about a few and in 10 years when I do the read-through again, we will catch the rest.

  • Esau marries a Hittite! Not just one but two!  We know this is not good because his grandfather, Abraham, made such efforts to make sure Isaac did not marry outside the culture!
      • Oh My!  Rebekah said to Isaac, “I’m disgusted with living because of these Hittite women. If Jacob takes a wife from among the women of this land, from Hittite women like these, my life will not be worth living.”
  • So we read what might be a familiar story to some, the deception that Jacob and his mom concocted.  Jacob was too scared to pull this off, and he should be! But his “mommy” says “I will take full responsibility”.   Unfortunately, her consequence is going to be that she will never see him again!
  • What makes Jacob’s deception so bad was he referenced God’s help in hunting and cooking this meal so quickly!  Oh the humanity!!
  • Let’s read the blessing.  Now just like I teach my students: words are like toothpaste, once it is out you cannot put it back in the tube! So once Jacob is blessed….it is done.

28 May God give you heaven’s dew
    and earth’s richness—
    an abundance of grain and new wine.
29 May nations serve you
    and peoples bow down to you.
Be lord over your brothers,
    and may the sons of your mother bow down to you.
May those who curse you be cursed
    and those who bless you be blessed.”

This blessing was going to be given to Jacob regardless of human involvement.  Go back to Genesis 25:

23 The Lord said to her, (Rebekah)

“Two nations are in your womb,
and two peoples from within you will be separated;
one people will be stronger than the other,
and the older will serve the younger.”

Rebekah, just like Sarai, took God’s plan into her own hands.  God’s plan ALWAYS comes out in the end, but taking it away from God always has a consequence.  Not only will she not see Jacob ever again and have to live with her daughters-in-law, the Hittites, but her son (the one she loved) now has consequences too.

  1. He will never see his mom again
  2. His brother wants to kill him
  3. He goes from being the deceiver to being deceived by Laban (Ch 28)

So here is the question of the day for anyone who wants to write their answer in the comments.

Why was losing the blessing a bigger deal than the birthright??  


In Chapter 28, before sending Jacob to Paddam Aram (which is Haran….is this place familiar?? It was where Abraham stopped for a while when he left his hometown).

Isaac tells Jacob exactly where to go as he flees Esau’s plan to kill him    Here is the version in my head:

“Get your suitcase son…go to my old stomping grounds…find my father in law’s house.  You never met him, his name was Bethuel.  He’s dead,  so don’t worry about that.  Your mother, who planned this whole deception has a money-hungry brother, Laban, who lives there, he’s a piece of work but don’t worry about that either, he will find you a wife.  Pack quicker son…you know your brother is a good hunter!  Anyway, remember God’s covenant, so make lots of babies…maybe 12 sons and a daughter sounds like a good number.  You will be a foreigner in this land.   One day your descendants will own this land!  Get a good night’s rest…if you can’t find a pillow, use a rock”  Now go on…I have to deal with Esau…evidently he is dating a new girl, an Ishmaelite this time!


Jacob’s dream at Bethel.  (Beth meaning house and El means God)

Bethel is the 2nd most repeated location in the Old Testament.  (Jerusalem being numero uno). In the comments, I will put extra information about Bethel that you can skip if not interested.


The Dream!

Jacob's Dream by Vladimir Bibikov | Jacob's ladder, Dream painting, Image

Jacob has heard of God.  He is the “God of Abraham and the God of Isaac”, however, that is where it stops (for now).  Abraham retells the covenant to Jacob but God comes to Jacob directly and confirms the Covenant in a dream.  He uses imagery that will make sense to Jacob ( the stairs to a ziggurat like in Babel). In this vision, Jacob sees something similar to a ladder or a stairway which signifies a connection between God and man. In this instance, it was God who provided the means necessary to link Himself to man as opposed to the men of Babel in Genesis 11 who tried to reach heaven by their own actions, aside from the help of God.


Jacob Meets the Family!

I think the story is pretty clear (and I am sure you are about to kill me this is so long) So let me just clear up the ending.  So obviously Laban used “it is not our custom to give the younger daughter before the older” as an excuse.  The Bible described Leah as “weak eyes”.   Leah in Hebrew means “weary” but the Hebrew word can also be translated to “Cow” so draw your own conclusions!

So the deceiver gets deceived!   In verse 29:25 It says’ “why have you deceived me” I like to say “why have you Jacobed me!”  Anyway, it’s important to know that the wedding headdresses of this time were very modest and ornate.  He really did not know (and maybe the wine did not help) Egyptian Bedouin (Nomadic Arabs) in Traditional Dress © Africa Focus: University of Wisconsin. | Traditional fashion, Traditional dresses, Egyptian wedding dress

In the end, he marries the love ❤️ of his life Rachel.  Today’s read ends with the birth of several of Jacob’s children.  I will start here tomorrow since this is Mucho Importante!

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Genesis 25-26

Only 2 chapters today people! Only an 8 minute read.

Chapter 25-

I want to touch back on something I never noticed before until I read today’s reading.  So today we read about Abraham having more children with Keturah.  When I think of Abraham my mind goes to Genesis 12:

“I will make you into a great nation,
    and I will bless you…

However, it really needs to layer with Ch 15 and 17.

Abram fell facedown, and God said to him,“As for me, this is my covenant with you: You will be the father of many nations“.

 

Nebaioth’s hidden city of Petra

I looked over the names, and one caught my eye.  Now,  if this is your first read-through…how exciting is it for you to say “when I do this again”…Anyway, the name was Midian.  As you read through the ‘Midianites’ will come up often.  When we read Exodus, Moses will flee Egypt, he will go to ‘family’-the Midianites.  But over time they will become corrupt and by the time we read the book of Numbers, they have teamed up with the Moabites (look at your genealogy to recall who Moab is 🤮).  THEN, when we get to the book of Judges they are actually partners with Amalekites and enslave the Hebrews (the story of Gideon).  😢.  Just made me sad as I look at our nation today which should be family, and we are now enemies.  Sorry….back to today’s read.


  • Abraham dies and is buried in the land we spoke about yesterday with Sarah.
  • Ishmael’s sons are mentioned.  I love seeing God’s promises fulfilled.
    • Ishmael was promised 2 things:
      • He will be the father to 12 rulers, sons (Gen 17:20)
      • BUT,  he will live in hostility toward all his brothers (16:12)

Jacob and Esau-

The Lord said to her:

“Two nations are in your womb,
and two peoples from within you will be separated;
one people will be stronger than the other,
and the older will serve the younger.”

This prophecy of two nations: Jacob (Israelites) and Esau (Edomites).  The word Edom/Edomites will be mentioned over 150 times in the Bible…we need to know this rivalry began in the womb, and there will strife until the Lord returns.

  • I don’t want to scare any of you off with my crazy fascination for genealogy.  BUT if it interests you…this is a GREAT ONE.  Click here.
  • Esau means “hairy” (Edom means Red).  Hairy Red Head?😂
  • Jacob means “deceiver” “heel grabber” (better than butt grabber I guess)

The story is readable without any recap but here are some notes that might add a layer to the read…

Let’s talk about Birthright verse Blessing:

Birthright:  Natural privileged of the firstborn son (today’s read)

  • included a double portion of the inheritance from the father
  • would become the head of the family
  • would be in charge of the property
  • would be in charge of the younger sons, any widows in the family, and unmarried daughters (were they ugly?)

Blessing: (tomorrow’s read)

  • the blessing put you in a Covenant relationship with the Lord!
  • a promise of divine protection  through the nations to come
  • whoever curses them will be cursed, whoever blesses them will be blessed.

The Covenant gets passed Starting at Abraham…..Ends with Jesus.  The deceitful act of stealing the Blessing is 10 times worse than taking the birthright.


Abimelek- (not the same guy, this is a term the kings in Caanan used for themselves)

Isaac’s dealings with the Philistines portrays Isaac very much walking in his father’s footsteps. He receives similar promises, faces similar tests, fails similarly, but eventually triumphs.  By the end of the story, he is settled in Beersheba and has a treaty with the Philistines in which they acknowledge he has “something”.  That something is the One True God.❤️

I think I want to go back and read the ‘well’ story again.

Genesis 26 – Isaac went to Gerar and also lies about his wife, then God blesses him and king Abimelech also wants him not to harm Philistine. – Life of the messianic gentile believer

Genesis 22-24

Chapter 22

So last night I posted a pre-read to give you time to chew on Genesis 22:1-19.  Click here if you missed it. It begins with “Some time later God tested Abraham”  What is He testing him for?  He was told to leave his county, his people, his father’s household, save Lot from a large army, tithe, circumcise himself, wait 30 years for his wife to get pregnant…what else can Abraham be tested on?

  • God’s command to sacrifice Isaac was to test Abraham’s faith in His Promise and Covenant.
  • God’s command to sacrifice Isaac was to provide an example of absolute obedience.
  • God’s command to sacrifice Isaac was to reveal God as Jehovah-Jireh. (The Lord Provides)
  • God’s command to sacrifice Isaac was to foreshadow God’s sacrifice of His own Son.

Hebrews  11: 17-19 says By faith Abraham, when God tested him, offered Isaac as a sacrifice. He who had embraced the promises was about to sacrifice his one and only son, 18 even though God had said to him, “It is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned.”19 Abraham reasoned that God could even raise the dead, and so in a manner of speaking he did receive Isaac back from death.

He passed the test of believing God’s full measure in the promise that He conquers death.  “Now I know that you fear God”  Abraham believed God’s Promise!!  He was told he would be a father of nations.   Do you put all your faith in the Creator of the universe that when he says “I PROMISE, you will be raised from the dead.  I will PROVIDE a SUBSTITUTE!  God will provide the Lamb (I grew up going to catholic mass: “the lamb that takes away our sins”….I had no idea what that meant).  Do you hope that’s going to happen or do you BELIEVE that is going to happen? 


 Let’s look at geography…

Biblical Mountains and Rivers Map

Then Solomon began to build the temple of the Lord in Jerusalem on Mount Moriah, where the Lord had appeared to his father David. – 2 Chron,3:1 

So we are on the land that will be Jerusalem.  Where Jesus, God’s son, his only son, whom he loved,  will come, carry wood on his back….

Abraham had faith from the moment he was told to “Go” or “Leave”.  For 3 days on his heart, his son was dead.

God restated the Covenant of His Promise.

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, 18 and through your offspring  all nations on earth will be blessed, because you have obeyed me.”

Abraham believed that even if he followed through, God was still God, and would have fulfilled His promise.


Nahor’s sons:  Printable is in the menu.  If you can’t find it let me know.  BTW, how come no one names their son Uz or Buz anymore??  The point of looking closely at this part of the Scripture is to follow: 23 Bethuel became the father of Rebekah (and Laban).

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Chapter 23  The death of Sarah.

Why is Abraham wanting to buy this burial site so badly that when the price of the land was offered to him at double the price he doesn’t even negotiate, he just buys it?  Abraham is a foreigner of this land, but he knows that God’s promise will be fulfilled and his descendants WILL be given this land so he wants to secure the cave of Machpelah as a burial site so that when they are given the land,  Sarah’s burial will be there.   Later Abraham, Isaac, Rebekah, Jacob, and Leah would be buried here too.


(For Bible Geeks like me: Hebron will be mentioned again: (feel free to skip this)

  • Click here: When the 12 spies go into the Promised Land.
  • Again click here, when Joshua leads the taking of the Promised Land.
  • After Joshua dies, the tribe of Judah takes Hebron Click here.
  • Hebron becomes a city of Refuge Click here
  • King David ruled in Hebron for 7 years. Click here

Chapter 24 Rebekah

The servant Eliezar (we know his name from Chapter 15) is told: “Umm, my son is getting old, he is about 40, go get him a wife!   But there are 2 conditions:

  1. She must not be a Caananite!   (party girls!). It is important to Abraham that Isaac’s wife be equally yoked believing in the One true God, not a pagan.
  2. She must be willing to come back to the land promised to us.(He does not want Isaac to live in an area that will pollute his faith)

So Eliezar prays “can you make this easy on me and give me an unmistakable sign so that I know she is the one”.  (If only this happened on the show The Bachelor!) Just kidding. Eliezar knows the importance of the task so goes to the Lord in prayer.

Mythology and Folklore UN-Textbook: Bible Women: Rebekah

Before he is done praying….She’s The ONE!  Not only is she the one but she is kind, a servant (offering to feed 10 camels!),  a virgin, not a Canaanite,  and beautiful!  Jackpot!  Look at your family tree above…Bethuel was her father…check #1 off your list.  Bethuel must have passed away because Laban commits her to marriage (Especially when he noticed the expensive jewelry they gave her $$$).

So now what about #2 on the checklist.  Could be a problem because Assyrian Law may not protect a woman from WHO they get to marry BUT they do get a say in WHERE they live.

57 Then they said, “Let’s call the young woman and ask her about it.” 58 So they called Rebekah and asked her, “Will you go with this man?”

“I will go,” she said.

I picture this in slow motion…both Laban and Eliezar sweating…waiting on an answer…and finally, they hear “IIIII….wiiiiilllll……goooooo”Top 30 Women of the Bible - Pray4ourpresident

 

Genesis 22 for Tomorrow

Tomorrow you are going to read 3 deep chapters.  I wanted to carve out the first 19 verses as a pre-read.  Years ago,  I read this, and I met up with a woman later that day.   I said (with astonishment)  “Did you know that Genesis 22 is a foreshadow of the Gospel??” I do love this woman, her name was Tedi,  but she had been marinating in Christian circles all her life and she said: “Well, of course, I do….everyone knows that”.  NO, I didn’t know that!! (as a matter of fact, I had never even heard of this story)

I never want to assume “everyone knows that”…Chapter 22:1-19.  Here is the first 19 verses:

Some time later God tested Abraham. He said to him, “Abraham!”

“Here I am,” he replied.

Then God said, “Take your son, your only son, whom you love—Isaac—and go to the region of MoriahSacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you.”

Early the next morning Abraham got up and loaded 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. On the third day Abraham looked up and saw the place in the distance. 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.”

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, Isaac spoke up and said to his father Abraham, “Father?”

“Yes, my son?” Abraham replied.

“The fire and wood are here,” Isaac said, “but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?”

Abraham answered, “God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.” And the two of them went on together.

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. 10 Then he reached out his hand and took the knife to slay his son. 11 But the angel of the Lord called out to him from heaven, “Abraham! Abraham!”

“Here I am,” he replied.

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 sonyour only son.”

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. 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.”

15 The angel of the Lord called to Abraham from heaven a second time 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, 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, 18 and through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed,[c] because you have obeyed me.”

19 Then Abraham returned to his servants, and they set off together for Beersheba. And Abraham stayed in Beersheba.


It is a story inside a story. There is a foreshadow of Jesus on the Cross, however, there is also the story of our death being replaced by one provided for us.


Mount Moraiah=Calvary- was an area where an indigenous plant grew called Acacia.  The ram’s head was wrapped in this plant.  Here is a picture of Acacia-

Acacia redolens 'Low Boy' - Boething Treeland Farms

Here is a closer look:

Acacias v Giraffes - a Uniquely African Tussle - African Safari Consultants

Here is another closer look:

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Genesis 19-21

Chapter 19: So when you hear the words: The Bible story of Sodom and Gomorrah what comes to mind?   But if we read chapter 9 looking at it from God’s perspective does that change the view?   Yes. Let’s start with the New Testament:

if he condemned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah by burning them to ashes, and made them an example of what is going to happen to the ungodly; and if he rescued Lot, a righteous man, who was distressed by the depraved conduct of the lawless (for that righteous man, living among them day after day, was tormented in his righteous soul by the lawless deeds he saw and heard)— 2 Peter 2:6-8

What is the theme of this event?  Redemption.  Lot was a righteous man!   The story is about God’s hand on those that are His at the time of judgment. They will be saved.  He will pull us by the hand and save us!

Lot is sitting at the gate of the city (where business and politics are decided) so Lot is obviously an important person in this town.  The 2 angels offered to stay in the square,  however,  Lot insists they get shelter since part of this town’s sin is sexual depravity…he is scared to leave them in public overnight! Like the French Quarter during Mardi Gras!  A Near Eastern law of hospitality says that: a host MUST not allow any harm to come upon his guests, so he makes great efforts in keeping them safe, even offering his virgin daughters.

Lot’s family is warned about God’s coming judgment and not only do they ignore him, but they think he is kidding!!  Ready to read something beautiful:

16 When he hesitated (meaning Lot), the men (meaning the angels on God’s mission) 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.

If you know this story or have already read it today, after telling them NOT to look back….not at their old life, not at their belongings, not to see if they can return to their old ways, not to want for that life again…Lot’s wife looks back!!  It wasn’t THAT she looked, it was WHY she looked.

Abraham, Sodom and America in Crisis

Quick Geography Lesson:

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  • This totally makes historical sense since the Dead Sea has 10 times the salt than the Ocean.
  • Pictures below of salt stacks.

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Lot’s daughters:

Remember we are trying to read this from a different perspective, but I won’t judge you if you gagged in your mouth.  Lot raised his daughters in an environment of sin.  Sexual immorality was so desensitized that this act of using their father to start a family was not as weird to them as it is to us.  Having descendants was so important in this time and their immoral upbringing was so corrupt that this was not (in their minds) a horrible plan.

BUT….what is the consequence!!!  The sons are Moab “by the father”, and Ben-Ammi “son of my parent” (that must make it weird at casual introductions….”Hi teacher, this is my son ‘by my Father’….”         The Moabites and the Ammonites will become forever enemies of Israel.  We will encounter them 182 times in the Bible so I am glad we took the time to read their origin so it will all make sense.


Genesis 20:  “She is my sister”

Genesis 20 – Abraham again lies about his wife and God calls Abraham a prophet – Life of the messianic gentile believer

I know this post is too long so I am going to skip the Venn Diagram I drew comparing and contrasting Chapter 12 to 20.  So as much as I want to throw Abraham out of my window and say “Are you kidding me…AGAIN??”  You just saw God take an army of thousands against your 318…you saw Him take Sodom down….you don’t think he has his hand of protection on you ALL the time….”   But then I would have to look in the mirror and say it to myslelf, and that’s not fun.

If you want to see God in a new way this year, underline all the times you see the scriptures say “But God…”  We see an example of it in 20:3 But God came to Abimelek in a dream….”

We do see in these scriptures that Sarah is Abraham’s half-sister.  He’s a brother from another mother. However, a half-truth is still a lie.

“But God….❤️”


Chapter 21:

Hagar and Ishmael in the desert by Frederick Goodall on artnet

Hagar and Ishmael were sent away.  I struggled with this for a while.  Why did Abraham send them off?  Why didn’t he send them with a caravan of supplies?  How would they ever survive?  Actually, it was Abraham’s faith that led him.  God said to Abraham in verse 21:13  I will make the son of the slave into a nation also, because he is your offspring.”  

Abraham trusted God.


Beersheba:  “the well of the seven” or “the well of the treaty.”

When Abimelech heard the story about his men seizing Abraham’s well,  he about had a heart attack I bet!  On a misunderstanding, The Lord made his entire female community barren for the time he had Abraham’s wife in his custody.  Imagine what might happen for proactively stealing his well!

A well is so important in these times but this well also marks the southern part of the territory God is going to hand to him in His promise.  Abimelech and the men really were afraid and would have given the well back, but Abraham makes it legit (can anyone say that word without MC Hammer in their head) by creating an “oath”.


 

Genesis 16-18

Chapter 16:

“The Lord has kept me from having children. Go, sleep with my slave; perhaps I can build a family through her.”

Before we start throwing a stone at Sarai, you need to know that this is an ancient custom of the day to ensure the birth of an heir.  Through time this actually gets written into the Hammurabi Code (The law of the land before God gave The Law).  In order to unite all of southern Mesopotamia, the Babylonian king wrote a Code of Laws.  We will see many of the laws sprinkled throughout the Bible as a “custom”.  It is important to understand the culture of the time. All 282  codes,  are “If….Then”.  (some were pretty harsh!).  We will talk about this more in February.

Also, when a woman was barren she considered herself “cursed”.  She knew that God had a plan, however, if she was cursed and could not have children she would ‘help’ with the plan. (As if God needs help, Ha!)

Skipping to verse 7: I never noticed before God perused Hagar…not vice versa. I think I just assumed she cried out.  (He is with us even when we are ignoring Him)Hagar by the well | Bible pictures, Bible illustrations, Biblical art

Pulling from yesterday’s post we can see this is a Theophany:  The angel of the Lord.

11 The angel of the Lord also said to her:

“You are now pregnant
    and you will give birth to a son.
You shall name him Ishmael,
    for the Lord has heard of your misery.
12 He will be a wild donkey of a man;
    his hand will be against everyone
    and everyone’s hand against him,
and he will live in hostility
    toward all his brothers.”

Poor Ishmael, caught in the adult drama will live a nomadic life in Arabia but will be war-like.  His descendants will be called the Ishmaelites, (See picture) but this large nation he will grow (specified in the next chapter) is never in conflict with Israel, nor are they subject to God’s judgment.

If you are keeping notes:

  • Ishmael means “God Hears’
  • El Roi- The God who sees me.  (Hagar has the honor of “naming” the Lord for the first time”)
  • Beer Lahai Roi- Tiffany, this is not a Pub! “The well of the Living One who sees me”

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No image needed for Chapter 17!  Thank Heavens!

Chapter 17: May I encourage you to grab a pen and circle how many times the word Covenant is used.  God does put responsibility out there for this Everlasting Covenant.  Abram and his descendants do not have a license to live as they please. Twelve years ago,  a wise woman once said to me “You are called to be Holy, not to be happy”, and I say it in my head at least once a week…or once a day…if my sweet husband is on my nerves 😂

Recall:

  1. Promise….
  2. then Covenant…..
  3. then Sign.

Here we are: Chapter 12-15-17

In my time studying and listening to podcasts on this topic I have heard lots of reasons as to why circumcision is the sign:

  • the constant reminder of the cutting away of the old,
  • applies to the making of male descendants so sexual activity must be disciplined and dedicated to procreation for God (read that twice if your name is Elliot or Charlie…my daughters!!),
  • to be set apart (Holy), as they are called to enter a pagan land called Canaan

As always: I read this and God shows me something new that knocks my socks off!

13 Whether born in your household or bought with your money, they must be circumcised.

I have always seen the Gentiles (me and you) in God’s plan. But in my Bible today I stopped when I read this.  Those that were bought…that’s me!  Redeemed.

Abram gets a name change to Abraham and Sarai to Sarah.  Abraham means “the father of many nations’.  “ha” or “ah” added to a name means “breath”The breath of God is now on them!  This is a new destiny, just like the day of your salvation.  (so call me Patricaha!)


Abraham's Celestial Visitors - Bible Stories

Chapter 18: Of these 3 visitors, one is clearly the Lord.  (I am not sure if the other 2 create a  or not 🤷‍♀️). Sarah, when told she will bear a child at her age doesn’t just “laugh”, she denies the possibility.  I guess she hasn’t planned a date night in a while!  In her defense, just like Adam and Eve, the conversation WAS between God and Abram, Sarai was not a witness to it.

God himself makes a personal inspection of the city.  Abraham speaks boldly to God and asks if he will refrain from judging a whole nation if there are a few to be found righteous in the city.  Can God find at least 10 righteous people??  Abraham’s Nephew,  Lot,  has been living there…surely he has missioned at least at least 10 right??

Genesis 12-15

If you got a little behind in Job, tuck it away for now and stay with us in Genesis!  Here is a video to recap Job you can watch later.  Video.

Chapter 12: Abram is told to “Go”.  He lives in the Ur of Chaldean.  Ur, located in modern-day Iraq,   was the world’s hub of culture, power, and wealth.  Abram was told to leave this county, these people, and this comfortable household….and he did. THEN, the Lord made him a promise at the age of 75:

The Promise:

“I will make you into a great nation,
    and I will bless you;
I will make your name great,
    and you will be a blessing.
I will bless those who bless you,
    and whoever curses you I will curse;
and all peoples on earth
    will be blessed through you.”

ALL peoples on earth will be blessed THROUGH you. This is why we are going to follow every genealogy until Christ. If you did not read last night’s overview, there is the genealogy in the ‘printables’ you will want to peek at.  Let’s now look at the map:

map of Abraham's Journeys

Let’s begin our traveling.  Abram follows the caravan roads (rather than cutting through the desert) Here are some notes if interesting:

  •  Haran: Hebrew word: the road
  • Canaan: which is Israel today.  Go back to Genesis 9, the son of Noah: Ham.
  • Shechem: Hebrew words:  shoulder of the mountain.
  •  Bethel: House of God (El=God).  This is where Jacob will see the stairway to heaven.
  • Ai- means Ruin…hmmm
  • Negev-this is where Isaac is going to be born
  • Hebron- this is where Abraham is going to be buried
  • He builds an altar to the Lord.  Altars are built for 2 reasons-
    • 1.) for offering a sacrifice
    • 2.) as a place of remembrance.

So if he built an altar to the Lord remembering his promise…but does he fully trust it?  I don’t recall God telling him to go to Egypt.  THEN, he takes his smoking hot wife into the land.  It was known in those times that if Pharaoh wanted to have a “conjugal prison visit, if you know what I mean” with your wife, he would just kill you and take her (or like David, send them to war….insert sad face)  So Abram says, “Tell them I am your brother”. I am still trying to figure out if Sarai is born from Abram’s brother Nahor which would make this a “white lie” since cousin and sister are interchangeably in their language.  Anyway….focus Szymanski!!

I will bless those who bless you,
    and whoever curses you I will curse;

Sorry, Pharoah….you didn’t know about this Promise…


Chapter 13:  As the elder person, Abram would have been fully within his rights to decide who gets what portion of land.  Abram voluntarily lets Lot choose.  Lot chooses the plain of Jordan (right on the edge of a party town: Sodom so he can Uber over for some fun)

Genesis 13 Bible Pictures: Abram with his nephew Lot | Bible pictures,  Abraham and lot, Bible

God PROMISES again in 13:14 the promises he made to him: I will give you this land and I will give you children.  Abram makes another altar.

Copy Of Abraham Follows God - Lessons - Blendspace


I know this is getting long, I am sorry…Chapter 14, cliff note version: Five cities formed an alliance to fight for their independence against an alliance of 4 cities (this is like Game of Thrones!)  and in the midst of it all Lot (who now has MOVED to the city) gets taken a P.O.W.    So here is how awesome God is:  He takes Abram and a mere 318 men…against thousands, ambushed them at night and gets Lot AND all the stolen goods AND the other captives!Archaeological Evidence For Melchizedek's House of God – Lady Apologist

Melchizedek.  WHO IS HE?

  1. He is a monotheistic Priest and King in a Pagan land.
  2. A Theophany or Christophany is a physical appearance of God/Jesus to a human being.
    • Non-human form (like the burning bush)
    • Human form (like when Jacob wrestled with the man in Peniel)
    • Angel form (Angel of the Lord)
  3. A Typology: a form of symbolism that is prophetic.  In Old Testament typology are people and objects that foreshadow,  point to something that is yet to happen or someone (most often Jesus) who is yet to come.

Hebrew tradition says he is Shem (Noah’s son) But we really don’t know. Out of NOWHERE this King of Salem (King of Peace) ‘future Jerusalem’ comes to accept the FIRST TITHE! He performs COMMUNION.

Genesis 14-18-20 (go underline it)

Then Melchizedek king of Salem  brought out bread and wine. He was priest of God Most High,  and he blessed Abram, saying,
“Blessed be Abram by God Most High,
Creator  of heaven and earth.

And blessed be God Most High,
who delivered your enemies into your hand.”
Then Abram gave him a tenth of everything.

Do you understand how much foreshadowing is in just those two verses? This was 600 years BEFORE the priesthood was dictated through Moses as a Levitical line (don’t get confused, we will get there next month  ). 


If this topic interests you…feel free to dig into the book of Hebrews.  Here is a snippet: Hebrews 7 This Melchizedek was king of Salem and priest of God Most High. He met Abraham returning from the defeat of the kings and blessed him, and Abraham gave him a tenth of everything. First, the name Melchizedek means “king of righteousness”; then also, “king of Salem” means “king of peace.” Without father or mother, without genealogy, without beginning of days or end of life, resembling the Son of God, he remains a priest forever.”


We end with Abram professing his Faith in the Lord!  God won this “318” Battle for him!

Chapter 15: “After this”: After he fought some major kings,  Abram was afraid of retaliation…So what does God say “DON’T BE AFRAID, I AM YOUR SHIELD”.

In the days of Abraham, if a person did not have an heir, the estate went to your ‘top servant’.  Abram’s servant was Eliezar.  Abram’s like “God, I am getting pretty old, and you have not given us Viagra yet!” (paraphrase of course) Oh how I love Abram…He’s a mess…verse 6: He believed the Lord…but in verse 8: “How can I know”….

So God seals the  Promise with a Covenant!

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This is not one of those, “cut your hand and let’s shake on it”.  The animals are huge and they are cut vertically in half and spaced out.  The blood would pool up…lots of it,  and God in the form of fire, would pass through it creating an Everlasting Covenant!  Notice, Abraham was put to sleep: this is a one-sided covenant.

On that day the Lord made a covenant with Abram and said, “To your descendants I give this land, from the Wadi of Egypt to the great river, the Euphrates— the land of the Kenites, Kenizzites, Kadmonites, Hittites, Perizzites, Rephaites, Amorites, Canaanites, Girgashites and Jebusites.”

BUT….Not before saying…

13 Then the Lord said to him, “Know for certain that for four hundred years your descendants will be strangers in a country not their own and that they will be enslaved and mistreated there. 14 But I will punish the nation they serve as slaves, and afterward they will come out with great possessions. 15 You, however, will go to your ancestors in peace and be buried at a good old age. 16 In the fourth generation your descendants will come back here, for the sin of the Amorites has not yet reached its full measure.”

If you have a study bible you will see in your margin or at the bottom a cross-reference to Exodus 12:40  Look it up!

 Now the length of time the Israelite people lived in Egypt was 430 years.  At the end of the 430 years, to the very day, all the LORD’s divisions left Egypt.

Patriarch Overview (Genesis 12-50)

Back to Genesis Tomorrow!  We are going to cover 360 years in just 2 weeks!!  Buckle up, kids!!

  • The History of Abraham (12-25)
  • The History of Isaac (26-27)
  • The History of Jacob (28-39)
  • The History of Joseph (37-50)

Timeline: it is about 400 years after the flood.  We will begin with an Unconditional Covenant.  Covenant, by the way,  means an agreement, a  promise, a contact, an oath, that God will not break.  At the beginning of this section, we will read about the Covenant with Abraham.  The Abrahamic Covenant is unconditional (one-sided…not an “If…then” promise).   God makes a covenant with Abraham, then repeats the Covenant with Abraham’s son Isaac, then repeats it a third time with Abraham’s grandson Jacob. This is why we will see throughout the Bible: “The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the God of our fathers”.

We have been in Job for 2 weeks so let’s read the scripture we left off in Chapter 11 in Genesis: This will help as you read.  I do not print every visual, but this is one I printed and wrote on for notes.   Click here if you would like to print.Image result for terah family tree

“Terah became the father of Abram, Nahor and Haran. And Haran became the father of Lot.  While his father Terah was still alive, Haran died in Ur of the Chaldeans, in the land of his birth. Abram and Nahor both married. The name of Abram’s wife was Sarai, and the name of Nahor’s wife was Milcah; she was the daughter of Haran, the father of both Milcah and Iscah.  Now Sarai was barren; she had no children.  Terah took his son Abram, his grandson Lot son of Haran, and his daughter-in-law Sarai, the wife of his son Abram, and together they set out from Ur of the Chaldeans to go to Canaan. But when they came to Haran, they settled there.

  Terah lived 205 years, and he died in Haran.”

Abram (his name will be changed to Abraham) Unsettled – Sister Talk: Faith

Understanding where Abram lived will give you a better picture of what was being asked of him.  The land: Ur of the Chaldeans was the wealthiest city. The history in this region exceeds that of the land of Egypt and its pyramids

The great Ziggurat of ancient Ur was built by King Ur-Nammu who ruled the area of ancient Ur around 2100 BC. This would’ve been approximately 250 years after the flood.Ziggurat of Ur (Artist's Impression) (Illustration) - Ancient History Encyclopedia

Archaeologists estimate that there were approximately 24,000 people living in the city of Ur during the time of Abraham. The people of ancient Mesopotamia worshiped many gods, and the people of Ur worshiped their chief god named Nanna, the moon-god.

So God is going to choose Abraham to leave here 😳


Joshua 24. When Joshua renews the Covenant in the Promised Land he talks about the history of Abraham and says to all the people: 2“This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘Long ago your ancestors, including Terah the father of Abraham and Nahor, lived beyond the Euphrates River and worshiped other gods. But I took your father Abraham from the land beyond the Euphrates and led him throughout Canaan and gave him many descendants.” 

Extra Credit: if you want more read Act 7 😁

See you tomorrow.  I am so excited!

Genesis 8-11

So if it is ok with you I would like to go back a little.  First, let’s quickly go back to 6:17-18

17 I am going to bring floodwaters on the earth to destroy all life under the heavens, every creature that has the breath of life in it. Everything on earth will perish. 18 But I will establish my covenant with you, and you will enter the ark—

This is the first time Covenant is “said” in the Bible.  There are different types of Covenants from God, this one is Unconditional.  God is making a promise that is one-sided.  But  every covenant has a:

  1. The promise
  2. A sealing (sacrifice)
  3. A sign to remember it

The names of the Covenants are:

  • Noahic (Noah)
  • Abrahamic (Abraham)
  • Mosaic (Moses)
  • Davidic (David)
  • Messianic (Jesus)

Moving on to Chapter 7…..our timeline begins. After making this Ark we begin the familiar Flood story.  Here is a timeline so that we stop thinking this is a 40-day cruise.

Flood

Chapter 8: Here is your map 🙂

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Why is this map important you ask? Because this was not a local flood, this was a worldwide flood.   Mt. Ararat is over 17,000 feet above sea level.

(BTW, it is killing me not to break down every scripture….)

Let’s go back to Covenant….we have the promise…now let’s seal it. (always with a sacrifice)

8:20 Then Noah built an altar to the Lord and, taking some of all the clean animals and clean birds, he sacrificed burnt offerings on it. 21 The Lord smelled the pleasing aroma and said in his heart: “Never again will I curse the ground because of humans, even though every inclination of the human heart is evil from childhood. And never again will I destroy all living creatures, as I have done

Chapter 9: you will need a pencil (or at least re-reread it)  It begins with a new beginning. Now, go through Chapter 9 and underline or circle the word Covenant (many times).  God refers to it as His Covenant.  It is unconditional.  This is a one sided contract. And yes….as we predicted, we had the promise, the sealing, and of course…the sign.  Image result for rainbow

Chapter 9.  OK, so I didn’t grow up in church but I knew a guy named Noah was on an ark with giraffes (always giraffes in the pictures). But what I did not know was how the story ended! 

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Noah has 3 sons.  Japeth, Ham, and Shem. You need to know this…here is how you are going to remember who is who…

  • Japeth “J” sound=Gentiles (me and you)
  • Ham “Pigs smell and are mean”- Cursed nations- Canaan (enemies of God)
  • Shem-starts with an S…Salvation!- The Hebrews

Ham disgraced his Father pointing out and mocking his sin.  The consequence to Ham and his descendants is everlasting.

“Cursed be Canaan! (Canaanites)
    The lowest of slaves
    will he be to his brothers.”

26 He also said, (insert the words if it helps)

“Praise be to the Lord, the God of Shem! (Hebrews)
May Canaan (enemies) the slave of Shem. (Hebrews)
27 May God extend Japheth’s (Gentile’s)territory
may Japeth (Gentiles)  live in the tents of Shem,(Hebrews)
and may Canaan (enemies) be the slave of Japheth.”(Gentiles)

LOOK AT THIS….It will make sense to some.  If it doesn’t it will!

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Chapter 10 Table of nations…. (In an effort to keep this blog from going on forever, here is an abbreviated version of Chapter 10.  However if you ponder on it now, I think it will make sense.

  • Shem (26 nations)- Assyria, Syria, Asia Minor area
  • Ham (30 nations)- Africa, Middles East, Ethiopia, Libya area
  • Japheth (14 nations)- Europe, Iran, India, Central Asia

(70 total nations- I will break some down in comments in case anyone wants some extra information on this)

The line that we are going to follow for most of Genesis will be the nations of Shem


Chapter 11- The Tower of Babel: (Bab El means the Gateway to God)

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Back in Chapter 9:1 is says-“Then God blessed Noah and his sons, saying to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the earth.”

11 Now the whole world had one language and a common speech. As people moved eastward, they found a plain in Shinar (modern day Iraq)  and settled there. (why??  I thought you were supposed to populate the earth?)

They said to each other, “Come, let us make bricks and bake them thoroughly.” They used brick instead of stone, and tar for mortar. (why are you making your own resources God clearly said he would provide for you) Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city,(a monument to yourself?  Not a temple to worship God like most ziggurats were used for)  with a tower that reaches to the heavens (God already has a plan for that), so that we may make a name for ourselves (Uggg); otherwise we will be scattered over the face of the whole earth.” (Umm, Like God told you to??)

But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower the people were building. The Lord said, “If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them. Come, let usImage result for orange triangledown and confuse their language so they will not understand each other.”

So the Lord scattered them from there over all the earth, and they stopped building the city. That is why it was called Babel—because there the Lord confused the language of the whole world. From there the Lord scattered them over the face of the whole earth.

Us verse Image result for orange triangle  situation!

End of Post:  If you decide to read the last part you are officially a Bible Geek.  (join the club, we are fun at parties.) 🤪


Since this year I feel that some of you are ‘geeky’ like me I followed this scripture: 10:25

25 Two sons were born to Eber:  One was named Peleg, because in his time the earth was divided; his brother was named Joktan.

Why that one?  Good question!  The name Eber is possibly where the word Hebrew originated.  So which line did the Hebrews come from?  Peleg or Joktan? Draw an arrow in your Bible (if you are a geek 🤓) to 11:18  “When Peleg had lived 30 years, he became the father of…    (then to) 26 After Terah had lived 70 years, he became the father of Abram, Nahor and Haran.

Ok, one more cool one for those who may have read the Bible before 2021 🤓: Nimrod!

Cush was the father of Nimrod, who became a mighty warrior on the earth. He was a mighty hunter before the Lord; that is why it is said, “Like Nimrod, a mighty hunter before the Lord.” 10 The first centers of his kingdom were Babylon, Uruk, Akkad and Kalneh, in Shinar. 11 From that land he went to Assyria, where he built Nineveh, Rehoboth Ir, Calah 12 and Resen, which is between Nineveh and Calah—which is the great city.

Why is this another cool one to look at?   Nimrod means “Rebel” in Hebrew.  He was a mighty warrior ‘before the Lord’ means ‘in front of or against the Lord’.  Nimrod was the 1st ruler of two major cities Babel (Babylon) and Nineveh (Assyria).  The two nations that will take Israel into Captivity in 722 and 586!


I am going to stop at 11:26 and pick that up in a visual when we get back to Genesis!