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Perhaps Abram's greatest test of faith came when God told him that he would have a child.
Abram was way up there in age, and so was his wife Sarah. This chapter is about God's vision/plan for Abram's life. I like how Abram trusted God's plan. Abram's faith can apply to us as well. God has a vision for us all, but if we do not trust Him then we stand behind fear instead of faith. We must discern God's will for our lives and trust God even when we feel old and tired. Don't give up on God. Keep the faith. As long as you are on this earth you have a chance to fulfill God's purpose for your life! Stay faithful!!!
God's Covenant with Abram
God came to Abram in a vision, and said, "Do not be afraid Abram, I am your shield, your exceedingly great reward."
But Abram said, :Lord God, what will You-give me, I don't have a child, and the heir of my property will go to Eliezer of Damaascus?" Then Abram said, "Don't you see have no children to carry on my legacy, one born in my house is my heir!" (Meaning a servant in his house will be his heir.)
Remarkably the word of the Lord came to him saying, "Your servant will not be your heir, but one will come from your own body will be your heir." God led Abram outside and said, "Look now toward heaven, and count the stars if your are able to number."And He said to him, "So shall your descendants be."
Abram believed in the Lord and he trusted the Lord to follow through.
The God spoke to Abram, " I am the Lord, who brought you out of Ur of the Chaldeans, to give you this land to inherit it.
Abram replied, " Lord God, how shall I know that I will inherit it?"
God said, "Bring Me a three-year old heifer, a three-year-old ram, a turtledove, and a young pigeon. Abram did what he was told. Cut them in two down the middle and placed each piece opposite the other; but he did not cut ht birds in two. The vultures tried to eat the carcass, Abram drove them away.
As the sun went down, Abram fell into a deep sleep. God showed Abram the trouble future ahead for his generation. God revealed to Abram that his descendants will be strangers in a land that did not belong to them, and that they will be ruled over for four hundred years.
God told Abram that he will judge the nation that they serve and afterwards they will come out with great possessions. He told Abram to go to his fathers in peace; ( Meaning join his generations passed in Peace.) God told Abram that he will be buried at a good old age. However the fourth generation will return here, due to the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet compete.
When the sun wend sown and it was dark there appeared a smoking oven and burning torch that passed between those pieces. On the same day the Lord made a covenant with Abram and said:
"To your descendants I have given this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the River Euphrates- the Kenites, the Knezzites, the Kadmonites, the Hittites , the Perizzites, the Rephaim, the Amorites, the Cannaanites, the Girgashites, and the Jebusites.
This is one of my favorite sections in the book of Genesis. The story of Abram has to do with a unique-promise from God. What I found interesting is that God's promise, took many years to manifest. Possibly because Abram and his wife were not ready to receive this important promise. It make me wonder how many of us are waiting for God to answer our prayers, yet we just may not be ready to receive the blessing. I just hope I'm not too old when the time comes. Nonetheless, better late-than never.
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In Chapter 12 Cog asked Abram to get out of his country, to leave the house of his father, he asked that Abram take a leap of faith and travel to a new land. in honor of his loyalty God promised to make Abram a great nation; by blessing him with a generation of children. God promised to bless those who blessed Abram and to curse those who tried to curse him. He promised a blessing of families through Abram's offspring.
Walking in faith, instead of fear, Abram did what God asked. At the time, Abram was seventy-five years old. He took his nephew Lot with him and and Abram took his wife Sarai with him along with all of their possessions and people they had gained in Haran, they all traveled to the land of Canaan. Through worship and alter building Abram had a good relationship with God. The Lord promised Abram land as he continued to travel South.
Abram ended up leading his family into Egypt to escape famine.
When he arrived he told his wife Sarai to act as his sister. Abram was afraid that the Egyptians would kill him if they find out that they were husband and wife due to her physical beauty.
It came to pass that the Egyptians saw that Sarai was very beautiful and they believed Abram's lie. However his lie, backfired. Sarai was taken to Pharaoh. Pharaoh treated Abram well, to please Sarai.
But the Lord being displeased with the lie, plagued Pharaoh and his house, knowing that the truth was that Sarai was Abram's wife.
Pharaoh ended up asking Abram why he lied, after he found out that Sarai was his wife. Pharaoh was upset because he could have taken Sarai as his wife, and in return, he would've have been stuck with the plagues from God. Knowing the facts, the Pharaoh asked Abram to leave, and he asked him to take his wife with him. Even Though Abram was a man of faith, there were times when he allowed fear, to take over.
CHAPTER 13: ABRAM INHERITS CANAAN
Abram took off from Egypt, with his wife his Nephew Lot and all of his belongings and headed South. By now Abram was a very-wealthy man. Rich in livestock, silver, and gold. His journey led him to Bethel. Bethel is where Abram had built an Alter ( a place to worship God) And it was there there that Abram would reach out to God.
His Nephew Lot had also gained plenty of wealth, thanks to Abram blessing through God. Lot had plenty of livestock as well, so much that the land was not able to support the demand of all of the livestock. Due to the tight living space, strife to place between the herdsmen of Abram and Lot.
Being that Abram was a man of peace, Abram fought against strife. Abram suggested that Lot choose the land that he wanted in order maintain peace among them. Lot chose to journey east, as he saw that the land was plenty and well watered. Lot and Abram parted ways and Abram settled in the land of Canaan.
Lot settled in Sodom. The men of Sodom were very sinful in nature and lacked respect for God.
When I think of a world without boundaries or respect for a loving and fair creator, I thin of great suffering especially among children. I think of place that does not value the truth, a world trapped underneath oppression.
Similar to the movie Mad Max. (Remake 2015)
Day One (1:2:5)
|Light ("Day and "Night:)|
|Day Two (1:6-8)||Firmament ("Heaven," sky)|
Day Three 1:913)
Dry land ("Earth"), "Seas," and vegetation
|Day Four (1:14-19)|
Sun and moon
|Day Five (1:20-23)|
Living creatures (every kind of sea creature and every kind of bird
|Day Six (1:24-31)||Living creatures on the land as well as the man and the woman|
|Day Seven(2:1-3)||God's Rest!!!!|
E.La-Paz/ Resource Study Bible for Women NKJV Edition
Separation Between Man and Woman
Dysfunctional relationships are a part of life. Relationships take time, effort, and faith. There are millions of books dedicated to coaching married couples on how to enjoy a stress- free- marriage.
However, those who have been married for many years, and perhaps those that have been divorced, are painfully aware- that there is no- such thing as a stress- free-marriage.
As long as men and women continue to walk on the face of this earth, there will- be issues. Some believe that relationship problems, stem back to the first man and woman, Adam, and Eve.
In Genesis we will learn about the Devil's Desire to gain power. Similar to the movie Snow White and The Huntsman. Beauty is power to The Queen. The Queen must take out the one who holds the power. And even though it is impossible- the devil always tries to take over the beauty that belongs- to God. We are- His Beautiful Children.
Chapter 14: Lot's Captivity and Rescue
Genesis Chapter 14 goes into the history of Kings and battles. The great detail that is listed indicates the research that whet into creating this book based on facts.
Genesis 14 Vs. 10, During this war among kings, the Valley of Siddim was full of asphalt pits; and the kings of Sodom and Gomorrah fled; some died there, and the rest fled to the mountains. They took all the provisions of Sodom and Gomorrah they took Lot and his family captive.
There was a prisoner who had escaped, finding Abram who had now settled by the terebinth trees of Mamre along with his servants.
Once Abram heard that his nephew/ who he treated as a "brother", was taken captive, he armed his three hundred and eighteen trained servants, and went as far as the City of Dan to rescue Lot. Abram divided his forces against the enemy at night. Abrams army attacked them and chased them all the way to Hobah, north of Damascus. Abram mission was successful. Abram brought back all of the provisions and he also rescued Lot and his family and brought back his provisions.
Genesis Chapter 14 Vs. 17 The book talks about Kings who respected Abram, due to his success. Melchizedek King of Salem broke bread and drank wine with Abram in honor of his victory. Praising and blessing Abram for serving a victorious God. The book goes on to say that the king of Sodom wanted to give Abram valuable goods.
(Genesis Chapter 14: Vs.21-24)
However Abram declined, explaining to the King that he would not take anything from him. Abram explained that he wanted to make sure that everyone knew that His- God- was the one that provided wealth for him and not -man.
The meeting ended with the young men that had joined Abram, taking only what they had eaten, and the portion of men who went with Abram: Aner, Eschol and Mamre; took their portion.
This shows that Abram was respectful to God. in front of man and great leaders, Abram gave God all the credit for helping him succeed.
God's Covenant with Abram
In this chapter God is heartbroken that he had created man. Stealing, killings, lack of moral values, had taken over the entire earth. There was only one man that God was pleased with, his name was Noah.
Noah’s devoted ways captured the heart of a faithful entity who was of higher authority and more powerful than humans.
Noah was instructed to build an ark, as God had decided to put an end to those who promoted violence by sending a deadly storm that would flood the entire earth.
I'm sure that everyone thought Noah and his family were crazy for building this large boat. And back then, rain was probably unheard of.
Now Noah was six hundred year old when the floodwaters were on the earth. (Back then men and women lived much longer, some factors could be the environment or genetics. )
So Noah, with his sons, his wife, and his sons' wives, entered the ark. The flood waters had began to cover the entire earth. Inside the ark were also two of every living clean creature. ( I think it was good that there was only on window, upward. I feel that if there had been many windows, seeing the drowning bodies of people and animals would be unbearable and haunting.)
Now the flood lasted for forty days. The waters rose on the earth covering high hills. The waters rose fifteen cubits upward. All living things had been destroyed.
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Adam and Eve had two sons, Cain and Abel.
Abel watched after sheep, and Cain was a farmer. At this time it was customary to bring an offering to God. Cain brought and offering of fruit, and Abel brought the firstborn of his animals and of the fat. Now what is noted within the Bible is that Abel's offering came from the heart. Cain's offering, or the way in which Cain presented his offering, was mundane.
God accepted Abel's offering, and do to Cain's bitter heart, God rejected his offering.
Cain was angry that God rejected his offering. Cain was also jealous of his brother Abel. Cain's Jealous caused him to murder his own brother. Which created the birth of major sin.
The Lord asked Cain, "Where is your brother?"
Cain replied, "I do not know. Am I my brother's Keeper?"
God knew that Cain had killed his brother, he could smell Able's blood.
God cursed Cain, he did not kill him however Cain became a marked drifter. God placed a mark on Cain. It is not clear what this mark was, however it was protection. No man was to touch Cain.
This part of the Bile is very important to me, because it signifies the birth of many emotions that can lead to so- much pain. Jealousy- is a feeling that no man can bare. It is said that we serve a jealous God, however I believe that God's jealousy, is out of deep love for His children. The Jealousy of man, is for selfish reasons. The same selfish reasons that caused the snake to deceive Eve.
The Bible goes on to trace The Family of Cain.
A new son for Adam and Eve, his name was Seth.
The Family of Adam is recorded.
From this generation Noah is born.
The End of Genesis Chapter 5.
Chapter Six: Noah's Ark
The wickedness and the judgement of man has taken place.
You Don't Have To Be A Saint- To Read The Bible! YOU DON"T HAVE TO BUY ANYTHING!
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The Bible is All About Imperfect People! It Is About A Perfect Creator That Loves Our Imperfections!
You Don't have to be a Christian to read the Bible. You don't have to be perfect. And you don't have to be religious! God loves our imperfections! And The Bible is about people who make plenty of mistakes.
Now, Eve did not willingly eat from the forbidden tree; she was seduced by evil, masked in the image of a serpent. Eve was fooled by the snake’s evil motives. The snake was obviously jealous of God and all that he created. The evil force was able to deceive the first couple, and in the end, God banished them from the beautiful Garden of Eden.
From there, everything changed due to the damaging fruit that they had eaten, which caused immortal humans to become slaves to death.
Severe consequences followed: The offspring of Eve would bear great pain during childbirth, and some believe that having a period once a month is also a curse...that's why some women call their period, the curse. However men also go through changes that is considered to be a male version of PMS called IMS. (click on red link to see more.)
and man would have to withstand a hard workload. As for the snake, this was a creature that could once walk, and his punishment was to slither on the face of the earth.
When we think about this story, there are traits within Adam and Eve that still linger within humans today. For instance, when God questioned Adam and Eve, Adam blamed Eve, and Eve blamed the snake. No one took responsibility for what they had done.
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Next Chapter Cain Kills Abel. It's all about the little green monster.
Cain Murders Abel
Genesis Chapter 4
In the meantime, Abram had found favor in God's eyes. After Lot had left, the Lord gave all the land northward, southward, eastward, and westward to Abram and his descendants forever.
Genesis Chapter 13 vs. 15.
God promised to make Abrams descendants as the dust of the earth so abundant.
Abram moved his tent, and settled by the terebinth trees of Mamre, located in Hebron, and it was there that Abram built an altar out of respect, honor and love, for the Lord.
To have a relationship for someone that you know would never hurt you, is priceless.
The joy that Abram must have felt knowing that he had a close friend that wanted the best for him. Such a close relationship with a loving Creator, would motivate most men to build a place of worship out of genuine respect.
It is clear that Abram loved- God.
Where there is love, there is honor.
In order to understand the Bible, one must eventually invest in a Bible that is easy to understand. For this reason, some adults like myself- start their children off with beginning Bibles created for children. However, children’s Bibles can help adults comprehend the chapters as well.
The Bible can be very complex, especially if you are trying to understand the King James Version.
Today, the Bible has been translated into many languages as well as printed in many formats, making it easier for today's society to comprehend.
This outlet presents the Bible in a visual format that is hopefully understandable for first-time readers or those who are interested in understanding a book that is written by many authors, yet directed by a respected and all-knowing Author.
The Bible starts off with the Book of Genesis. Remember that the Bible is made up of many chapters, grouped into what are known as books.
From there, God went on to create animals, which were at peace with one another at the time, and most importantly, God created the first man, named Adam. Genesis Chapter 2 Vs. 7 God had not caused it to rain on earth, the mist went up from the earth and watered the whole earth. From the ground The Lord made man out of dust and breathed life into his nostrils.
Below is A Chart Of How God, Created The Earth.
The following chapter expresses Abram's deep respect for God.
The desire to give God credit for his victories in life, made Abram a man of greatness!
One could probably describe Abram's love for God, similar to the classic movie Goodfellas.
Abram, knew that he served a God who was and still- is- greater- than any mafia boss on Earth.
Notice that on the 7th day, God Rest, is highlighted in red. Also known as Sabbath, the day of rest. Which becomes a commandment/ necessity later on in the book of Exodus. Rest is very important, because if the maker of this universe took time out to rest, shouldn't we as humans made only from dust- take time to rest as well?
We must realize the consequences that we face when we do not take time out to relax, can be harmful to our health.
Adam took care of the Garden and named all of the animals. The Bible goes into detail about the name of certain lakes and stones in Genesis Chapter 2: 8-13 As long as men and women continue to walk on the face of this earth, there will- be issues. Some believe that relationship problems, stem back to the first man and woman, Adam, and Eve.
Genesis Chapter 2 vs. 18 The Lord observed that Adam appeared lonely. Knowing that loneliness was not a good for man, he created a helper.
God Creates A Helper For Adam
God realized that it was not good for man to be alone,
so he created a helper, the first woman,
known as Eve.
The Lord caused Adam to fall into a deep sleep. Taking one of his ribs, and closed up the womb. The rib that the Lord had taken from man He created the first woman.
Once Adam saw the woman he said, Vs. 23 "This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she will be called Woman, because she was taken out of man.
Now, many people like to get into the details of how God created the earth, bringing up many aspects of creation. One thing that we cannot doubt is that light overshadows darkness, and as for Adam and Eve, they ended up getting into some trouble. This began with Eve, who ate fruit from a tree—a tree that God had warned her specifically not to eat from. Not only did Eve eat fruit from the forbidden tree, she also offered the spiritually tainted fruit to her husband, who did not want to betray God but did so out of love for his wife Eve.
In Chapter 8 it says that God remembered Noah.
Noah sent out a raven, which kept returning. When the earth dried up Noah sent out a dove, to see if there was dry land. But the dove did not find dry land. Seven day later Noah sent the dove out from the ark. The dove came back with a freshly plucked olive leaf in her mouth; this was confirmation that there was dry land. Eventually the ark rested on dry land.
Chapter 9 God's Promise to Noah
Genesis 9: vs. 13:
I set My rainbow in the cloud, and it shall be for the sign of the covenant between Me and the earth.
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It is clear that God was heartbroken after destroying the earth. There has never been a flood that has cursed the entire earth since then. Yet there has been signs of God's colorful rainbow, after a storm or even a light rain.
Noah and His Sons
Noah's sons went on to populate the earth. Noah became a farmer and planted a vineyard. Noah must have been stressed after the flood or in need of relaxation which may have caused him to overindulge in wine.
An incident took place in which Noah had drank a large amount of wine causing him to pass out uncovered. It is said that Ham, the father of Canaan saw his Dad passed out nude and made fun of this fact out of the curse of ignorance, in front of his brothers. Shem and Japheth took a garment and covered their Dad. (Genesis 9: vs. 20-24) When Noah awoke and found out that Ham had mocked him he was angry and cursed Ham. There are many tales as to what this curse may have resulted in. However what we do know is that Noah, was not happy with Ham.
Chapter 10 talks about the the Nations Descended from Noah. Chapter 11 talks about the tower of Babel, in which man decided to build a tower that would reach up into the heavens to make a name for themselves. God was not in favor of this plan so he confused their language making it difficult for men to understand one another. Therefore the unfinished tower is called The Tower of Babel, because this was not in his will. There the Lord scattered people over the face of the earth.
From Shem's Descendants came Terah, and from Terah's Descendants, came a man named Abram.
God's Promise To Abram
The Snake In The Garden Of Eden
It is said that the snake, is one of the most deceitful creatures on earth.
The snake enticed Eve, making her believe that she could be as wise as her Creator if she ate the apple.
Eve was not starving, she could have eaten from any tree in the garden however, we all know- that what most men and women desire in life most, is the forbidden fruit.
The first sign of disloyalty between the couple surfaced when our Creator asked Adam and Eve, in so many words, "Why?" Genesis 9 vs. 8
The man replied, "The woman whom you gave me to be with me, gave me fruit of the tree and I did eat."
And the woman responded, "The serpent tempted me, and I ate"
No one took responsibility for their actions. One can blame Eve for not looking out for husband. After she committed the sin, she passed her dysfunctional behavior, on to her husband.
Some could fault Adam, for not defending Eve, after all, Adam was not forced to eat the fruit.
And then there is the snake, the main problem responsible for causing strife between Adam and Eve.
The snake, had a job to do, his mission, was to destroy the first relationship on earth. The relationship between God and man.
In life, marriage without dysfunction, is unavoidable. Problems in marriage, is an ongoing affair, which causes relationships to grow stronger, or tear apart.
The length of the ark shall bee three hundred cubits, its width fifty cubits. You shall make a window for the ark, and you shall finish it to a cubit from above;and set the door of the ark in it;s side. You shall make it with lower, second, and third decks.
It's All About Respect!
Everyone wants respect, however very few people feel as if they genuinely receive it.
The popular hit song sang by Ms. Aretha Franklin entitled: Respect, spelled it out for us. Yet in spite of the heartfelt song the word respect- is often buried under the actions of disrespect. Another song written by the talented Singing Artist Aretha Franklin entitled: Think, is a song that introduces the heart of discernment. When it comes to serving God, we all need to think about our motives and intentions. Do we have respectful motives?
Abram was a man that thought about his motives, when it came to serving God.