FBCC Bible Study
The Book of Genesis – September 27, 2017
Now Sarai, Abram's wife, had borne him no children. She had a female Egyptian servant whose name was Hagar.
Hagar could have been an acquisition from their time in Egypt. It is probable that she was young and in the prime of child bearing years. A likely candidate for what Sarai had in mind.
2 And Sarai said to Abram, “Behold now, the Lord has prevented me from bearing children. Go in to my servant; it may be that I shall obtain children by her.”
“…it may be that…”
These are four words which can lead us away from God’s perfect will for our lives.
It seems that interpreting God’s actions or inactions has replaced the action of waiting for the Lord to act.
God’s actions are clear. God does not need our help to interpret what he may or may not be doing. When we try to figure out what God is doing, we often figure wrong.
And Abram listened to the voice of Sarai.
Listening implies agreement. Sarai’s words trumped God’s words for Abram in this case.
3 So, after Abram had lived ten years in the land of Canaan, Sarai, Abram's wife, took Hagar the Egyptian, her servant, and gave her to Abram her husband as a wife.
It must be understood that this was gross disobedience to God on Sarai and Abram’s part.
Hagar was not a part of God’s original plan for Abram and Sarai,
If Hagar came to them from their sojourn in Egypt, this could mean that Abram’s lie in Egypt had ramifications deep into the future.
Sin usually has ramifications we don’t see, but they do affect our future.
4 And he went in to Hagar, and she conceived. And when she saw that she had conceived, she looked with contempt on her mistress.
Our ideas outside of God’s perfect plan often go south on us in a hurry.
5 And Sarai said to Abram, “May the wrong done to me be on you!
“This is your fault! You need to handle your new wife!”
I gave my servant to your embrace, and when she saw that she had conceived, she looked on me with contempt. May the Lord judge between you and me!”
God will judge whose fault it is.
6 But Abram said to Sarai, “Behold, your servant is in your power; do to her as you please.”
Abram said, “This was your idea, she’s your servant, she’s your problem, do what you need to do”
Then Sarai dealt harshly with her, and she fled from her.
Sarai made Hagar’s life miserable
7 The angel of the Lord found her by a spring of water in the wilderness, the spring on the way to Shur. 8 And he said, “Hagar, servant of Sarai, where have you come from and where are you going?” She said, “I am fleeing from my mistress Sarai.” 9 The angel of the Lord said to her, “Return to your mistress and submit to her.” 10 The angel of the Lord also said to her, “I will surely multiply your offspring so that they cannot be numbered for multitude.”
God’s promise to Hagar is dissimilar to the promise He gave to Abram
11 And the angel of the Lord said to her,
“Behold, you are pregnant
and shall bear a son.
You shall call his name Ishmael…
Ishmael means ‘God Listens’
…because the Lord has listened to your affliction.
Hagar is blessed because of Abraham.
12 He shall be a wild donkey of a man,
his hand against everyone
and everyone's hand against him,
and he shall dwell over against all his kinsmen.”
This is God’s prophetic word which we see coming true to this day.
Since shortly after the time of Christ there has been almost constant turmoil in the Middle East.
13 So she called the name of the Lord who spoke to her, “You are a God of seeing,” for she said, “Truly here I have seen him who looks after me.” 14 Therefore the well was called Beer-lahai-roi; it lies between Kadesh and Bered.
15 And Hagar bore Abram a son, and Abram called the name of his son, whom Hagar bore, Ishmael. 16 Abram was eighty-six years old when Hagar bore Ishmael to Abram.
Ishmael is considered the father of the Arab nations and subsequently a fore father of Islam. It is believed that all Muslims are descendants of Abraham through Ishmael. The conflict between Israel and Islam is a conflict between the two sons of Abraham.
It is important to note that God’s favor is so heavy upon Abraham, that God even blesses him when he is disobedient. Abraham is blessed not for the things he does right, but for His Faith.
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The Book of Genesis – July19, 2017
13 In the six hundred and first year, in the first month, the first day of the month, the waters were dried from off the earth.
And Noah removed the covering of the ark and looked, and behold, the face of the ground was dry.
14 In the second month, on the twenty-seventh day of the month, the earth had dried out. 15 Then God said to Noah, 16 “Go out from the ark, you and your wife, and your sons and your sons' wives with you. 17 Bring out with you every living thing that is with you of all flesh—birds and animals and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth—that they may swarm on the earth, and be fruitful and multiply on the earth.”
Though the earth had been dried out for a while Noah did not make a move without God’s say so.
18 So Noah went out, and his sons and his wife and his sons' wives with him. 19 Every beast, every creeping thing, and every bird, everything that moves on the earth, went out by families from the ark.
God's Covenant with Noah
20 Then Noah built an altar to the Lord and took some of every clean animal and some of every clean bird and offered burnt offerings on the altar.
It would seem in scripture that a sacrifice is made at new beginnings.
The sacrifice of the cross was made so we could have a new beginning.
21 And when the Lord smelled the pleasing aroma, the Lord said in his heart, “I will never again curse the ground because of man,
God will not hold the earth responsible for the wickedness of humanity.
… for the intention of man's heart is evil from his youth.
The flood did not wipe out the sin that will continue to dwell in the hearts of men and women. The problem of sin remains.
The flood serves as a reminder that God is a God of do overs.
But do overs can only do so much. True change comes from a transformation of the heart.
Neither will I ever again strike down every living creature as I have done.
…And He has kept His promise.
22 “While the earth remains,
Seedtime and harvest,
Cold and heat,
Winter and summer,
And day and night
Shall not cease”
There is a renewed order to life. Some translations identify verse 20 as a song.
Creations new order began with a song
And God blessed Noah and his sons and said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth.
The world was populated by Noah’s sons
2 The fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth and upon every bird of the heavens, upon everything that creeps on the ground and all the fish of the sea.
The relationship between humanity and the animals of the earth has changed. It is now a relationship of fear.
Into your hand they are delivered.
They are in our control to with as we see fit.
3 Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you. And as I gave you the green plants, I give you everything.
We can consume anything we want, whether we should or not.
4 But you shall not eat flesh with its life, that is, its blood.
God is establishing the supremacy of the blood, as something sacred and Holy.
5 And for your lifeblood I will require a reckoning: from every beast I will require it and from man. From his fellow man I will require a reckoning for the life of man.
We are accountable for our actions from this point on.
6 “Whoever sheds the blood of man,
by man shall his blood be shed,
for God made man in his own image.
Humanity is still of great value to God, full of gifts and promises
7 And you, be fruitful and multiply, increase greatly on the earth and multiply in it.”
God is calling creation to its original purpose
8 Then God said to Noah and to his sons with him,9 “Behold, I establish my covenant with you and your offspring after you, 10 and with every living creature that is with you, the birds, the livestock, and every beast of the earth with you, as many as came out of the ark; it is for every beast of the earth. 11 I establish my covenant with you, that never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of the flood, and never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth.” 12 And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant that I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all future generations: 13 I have set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth. 14 When I bring clouds over the earth and the bow is seen in the clouds, 15 I will remember my covenant that is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh. And the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh. 16 When the bow is in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth.”
17 God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant that I have established between me and all flesh that is on the earth.”
18 The sons of Noah who went forth from the ark were Shem, Ham, and Japheth. (Ham was the father of Canaan.) 19 These three were the sons of Noah, and from these the people of the whole earth were dispersed.[b]
20 Noah began to be a man of the soil, and he planted a vineyard.[c] 21 He drank of the wine and became drunk and lay uncovered in his tent. 22 And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father and told his two brothers outside. 23 Then Shem and Japheth took a garment, laid it on both their shoulders, and walked backward and covered the nakedness of their father. Their faces were turned backward, and they did not see their father's nakedness. 24 When Noah awoke from his wine and knew what his youngest son had done to him,25 he said,
“Cursed be Canaan;
a servant of servants shall he be to his brothers.”
26 He also said,
“Blessed be the Lord, the God of Shem;
and let Canaan be his servant.
27 May God enlarge Japheth,
and let him dwell in the tents of Shem,
and let Canaan be his servant.”
28 After the flood Noah lived 350 years. 29 All the days of Noah were 950 years, and he died.
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The Book of Genesis – June 14, 2017
It is safe to believe that the flood was an actual event in that many cultures have a flood tradition in their culture.
Then the Lord said to Noah, “Go into the ark, you and all your household, for I have seen that you are righteous before me in this generation. 2 Take with you seven pairs of all clean animals the male and his mate…
This is seven of each kind of clean animal.
The number Seven symbolizes completion and perfection. So Noah was instructed to gather the perfect amount of clean animals.
The list of clean and unclean animals is found in the eleventh chapter of Leviticus, a book also believed to be written by Moses.
This gives us a clue that Genesis was written by Moses many years after the events of Genesis
The clean are believed to be all domestic livestock used for food, clothing, and currency.
…and a pair of the animals that are not clean, the male and his mate,
This includes land animals. The argument can be made that not all species were saved, and that some perished in the flood.
3 and seven pairs of the birds of the heavens also, male and female, to keep their offspring alive on the face of all the earth.
This can mean that there were seven of each kind of bird without including the female. The right amount of birds were saved
4 For in seven days I will send rain on the earth forty days and forty nights, and every living thing, that I have made I will blot out from the face of the ground.”
All existence will be wiped out.
5 And Noah did all that the Lord had commanded him.
This is an indication of why God chose Noah.
6 Noah was six hundred years old when the flood of waters came upon the earth. 7 And Noah and his sons and his wife and his sons' wives with him went into the ark to escape the waters of the flood. 8 Of clean animals, and of animals that are not clean, and of birds, and of everything that creeps on the ground, 9 two and two, male and female, went into the ark with Noah, as God had commanded Noah. 10 And after seven days the waters of the flood came upon the earth.
It took a week for the Animals to be gathered into the Ark. It was the righ amount of time.
11 In the six hundredth year of Noah's life, in the second month, on the seventeenth day of the month, on that day all the fountains of the great deep burst forth, and the windows of the heavens were opened. 12 And rain fell upon the earth forty days and forty nights.
This was the first time rain had come upon the earth.
One of the ways that God has exercised his control over the world is through the seasons. We must never forget that we are subservient to the will of God.
13 On the very same day Noah and his sons, Shem and Ham and Japheth, and Noah's wife and the three wives of his sons with them entered the ark, 14 they and every beast, according to its kind, and all the livestock according to their kinds, and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth, according to its kind, and every bird, according to its kind, every winged creature.15 They went into the ark with Noah, two and two of all flesh in which there was the breath of life. 16 And those that entered, male and female of all flesh, went in as God had commanded him. And the Lord shut him in.
The important thing to remember is that all that were in the Ark were under the Lord’s protection. Whatever happens on the outside mat affect them, but it will not harm them.
Salvation is about coming under the Lord’s protection.
FBCC Bible Study
The Book of Genesis – June 7, 2017
This is the book of the generations of Adam.
This is an account of the generations in which God’s plan for humanity will begin and unfold.
When God created man, he made him in the likeness of God.2
There are several ways to interpret the meaning of being made ‘in the likeness of God’
· We look like God in that God is a Glorified Man (LDS understanding.) This notion comes under scrutiny in light of Jesus’s declaration that God is spirit (John 4:24).
· We look exactly the way God wanted us to look apart from whatever God looks like.
· We are a reflection Him, of His Character and intent. We are reflection of who God is.
Male and female he created them, and he blessed them and named them Man when they were created.
In Hebrew he named them Adam, which is ‘Human.’
3 When Adam had lived 130 years, he fathered a son in his own likeness, after his image, and named him Seth.
Seth is a reflection of his father Adam.
4 The days of Adam after he fathered Seth were 800 years; and he had other sons and daughters. 5 Thus all the days that Adam lived were 930 years, and he died.
6 When Seth had lived 105 years, he fathered Enosh.7 Seth lived after he fathered Enosh 807 years and had other sons and daughters. 8 Thus all the days of Seth were 912 years, and he died.
Jesus is directly related to Adam through Seth
9 When Enosh had lived 90 years, he fathered Kenan.10 Enosh lived after he fathered Kenan 815 years and had other sons and daughters. 11 Thus all the days of Enosh were 905 years, and he died.
12 When Kenan had lived 70 years, he fathered Mahalalel. 13 Kenan lived after he fathered Mahalalel 840 years and had other sons and daughters. 14 Thus all the days of Kenan were 910 years, and he died.
15 When Mahalalel had lived 65 years, he fathered Jared.16 Mahalalel lived after he fathered Jared 830 years and had other sons and daughters. 17 Thus all the days of Mahalalel were 895 years, and he died.
18 When Jared had lived 162 years, he fathered Enoch.19 Jared lived after he fathered Enoch 800 years and had other sons and daughters. 20 Thus all the days of Jared were 962 years, and he died.
21 When Enoch had lived 65 years, he fathered Methuselah. 22 Enoch walked with God after he fathered Methuselah 300 years and had other sons and daughters. 23 Thus all the days of Enoch were 365 years.24 Enoch walked with God, and he was not, for God took him.
This is an interruption in the usual pattern of the lineage litany. This passage tells us two significant facts regarding Enoch;
1. Enoch walked with God.
2. Enoch didn’t die because God took him.
Through this small story is a great spiritual truth. Walking with God wins us the gift of eternal life.
25 When Methuselah had lived 187 years, he fathered Lamech.
This is not the same Lamech from chapter 4
26 Methuselah lived after he fathered Lamech 782 years and had other sons and daughters. 27 Thus all the days of Methuselah were 969 years, and he died.
He is the oldest man recorded in the Bible.
Even though men had lived up to almost a millennium, which can seem like an eternity, it still is not an Eternity and the curse of death eventually takes over.
28 When Lamech had lived 182 years, he fathered a son29 and called his name Noah, saying, “Out of the ground that the Lord has cursed, this one shall bring us relief from our work and from the painful toil of our hands.”
Again this is another interruption from the usual lineage pattern. In this Lamech places upon his son a Blessing of Hope.
30 Lamech lived after he fathered Noah 595 years and had other sons and daughters. 31 Thus all the days of Lamech were 777 years, and he died.
32 After Noah was 500 years old, Noah fathered Shem, Ham, and Japheth.
As far as we know up to this point these were Noah’s only children.
When man began to multiply on the face of the land and daughters were born to them, 2 the sons of God saw that the daughters of man were attractive.
This most likely is a reference to the Angels who rebelled from Heaven with Satan. ‘Sons of God’ is only a reference to their origin, not a description of their current character or standing. At this point they have become demonic.
We see the power of the flesh becoming central to sinful behavior. Our senses which were intended to draw us into deeper praise and of God, now become gateways to indulgences of the flesh.
And they took as their wives any they chose.
This was most likely not of mutual consent.
I believe what we see here is the complete degradation of women.
3 Then the Lord said, “My Spirit shall not abide in man forever, for he is flesh: his days shall be 120 years.”
This is a mercy. God can’t let us live for almost a 1000 years in this wicked condition.