Genesis Part III, Bible Study 11/16/16


 genesisPart III

Synopsis of Bible study 11/16/16

Delivered by Bishop Walker III

 

  1. Introduction
  2. The descendants of Noah (see Map 1.1)
  3. Genesis 9:1 (NKJV) 9 So God blessed Noah and his sons, and said to them: “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth.[a] – The sons of Noah formed 3 national groups. . The National groups were the Japhethites, Hamites, and the Shemites.
  4. Genesis 10:1-10 (NKJV) 10 Now this is the genealogy of the sons of Noah: Shem, Ham, and Japheth. And sons were born to them after the flood. The sons of Japheth were Gomer, Magog, Madai, Javan, Tubal, Meshech, and Tiras. The sons of Gomer were Ashkenaz, Riphath,[a] and Togarmah. The sons of Javan were Elishah, Tarshish, Kittim, and Dodanim.[b] From these the coastland peoples of the Gentiles were separated into their lands, everyone according to his language, according to their families, into their nations. The sons of Ham were Cush, Mizraim, Put,[c] and Canaan. The sons of Cush were Seba, Havilah, Sabtah, Raamah, and Sabtechah; and the sons of Raamah were Sheba and Dedan. Cush begot Nimrod; he began to be a mighty one on the earth. He was a mighty hunter before the Lord; therefore it is said, “Like Nimrod the mighty hunter before the Lord.” 10 And the beginning of his kingdom was Babel, Erech, Accad, and Calneh, in the land of Shinar.
  5. Canaan fathers two sons. Heath and Sidon. Sidon was locative duchess in the Phoenician coastal cities.
  6. The canonized people extended to Japhethites, Amorites, and Hivites.

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  1. The Tower of Babel
  2. God brought down judgment. Babel means confusion. The number 11 means confusion also. The original meaning of babel meant the gate of god. There was a divine boundary between mankind and that which was divine.
  3. In chapter 11, it opens up saying that everyone in the whole earth spoke one language. Genesis 11:1 (NKJV) 11 Now the whole earth had one language and one speech. – There was a plan of the people to come to together. They learned to make brick and they were good at it.
  4. The problem comes in when they decided to start building stuff in their own name. They got the idea in verse 4 to build a city and a tower leading to heaven. Genesis 11:4 says (NKJV) And they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower whose top is in the heavens; let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth.” – Notice what they say in their arrogance, they would build city in their name, less they be scattered. Remember that God said in Genesis 9:1 to be fruitful and multiply. God had intended for them multiply and populate the earth, but they decided not to leave the area they were in, after they learned how to build bricks.
    1. Genesis 11:5-6 (NKJV) But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower which the sons of men had built. And the Lord said, “Indeed the people are one and they all have one language, and this is what they begin to do; now nothing that they propose to do will be withheld from them. – God decided to confuse their language and scatter them all over the earth. In building the tower, they were trying to violate a divine boundary. God literally spread them around the earth the way he intended in the first place. This is why we have different languages today.
  5. Often when you get good at something you want to stay in one place and not expand.

 

  1. The Introduction onto Patriarchal History

A patriarch is name of the male head-of-household. Matriarch is the name given to the female head-of-household. Back in the biblical days, this was the highest office in a family that one could hold.

  1. Introduction to Abraham.
  2. Genesis 12:2 (NKJV) I will make you a great nation; I will bless you And make your name great; And you shall be a blessing- God is talking to Abram at this time.
  3. In Genesis 17:5, Abram became Abraham. Genesis 17:5 (NKJV) says No longer shall your name be called Abram, but your name shall be Abraham; for I have made you a father of many nations. – Abraham would become the father of many nations. Abraham’s name means father of the exalted. The reason God moves Abraham and renames him is because the land that Abram was from (Haran) believed in polytheism (the worship of many gods).
  4. Even in Abraham’s family, they are starting to practice, polytheism. God was relocating Abraham to a place of monotheism (worship of the one true living God). God said he could not give him a promise if they are practicing polytheism. This is why God relocated him.
  5. Abraham leaves his family’s house.

 

  1. The Call and Promise to Abraham
  2. The Call is always associated with a command and a promise. When you receive the Call, it means you have to get up and go.
  3. The promise was that God would make Abraham a great nation. Wherever God tells you to go, know that he has a promised tied to.
  4. In gen 12:2, God says He will make Abraham a great nation. Genesis 12:2 (NKJV) I will make you a great nation; I will bless you And make your name great; And you shall be a blessing. – In other words the promise would be greater than Abraham. God would make his name great and He would make Abraham a blessing.
  5. If Abraham is going to be a blessing, he has to be blessed. How can you give what you don’t have? In order to give a blessing, you have to be blessed!
  6. Abraham is going to bless more than himself. Abraham was called to go to a go to a predetermined work. Romans 8:30 (NKJV) says 30 Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified. If God calls you to a work, he has already completed it. All you have to do is walk in it.

 

  1. The History of the Promised Land (See Map 1.2)
  2. The Promised Land was often referred to as the land of Canaan. The Promised Land wasn’t referred to as Israel. Territories in that day could shift. Abraham leaves Haran with a command and a promise.
  • The Story of Abraham and Family
  1. Abrahams First Journey to the Promised Land
  2. Genesis 12:4 (NKJV) says So Abram departed as the Lord had spoken to him, and Lot went with him. And Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran. – Abraham had a wife named Sarah and a nephew named Lot.
  3. Genesis 12:7 (NKJV) says Then the Lord appeared to Abram and said, “To your descendants I will give this land.” And there he built an altar to the Lord, who had appeared to him. – God gave Abraham a glimpse of the Land, but would not allow him to occupy the land just yet. The land was already occupied at this time. Sometimes God will give you a glimpse of your blessing, but he might not allow you to occupy it until later.
  4. Genesis 12:8-9 (NKJV) says And he moved from there to the mountain east of Bethel, and he pitched his tent with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east; there he built an altar to the Lord and called on the name of the Lord. So Abram journeyed, going on still toward the South.[a], – Here God was still showing Abraham a glimpse of the promise.

 

  1. Abrams Journey to Egypt
  2. In Gen 12:10-13:1 (read later), we see that there was a famine in the land (read later). What happened to descendants during this famine? They would do what Abraham did and that is go to Egypt.
  3. Why did they go to Egypt? They went to Egypt, because it was located by the Nile River. With Egypt being by the Nile River, they would have a water source and great location.
  4. A lot of great things came out of Egypt that we use today. One of them is Most great things came out of Egypt. They were the Hamites.
  5. Abraham goes down to Egypt. Egyptian people are good looking people. Egyptian people just looked good. Abraham goes to Egypt to escape the famine. His wife Sarah is a 15 on scale of 10. She is fine. He realizes her life was in jeopardy. He knew they Egyptians might take her and give her to the king.
    1. When he ready to go in, Abraham told his wife that she must pose as his sister. What makes this interesting, is this: In Genesis 12:11-15 (NKJV) 11 And it came to pass, when he was close to entering Egypt, that he said to Sarai his wife, “Indeed I know that you are a woman of beautiful countenance. 12 Therefore it will happen, when the Egyptians see you, that they will say, ‘This is his wife’; and they will kill me, but they will let you live. 13 Please say you are my sister, that it may be well with me for your sake, and that I[a] may live because of you.” 14 So it was, when Abram came into Egypt, that the Egyptians saw the woman, that she was very beautiful. 15 The princes of Pharaoh also saw her and commended her to Pharaoh. And the woman was taken to Pharaoh’s house. – Egyptians was so taken by her beauty, Sarah was taken to Pharaoh’s house.
    2. According to vs 16, Abraham was treated well for Sarah’s sake. Genesis 12:16 (NKJV) says 16 He treated Abram well for her sake. He had sheep, oxen, male donkeys, male and female servants, female donkeys, and camels
  6. Though it is comical, this brings up some ethical issues. Abraham got paid, he lied, and conspired with his wife who got offered up to the Pharaoh. Shortly after she goes to Pharaoh, a plague hit his house. He knew something wasn’t’ right. Pharaoh discovers that this woman is Abraham’s wife. Pharaoh tells Abraham and Sarah to leave, but allows Abraham to take everything he had given him. Abraham left Egypt a very wealthy man. Genesis 12:17-19 (NKJV) says 17 But the Lord plagued Pharaoh and his house with great plagues because of Sarai, Abram’s wife. 18 And Pharaoh called Abram and said, “What is this you have done to me? Why did you not tell me that she was your wife? 19 Why did you say, ‘She is my sister’? I might have taken her as my wife. Now therefore, here is your wife; take her and go your way.”
  7. Abraham lied, God blocked harm from coming to Abraham, and God used the foolishness of Abraham and Sarah’s conspiracy to transfer the wealthy of the wicked to the righteous. Abraham was wealthy, because he was a recipient of God’s blessings. If we are connected to Abraham, and he was wealthy, because of his blessings, then we ought to at least be able to pay our bills. Broke is not in your blood line.
  8. God reconciles ethical issues:

 

  1. The separation of Abraham and Lot
  • Genesis 13:5-7 (NKJV) Lot also, who went with Abram, had flocks and herds and tents. Now the land was not able to support them, that they might dwell together, for their possessions were so great that they could not dwell together. And there was strife between the herdsmen of Abram’s livestock and the herdsmen of Lot’s livestock. The Canaanites and the Perizzites then dwelt in the land.- God did promise that we would have so many blessings, we wouldn’t have room enough to receive it. Abraham and Lots processions got so great, they couldn’t dwell together.
  • Abraham says to Lot, “There is no need of us having beef with each other” Genesis 13:8-9 (NKJV) So Abram said to Lot, “Please let there be no strife between you and me, and between my herdsmen and your herdsmen; for we are Is not the whole land before you? Please separate from me. If you take the left, then I will go to the right; or, if you go to the right, then I will go to the left.”- Abraham offered to take whatever Lot did not want. When the blessing is on you, it doesn’t matter what someone else takes. The blessing is on Abraham. Wherever we go, we will always be blessed.
  • Abraham refused to be stuck in an uncomfortable environment.
  • In Genesis 14, an alliance of 4 eastern kings conquered some Canaanites kings. During the attack, they took Lot and all the women and children. Even through Abraham and Lot parted ways, Abraham never stopped covering Lot.
  • Somebody escaped and told Abraham that Lot had been captured.

 

  1. Abraham rescue of lot
  2. Abraham paid to bring back Lot, the woman and children, and Lot’s possessions back. His wealth restored everything back.
  3. Abrahams meeting of Melchizedek
  4. Genesis 14:17-24 (NKJV) says 17 And the king of Sodom went out to meet him at the Valley of Shaveh (that is, the King’s Valley), after his return from the defeat of Chedorlaomer and the kings who were with him. 18 Then Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine; he was the priest of God Most High. 19 And he blessed him and said: “Blessed be Abram of God Most High, Possessor of heaven and earth; 20 And blessed be God Most High, Who has delivered your enemies into your hand.” And he gave him a tithe of all. 21 Now the king of Sodom said to Abram, “Give me the persons, and take the goods for yourself.” 22 But Abram said to the king of Sodom, “I have raised my hand to the Lord, God Most High, the Possessor of heaven and earth, 23 that I will take nothing, from a thread to a sandal strap, and that I will not take anything that is yours, lest you should say, ‘I have made Abram rich’— 24 except only what the young men have eaten, and the portion of the men who went with me: Aner, Eshcol, and Mamre; let them take their portion.”- Melchizedek was the priest on high, the king of Salem. It is important also to know that there was an exchange of wine and bread between them.
  5. In the syntax, the name Melchizedek starts with capitalization. Melchizedek according to the bible doesn’t have a beginning or end. It has been said also that the first tithe was paid to Melchizedek. Abraham paid tithe to Melchizedek as we pay tithes today.

 

  1. Gods First Covenant with Abraham
  2. The Lord’s promise to Abraham – Abraham doesn’t have any children. He was 75 when he left Haran. Now it is 10 yrs later.
  3. Genesis 15:4-5(NKJV) says And behold, the word of the Lord came to him, saying, “This one shall not be your heir, but one who will come from your own body shall be your heir.” Then He brought him outside and said, “Look now toward heaven, and count the stars if you are able to number them.” And He said to him, “So shall your descendants be.” –  God asks Abraham if he could number the stars? God then promised that his descendants would be uncountable just like the stars in the sky.
  4. God promised Abraham at child at 85, but Abraham’s wife Sarah was barren.

 

  1. Compose of the covenant.
  2. Sara has a proposal for AbrahamGenesis 16:1-2 (NKJV) says 16 Now Sarai, Abram’s wife, had borne him no And she had an Egyptian maidservant whose name was Hagar. So Sarai said to Abram, “See now, the Lord has restrained me from bearing children. Please, go in to my maid; perhaps I shall obtain children by her.” And Abram heeded the voice of Sarai. – Sarah had a maid named Hagar. She tells Abraham to go and be with Hagar, because Sarah could not have children.
  3. Genesis 16:3 (NKJV) Then Sarai, Abram’s wife, took Hagar her maid, the Egyptian, and gave her to her husband Abram to be his wife, after Abram had dwelt ten years in the land of Canaan. – Abraham dwelt 10yrs in Canaan. At this time, he is now 85.
  4. Hagar conceived a child. Genesis 16:4 (NKJV) says So he went in to Hagar, and she conceived. And when she saw that she had conceived, her mistress became despised in her eyes. – When Hagar got pregnant, Hagar changed. One could say that Hagar was picking at Sarah. It was Sarah’s plan, but now Sarah is tripping. After Sarah complained about how Hagar was acting, Abraham released Sarah to do what she wanted to Hagar, even though Hagar was carrying Abraham’s child.
  5. Sarah made is so bad, she literally put Hagar out in the dessert and the wilderness.

 

  1. The birth of Ishmael.
    1. An angel of the Lord comes in. Genesis 16:9-12 (NKJV) says  The Angel of the Lord said to her, “Return to your mistress, and submit yourself under her hand.” 10 Then the Angel of the Lord said to her, “I will multiply your descendants exceedingly, so that they shall not be counted for multitude.” 11 And the Angel of the Lord said to her: “Behold, you are with child, And you shall bear a son. You shall call his name Ishmael, Because the Lord has heard your affliction. 12 He shall be a wild man; His hand shall be against every man, And every man’s hand against him. And he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.”- God said she will have a son called Ishmael.

 

  1. Facts about Ishmael
  2. Ishmael grew to become a skilled hunter and archer. Genesis 21:20 (NKJV) 20 So God was with the lad; and he grew and dwelt in the wilderness, and became an archer.
  3. Hagar later found an Egyptian wife for Ishmael. Genesis 21:21 (NKJV) 21 He dwelt in the Wilderness of Paran; and his mother took a wife for him from the land of Egypt.
  4. Ishmael fathered 12 sons. Genesis 17:20 (NKJV) 20 And as for Ishmael, I have heard you. Behold, I have blessed him, and will make him fruitful, and will multiply him exceedingly. He shall beget twelve princes, and I will make him a great nation.
  5. Ishmael fathered the nomadic Arab nations. Genesis 25:13-15 (NKJV) 13 And these were the names of the sons of Ishmael, by their names, according to their generations: The firstborn of Ishmael, Nebajoth; then Kedar, Adbeel, Mibsam, 14 Mishma, Dumah, Massa, 15 Hadar,[a] Tema, Jetur, Naphish, and Kedemah.
  6. Ishmael lived to be 137 years old. Genesis 25:17 (NKJV) 17 These were the years of the life of Ishmael: one hundred and thirty-seven years; and he breathed his last and died, and was gathered to his people.)
  7. In Islam, Ishmael is regarded as a prophet and an ancestor to Muhammad.
  8. What’s the wow moment? God made a promise to Abraham. He said he would bless him. Ishmael was Abraham’s mistake. Despite it being Abraham’s mistake, God still blessed Ishmael. Out of Isaac comes Christianity.
  9. While Hagar was out in the dessert, God came to her and said the He would still bless her. Even though Ishmael was Abraham’s mistake, God would not exclude him from Abraham’s blessing. Descendants of Ishmael were the Arabs and the Muslims.
  10. Remember desert storm? The conflict between the philistines and Israelites is not theology, it is was about land. The descendants of Isaac got the best land. Ismael and his people got pushed into the dessert. They were left with the following question, “If Abraham was both Isaac and Ishmael’s Dad, how come Isaac and his people got the best land?” Imagine what it means to lose your land, and you had nothing to do with it. Any friend of Isaac is an enemy to Ismael.
  11. Just to think, the same conflict we have now, started way back then.

[1] Map 1.1 Bible History Online: http://www.bible-history.com/old-testament/table-of-nations-genesis-10.html

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