Genesis 20:11 Our Concern

Genesis 20:11 (KJV)
And Abraham said, Because I thought, Surely the fear of God is not in this place; and they will slay me for my wife’s sake.

Abraham made a wrong decision based on a false perception. He looked around Gerar and determined that the “fear of God is not in this place.” Based upon that flawed perception, he and Sarah chose to deceive the king and tell him Sarah was his sister. 

Even a casual reading of the passage informs us that Abimelech and the people of his kingdom fell quickly under the fear of God. 

It turned out that Abraham’s eyes were on the wrong subject. He needn’t worry himself with the hearts of the people. What he needed to know was that God was in the place. God put the fear of God into the people in short order. 

Our job isn’t so much to determine who does or doesn’t fear God. All we need to concern ourselves with is being obedient to the Lord. He is at work in those that appear to fear Him and, maybe, especially in those who seem not to fear Him. 

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Genesis 20:11 Our Concern

Genesis 16:9 God Uses Course Things

Genesis 16:9 (KJV)
And the angel of the LORD said unto her, Return to thy mistress, and submit thyself under her hands.

The context of this passage includes, 
Genesis 16:6-10 (KJV)
But Abram said unto Sarai, Behold, thy maid is in thy hand; do to her as it pleaseth thee. And when Sarai dealt hardly with her, she fled from her face.
And the angel of the LORD found her by a fountain of water in the wilderness, by the fountain in the way to Shur.
And he said, Hagar, Sarai’s maid, whence camest thou? and whither wilt thou go? And she said, I flee from the face of my mistress Sarai.
And the angel of the LORD said unto her, Return to thy mistress, and submit thyself under her hands.
And the angel of the LORD said unto her, I will multiply thy seed exceedingly, that it shall not be numbered for multitude.

Abraham gave Sarah permission to treat Hagar as roughly as she pleased. When Hagar fled away, God instructed her to return and to submit. Often a submissive spirit will at least calm and reduce rough treatment. 

It wasn’t God’s design to make life easy. God has a plan for humanity that can be very difficult at time but has an eventual outcome that is glorious beyond description. In some regard we can divide the world into two groups:

  • Those who demand immediate gratification
  • Those who by faith wait for eternal glory

I get a bit concerned about the faith of those who claim to be Christians but have no patience for the eternal. 

God uses people to bring about His will in our lives. Some of those people bless us with their kindness. Others bless us with their roughness. If it were not for course and rough things, including course and rough people, there would be no material with which to rub the world off of us.

Of course, the Bible doesn’t have good things to say about the end of those who choose to be course and rough,
Matthew 18:7 (KJV)
Woe unto the world because of offences! for it must needs be that offences come; but woe to that man by whom the offence cometh! 

It would be best to praise the Lord for those rough and course people in your life. They serve a purpose. At the same time, be diligent to NOT BE one of them yourself.

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Genesis 16:9 God Uses Course Things

Genesis 14:14 The Art of War

Genesis 14:14 (KJV)
And when Abram heard that his brother was taken captive, he armed his trained servants, born in his own house, three hundred and eighteen, and pursued them unto Dan.

Abraham is a pre-law figure. As such he teaches us much about faith, giving, worship, patience, sojourning in a strange land, and etc. Jews and Muslims both claim him as their spiritual father. I believe the New Testament establishes Abraham as the father of those that believe. 

That said, notice he had “trained servants.”  John Gill says they were, “trained up by him in religious exercises, in the affairs and business of civil life, in the care of flocks and herds, and particularly in the art of war…”

As an example of the faith life of the New Testament believer Abraham teaches us the importance of training and discipline: 

  • In our faith and practice
  • In our means of commerce and income and
  • In this case, our ability to defend ourselves and our family 

The Christian life is meant to be a disciplined life. Exercise some discipline in the skills of self-defense. 

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Genesis 14:14 The Art of War

Genesis 9:11 Never Again

Genesis 9:11 (KJV)
And I will establish my covenant with you; neither shall all flesh be cut off any more by the waters of a flood; neither shall there any more be a flood to destroy the earth.

Never has there been an event so attacked, nor as important as Noah and the Flood. 

On the one hand, a worldwide flood, of the magnitude described in the Bible seems impossible to miss, even these four thousand some odd years later. Scientists, both secular and biblical, invest their lives studying the evidence either way. It seems like they would be able to see this evidence, so obvious to everyone, and find some definitive answers. It is unfortunate that secularists spend all of their time creating arguments against the flood and accusing Biblicists of the same. 

On the other hand, the covenant that concluded the Flood foreshadows a future judgment. God will not destroy the world by a flood again. Next time it will be by fire. If the secularist can cast doubt on the Flood, he believes he may reasonably deny the prophecy of future judgment. 

Sea life fossils, all over the world, on the mountain tops. Does one honestly need any more evidence of the Flood? 

The next judgment is coming. Have you made peace with God as HE alone describes it in the Word of God?

Romans 10:13
For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. 

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Genesis 9:11 Never Again

Genesis 7:2 It Is His WORD

Genesis 7:2 (KJV)
Of every clean beast thou shalt take to thee by sevens, the male and his female: and of beasts that are not clean by two, the male and his female.

We have the introduction of a concept not previously seen in the Word of God, clean and unclean animals. I think we read into the passage what we have read elsewhere. Noah would not have had such an advantage. 

And here we discover something of that early world of humankind. God’s relationship with Adam and Eve must have been such that they knew God’s character and if not instinctively, at least intuitively, have known what was acceptable as a sacrifice; what was clean and what was not. They knew, as it were, the Word of God because they had known the Word of God. 

Then they must have passed, from generation to generation, what they recalled of that Word of God. Noah recalled enough to know the clean and unclean animals. Job, who lived some time after the flood knew something of the sacrifices and right worship. 

Slowly, as time progressed and as more people chose to reject what was known of God, this innate knowledge became blurred and nearly dark. God refreshed it through the writing works of Moses, recording under inspiration of God what was recalled of human history: man’s relationship with God, fall, and God’s work of calling out a people to Himself. God, through the Pentateuch, gave clarity concerning the clean and unclean animals. God did not invent this for Moses’ generation but made a written and official record of it so it would not be lost again. 

The mind of man tends to decline away from God. It is His Word that brings us back to those truths concerning His character, His worship and what is a right relationship with Him. 

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Genesis 7:2 It Is His WORD

Genesis 3:11 Who Told You That?

Genesis 3:11 (KJV)
And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat?

When God asked the question, “Who told thee…?” There were only a couple of possible answers. There just were not that many voices available to them. They had been created specifically to fellowship with God. Obviously, they were getting some “fellowship” from another source:

Adam said it was Eve
Eve said it was the serpent 

He, the serpent, the devil, Satan, is at the bottom of every lie we hear. 

The original sin, and the one that plunged mankind into corruption, happened when God’s people accepted fellowship with those who were not God’s people. 

And so it is with almost every problem we get ourselves into. 

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Genesis 3:11 Who Told You That?

Genesis 47:6 Men of Activity

Genesis 47:6 (KJV)
The land of Egypt is before thee; in the best of the land make thy father and brethren to dwell; in the land of Goshen let them dwell: and if thou knowest any men of activity among them, then make them rulers over my cattle.

We people are such hypocritical beings. The Egyptians considered shepherds an abomination but their own Pharaoh owned cattle. He may not have worked them himself but owning them made him a de facto shepherd.

On the more positive note, I am interested in Pharaoh’s interest in “men of activity.” His experience with Joseph told him that these were a people capable of production. He no doubt had his own employees over his cattle but Joseph might recommend someone able to get more increase for the same work. 

Men of activity will never be long out of work. Someone will see it. Someone will recognize the person who puts his hand to the plow. Be busy about whatever work you do, and someone will put you to even greater work.

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Genesis 44:25 A “Little” Food

Genesis 44:25 (KJV)
And our father said, Go again, and buy us a little food.

The term, little, has to be relative. Each brother carried sacks of food back with them and I think we can assume each brother had more than one animal carrying sacks. It would be impractical to endeavor upon such a journey unless a substantial amount of food could be obtained. There were seventy mouths to feed back home and they wouldn’t have wanted to make this journey very often. 

On the other hand, it could not have been a lot of food. They could have only carried so much and, with so many mouths to feed, it must surely have been a sparse meal they all received. 

So much trouble for just a little food. 

  • How necessary that little bit is
  • What lengths a man will go to get it

May we ever learn to place this much value in the things of the spirit-things of eternal worth. 

Job 23:12
Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food. 

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Genesis 41:4 Save Up the Positive

Genesis 41:4 (KJV)
And the ill favoured and leanfleshed kine did eat up the seven well favoured and fat kine. So Pharaoh awoke.

I am willing to accept that my thoughts on this passage today are not the primary lesson. Some might even think it is no lesson at all, but it occurred to me that the stronger, fatter, healthier was no match for the leaner, sicker. This was born out both in the cattle and in the ears of corn.

Health does not promise success in earthly competition. To the contrary, that which is of poorest health has the greatest motivation to succeed. Those people, who are ill favored and sickly, tend to use every means to gain what they need. They will lie, cheat, steal, use every unethical and wrong tool at their disposal so that they succeed. 

The well-trained fighter might get clobbered on the street because the guy on the street has no rules to restrict him. He’ll do anything to win. So too, the one who is ill favored and sickly will do anything to gain what they need. What have they to lose? They have no moral code to prevent them. 

Negative people often overshadow positive, helpful people because the negative ones have no boundaries by which they live. Complainers don’t mind being louder than the encouragers. Angry people behave unruly. Civil people do not. Consequently, it is very likely that the sickly, weak, negative, ill-favored will devour and destroy whatever good the well favored accomplish. 

Unless this principle is recognized and provisions are made to prevent it. 

Joseph didn’t lie or cheat during the years of plenty. He only saved up some of it for the years of trouble. If we will but “save up” the positive, the kind, the good. If we will encourage the encouragers, recognize the kind, lift up the good hearted. If we will do these things, we can build a store of good that sustains is through the storms of negativity. 

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Genesis 39:1 Bought and Sold

Genesis 39:1 (KJV)
And Joseph was brought down to Egypt; and Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, captain of the guard, an Egyptian, bought him of the hands of the Ishmeelites, which had brought him down thither.

The Ishmeelites bought Joseph for profit and I suspect they earned a profit when they sold him. 

  • There was guilt in possessing another
  • There was burden in possessing another
  • There was constant conviction in possessing another

So often we think we want something[1] only to discover when we have it, it is too much for us. 

  • The payments on a car
  • The upkeep of a house
  • The commitments of an expensive hobby toy

How often do we come into the possession of a thing only to long for someone to take it off our hands?

It’s best to be content and faithful with what God provides. 


[1]Forgive me the comparison of a man with an inanimate possession. There is so much more here than that. 

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