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Today’s reading is: Gen. 11-14; 1st Chr. 1:24-27


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Genesis Chapter Eleven + 1 Chr. 1:24-27

  1. Nimrod’s empire attempted to thwart the intentions of God, by establishing one world government and one world religion (Gen. 10:8-12; 11:1-4).
  2. God ended that rebellion by confusing man’s languages (Gen. 11:7,9), scattering man’s populations (Gen. 11:8,9), and dividing men from one another (Gen. 10:25).
    1. Confuse. בָּלַל bālal #1101.
    2. Scatter. פּוּץ puwts #6327.
    3. Divide. פָּלַג pālag #6385.
  3. The line of Shem is traced down to Abraham (Gen. 11:10-26) as God’s faithfulness to preserve the “seed of the woman”, “line of Christ” is manifest (Lk. 3:34).
  4. The Generations of Adam (Gen. 5:1), The Generations of Noah (Gen. 6:9), The Generations of Shem, Ham, & Japheth (Gen. 10:1), and The Generations of Shem (Gen. 11:10), are succeeded by the Generations of Terah (Gen. 11:27).
  5. The families of Abraham & Lot set the stage for the remainder of Genesis, and much of the Old Testament (Gen. 11:27-32).

Genesis Chapter Twelve

  1. The Abrahamic Covenant is a vital study to the Bible student.  It consists of land, seed,  & blessing (Gen. 12:1-3).
    1. The land promise is the land of Canaan, which Abraham sojourned in, and God promised.
    2. The seed promise is the provision of many descendants to Abraham, and specifically the “seed of the woman” lineage through him.
    3. The blessing promise is an eternal blessing to all the human race through Abraham’s Seed, the Lord Jesus Christ.
  2. The Abrahamic Covenant guarantees temporal life blessing and cursing upon the nations that bless and curse the Jewish people (Gen. 12:3).
    1. The Abrahamic Covenant will be confirmed to Isaac (Gen.26:3,4).  Ishmael is not considered to be a part of God’s “chosen people.”  Neither are the Arabian descendants of Keturah.
    2. The Abrahamic Covenant will be reconfirmed to Jacob (Gen. 28:13,14).  Esau is not considered to be a part of God’s “chosen people.”
    3. Thus, God is the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob (Ex. 2:24; 3:6), and only the Jews are God’s “chosen people” as an earthly nation among other earthly nations.
  3. The Abrahamic Covenant is unconditional.  There are no stipulations, or requirements for Abraham to keep, and thus, there is no way for Abraham to violate the covenant.
  4. Abraham was commanded to separate himself from his idolatrous family (Gen. 12:1; Josh. 24:2&3).  His nephew, Lot, was a believer (2nd Pet. 2:7), and thus followed Abraham’s spiritual leadership.
  5. Abraham dwelt in the land of Canaan, among the Canaanites (Gen. 12:5-9), and worshipped the Lord Who was promising him the land.
  6. Abraham departed from God’s geographic will when he feared the famine, and fled to Egypt (Gen. 12:10-20).
    1. His fear motivated his lies (Gen. 12:12).
    2. His lies brought evil to Sarah (Gen. 12:14,15).
    3. His lies brought Divine discipline to Pharaoh (Gen. 12:17).
    4. None of Abraham’s failures ever will, or ever can break the Abrahamic Covenant.

Genesis Chapter Thirteen

  1. Abraham returns to God’s geographic will for his life, and faces division within his own family (Gen. 13:1-7).
  2. Abraham blesses Lot, and grants him the choice of lands within his Divine land grant (Gen. 13:8-13).  Lot chooses the valley of Sodom, and becomes a leading figure in Sodom.  Lot’s descendants, the Ammonites & Moabites, will be objects of God’s mercy & grace because of Abraham’s grace gift to Lot (Jer. 48:47; 49:6).
  3. The Abrahamic Covenant is again declared to Abraham, after his separation from Lot (Gen. 13:14-18).
    1. In Gen. 14:16 the illustration of Abraham’s descendants is given as dust of the earth.
    2. In Gen. 15:5 the illustration of Abraham’s descendants is given as stars in heaven.
    3. Abraham will have both earthly descendants, and spiritual (heavenly) descendants.

Genesis Chapter Fourteen

  1. Lot and his family are caught up in the midst of Hamitic/Semitic warfare (Gen. 14:1-12).
  2. Abraham receives word of Lot’s capture while he is living by the oaks of Mamre (Gen. 14:13).
    1. Mamre, Eshcol, & Aner are Amorite brothers who submit to Abraham’s spiritual stewardship under the Abrahamic Covenant.
    2. These brothers forsake the Iniquity of the Amorite (Gen. 15:16), and are blessed for blessing Abraham (Gen. 14:24).
  3. Abraham leads a military expedition against the 4 kings and their armies, and rescues Lot, and all the Sodomite captives (Gen. 14:14-16).
  4. Two kings greet Abraham after his great feat (Gen. 14:17-24).
    1. Melchizedek [King of Righteousness], King of (Jeru)Salem [King of Peace] greets Abraham, and they worship the Lord together with bread and wine (Gen. 14:18-20).
      1. Melchizedek is a King & Priest, and a type of Christ (Gen. 14:19; Ps. 110:4; Heb. 5:10; 6:20; 7:1-17).
      2. Abraham gives a grace-gift tithe to Melchizedek in support of Melchizedek’s priestly ministry (Gen. 14:20).
      3. The principle of grace giving for believers is established long before the codification of the tithe.  The Law of the Tithing, as incorporated into the Law of Moses does not apply to Church Age believers, but the principle of grace-giving certainly does (2nd Cor. 9:6-15).
    2. Bera [Son of Evil], King of Sodom, greets Abraham and attempts to enrich him with the wages of Sodom (Gen. 14:2,17,21-24; Deut. 23:18).