Ok. Well, it has been quite a while. Sorry for the delay, I don’t want you guys to think that I gave up, I’ve just been super busy with school and work. But now I’ve got all my big papers and homework out of the way and we are back!
Mom did me the HUGE favor of starting it off for me, So she did 98% of this one and I peppered in a couple ideas here and there. Thank you mom! Let’s get back on track with Genesis Chapter 21!
This is one of those chapters that makes me want to pull in the new testament scriptures. So much is said about Abraham and his importance to finished work of Jesus. I am still trying to learn what it all means. This talk of faith in comparison to the LAW. The Apostle Paul said the law is a tutor to bring us to Christ. How else would we know what sin is unless the law instructs us, not that the law is bad.
Rom 7:12,14 Wherefore the law is holy and just and good. For we know the the law is spiritual…For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, (our flesh right?) God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin condemned sin in the flesh: That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh but after the Spirit.
The whole of Chapter 4 in Romans is about “our father Abraham. About law and circumcision vs and faith and righteousness. Then Galatians 4:21 is all about Isaac and Ishmael…
21: Tell me, you who want to be under the law, are you not aware of what the law says? 22: For it is written that Abraham had two sons, one by the slave woman and the other by the free woman.
23 His son by the slave woman was born according to the flesh, but his son by the free woman was born as the result of a divine promise. 24 These things are being taken figuratively: The women represent two covenants. One covenant is from Mount Sinai and bears children who are to be slaves: This is Hagar.
25 Now Hagar stands for Mount Sinai in Arabia and corresponds to the present city of Jerusalem, because she is in slavery with her children. 26 But the Jerusalem that is above is free, and she is our mother. 27 For it is written:
“Be glad, barren woman, you who never bore a child; shout for joy and cry aloud, you who were never in labor; because more are the children of the desolate woman than of her who has a husband.”
28 Now you, brothers and sisters, like Isaac, are children of promise. 29 At that time the son born according to the flesh persecuted the son born by the power of the Spirit. It is the same now.
30 But what does Scripture say? “Get rid of the slave woman and her son, for the slave woman’s son will never share in the inheritance with the free woman’s son.” 31 Therefore, brothers and sisters, we are not children of the slave woman, but of the free woman.
1And the LORD visited Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did unto Sarah as he had spoken.
Visit means to oversee, care for, bestow, remember, judgment, avenge.
2 For Sarah conceived, and bare Abraham a son in his old age, at the set time of which God had spoken to him.
3 And Abraham called the name of his son that was born unto him, whom Sarah bare to him, Isaac.
4 And Abraham circumcised his son Isaac being eight days old, as God had commanded him.
Genesis 17:12, God specifically directed Abraham to circumcise newborn males on the eighth day. Why the eighth day?
In 1935, professor H. Dam proposed the name “vitamin K” for the factor in foods that helped prevent hemorrhaging in baby chicks. We now know vitamin K is responsible for the production (by the liver) of the element known as prothrombin. If vitamin K is deficient, there will be a prothrombin deficiency and hemorrhaging may occur.
Oddly, it is only on the fifth through the seventh days of the newborn male’s life that vitamin K (produced by bacteria in the intestinal tract) is present in adequate quantities. Vitamin K, coupled with prothrombin, causes blood coagulation, which is important in any surgical procedure.
Holt and McIntosh, in their classic work, Holt Pediatrics, observed that a newborn infant has “peculiar susceptibility to bleeding between the second and fifth days of life….
Hemorrhages at this time, though often inconsequential, are sometimes extensive; they may produce serious damage to internal organs, especially to the brain, and cause death from shock and exsanguination (bleeding out)
Obviously, then, if vitamin K is not produced in sufficient quantities until days five through seven, it would be wise to postpone any surgery until some time after that. But why did God specify day eight? On the eighth day, the amount of prothrombin present actually is elevated above one-hundred percent of normal—and is the only day in the male’s life in which this will be the case under normal conditions. If surgery is to be performed, day eight is the perfect day to do it. Vitamin K and prothrombin levels are at their peak. The chart below, patterned after one published by S.I. McMillen, M.D., in his book, None of These Diseases, portrays this in graphic form.
Dr. McMillen observed:
We should commend the many hundreds of workers who labored at great expense over a number of years to discover that the safest day to perform circumcision is the eighth. Yet, as we congratulate medical science for this recent finding, we can almost hear the leaves of the Bible rustling. They would like to remind us that four thousand years ago, when God initiated circumcision with Abraham. Abraham did not pick the eighth day after many centuries of trial-and-error experiments. Neither he nor any of his company from the ancient city of Ur in the Chaldees ever had been circumcised. It was a day picked by the Creator of vitamin K.
Moses’ information, as recorded in Genesis 17:12, not only was scientifically accurate, but was centuries ahead of its time. How did Moses have access to such information? The answer, of course, is provided by the apostle Paul in 2 Timothy 3:16—“Every scripture is inspired of God.”
Speaking of circumcision, ours is done without hands And remember the women couldn’t be circumcised. We get in on it under the new covenant.
Col 2:11…In who also you are circumcise with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ. Buried with him in baptism, wherein also you are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who has raised him form the dead.
5And Abraham was an hundred years old, when his son Isaac was born unto him.
Rom 4:19 He did not weaken in faith when he considered his own body, which was as good as dead (since he was about a hundred years old), or when he considered the barrenness of Sarah’s womb.
I’m not really sure what can be said about this, it’s just amazing. That’s about it.
6And Sarah said, God hath made me to laugh, so that all that hear will laugh with me. Here is a good example of the importance of names.
God must like humor. Issac meaning laughter.
7And she said, Who would have said unto Abraham, that Sarah should have given children suck? for I have born him a son in his old age. 8And the child grew, and was weaned: and Abraham made a great feast the same day that Isaac was weaned. 9 And Sarah saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian, which she had born unto Abraham, mocking.
10Wherefore she said unto Abraham, Cast out this bondwoman and her son: for the son of this bondwoman shall not be heir with my son, even with Isaac.
11And the thing was very grievous in Abraham’s sight because of his son. 12And God said unto Abraham, Let it not be grievous in thy sight because of the lad, and because of thy bondwoman; in all that Sarah hath said unto thee, hearken unto her voice; for in Isaac shall thy seed be called.
13And also of the son of the bondwoman will I make a nation, because he is thy seed. 14And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and took bread, and a bottle of water, and gave it unto Hagar, putting it on her shoulder, and the child, and sent her away: and she departed, and wandered in the wilderness of Beersheba.
Is this all the inheritance he receives? Abraham was very grieved:(
15And the water was spent in the bottle, and she cast the child under one of the shrubs.
Ishmael wasn’t a very little child, wasn’t he 12 by now? I just wonder the rejection Ishmael must have carried with him and passed down to his children.
16And she went, and sat her down over against him a good way off, as it were a bow shot: for she said, Let me not see the death of the child. And she sat over against him, and lift up her voice, and wept.
17And God heard the voice of the lad; and the angel of God called to Hagar out of heaven, and said unto her, What ails thee, Hagar? fear not; for God hath heard the voice of the lad where he is.
The Lord heard Hagar, HE is compassionate but HIS plan won’t be stopped in-spite of our interference.
18Arise, lift up the lad, and hold him in thine hand; for I will make him a great nation.
This would be an interesting study. Robert where are you?
19And God opened her eyes, and she saw a well of water; and she went, and filled the bottle with water, and gave the lad drink.
20And God was with the lad; and he grew, and dwelt in the wilderness, and became an archer.
21And he dwelt in the wilderness of Paran: and his mother took him a wife out of the land of Egypt. (Paran means cavernous I can see them living in caves)
22And it came to pass at that time, that Abimelech and Phichol the chief captain of his host spake unto Abraham, saying, God is with thee in all that you do.
(Adam) I haven’t read the next chapter yet, but this is a strange change in direction. It’s completely out of left field. We go from Isaac and Ishmael to an encounter with Abimelech and the captain of his army.
23Now therefore swear unto me here by God that thou wilt not deal falsely with me, nor with my son, nor with my son’s son: but according to the kindness that I have done unto thee, thou shalt do unto me, and to the land wherein thou hast sojourned.
You guys will have to explain this to me. I wonder if he’s talking about the war of kings where Abraham went in and took Lot back? This is just an example of Abraham’s power though, that a King and a General would meet with him.
24And Abraham said, I will swear. 25And Abraham reproved Abimelech because of a well of water, which Abimelech’s servants had violently taken away.
Interesting, “which his servants had violently taken away.” That and he was just speaking with the commander of Abimelech’s army? Sounds like a battle to me. Very interesting!
Trading Sheep for peace.
26And Abimelech said, I don’t know who has done this thing; neither did you tell me, neither yet heard I of it, but to day.
27And Abraham took sheep and oxen, and gave them unto Abimelech; and both of them made a covenant.
28And Abraham set seven ewe lambs of the flock by themselves.
29And Abimelech said unto Abraham, What mean these seven ewe lambs which thou hast set by themselves?
30And he said, For these seven ewe lambs shalt thou take of my hand, that they may be a witness unto me, that I have digged this well.
31Wherefore he called that place Beersheba; because there they sware both of them.
Beersheba means well of my oath.
32Thus they made a covenant at Beersheba: then Abimelech rose up, and Phichol the chief captain of his host, and they returned into the land of the Philistines.
33And Abraham planted a grove in Beersheba, and called there on the name of the LORD, the everlasting God.
34And Abraham sojourned in the Philistines’ land many days.