This shows us that light is more than a physical substance; it also has a supernatural aspect. And Abram took Sarai his wife, and Lot his brother’s son, and all their substance that they had gathered, and the souls that they had gotten in Haran; and they went forth to go into the land of Canaan; and into the land of Canaan they came. And he stayed yet other seven days; I wonder whether Noah sent out these creatures on the Sabbath mornings. And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be. The LORD God of heaven, which took me from my father’s house, and from the land of my kindred, and which spake unto me, and that sware unto me, saying, Unto thy seed will I give this land; he shall send his angel before thee, and thou shalt take a wife unto my son from thence. He has destroyed the earth once by water because of sin, and he will the second time destroy it by fire for the selfsame reason. And every living substance was destroyed which was upon the face of the ground, both man, and cattle, and the creeping things, and the fowl of the heaven; and they were destroyed from the earth: and Noah only remained alive, and they that were with him in the ark. Then the handmaidens came near, they and their children, and they bowed themselves. Gen 27:19-20. He works downwards, and stays the breaking up of the fountains of the deep. So did Zebulun dwell even until the day when our Lord came, for Matthew writes concerning him, “Now when Jesus had heard that John was cast into prison, he departed into Galilee; and leaving Nazareth, he came and dwelt in Capernaum, which is upon the sea coast, in the borders of Zabulon and Nephthalim: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, The land of Zabulon, and the land of Nephthalim, by the way of the sea, beyond Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles; the people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up.”. And Rebekah took goodly raiment of her eldest son Esau, which were with her in the house, and put them upon Jacob her younger son: And Esau, altogether a man of the world, one very like the sons of other families around about, took care to adorn himself in goodly raiment. Perhaps he did so in this case; but, at the same time, he was a man of faith, and therefore he betook himself to prayer. He gave it a name to commemorate God’s having sent the angels, and called it “two camps” or “two hosts.”, The angels of God are always round about his people. So a man may have great opportunities, and yet lose them. How often we throw the blame of our sin on the devil, who certainly has enough to bear without the added guilt of our iniquity! Common sense would have said, “Spare them, for you will want every one of them.” But grace said, “Slay them, for they belong to God. He used the means that he judged to be the best under the existing circumstances, and I believe that God intends us always to use our best wits and judgment, and then to fall back upon him in confiding prayer just as if we had done nothing at all. Gen 15:7-8. He is the greatest who is nothing at all unto himself, but all for others. Thou art he whom thy brethren shall praise: They praised God for him, they praised God by him, they praised God in him; he is the type of Jesus, of whom we can say all this with great emphasis. He preached in the same church as C. H. Spurgeon over one hundred years earlier. He may have wondered if it meant that one born in his house, though not his son, was to be his heir; and that, through him, the blessing would come. 2d, That Abram and Sarai being so far stricken in age, God’s power in … And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so. 2 Corinthians 1:5 Constraining Love! “Only for this will he be enquired of by the house of Israel to do it for them, and we must take care that we call his promise to mind, and plead it at the mercy-seat. No! He clothes him with the robes and the jewels of primogeniture, and then he strips him: —. They convey to us the great lesson that the word of God is sure to be followed by the deed of God. And the waters returned from off the earth continually: and after the end of the hundred and fifty days the waters were abated. Could he believe it? Now let us read a few verses from Jeremiah’s prophecy. 18. What should be the meditations of every godly man as he looks towards Sodom, and sees the smoke of its destruction? Gen 22:4. God would not make a creature to be unhappy. But there is good hope of things going right when Jacob, who is the better of the two brothers, is also the humbler of the two. Study Genesis 1 using Matthew Henry Bible Commentary (complete) to better understand Scripture with full outline and verse meaning. And when the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram; and, lo, an horror of great darkness fell upon him. (1) God fulfills His promise to Abraham and Sarah. It was as much a sin in Jacob as it would be in us, except that perhaps he had less light, and the general cunning of those who surrounded him may have made it more easy with him and a less tax on conscience for him to do this than it would be in our case. Give Jehovah his due.” I have often admired that widow of Sarepta. Man acts just as freely and just as guiltily as if there were no predestination whatever; and God ordains, arranges, supervises, and over-rules, just as accurately as if there were no free will in the universe. “Go up to my father, and say unto him, ‘Come down unto me.’ “See how great love turns pleader again; he who said to his brethren, “Come near to me,” sends to his father the message, “Come down unto me.”. Stoop, my brothers, if you wish to lead others. Gen 32:24. Thus the devil was from the beginning a murderer, and the great mischief maker. And he said, Wherefore is it that thou dost ask after my name? And Abraham said unto his young men, Abide ye here with the ass; and I and the lad will go yonder and worship, and come again to you. But thou shalt go unto my country, and to my kindred, and take a wife unto my son Isaac. Besides, I hope we shall never imagine that the highest faith is inconsistent with the greatest prudence, and that we shall never forget that there is such a book in the Bible as the Book of Proverbs, which contains counsels of wisdom for daily life. After he begot Arphaxad, Shem lived five hundred years, and begot sons and daughters. Gen 1:2. Gen 33:3-4. Genesis 3:1.The serpent was more subtle, &c. — Some would render the word נחשׁ, nachash, here, monkey or baboon, and the word ערום, arum, intelligent: but it may be demonstrated from divers other passages of the Old Testament, where the same words are used, and from several parts of the New, where they are referred to, that our translators are perfectly right. I fear that the decline of family godliness, which is so sadly remarkable in these days, is the source of a great many of the crying sins of the age; the Church of God at large would have been more separate from the world if the little church in each man’s house had been more carefully trained for God. Gen 1:9-13. It might be many miles to Padanaram, but it does not matter to faith. And his brethren could not answer him; for they were troubled at his presence. For our comfort, we must see it; but for our safety, blessed be God, it is only needful that he should see it. There are some purblind people who only believe one or other of these two truths; yet they are both true, and the one is as true as the other. This was a very significant gospel action. a. Gen 32:3. O thou who art striving against sin, or seeking to win souls for Christ, after many disappointments may you be able to clutch this sweet assurance, “He shall overcome at the last.”. You may have what you will if you can speak thus to the covenant angel, “I will not let thee go, except thou bless me.”. So Abram departed, as the LORD had spoken unto him; and Lot went with him: and Abram was seventy and five years old when he departed out of Haran. "Natantium et volatilium unam originem ponit Moses. And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament and it was so. “The old man is in his dotage,” said they; “he always was peculiar, he never acted like the rest of the citizens; he came in here as a stranger, and he has always been strange in his behavior.”. 2 The earth was bwithout form and void, anddarkness was over the face of the deep. Gen 15:18-21. Bravely said, O Jacob! Animals created. The Lamb of God has made for us a garment which covers our nakedness so that we are not afraid to stand even before the bar of God. It is a blessed thing to be such a fool that you do not know anyone to trust in except your God. That has often been the request of God’s people, they have wanted to know God’s wondrous name. And when the fouls came down upon the carcases, Abram drove them away. It sounds so simple, yet behind it lurk many of the ultimate questions of philosophy, theology, and metaphysics. And the LORD said, If I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city, then I will spare all the place for their sakes. And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat. For he said, I will appease him with the present that goeth before me, and afterward I will see his face; peradventure he will accept of me. Gen 8:21-22. And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters. And Leah also with her children came near, and bowed themselves: and after came Joseph near and Rachel, and they bowed themselves. “When I see the blood, I will pass over you.” The blood was not to be sprinkled inside the house where the Israelites might be comforted by a sight of it, but outside the house, where only God could see it. The earth is completed now that man has come upon it, and man is completed when the image of God is upon him, when Christ is formed in him the hope of glory, but not till then. Gen 1:1. For these two years hath the famine been in the land: and yet there are five years, in the which there shall neither be eating nor harvest. That is, a supplanter, as poor Esau well knew. 5 God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. They stood next according to the order of birth: “Simeon and Levi” —. we also shall have in our later days to chide ourselves for our foolish unbelief. Of the clean creatures which might be offered in sacrifice to God you see that there was a larger proportion than there was of the unclean, that there might be sufficient for sacrifice without the destruction of any species. God knows all things by his divine omniscience, but now he knew by this severe test and trial which he had applied, that Abraham really loved him best of all. Well, even that was better than planning, and not praying at all; so there is something commendable in his action, though not without considerable qualification. Why cannot people keep to the words of Scripture? We have the thoughts that soar like fowl in the open firmament of heaven, and other thoughts that dive into the mysteries of God, as the fish dive in the sea, and these are after-development, after-growths of that same power which at the first said, “Let there be light.”. And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. Poor little Lot, what a poor little prayer his was! In similar fashion, God makes a very careful enumeration of all those who believe in him, precious are they in his sight, and they shall be preserved when all others are destroyed. “And the answer would be, “It was by his weakness that he won his princedom, he became Israel, a prince of God, when his thigh was put out of joint.” How pleased would you and I be to go halting all our days with such weakness as Jacob had, if we might also have the blessing that he thus won! Gen 45:8. God remembered Noah, and he remembers you. 12. The same effect is often produced on us; when the flood of affliction is deep, then we begin to rise. Bring forth with thee every living thing that is with thee, of all flesh, both of fowl, and of cattle, and of every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth; that they may breed abundantly in the earth, and be fruitful, and multiply upon the earth. And God said unto Noah, This is the token of the covenant, which I have established between me and all flesh that is upon the earth. “Hath he said, and shall he not do it? In the person of David, in the long line of kings of the tribe of Judah, all this came true; and in the person of the great Son of David, the Lord Jesus Christ, all this has come true to a very high degree. And God called the dry land Earth, and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas. Gen 19:15-16. You will find that it is true of all his promises that, whatever he has said, shall be fulfilled to you, and you shall one day say of it all, “and it was so.” It is equally certain concerning all his threatenings that what he has spoken shall certainly be fulfilled, and the ungodly will have to say “and it was so.” These words are often repeated in this chapter. He received what he sought for his necessity, but not what he merely asked out of curiosity. God will miss none of his own. “Look unto me, and be ye saved,” is the counterpart of this word, “When the woman saw “. Oh, that you may have grace to turn your head in the right direction, and look to Christ and live! And he said, What meanest thou by all this drove which I met? I blame him not for this, yet, methinks, he is to be blamed that he did not pray first. To all of them he gave each man changes of raiment; but to Benjamin he gave three hundred pieces of silver, and five changes of raiment. And Lot went out, and spake unto his sons in law, which married his daughters, and said, Up, get you out of this place; for the LORD will destroy this city. And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself. Slow is sometimes faster than fast. Gordon J. Wenham — Genesis 1-15 and Genesis 16-50 (Word Biblical Commentary, 1987, 1994). And Abram said to the king of Sodom, I have lift up mine hand unto the LORD, the most high God, the possessor of heaven and earth, That I will not take from a thread even to a shoe-latchet, and that I will not take any thing that is thine, lest thou shouldest say, I have made Abram rich: The patriarch is greater than the king. While some will consult it solely to ascertain whether or not Wenham agrees with them on some disputed point, the value of this commentary extends to the writer's discussion of the theology of Genesis, as well as his citation of important contemporary literary … How faithfully God fulfils his covenant with the earth! Now let us read what the Lord says, through the prophet Isaiah, concerning this covenant. Gen 15:14-17. And Abram said, Behold, to me thou hast given no seed: and, lo, one born in my house is mine heir. 19. And said, Wilt thou also destroy the righteous with the wicked? Gen 1:5. The work of creation ended and approved. No good comes of prying into unrevealed truth. We offer the Spurgeon Study Bible, the Holy Word with study notes from Charles Spurgeon Sermons. A complete set of Spurgeon's sermons is available in e-text format from Ages Software. In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. An Arab said to Mahomet, “I let my camel run loose, and trusted it to Providence,” but Mahomet replied, “You should have tied it up first, and then trusted it to Providence;” and Jacob was very much of that mind and a very sensible mind it was, not at all inconsistent with the very best of faith. Go now to the flock, and fetch me from thence two good kids of the goats; and I will make them savoury meat for thy father, such as he loveth: And thou shalt bring it to thy father, that he may eat, and that he may bless thee before his death. 2 This is the history of Jacob. Gen 24:15. And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good. Joseph is a type of him who is both the Shepherd and the Stone to us, the Shepherd who defends us, provides for us, and dies for us, and the foundation on which we build for time and eternity. Miscellaneous. 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