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BSF Study Questions Genesis: Lesson 8, Day 4: Genesis 12:4-9

Summary of Genesis 12:4-9:

Abram left Haran at age 75 with Lot, his wife, and all the people and possessions they had acquired in Haran. God appeared to Abram when he reached Shechem, telling him he will give his offspring this land. Abram built an offering to God here. He built another altar to God at Bethel. Then he continued towards the Negev.

BSF Study Questions Genesis: Lesson 8, Day 4: Genesis 12:4-9

9) Abram obeyed, but brought along others and his possessions, which God did not say to do. Still, by faith (being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see) Abram obeyed and was blessed (just being chosen was the best blessing ever).

10a) He obeyed God. He left everything he ever knew and some of his family for a land of unknowns and living in tents. He had kids out of faith. All with no idea how to do this except through God.

b) Personal Question. My answer: Unsure if I’m waiting on anything specific for God to fulfill. I just know He shows up and guides me. I pray and take action when prompted.

Conclusions BSF Study Questions Genesis: Lesson 8, Day 4: Genesis 12:4-9

Taking the small steps is what leads to great things.

End Notes BSF Study Questions Genesis: Lesson 8, Day 4: Genesis 12:4-9

Most of us know Lot’s tale (which is coming up in Genesis 13-14). Abram probably regretting bringing him along in disobedience to God’s exact instructions.

Canaan was not the best place either. It was full of sin. He stopped first at a tree. Shechem means “shoulder,” and is roughly in the middle of Canaan. Most names of places are named after a landmark, which is what Bible scholars believe here. We will see Shechem a lot when we get to Jacob.

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What Happens in Shechem?

  • Jacob comes here (Genesis 33:18) and buys land from a man names Hamor for 100 pieces of silver (Genesis 33:19).
  • Jacob builds an altar to the Lord (Genesis 33:20). known as Jacob’s well.
  • Jacob’s daughter, Dinah was raped and in retaliation, the sons of Jacob massacred the men (Genesis 34).
  • Jacob gave this land to Joseph (Genesis 48:22).
  • Jospeh was buried here. (Joshua 24:32).
  • Joshua said his famous words as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord (Joshua 24) and made a covenent with Israel
  • \Jesus met the Samaritan woman at the well in John 4 (John 4:5-6).

Since God had commanded all the people to spread out and He did so after the Tower of Babel, people lived in Canaan. Like most of us, we’re not going to voluntarily moved. It would take 400 years for God’s promise of this land to come true.

Calling of Abram

God told Abram again of His promises, backing it up with the land itself. Remember Abram bought his burial plot here. Genesis 23:14-20

Note Abram built an altar, which served as a meeting place between God and Abram before churches. From the beginning of time, we see how important it is to have your own place to meet with God and Jesus and remember their blessings in your life. Hebrews 13:15   (Hebrews 13:10)

Abram lived in a tent. Culture tells us to strive for material goods when our homes are in heaven. Strive to live here just good enough to live well in heaven. Hebrews 11:16

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BSF Study Questions Genesis: Lesson 8, Day 3: Genesis 12:1-3

Summary of Genesis 12:1-3:

The Lord called Abram to leave his country and his people to journey to a new land with this promise:

“I will make you into a great nation,
    and I will bless you;
I will make your name great,
    and you will be a blessing.
I will bless those who bless you,
    and whoever curses you I will curse;
and all peoples on earth
    will be blessed through you.

BSF Study Questions Genesis: Lesson 8, Day 3: Genesis 12:1-3

6a) The Lord called Abram to leave his country and his people to journey to a new land with this promise:

“I will make you into a great nation,
    and I will bless you;
I will make your name great,
    and you will be a blessing.
I will bless those who bless you,
    and whoever curses you I will curse;
and all peoples on earth
    will be blessed through you.

b) God appeared to Abram while he was still in Mesopotamia before he lived in Haran and called him. This shows that Abram only made it half-way, and he took his father as well.

7) Isaiah 41:8-10 says we are chosen by God, He is with us, He will strengthen us. Matthew 4:18-22 says Jesus calls Peter and Andrew and he will make them fishers of men. Matthew 19:28-30 says that at the Second Coming those who followed him will also sit on 12 thrones, judging the 12 tribes. Anyone who has left houses, brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers, or chidlren for his way will receive 100 times as much and will inherit eternal life. Mark 8:34-36 says you must deny yourself and take up your cross and follow Jesus and you will gain eternal life. John 14:15-20 says if you obey Jesus’ commands, you will receive the Holy Spirit to guide and protect you.

8a) Personal Question. My answer: We just moved as well for a better life and pivots in our careers. I plan on many things, including growing closer to God and doing His will in my life.

b) Personal Question. My answer: God’s call never seems to get any easier in life. It’s just a matter of surrender. Knowing that God is behind it all gives me the strength and courage to persevere.

Conclusions BSF Study Questions Genesis: Lesson 8, Day 3: Genesis 12:1-3

To us, this is no big deal; people move all the time. However, in ancient times, it was extremely rare for people to travel more than a mile or so outside of their towns and villages. They relied on their family to help them survive. After all, tilling the land is no easy way to live. Thus, when God called Abram to leave both his family and his land for some distant, unknown place, this was a big deal.

his explains why Abram disobeyed God and took family members and why he made it only half way. Perhaps his father could not travel any more. Like I said yesterday, while this is not full obedience, it is better than none at all.

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End Notes BSF Study Questions Genesis: Lesson 8, Day 3: Genesis 12:1-3

I typed out the verses because they are so famous and they are good to memorize for us. This promise is repeated here from when God first called Abram.

When God says “I will,” it will be done.

We see Abram growing in faith; this is what we should do as well. We will never be perfect. The point is you journey towards God, one step at a time.

Abram was promised a land, a nation, and fame. All of the major religions (Islam, Christianity, and Judaism) honor him.

Note God’s promise to bless those who blesses His people, and to curse those who curse them. This promise is made to the Jews who are and always will be God’s chosen people. Gentiles were adopted later. God always protects the Jews as history shows, from the Greeks and the Romans to Hitler’s Germany. The moral of the story is: don’t mess with God’s people. The nation of Israel, as tiny as it is, has all of the power in the world because God will never abandon them.

God also promises to make Abram a blessing. If you are a Christian today, no matter your denomimation, you can thank Abram and God. Galatians 3:8-9). (Revelation 5:9)

God’s plan always prevails; aren’t we glad?

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BSF Study Questions Genesis: Lesson 8, Day 2: Genesis 11:10-32

Summary of Genesis 11:10-32:

The line of Shem is followed here. The account of Terah from the line of Shem who was Abram’s (later Abraham’s) father. Lot was Abram’s nephew. Abram married Sarai (later Sarah) and she was barren (had no children).

Terah, Abram, Sarai, and Lot left Ur for Canaan but settled in Haran where Terah died.

BSF Study Questions Genesis: Lesson 8, Day 2: Genesis 11:10-32

3) “he became the father”, “lived and had other sons and daughters.” They went about their lives.

4) Nothing really. These lists are quite boring.

5) Personal Question. My answer: the fact that my ancestors were born, lived, had kids, and died.

Conclusions BSF Study Questions Genesis: Lesson 8, Day 2: Genesis 11:10-32

Admittedly, I got nothing here, so I’m praying you did. When we did Genesis last, BSF skipped verses 11-26 and did not ask about them.

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End Notes BSF Study Questions Genesis: Lesson 8, Day 2: Genesis 11:10-32

We see Abraham here for the first time. He is featured more than 312 times in the Bible with 272 verses dedicated to him. Wish that were me. Admittedly, Abraham if the father of nations. It takes a lot to explain that and I’d say that makes him pretty important, indeed. We’ll be studying him and his line for the rest of the year.

Too many of us try to live up to Abraham’s faith. In truth, we do; our stories just aren’t recorded in the Bible. Abraham was called God’s friend (2 Chronicles 20:7); (Isaiah 41:8). James 2:23 ) We can all be God’s friend. We are all great in God’s eyes.

FUN FACT: Sarai Abram’s wife means ” controversial.” Abraham ” means ” Father.”

What we don’t see here is that Abram is called while still in Ur Acts 7:2-4. This is important. Abram leaves Babylon to go to Ur at God’s calling. However, he brings other family members (not God’s calling), and he makes pitstop in Haran (part way there). Terah means “delay” and Haran means “barren,” which was Abram’s life in Haran.

While many fault Abraham for stopping, the important part is that he started. This is all we have to do: start. One step at a time in God’s will.

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Friday Digest: BSF’s Study of Genesis Lesson 7

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN GENESIS 9:18-11:9:

  • We all sin.
  • God is soverign.
  • God is in control.
  • God’s will prevails.
  • We build our own towers without God.
  • God always shows grace.

Take Away: God judges sin with grace.

Genesis 1-11 marks the end of the Creation part of the Bible. We will know move into Abraham and his line, and this is one of my favorite parts of the Bible.

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BSF Study Questions Genesis: Lesson 7, Day 4: Genesis 10

sUMMARY OF Genesis 10

Genealogy of Shem, Ham, and Japheth (Noah’s sons).

The sons of Japheth were maritime peoples and spread out with their own language.

Cush was the son of Ham who was the father of Nimrod who grew to be a mighty warrior and hunter on earth.  The first centers of his kingdom were Babylon, Erech, Akkad, and Calneh in Shinar.  Then Cush went to Assyria to build Ninevah, Rehoboth, Ir, Calah, and Resen.

Later, the Canaanites scattered, pushing out the borders from Sidon to Gaza and Lasha.

Shem’s ancestors lived in the eastern hill country from Mesha to Sephar.

BSF Study Questions Genesis: Lesson 7, Day 4: Genesis 10

10a) Personal Question. My answer: We’re seeing the nations as they spread out over the earth. Jonah was called to preach to Ninevah but ignored God instead and got swallowed by the whale. Babylon, of course, will enslave all of Israel. The Tower of Babel was supposed to have been erected in Babylon as well.

b) They are all interconnected.

11) A mighty hunter on earth before the Lord. He was power hunger. It is widely believed that Nimrod was the leader of those who built the Tower of Babel in the land of Shinar, although the Bible never outright says this. Nimrod’s kingdom included many cities, including Babel, Erech, Akkad, and Calneh.

12) Personal Question. My answer: Nothing.

Conclusions BSF Study Questions Genesis: Lesson 7, Day 4: Genesis 10

I got nothing here.

End Notes BSF STUDY QUESTIONS GENESIS: LESSON 7, DAY 4: GENESIS 10

  • Japheth is believed to be the father of the Indo-European peoples, which is Western Europe to India.
  • Gomer is believed to be the Germans, French, Spanish, and Celts.
  • Mogog, Tubal, and Meshech is believed to be the Russians.
  • Madai is the people of India, Iran and Iraq.
  • Javan is believed to be the ancient Greeks.
  • Gomer would be Mesopotamia.
  • Togarmah would be Armenians.
  • Sons of Javan are the ancient Greeks.
  • Sons of Ham, Cush, and Mizraim come the Africans.
  • Sons of Canaan would be the Lebanese.
  • Sinites are believed to be the peoples of Asia.
  • Shem is believed to be the people of Persia and Assyria, Armenians, and the Hebrews.
  • Job is from Uz.

Like most lists of names and genealogies in the Bible, it is used to chronicle the line of Jesus and collaborate God’s words to man (who always seems to need evidence).  Also, it explains how the world was re-populated after the flood and who and how founded the nations of the earth.

Fun fact:  Nimrod’s name means “let us rebel.”

Fun fact: This is the first use of the word “kingdom” in the bible.

Map of Table of Nations Here

In general:

Japheth-Europe

Ham-Africa

Shem-Asia

Good map of Fertile Crescent, showing Nimrod’s kingdom here

 

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BSF Study Questions Genesis: Lesson 7, Day 3: Genesis 9:24-29

Summary of Genesis 9:24-29:

Noah cursed his youngest son, Ham, after he found out what has been done to him (whatever that was). He curses Canaan ot be a slave to his brothers. He blesses God and asks for Japheth’s terrritory to be extended and may Japheth live in the tents of Shem. Noah lived to be 950 years old and then he died.

BSF Study Questions Genesis: Lesson 7, Day 3: Genesis 9:24-29

7) “May Canaan be the slave of Shem. May God extend the territory of Japheth. May Japheth live in the tents of Shem, may Canaan be his slave.”

8 ) Part personal question. My answer: God is in control. Unsure about when I learned this.

9) Personal question. My answer: Since we are all descended from Noah, he’s responsible for our existence. Unsure on the rest.

Conclusions BSF Study Questions Genesis: Lesson 7, Day 3: Genesis 9:24-29

As you can tell from my answers, I’m not gleaning a whole lot out of these lessons. I apologize in advance if I’m not all that helpful. Please leave your answers in the comment to help others.

End notes BSF Study Questions Genesis: Lesson 7, Day 3: Genesis 9:24-29

Apparently something had happened to Noah that warranted a curse for all of eternity and posterity.

Ham sinned by Canaan, Ham’s son, was cursed. This is the prophecy Noah reveals. We know God does not punish the son for the sins of the father (although we are all punished by Adam’s sin). We each are personally responsible for our sins and will stand before God to answer for them one day.

Apparently nothing is noteworthy after this incident in Noah’s life to record. Still, Noah is a man of faith by the Hebrew writer in Hebrews 11:7.

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BSF Study Questions Genesis: Lesson 7, Day 2: Genesis 9:18-23

Summary of Genesis 9:18-23:

Noah had three sons with him in the Ark: Shem, Ham, and Japheth (Ham was the father of Canaan) who then populated the earth. Noah became drunk from wine one day, and he was naked in his tent. Ham told his two brothers of their father’s nakedness, both of whom covered up his father’s nakedness.

BSF Study Questions Genesis: Lesson 7, Day 2: Genesis 9:18-23

3) Noah became drunk from wine one day, and he was naked in his tent. Ham told his two brothers of their father’s nakedness, both of whom covered up his father’s nakedness.

4) Personal question. My answer: Sin is pervasive.

5) Personal question. My answer: Avoid sin.

6a) Personal question. My answer: I’d say we’ve all been affected by our parents in some way. We learn from them how to be successful, or sometimes we repeat their mistakes.

b) Personal Question. My answer: It’s hard to say since it’s probably just my children who are affected. I’d like to think they don’t repeat my faults and they learn from my successes, but who knows. It’s hard to teach what only experience can teach you. In truth, it’s hard to say how anyone is being affected, even the persom themselves, without hindsight.

Conclusions BSF Study Questions Genesis: Lesson 7, Day 2: Genesis 9:18-23

I’m not totally sure I see the big deal in this passage. This happens all the time where people get drunk and others walk in on them. I’m also not sure about these questions either.

End Notes BSF Study Questions Genesis: Lesson 7, Day 2: Genesis 9:18-23

We see the world being repopulated from the three sons mentioned here. For a complete list of descendants, stay tuned. It’s coming up in Genesis 10.

Fun Fact: We see the first recorded person drunk here — Noah, a giant of the Bible.

So what’s the big deal here? For me, it was hard to see since the Bible gives very little information but the facts. We’ll see in our next lesson that something was a big deal because Noah curses his youngest son, Ham, the land of Canaan.

Theories of the Big deal:

  • Noah was sexually abused by someone, perhaps his son, Ham. This is derived from a different translation that says “became uncovered,” which is associated with sex here: (Leviticus 18:6-20).
  • Ham made fun of Noah for being drunk

In truth, there is so little information here that we just don’t know. It’s up to interpretation. I find it strange the other two brothers walked in backwards. Being naked is nothing to be ashamed of. This is weird to me.

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Friday Digest: BSF’s Study of Genesis Lesson 6

WHAT YOu NEED TO KNOW IN GENESIS CHAPTER 8-9:17:

  • God judges sin but always offers deliverance
  • It rained for 40 days and 40 nights, and it took 110 days for the floodwaters to recede
  • God is faithful
  • We exist only because of God’s grace

Take Away: Every time you see a rainbow, remember God’s promises to you.