Summary of Genesis 22:15-24:
The angel of the Lord calls to Abraham a second time from heaven with a message from God, saying that because of his obedience, God will bless Abraham and make his descendants numerous. They will take possession of the cities of their enemies and all nations on earth will be blessed because of Abraham’s obedience. Abraham set off for his home in Beersheba.
We are told the sons of Nahor, Abraham’s brother, because Rebekah, Isaac’s future wife, is in this lineage.
BSF Study Questions Genesis: Lesson 14, Day 4: Genesis 22:15-24
11) Why not swear by himself? God can do what he wants. Bible scholars think this may be Jesus so God is swearing by Jesus/Himself. Also, this emphasizes that the covenant is all one way — God is making the promise with nothing from Abraham. God is making it abundantly clear by swearing on His own perfect character. Hebrews 6:13-19: “When God made his promise to Abraham, since there was no one greater to swear by, he swore by himself.”
12a) God will bless Abraham and make his descendants numerous as the stars in the sky and the sand on the seashore. They will take possession of the cities of their enemies and all nations on earth will be blessed because of Abraham’s obedience.
b) Everyone is heirs to this promise and been blessed. Jesus wil also come from Abraham’s descendants.
13a) Personal Question. My answer: We all have Abraham and our ancestors to thank for the life we lead right now and for knowing God. Everything is connected, and God’s blessing is passed down from generation to generation.
b) Luke 1:37: “For nothing is impossible with God.”
Philippians 4:6-7: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Jesus Christ.”
1 Corinthians 6:19-20: “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought with a price. Therefore, honor God with your body.”
Conclusions BSF Study Questions Genesis: Lesson 14, Day 4: Genesis 22:15-24
Love God’s reward here and His repeated reiteration of it.
End Notes BSF Study Questions Genesis: Lesson 14, Day 4: Genesis 22:15-24
Many Bible scholars believe the angel of the Lord here is Jesus.
We should always take note when the Bible repeats something. Here, we see once again that Isaac is called Abraham’s only son Genesis 22:2 and 22:12 like Jesus was God’s only son. God repeats his covenant to point out the greatness of Abraham’s obedience.
Scientists believe that the number of stars in the sky is about equivalent to the number of grains of sand on the seashore.
Why mention Nahor’s sons?
Because one of the grandkids of Nahor is Rebekah, who will become Isaac’s wife. Again, we are being shown the entire lineage of Christ.
Here the bible mentions concubines for the first time. Having more than one wife was something almost every ancient culture did. As we’ve seen, concubines only cause family’s trouble in the Bible, and this was never how God meant marriages to be.