Posted by: robert0199 | April 19, 2019

The Angel of the Lord

7 The angel of the LORD found her by a spring of water in the wilderness, the spring on the way to Shur. 8 And he said, “Hagar, servant of Sarai, where have you come from and where are you going?” She said, “I am fleeing from my mistress Sarai.” 9 The angel of the LORD said to her, “Return to your mistress and submit to her.” 10 The angel of the LORD also said to her, “I will surely multiply your offspring so that they cannot be numbered for multitude.” 11 And the angel of the LORD said to her,

“Behold, you are pregnant
and shall bear a son.
You shall call his name Ishmael,
because the LORD has listened to your affliction.
12 He shall be a wild donkey of a man,
his hand against everyone
and everyone’s hand against him,
and he shall dwell over against all his kinsmen.”
(Genesis 16:7-12 ESV)

In these verses the angel of the Lord has found Haggar by a spring of water in the wilderness. He asked her where she had been and where was she going? She told him she was leaving her mistress Sarai. The angel told her to return to her mistress and submit to her. He also said that her offspring would be multiplied so that they cannot be numbered. The angel then acknowledged her pregnancy and told her it was a son who would be named Ishmael for the Lord has seen your affliction. His hand will be against everyone and everyone will be against him. Yet, he will dwell over all his kinsmen.

Heavenly Father, In this story you show that you have compassion for the lowliest of people. In our day there are many who are homeless and are very poor. Yet it is through the compassion of your people that their lives are made a little better. May your people continue to serve the homeless and poor that they will come to know your love for them. I ask this in Jesus name, amen.

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Posted by: robert0199 | April 19, 2019

Sarai and Haggar

1 Now Sarai, Abram’s wife, had borne him no children. She had a female Egyptian servant whose name was Hagar. 2 And Sarai said to Abram, “Behold now, the LORD has prevented me from bearing children. Go in to my servant; it may be that I shall obtain children by her.” And Abram listened to the voice of Sarai. 3 So, after Abram had lived ten years in the land of Canaan, Sarai, Abram’s wife, took Hagar the Egyptian, her servant, and gave her to Abram her husband as a wife. 4 And he went in to Hagar, and she conceived. And when she saw that she had conceived, she looked with contempt on her mistress. 5 And Sarai said to Abram, “May the wrong done to me be on you! I gave my servant to your embrace, and when she saw that she had conceived, she looked on me with contempt. May the LORD judge between you and me!” 6 But Abram said to Sarai, “Behold, your servant is in your power; do to her as you please.” Then Sarai dealt harshly with her, and she fled from her.
(Genesis 16:1-6 ESV)

Here is a story showing how conflict between members of a household can start. Sarai was barren and thought that if she gave her servant Haggar to Abram she might get a child in that way. Haggar conceived and when she had done so she looked with contempt on her mistress. Sarai went to Abram and said that after Haggar had conceived she looked with contempt on her. Abram told Sarai to do with Haggar what she wished and Sarai began treating her harshly causing Haggar to flee from her.

Heavenly Father, When we try to use our own wisdom to resolve a problem or a situation and neglect to call on the wisdom of Your Spirit the solution that we find many times can result in something we did not anticipate or desire. When we need to resolve a situation may we come to You in prayer asking for Your wisdom and the guidance of Your Spirit that the situation may be resolved in the best possible manner for all parties. I ask this in Jesus name, amen.

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Posted by: robert0199 | April 18, 2019

When the Sun Went Down

17 When the sun had gone down and it was dark, behold, a smoking fire pot and a flaming torch passed between these pieces. 18 On that day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying, “To your offspring I give this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the river Euphrates, 19 the land of the Kenites, the Kenizzites, the Kadmonites, 20 the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Rephaim, 21 the Amorites, the Canaanites, the Girgashites and the Jebusites.”                (Genesis 15:17-21 ESV)

While Abram slept after the sun went down a fire pot and a flaming torch passed between the pieces of the beasts he had slaughtered and divided. This was the means the Lord God used to confirm his covenant with him. The Lord told him on that day that He gave Abram’s offspring the land from the river of Egypt to the river Euphrates in which several tribes dwelt. Abram believed the Lord and his belief was counted as righteousness by the Lord.

Heavenly Father, As in Abram’s day You make promises to us in our day. As did Abram may we believe and accept the promises You make and have our belief counted as righteousness as was Abrams. I ask this in Jesus name, amen.

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Posted by: robert0199 | April 17, 2019

As the Sun Was Going Down

12 As the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell on Abram. And behold, dreadful and great darkness fell upon him. 13 Then the LORD said to Abram, “Know for certain that your offspring will be sojourners in a land that is not theirs and will be servants there, and they will be afflicted for four hundred years. 14 But I will bring judgment on the nation that they serve, and afterward they shall come out with great possessions. 15 As for you, you shall go to your fathers in peace; you shall be buried in a good old age. 16 And they shall come back here in the fourth generation, for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet complete.”
(Genesis 15:12-16 ESV)

When the sun went down Abram fell into a deep sleep, and a great darkness fell upon him. The Lord told him that his offspring would be sojourners in a foreign land and will be servants there for 400 years. But the Lord will bring judgement on that land, and in the end they will come out with great possessions. He told Abram that he would go to his fathers in peace and be buried at a ripe old age. They will return here in the fourth generation for the Amorites wickedness is not complete.

Heavenly Father, You are preparing Abram to accept the land you are giving to him and his offspring. In our day you prepare land for us to establish churches to spread your word throughout the world. May we accept the land you provide and use it properly to expand the knowledge of Your word in our communities. I ask this in Jesus name, amen.

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Posted by: robert0199 | April 16, 2019

The Lord Said to Abram

7 And he said to him, “I am the LORD who brought you out from Ur of the Chaldeans to give you this land to possess.” 8 But he said, “O Lord GOD, how am I to know that I shall possess it?” 9 He said to him, “Bring me a heifer three years old, a female goat three years old, a ram three years old, a turtledove, and a young pigeon.” 10 And he brought him all these, cut them in half, and laid each half over against the other. But he did not cut the birds in half. 11 And when birds of prey came down on the carcasses, Abram drove them away.
(Genesis 15:7-11 ESV)

The Lord told Abram that He brought him from Ur to give him this land for his possession. Abram asked The Lord how he was to know that he would posses it. The Lord told him to bring a three-year old heifer, a goat, a ram, a turtledove and a young pigeon. Abram brought them and cut the beasts in half but not the birds. When the birds of prey came down on the carcasses, Abram drove them away. Here we see God making a promise to Abram and the beginning of the means that God will use to guarantee His promise.

Heavenly Father, In this passage You promised Abram land to posses, and told him to do certain things that would lead to a guarantee of His promise. When we sense that You are making a promise to us unlike Abram may we accept your promise and carry on with our lives certain that Your promise will be fulfilled in its proper time. I ask this in Jesus name, amen.

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Posted by: robert0199 | April 13, 2019

God’s Covenant with Abram

1 After these things the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision: “Fear not, Abram, I am your shield; your reward shall be very great.” 2 But Abram said, “O Lord GOD, what will you give me, for I continue childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?” 3 And Abram said, “Behold, you have given me no offspring, and a member of my household will be my heir.” 4 And behold, the word of the LORD came to him: “This man shall not be your heir; your very own son shall be your heir.” 5 And he brought him outside and said, “Look toward heaven, and number the stars, if you are able to number them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your offspring be.” 6 And he believed the LORD, and he counted it to him as righteousness.
(Genesis 15:1-6 ESV)

After Abram was blessed the Lord told him in a vision that He was Abram’s shield and that Abram would have a great reward. Abram retorted that since he was childless and his heir was Eliezer what would the Lord give him. Abram said further that the Lord had given him no heir. The Lord said that Eliezer would not be his heir, but it would be his very own son. The Lord brought him outside and said for him to look at the heavens and count the stars that will be the number of your offspring. Abram believed the Lord and it was counted to him as righteousness.

As we live our lives there are times when we have a clear understanding that the Lord is with us guiding us and supporting us. As did Abram may we believe what we hear the Lord saying to us that our lives will be full of blessings and we are counted as righteous before the Lord. I ask this in Jesus name, amen.

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Posted by: robert0199 | April 11, 2019

Abram Blessed by Melchizedek

17 After his return from the defeat of Chedorlaomer and the kings who were with him, the king of Sodom went out to meet him at the Valley of Shaveh (that is, the King’s Valley). 18 And Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine. (He was priest of God Most High.) 19 And he blessed him and said,

“Blessed be Abram by God Most High,
Possessor of heaven and earth;
20 and blessed be God Most High,
who has delivered your enemies into your hand!”

And Abram gave him a tenth of everything. 21 And the king of Sodom said to Abram, “Give me the persons, but take the goods for yourself.” 22 But Abram said to the king of Sodom, “I have lifted my hand to the LORD, God Most High, Possessor of heaven and earth, 23 that I would not take a thread or a sandal strap or anything that is yours, lest you should say, ‘I have made Abram rich.’ 24 I will take nothing but what the young men have eaten, and the share of the men who went with me. Let Aner, Eshcol, and Mamre take their share.”
(Genesis 14:17-24 ESV)

When Abram returned from winning the battle, the king of Sodom went out to meet him with Melchizedek the king of Salem. Melchizedek was a priest of the most high God and blessed Abram according to the defeat he gave to his enemies. Abram gave Melchizedek a tenth of all of his spoil. The king of Sodom offered Abram all of the goods he brought back but Abram would not take them because he did not want the king to be able to say he had enriched Abram. Abram said he would only take the share of the men who had gone into battle with him and the food the men had eaten.

Heavenly Father, In this passage Abram was blessed by Your priest and offered the spoil he brought back with him, but to retain his integrity before You he took nothing for himself. When we have taken some spoil may we like Abram retain our integrity by giving it to those who are poor and needy and taking nothing for ourselves. I pray this in Jesus name, amen.

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Posted by: robert0199 | April 11, 2019

Abram Saves Lot

13 Then one who had escaped came and told Abram the Hebrew, who was living by the oaks1 of Mamre the Amorite, brother of Eshcol and of Aner. These were allies of Abram. 14 When Abram heard that his kinsman had been taken captive, he led forth his trained men, born in his house, 318 of them, and went in pursuit as far as Dan. 15 And he divided his forces against them by night, he and his servants, and defeated them and pursued them to Hobah, north of Damascus. 16 Then he brought back all the possessions, and also brought back his kinsman Lot with his possessions, and the women and the people.                                                                                                  (Genesis 14:13-16 ESV)

After the battles a person who escaped approached Abram the Hebrew and his allies. He told Abram his kinsman had been taken captive with all of his possessions and his servants. Abram went with his trained men and went in pursuit as far as Dan. He divided his forces and came upon them by night. He and his servants defeated them and pursued them to Hobah, north of Damascus. He recovered all of the possessions, his kinsman lot with his possessions and the women and the people.

Heavenly Father, There are times when we are to fight our spiritual enemies to retain and recover the possessions that you provide for us. May we first seek you to find your plan for what we are to do that we may have the best outcome of the spiritual battle in which we are engaged. I ask this in Jesus name, amen.

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Posted by: robert0199 | April 10, 2019

Then the King of Sodom

8 Then the king of Sodom, the king of Gomorrah, the king of Admah, the king of Zeboiim, and the king of Bela (that is, Zoar) went out, and they joined battle in the Valley of Siddim 9 with Chedorlaomer king of Elam, Tidal king of Goiim, Amraphel king of Shinar, and Arioch king of Ellasar, four kings against five. 10 Now the Valley of Siddim was full of bitumen pits, and as the kings of Sodom and Gomorrah fled, some fell into them, and the rest fled to the hill country. 11 So the enemy took all the possessions of Sodom and Gomorrah, and all their provisions, and went their way. 12 They also took Lot, the son of Abram’s brother, who was dwelling in Sodom, and his possessions, and went their way.
(Genesis 14:8-12 ESV)

As the battles continued, the King of Sodom and his friends joined together and battled in the valley of Siddim against Chedorlaomer the king of Elam and his friends. The valley was full of pits, and as the king of Sodom and his friends fled some fell into the pits and others fled to the hill country. The enemy took all of the possessions of Sodom and Gomorrah, and all their provisions, and went their way. They also took Lot, the son of Abram’s brother, who was dwelling in Sodom, and his possessions, and went their way.

Heavenly Father, This battle precedes the judgement that you later poured out on Sodom for the wickedness and evil that took place there. May we see what went on there and repent of the evil of our day that we might not have the same fate that befell Sodom and Gomorrah. I ask this in Jesus name, amen.

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Posted by: robert0199 | April 8, 2019

In the Days of Amraphel

1 In the days of Amraphel king of Shinar, Arioch king of Ellasar, Chedorlaomer king of Elam, and Tidal king of Goiim, 2 these kings made war with Bera king of Sodom, Birsha king of Gomorrah, Shinab king of Admah, Shemeber king of Zeboiim, and the king of Bela (that is, Zoar). 3 And all these joined forces in the Valley of Siddim (that is, the Salt Sea). 4 Twelve years they had served Chedorlaomer, but in the thirteenth year they rebelled. 5 In the fourteenth year Chedorlaomer and the kings who were with him came and defeated the Rephaim in Ashteroth-karnaim, the Zuzim in Ham, the Emim in Shaveh-kiriathaim, 6 and the Horites in their hill country of Seir as far as El-paran on the border of the wilderness. 7 Then they turned back and came to En-mishpat (that is, Kadesh) and defeated all the country of the Amalekites, and also the Amorites who were dwelling in Hazazon-tamar.
(Genesis 14:1-7 ESV)

This is a historical account of the battles between the kings of Sodom and Gomorrah and the kings of several of the towns surrounding them. I appears that one of the kings had sway over the territory for several years and that these battles were an uprising against him. It appears that the uprising was quashed by the king and his friends and the country was put under his subjection. These fiefdoms have been ruled by various war like tribes all through history and these tribes are still fighting each other to this day.

Heavenly Father, So often we see that men believe that they do not have enough land or possessions to provide for themselves. They can come to the point where they are fighting each other for a small gain in territory or provisions. These kinds of battles are what keep them from truly succeeding and keep them in poverty. May their hearts be turned to accept that what they have is enough and to co-operate with the surrounding tribes that all the tribes will have everything they need. I ask this in Jesus name, amen.

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