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  Gods word from Genesis

a verse by verse exegetical understanding led by the Holy Spiirt

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The sacrifice of surrendered sonship
John Knox+
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Genesis 22 continued – verse 11ff In these verses we reach the pinnacle of the narrative as we discover that Abraham is correct in that the Lord will provide. But I wonder even if Abraham envisaged the manner in which God would achieve this. Many commentaries speak of Abraham having a believe that God would raise Isaac back to life. But we are not told of Abrahams thinking as the writer wishes us to sense the isolation of Abraham’s thoughts. Again in verse 11 we catch a glimpse of the intimacy that Abraham had developed with God. There is sometimes much made of the angel of God as the voice that called out but I do not believe we can read anything into this, for the writer is seen to have belonged to the Elohim tradition which saw angels as Gods......
The direction of duty from genesis 22
John Knox+
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Continuing our study from Genesis 22 As we come to the apex of this ancient narrative we begin to realize the majestic manner in which the writer has lead us in this tension stretched story. We realize that we have encountered deep torturous thoughts on behalf of the two sojourners. We have been held in suspense as we have journeyed with Abraham and Isaac following the voice of God to walk out an outrages task. We have witnessed the perfecting of father and sons obedience of faith. The obedience is not so much in the sacrifice, but more so I believe in Abraham’s willingness to accept a revelation when it seemed to contradict Gods promises to him. Hence we arrive at verse nine to eleven. We are not told how Abraham knew that this was the place to build the alter, but we are......
The goal of unreserved resignation from genesis 22
John Knox+
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Genesis 22 cont… As we continue through this epic and tension ridden walk following the call of God we begin to come to the ‘crunch.’ How will Abraham follow the call from God? Will he renege and say he was mistaken? Or will he say the voice he heard must have been the voice of the Devil? We the readers are carried along with these thoughts ticking over in the background of our mind. Up to this point there has hardly been any meaningful communication concerning the purpose of the journey. Isaac is silent before his father and Abraham is silent before God and God is silent before both of them. Hence we come to verse eight where Abraham breaks the silence in response to his sons penetrating question in verse 7. Isaac asked a good......
The lonely path of god from genesis 22
John Knox+
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Genesis 22 series cont. We have come to verse five where we notice that the silent tension is ratchet up a few notches as the two servants are told to stay behind as Abraham and Isaac ascent to mountain to worship. There is no mention from Abraham of the true nature of the climb for worship is not the same as sacrifice. Was Abraham misleading the servants? Even more of a misrepresentation is Abraham’s comment that Isaac and himself will return shortly. Why the pretence? Was Abraham concealing the truth? Maybe a hopeful wish? An embarrassed confused statement? Or did Abraham really believe against all hope that God would see him through? As the narration continues we discover, to some readers, the amazing reason that Abraham truly believed that the Lord who had called him would do......
Gods call to come up higher genesis 22
John Knox+
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The series from Genesis continues Verse two records the call of Abraham to take his only son whom Abraham loves and go to the region of Moriah, which we learn in the following verses is about three days journey away. When one goes in the Hebrew we find that the call is expressed in the language of a request as the words used indicate a softness and close intimate call. Today we would say, ‘I would like you Abraham to take your only son and go the region of Moriah.’ What can we learn from this? 1/ God never makes urgent demands of us as he always gives us a way out to decline. I call this a freedom of choice which I believe is a result of being made in the image of God. Other Biblical scholars may call this ‘mans free will’ and decry its use and understanding......
Testing, trials, trust, temptation genesis 22
John Knox+
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As I suspected there is more than one blog from this highly explosive and ‘punch-in-the-stomach’ chapter. As I have been mulling over these words from Genesis 22 it seemed good to me to return to my exegetical roots and work my way through the chapter. Hence verse one Some time later God tested Abraham. He said to him, “Abraham!” “Here I am,” he replied. Tested: the Hebrew is (nis·sāh) which occurs here and in 1 Samuel 17:39 and is translated into English as Test/Prove. The KJV wrongly translated the Hebrew as Tempt. What can we learn from this? 1/ God will always choose the time and place of our testing. I caution against putting God to the test as some believers are prone to do citing Gideon and the fleece narrative in Judges 6. 2/ The......
The supreme sacrificial climb genesis 22
John Knox+
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Some time back I said to the Lord that I would like to blog on a teaching topic and left it at that. Earlier this week my thoughts were directed to Genesis 22 with the implication that this was to be the blog for my next posting. I was not particularly thrilled hence my normal Friday blog came and went as I struggled with this assignment. Finally I could not be disobedient. Therefore I pray for clarity as I pen this blog so as to be able to bless those who read this posting. As it happens this chapter captivated my attention while I was at Theological College for the way it was crafted to build up tension and suspense. Note the abrupt beginning and stark, emotionless fraught construction. It is absorbing, confusing, riveting and infuriating. This terseness and starkness is seen ever so......
Sacrificial service from genesis 22
John Knox+
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Genesis 22 continued… As we come to the close of this chapter I thought we might pause here while I slip in some of my research that I have discovered concerning this, to many, an enigmatic passage. Does it surprise you that not only do Christians have an interpretation for this chapter but so do the Jews and Muslims? Many Rabbis see this story as a teaching to accept Jehovah and his law in full obedience. While other Rabbis explain this passage as a polemic against child sacrifices that were rife in the heathen tribes surrounding Israel. Muslims explain this story as an example of complete submission and acquiescence to Allah. Then again many of the early church fathers taught this story of Abraham and Isaac as a pre-figuring of Christ’s atonement and......
On the mountain of the lord from genesis 22
John Knox+
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Genesis 22 contiued…. As we draw to the close of this epic story that has tantalized and captured the hearts of many a follower of Christ for its powerful simplify. Genesis 22 is one of those rare passages that even though we feel we have mastered the text we have a suspicion that the text has not been allowed to master us. As we peel back layer upon layer of truth we sense that we will never reach the depths of this passage. We come to verse 14 where we are introduced to a beautiful name of God, that of Jehovahjireh as rendered by the KJV. The Lord will Provide. The Hebrew word more commonly translated as ‘provide’ can equally be rendered as ‘to see.’ Among scholars this causes much debate for does it mean ‘the Lord will see you through......