“The Angel of the Lord” found Hagar by the spring of water”… Here, in Genesis 16, we have the first mention in the Old Testament of ‘The Angel of the Lord.’ We will find this title appearing many times in the Old Testament, and many Bible scholars believe that ‘The Angel of the Lord’ as seen in the Old Testament, is a Theophany, or Christophany, that is, a visible manifestation of God. Actually, I believe this ‘Angel of the Lord’ is Jesus Christ appearing in a form to mankind”. Pastor Chuck Smith 1927-2013 – – – –
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God told Abram “I Am your shield, and your exceedingly great reward.” In other words: “Abram; you’ve got Me you don’t need anything or anyone else” (Genesis 15). How true that is: The Lord is the Christian’s inheritance as well as their strength and shield. The person who has Jesus has all the resources and power they could ever need. And the resources and power of God can never fade away. How sad is the person who relies upon their own strength. Even if they are the strongest and wisest man in the world, his strength and wisdom is still limited. How blessed is the person who has learned to trust in Jesus and the strength of God.
“We first see Melchizedek in Genesis 14, then in Ps. 110. In the New Testament we meet Him in Hebrews 6, which was written to Jews who found it hard to simply believe in Jesus for their righteousness. They felt they needed a priest. So the author of Hebrews declared to them that they had a Great High Priest who was superior to the Levitical order, because He was a priest in the order of Melchizedek. So Jesus is our Great High Priest, not from the tribe of Levi, from which the priests came, but from Judah, from which the Kings came. Jesus is our Great High Priest & King. Notice the Order; He is the King of Righteousness and the King of Peace, and He is our Great High Priest. Melchizedek gave Abram bread & wine, and Abram gave tithes to Melchizedek. Jesus gave His disciples bread & wine at the Last Supper as He instituted the New Testament.
“Abram was probably feeling alone as his nephew Lot left to go to Sodom (Genesis 13). So it was at this lonely time that God was able to speak to Abram’s heart. And God made a covenant with Abram concerning Canaan land now that Lot had left, and Abram was finally in complete obedience to God’s command to leave everything. So God said to Abram: “Look North”, and Abram could see Mt. Hermon in the North. God said: “Look South toward the Negev. Look East toward the plains of Jordan. Look West toward the Mediterranean Sea”. God said “I will give all of this land to you, and your descendants forever.”
“Abraham wasn’t totally obedient at this point (Genesis 12). And this is very interesting, because Abraham is always held up as a model of faith in the New Testament; the model of a man who believed and trusted God. He’s looked at as a prime example of one who trusts and obeys. And so many times when we read about faith and the exploits of the faithful, we think, “But I’m so weak, and I’ve failed so many times, I don’t think I can do it”. Well, It is good to know that Abraham wasn’t perfect nor was his faith perfect. It’s good to know that you don’t have to be perfect, and your faith doesn’t have to be perfect for God to honor you. Pastor Chuck Smith
“GOD’S work flow is that of gathering. There was a time when it was scattering. Man built the tower of Babel which was intended to be the center of unity, the armory of power, and the seat of dominion from where some mighty Nimrod would use his scepter to rule over all humanity. But the Lord would not have it so. Infinite wisdom baffled mankind’s finite ambition! Man’s center is not God’s center, and therefore, He confounded their language and scattered them into nations by which the whole earth has been inhabited”. C.H.Spurgeon 1834-1892
Genesis chapter ten has been called the “Table of Nations”, because here you have the beginning of all of the various nations of the world, and the various ethnic groups. “These are the generations of the sons of Noah.”
Seth is probably the one who put these generations together. We follow the line of Ham for a little while, and a little bit of the line of Japheth, but then when we get to the line of Shem we will continue to follow the generations from Shem because it is from Shem that Abraham will come. And It is from Abraham that the nation of Israel will come. It is from Israel and Abraham, that the Savior Jesus Christ will come. So we will continue to follow the line down to Christ. But the others will follow for a few generations to establish the ethnic groups that sprung from them. But then we’ll leave them, because the whole message really centers on the Messiah, Jesus Christ. – Pastor Chuck Smith
The commandment that was given to Adam in the beginning is now given to Noah, because mankind is starting over again (Genesis 9). The human family that began with Adam was judged by God, found guilty, and destroyed with the exception of Noah, his wife, and three sons with their wives. Now humanity is starting over again, with God’s Rainbow of Promise that He will not destroy the earth again by flood. Now God again commands man to go out, and fill the whole earth, but instead we see rebels congregating at the tower of Babel, on the plains of Shinar. So God had to confuse their languages to cause them to go separate ways, and fill the whole earth instead of just populating one area. Pastor Chuck Smith
Now, If you listen to Born Again Christians you will get the idea that we believe this world-wide flood actually happened, that this is a real event that God chronicled for us in the book of Genesis. This model is much easier to accept when we look at all the facts contained in the geological column. It takes more faith to believe in evolution than it does to believe the Bible. And Born Again Christians will tell you that, according to God’s Word the NEXT Judgement of God will be one of a World-Wide Fire – 2 Peter 3 ! And we have no reason to doubt the truth of God’s Word, the Bible. Pastor Chuck Smith
The most remarkable thing we know concerning the old world is how it was destroyed by the world-wide flood in Genesis 6, where we see – (1) The spiritual & carnal evil of that wicked world. – (2) Our Righteous God’s hatred of that wickedness, and his Holy decision to punish it. – (3) The Amazing Grace of God to faithful Noah. 1st In Noah’s character Gen. 6:8-10. 2nd In the Words of God’s purpose for him, Gen. 6:13,17 3rd In the directions God gave Noah to build an ark, Gen. 6:14-16. 4th God’s Grace using Noah to preserve His creation,Gen. 6:18-21. – And Last, Noah’s obedience to God’s instructions. And that this which concerns the old world is written as His warning to us in these End Times of the new world.