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Abraham is commanded to sacrifice Isaac, his son—Both father and son yield to the will of God—Abraham’s seed will be as the stars and the sand in number—In his seed, all nations will be blessed—Rebekah is born to Bethuel.
1 And it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham: and he said, Behold, here I am.
Came to pass after these things? What things? God did tempt Abraham. Why would God tempt a less perfect being? If God know his thoughts, I would think God would know what his actions would be. We have ourselves tempting us, we have the devil and his friends then we have others now God himself tempting us. Why? If God knows all things wouldn’t he know what Abraham would do or not do? I would think God is before after and in the future of all time. Meaning God has no time. So if God is at the beginning and at the end of time God would know the outcome before it happens. Thus knowing what Abraham would do. So why test ? Tempt him? Note Behold
2 And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of.
Why does God want the burnt offings to be in the mountains?
3 ¶ And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and saddled his ass, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son, and clave the wood for the burnt offering, and rose up, and went unto the place of which God had told him.
Two Young men who were they? And Isaac his son 3 total 4 with Abraham. And went to the spot God told him. How did God communicate this to Abraham? Clave the Wood?
4 Then on the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes, and saw the place afar off.
5 And Abraham said unto his young men, Abide ye here with the ass; and I and the lad will go yonder and worship, and come again to you.
6 And Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering, and laid it upon Isaac his son; and he took the fire in his hand, and a knife; and they went both of them together.
Took wood, …. Took fire in his hand? And a knife
7 And Isaac spake unto Abraham his father, and said, My father: and he said, Here am I, my son. And he said, Behold the fire and the wood: but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?
8 And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together.
So Abraham lied to his son at this point or felt God would stop him from sacrificing his son?
9 And they came to the place which God had told him of; and Abraham built an altar there, and laid the wood in order, and bound Isaac his son, and laid him on the altar upon the wood.
10 And Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son.
11 And the angel of the Lord called unto him out of heaven, and said, Abraham, Abraham: and he said, Here am I.
Angel of the Lord called into him out of heaven and said ……. Here am I this time is not God ? It’s Angel of the Lord… Not of God but the Lord God? Who Is.. Here Am I ? So can angels act as in behalf of God or Lord God? As if they were God.
12 And he said, Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him: for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me.
13 And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold behind him a ram caught in a thicket by his horns: and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering in the stead of his son.
Ram caught why not a lamb? But God gave them a ram instead why?
14 And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovah-jireh: as it is said to this day, In the mount of the Lord it shall be seen.
First time I have seen
15 ¶ And the angel of the Lord called unto Abraham out of heaven the second time,
2 time out of heaven Angel of the Lord
16 And said, By myself have I sworn, saith the Lord, for because thou hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy son, thine only son:
The Angel said By myself? Have I sworn saith the Lord ….. What is meant by myself? Not God?
17 That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies;
In blessing I will bless thee …seed as the stars in heaven and sand sea shore seed shall possess the gate of his enemies; so his seed will be on other planets? And he will protect his gates from his enemies.
18 And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice.
19 So Abraham returned unto his young men, and they rose up and went together to Beer-sheba; and Abraham dwelt at Beer-sheba.
20 ¶ And it came to pass after these things, that it was told Abraham, saying, Behold, Milcah, she hath also born children unto thy brother Nahor;
21 Huz his firstborn, and Buz his brother, and Kemuel the father of Aram, FirstBorn? 4
22 And Chesed, and Hazo, and Pildash, and Jidlaph, and Bethuel. 5
23 And Bethuel begat Rebekah: these eight Milcah did bear to Nahor, Abraham’s brother. 1, 8,
24 And his concubine, whose name was Reumah, she bare also Tebah, and Gaham, and Thahash, and Maachah.
Ok to have concubines?