Gen 45:7. Gen 19:18-21. And the evening and the morning were the first day. It is only God who can look upon any one day’s work, and say of it, as a whole, and in every part, that it is “good.” As for us, our best things need sprinkling with the blood of Christ, which we need not only on the lintels and side posts of our house, but even on the altar and the mercy-seat at which we worship God. He began with a question. Some men’s work will not bear looking at, and tomorrow becomes all the worse to them because today was not considered and its sin repented of by them. Abraham had not a foot of land to call his own, except that cave of Machpelah which he bought of the sons of Heth for a burying-place for his beloved Sarah. Jacob was about to enter upon a great trial, and therefore he received a great comfort in preparation for it. Yet that ounce turned the scale. When the land was divided by lot, the lot was disposed by God to the complete fulfillment of Jacob’s prophecy. Gen 49:19. And the LORD smelled a sweet savour; Noah’s faith was pleasing to God. 10. And God called the dry land Earth, and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas. And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven. In this case, it certainly was Jacob’s duty to make some reparation to his brother, whether Esau accepted it or not. Jacob had a suit good enough for this occasion, but the worldly man had not. It seemed essential to this end that Abraham should come right out from his fellow-countrymen, and be separate unto Jehovah, so the Lord said to him, “Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee.”. So Noah removed the covering of the ark, and looked out, but he did not go out till God commanded him to do so. What fools they were to think that they could hide themselves from God! Gen 7:1. 13. Perhaps you have some of these unclean birds coming down upon your sacrifice just now. “I have a right to this,” says he, “but I will not take it; what are mere earthly rights to me? Gen 49:11-12. And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat. “That must mean mischief to me, and my company. Then thou shalt say, They be thy servant Jacob’s; it is a present sent unto my lord Esau: and, behold, also he is behind us. How obliquely fell the curse! Unbelief would have left the knife at home, but genuine faith takes it. The needful test had been applied, and Abraham’s faith had endured the trial. That was a very wonderful procession, it was the new beginning of everything upon the earth. However, we must admire Jacob in this one respect, that, with all his thought, and care, and planning, and plotting, he did not neglect prayer. Bring forth with thee every living thing that is with thee, of all flesh, both of fowl, and of cattle, and of every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth; that they may breed abundantly in the earth, and be fruitful, and multiply upon the earth. Gen 8:21. And the waters decreased continually until the tenth month: in the tenth month, on the first day of the month, were the tops of the mountains seen. Oh, trust ye in him, for his promise will stand fast for ever! He received what he sought for his necessity, but not what he merely asked out of curiosity. (1-5) Adam and Eve transgress the Divine command, and fall into sin and misery. And, brethren, this is the true rule in the Church of God. And he urged him, and he took it. We must not go where vain curiosity would lead us, else will he have to say to us, as he did to Jacob, “Wherefore is it that thou dost ask after my name?”. And the servant put his hand under the thigh of Abraham his master, and sware to him concerning that matter. And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. In similar fashion, God makes a very careful enumeration of all those who believe in him, precious are they in his sight, and they shall be preserved when all others are destroyed. 1. And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech, &c.] Or had been F23, before the flood, and from that time to this, and still was, until the confusion took place; the account of which, and the occasion of it, are given in this chapter: by the whole earth is meant the inhabitants of it, see ( Isaiah 37:18) ( 1 Kings 10:24) and so the Jerusalem Targum paraphrases the words, (Genesis 1:1) Genesis is the book of beginnings. And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years: 15. And it is a burnt offering, not only a sin-offering but an offering of a sweet savour unto himself. The works of Charles Spurgeon have inspired millions of Christians around the world for over a hundred years. How there was light before there was any sun, — for the sun was not created until the fourth day of the week — it is not for us to say. Remember how the favored three, on the Mount of Transfiguration, “feared as they entered into the cloud;” yet it was there that they were to see their Master in his glory. Now you see God’s commissariat. He wins, he conquers, when his weakness becomes supreme, and he is conscious of it. Gen 22:16-18. Text Commentaries by C. H. Spurgeon Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892), often known today as the Prince of Preachers, began his pastorate at London's New This time the patriarch has advanced by ten; before, it was by fives. It was well for Jacob to be reminded of that fact, for he was about to pass into another trouble. And, behold, the word of the LORD came unto him, saying, This shall not be thine heir; but he that shall come out of thine own bowels shall be their heir. Then pray to God to make it into a blessing. Gen 1:2. Now the patriarch changes his tone, for he has come to that tribe which would take the birthright, out of which the Christ would come: “Judah” —. And God separated the light from the darkness. Get the best Study Bible free! For we will destroy this place, because the cry of them is waxen great before the face of the LORD; and the LORD hath sent us to destroy it. Noah was not told when he should be released, and the Lord does not tell you when your trouble will come to an end. It was his own sufficiency that was wrestling with the God-man, Christ Jesus. Genesis 1:1. Gen 24:3. Ay, he did not know that promise, “While they are yet speaking I will hear”; but God keeps his promises before he makes them, and, therefore, I am sure he will keep them after he has made them. And he took unto him all these, and divided them in the midst, and laid each piece one against another: but the birds divided he not. Surely, there was more of the Jacob policy than there was of the Israel faith in this form of speech. They who would serve God aright must serve him faithfully in little things as well as in great ones. Thou hast loosed my bonds.”. Nearly two months Noah waited for the complete drying of the earth. And the bow shall be in the cloud; and I will look upon it, —, What a wonderful expression that is! Jacob knows this, so he lets Esau’s anger have an opportunity to cool down while he watches drove following drove. That also was a very sensible arrangement on Jacob’s part, so that his brother might have time to think how he should act, for angry men often do in a hurry what they would not do if they had a little time given them for consideration. Lot’s petition is only like an ounce of prayer. And he said, If I find there forty and five, I will not destroy it. Now the lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee: It was God’s intention to keep his truth and his pure worship alive in the world by committing it to the charge of … “Unto him shall the gathering of the people be.”. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth. Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. Gen 24:6. Instruments of cruelty are in their habitations. “This,” said Christ, “is the work of God,” the greatest of all works, “that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.” To trust, to believe, this shall be counted to us for righteousness even as it was to Abraham. “Hath he said, and shall he not do it?”. The works of Charles Spurgeon have inspired millions of Christians around the world for over a hundred years. And this time, perhaps, since he has prayed over the matter, he is planning more wisely than he did before, intending now to try to appease his brother’s anger by a munificent “present for Esau his brother.”, That is always the most powerful plea when we can quote God’s own promise: “Thou saidst,” —. By her action, and her husband’s, the flood-gates had been pulled up, and the flood of sin had been let loose upon the world. And it came to pass in the six hundredth and first year, in the first month, the first day of the month, the waters were dried up from off the earth: That was a happy New Year’s day for Noah. Gen 1:1. It will be your default mobile Bible, use it for devotions every day from your phone or tablet. There is as much wisdom and care displayed in the creation of the tiniest creeping insect as in the creation of leviathan himself. As in the old classic story, the poor man said, “This is a plain hut, but God has been here,” so we may say of every Christian’s cottage, “Though it be poor, an angel has come here,” for David says, “The angel of the Lord encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them.” As the angels of God met Jacob, I trust that, if you have come here after some stern battle, and trial, and difficulty, you may find the angels of God meeting you here. Gen 49:1-2. Dan shall judge his people, as one of the tribes of Israel. 8. It was Noah’s confidence in a bleeding sacrifice that gave him acceptance with the Lord. God does not always fulfill his promises to his people at once; else, where would be the room for faith? He seems to have had some sort of mistiness of soul about this time which was far worse, and so he desired to give the blessing to Esau, whom God had determined should never have it. Gen 22:12. I believe that, often, the worst thing that can happen to Christian men is really the best thing, for, while nature would cry out, “The clouds are to be dreaded,” grace can reply, — The clouds ye so much dread Are big with mercy, and shall break In blessings on your head. Commentary on Genesis (Spurgeon Commentary Series) - Kindle edition by Spurgeon, Charles. Gen 8:7-10. There are some proud people who, when they know that they have done wrong, yet will not own it, and it is very hard to end a quarrel when one will not yield, and the other feels that he will not either. For Moses simply intends to assert that the world was not perfected at its very commencement, in the manner in which it is now seen, but that it was created an empty chaos of heaven and earth. Send out a dove rather than a raven; come to the house of God with quiet, gentle, holy expectation, and your dove will come back to you. And he said, Let us take our journey, and let us go, and I will go before thee. Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat? How greatly, how much more than we do, ought we to thank God for the prolongation of our sight, and it has been well remarked by one of our greatest men of science “that we seldom hear Christian men thank God as they should for the use of spectacles in these modern times.” A philosopher has written a long paper concerning the blessings which he found in old age from this invention, and we, enabled still to read the Word when our sight decays, should be exceedingly grateful for it. And every living substance was destroyed which was upon the face of the ground, both man, and cattle, and the creeping things, and the fowl of the heaven; and they were destroyed from the earth: and Noah only remained alive, and they that were with him in the ark. God will miss none of his own. Adam had been an unfallen creature a few hours before, but, now, he had broken the commandment of the Lord, and you can see how completely death was brought into his moral nature; for if it had not been so, he would have said “My God, I have sinned, canst thou and wilt thou forgive me?” But instead of doing so, he laid the blame for his sin upon his wife, which was an utterly mean action: “The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat.” He almost seemed to lay the blame upon God because he had given him the woman to be with him. And God called the firmament Heaven. Gen 49:10. How often do you and I have our great Substitute very near to us, yet we do not see him because we do not lift up our eyes and look. Spurgeon's Morning and Evening; David Guzik :: Génesis 14 – Abram Rescata a Lot y Conoce a Melquisedec; O.T. And the ark rested in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, upon the mountains of Ararat. And Abram said to the king of Sodom, I have lift up mine hand unto the LORD, the most high God, the possessor of heaven and earth, That I will not take from a thread even to a shoe-latchet, and that I will not take any thing that is thine, lest thou shouldest say, I have made Abram rich: The patriarch is greater than the king. Food appointed. This was just as our Divine Master acted when his disciples enquired of him concerning the times and seasons, he told them it was not for them to know what the Father had retained in his own power; but Christ added, what was much better for them, “Ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you.” He will not tell us all we want to know, but he will give us all we need to have. If you are willing to suffer for Christ’s sake, it may be that you shall not be caused to suffer and if you are willing to be a martyr for the truth, you may be permitted to wear the martyr’s crown even though you are never called to stand at the stake, the scaffold or the block. Bruce K. Waltke, Genesis: A Commentary, Zondervan, 2001, 656 pp. In this respect he falls short of his grandfather Abraham; yet, nevertheless, he acts wisely, first with common prudence, and next with uncommon prayerfulness. It takes us back into the very dawn of human history and yet as we read it, it is as up-to-date as tomorrow morning's newspaper. Genesis Devotionals by F B Meyer. Behold, I stand here by the well of water; and the daughters of the men of the city come out to draw water: And let it come to pass, that the damsel to whom I shall say, Let down thy pitcher, I pray thee, that I may drink; and she shall say, Drink, and I will give thy camels drink also: let the same be she that thou hast appointed for thy servant Isaac; and thereby shall I know that thou hast shewed kindness unto my master. And the evening and the morning were the second day. Gen 32:7-8. And it came to pass, that when Isaac was old, and his eyes were dim, so that he could not see, he called Esau his eldest son, and said unto him, My son: and he said unto him, Behold, here am I. Not only shall his fruit be abundant, but his casual word, “his leaf also shall not wither.” So was it with it Abraham. These waters above were divided from the waters below. It does not say that he wrestled with the man, but “there wrestled a man with him.” We call him “wrestling Jacob,” and so he was; but we must not forget the wrestling man,—or, rather, the wrestling Christ,—the wrestling Angel of the covenant, who had come to wrestle out of him much of his own strength and wisdom, which, though it was commendable in a measure, and we have commended it, was an evil because it kept him from relying on the strength and wisdom of God. An error is often half killed when you know the real name of it; its power lies in its being indescribable; but as soon as you can call it “darkness,” you know how to act towards it. Gen 1:14-19. And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou? Gen 32:32. He knew that she had found a proper resting-place, and that the earth was clear of the flood. And they went in unto Noah into the ark, two and two of all flesh, wherein is the breath of life. Genesis 1 The Version (Spurgeon - Matthew Bible Commentary) do not have information to Genesis 1. He has a right to all his spoil; but he will not touch it, lest the glory of his God should thereby be stained. And Jacob sent messengers before him to Esau his brother into the land of Seir, the country of Edom. Of the clean creatures which might be offered in sacrifice to God you see that there was a larger proportion than there was of the unclean, that there might be sufficient for sacrifice without the destruction of any species. And Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son. And Abram took Sarai his wife, and Lot his brother’s son, and all their substance that they had gathered, and the souls that they had gotten in Haran; and they went forth to go into the land of Canaan; and into the land of Canaan they came. Now the lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee: It was God’s intention to keep his truth and his pure worship alive in the world by committing it to the charge of one man, and the nation that should spring from him. Genesis 21 – The Birth of Isaac A. Gen 49:25-28. Those that swear too readily they know not what, will ere long swear till they care not what. Thou, and thy wife, and thy sons, and thy sons’ wives with thee. And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good. Depend upon it, our sins will come home to us sooner or later. Whatever power we have, must come from God’s grace alone; and hence, usually, when we pray so as to prevail with the Lord there is at the same time a shrinking of the sinew, a consciousness of weakness, a sense of pain; yet it is just then that we are prevailing, and therefore we may rest assured that our prayer will be answered. Gen 3:16-18. And God made a wind to pass over the earth, and the waters assuaged; Winds and waves are wholly under God’s control. Oh, dear friends, sometimes people send out a raven on the Lord’s day morning, and it never brings them anything. Whilst they have some of the greatest divines in modern history, they have here one of the best of men — one of the patriarchs whose eyes were dim so that he could not see. True emblems of the Church of God with her smoke and her light, her trying affliction, yet the grace by which she still keeps burning and shining in the world. There was to be occupation for man even in paradise, just as they who are before the throne of God in glory “serve him day and night in his temple.” Idleness gives no joy, but holy employment will add to the bliss of heaven. And Noah went forth, and his sons, and his wife, and his sons’ wives with him: every beast, every creeping thing, and every fowl, and whatsoever creepeth upon the earth, after their kinds, went forth out of the ark. And God sent me before you to preserve you a posterity in the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance. Gen 2:16-17. Baptist pastor Charles Haddon Spurgeon is remembered today as the Prince of Preachers. Genesis 17:1. Gen 3:1. Perhaps he did not doubt the promise, but he wanted to have it explained to him. This was a very significant gospel action. While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease. 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