Gen 1:26-28. And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. And he passed over before them, and bowed himself to the ground seven times, until he came near to his brother. The works of Charles Spurgeon have inspired millions of Christians around the world for over a hundred years. Now we will read two short portions out of the Song of Solomon, from which you will see how love evermore craves for nearness to the loved one. January 1, 1970. Gen 9:11-17. He that feeds his birds will not starve his babes. It is a blessed thing to be such a fool that you do not know anyone to trust in except your God. 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. And every one of our sins is essentially of the same nature, and has in it, substantially, the same mischief. THERE w a s a well of water close to Hagar all the while though she saw it not. It was literally so with Judah, but it is gloriously as with our Lord to this day. In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened. We recommend Pilgrim Publications, where the Ages disk may be purchased at a discount. And the LORD God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? They were all Abraham’s by right as the spoils of war. Gather yourselves together, and hear, ye sons of Jacob; and hearken unto Israel your father. Little could they have dreamed in what a terrible sense the serpent’s words would come true. January 1, 1970. So went the present over before him: and himself lodged that night in the company. Gen 3:22. And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together. Scholars generally agree that the creation story in Genesis is divided into two accounts from two sources. So Tamar went and lived in her father’s house (Genesis 38:1-11). And Jacob’s heart fainted, for he believed them not. Unbelief would have left the knife at home, but genuine faith takes it. TOP PAGES: adam clarke commentary; godrules.net ; psalms 23 commentary; luke 2 commentary; matthew 9 commentary; works of martin luther; psalm 82 commentary; romans 3 commentary; ephesians 4 kjv; genesis 15 : Web: godrules.net: Charles H. Spurgeon's … It was according to the rule of war that, if persons who had made an invasion were afterwards themselves captured, then if the new captor gave up the persons, he was fully entitled to take the goods to himself. Gen 45:1-2. Why cannot people keep to the words of Scripture? Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee. Gen 19:22-28. Then on the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes, and saw the place afar off. The archers have sorely grieved him, and shot at him, and hated him: but his bow abode in strength, and the arms of his hand were made strong by the hands of the mighty God of Jacob; (from thence is the shepherd, the stone of Israel:). Jacob knows this, so he lets Esau’s anger have an opportunity to cool down while he watches drove following drove. And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good. Biblical Commentary Genesis 1:1-5 EXEGESIS: GENESIS 1:1—2:4a. Gen 8:15-21. But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt. And the ark rested in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, upon the mountains of Ararat. See how he plots and arranges everything to the best advantage. 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. Gen 3:13. It sounds so simple, yet behind it lurk many of the ultimate questions of philosophy, theology, and metaphysics. While that was true of Judah, it is still more true of him who sprang out of Judah, even our Lord and King, the Lion of the tribe of Judah. God forms the sun, moon, and stars. “That must mean mischief to me, and my company. The Version (Spurgeon - Matthew Bible Commentary) do not have information to Genesis 1. Let God's people cast their care upon him, and not be troubled about what they shall eat, and what they shall drink. 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 “Who art thou, O great mountain? Perhaps the old man’s legs trembled under him; he felt that he could not run so far; and, beside, the mountain seemed so bleak and dreary, he could not quite quit the abodes of men. Gen 15:14-17. We shall read three short portions of Scripture, all illustrative of the great truth that God has sometimes given grace to his people to overcome himself, the Almighty has condescended to be vanquished by man. This has been the blessing of many a child of God, — to fight, and apparently to lose the battle, yet to win it at the end. Gen 7:1. Get the best Study Bible free! God always lets his people know what is practically for their good. The waters were abated as far as the fruit trees; not only the tallest forest trees, but some of the fruit trees were uncovered from the water. “Down from the top of earthly bliss Rebellious man was hurl’d; And Jesus stoop’d beneath the grave To reach a sinking world.”. Therefore the name of the city was called Zoar. He can make light without a sun, he can spread the gospel without the aid of ministers, he can convert souls without any human or angelic agency, for he does as he wills in the heavens above and on the earth beneath. Happy fowls, and happy cattle, and happy beasts of the earth to be connected with Noah, and go to come under a covenant of preservation and we, — though only worthy to be typified by these creatures which God had preserved in the ark, — are thrice happy to be in the same covenant with him who is our Noah, our rest, our sweet savour unto God. Genesis Devotionals-Theodore Epp . “Though I am willing to give up my share of the spoil, that is no reason why these men should do the same.” Christian men ought not to expect worldlings to do what they cheerfully and willingly do themselves; and, indeed, it is not much use to expect it, for they are not likely to do it. God separates the earth from the waters, and makes it fruitful. And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. Gen 49:3. O father of the faithful, though thou dost believe, and art counted as righteous through believing, dost thou still ask, “Whereby shall I know?” Ah, beloved! Scholars generally agree that the creation story in Genesis is divided into two accounts from two sources. God does not always fulfill his promises to his people at once; else, where would be the room for faith? Naphtali is a hind let loose: he giveth goodly words. And he said, Let us take our journey, and let us go, and I will go before thee. All this ought to make us long to be under the yet fuller and higher covenant of grace, by which spiritual blessings would he scoured to us, — an eternal day to follow this earthly night, and a glorious harvest to follow this time of seed-sowing. They are all here, Jacob. She was to offer him to drink, and draw water for his camels; she would thus not be afraid of work, she would be courteous, and she would be kind, and all these meeting in one might show him, and by this test he might very wisely discover, that she was a fitting woman for Isaac, and might become his spouse. Not even one servant had he with him when he fled away across the river, he was alone and unattended, and now he was coming back at the head of a great family, with troops of servants, and an abundance of cattle, and sheep, and all things that men think worth having. He was a man of plans and arrangements, a man of considerable craftiness, which some people nowadays call “prudence.” He used means, and he sometimes used them a little too much. (20,21) Adam and Eve are driven out from paradise. “The firmament” — an expanse of air in which floated the waters which afterwards condensed, and fell upon the earth in refreshing showers. Gen 1:9-13. So he tied his own hands: he could not revoke his blessing, or, had he done so, he would have brought the curse upon himself. How obliquely fell the curse! Gen 45:10. Go now to the flock, and fetch me from thence two good kids of the goats; and I will make them savoury meat for thy father, such as he loveth: And thou shalt bring it to thy father, that he may eat, and that he may bless thee before his death. Everything was ready for man’s use, every fruit-bearing tree for his nourishment, every creature to do his bidding, for it was the will of God that he should “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.” God did not place the man formed in his image, after his likeness, in an unfurnished house or an empty world, and leave him to provide for himself all that he required but he prepared everything that man could possibly need, and completed the whole plan by planting “a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed.”. Gen 45:4. Gen 15:18-21. Gen 8:2. Gen 32:2. And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth. God would not make a creature to be unhappy. Gen 27:12-15. So a man may have great opportunities, and yet lose them. His wisdom and insight into God’s Word and world have helped others discover the richness of Scripture. And Abraham gat up early in. And they rose up and went together to Beersheba; and Abraham dwelt at Beersheba. Gen 18:33. Only a few days ago, the chestnuts were just beginning to turn green, and then there came the little spikes, and now you can see them in full flower. And his brethren could not answer him; for they were troubled at his presence. And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters. "Public Domain". Gen 22:9. Note those four words, “and it was so.” Whatever God ordains always comes. This Bible app will help you reading, studying and understanding the Holy book. Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat? If Moses had meant to describe a partial deluge upon only a small part of the earth, he used very misleading language; but if he meant to teach was that the deluge was universal, he used the very word which we might have expected that he would use. So that he fell, or began to fall; but still he gripped the Angel, and would not let him go. And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so. Gen 32:26. His wisdom and insight into God’s Word and world have helped others discover the richness of Scripture. And he said, I will not let thee go, except thou bless me. Gen 3:14-15. And the evening and the morning were the third day. It is evident that, as soon as he felt that he must fall, he grasped the other “Man” with a kind of death-grip, and would not let him go. Love me, love even my flocks and my herds. Why is all this recorded in the Bible? Gen 19:12. And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed. That raven that you did not lock up well at home, has come here after you. Now let us read what the Lord says, through the prophet Isaiah, concerning this covenant. A little of the spirit of doubt had crept into Eve’s mind, so she answered, God hath said, “Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.”. But, dear friends, angels often come to meet us, though we know it not. These men were verily guilty for selling their brother, yet God was verily wise in permitting him to be sold. When did the dominion depart from Judah till the Lord Jesus came as the Seat One? And Isaac spake unto Abraham his father, and said, My father: and he said, Here am I, my son. Abraham is called “the friend of God.” It was not merely that God was his Friend; that was blessedly true, and it was a great wonder of grace; but he was honoured to be called “the friend of God”’-one with whom God could hold sweet converse, a man after his own heart, in whom he trusted to whom he revealed his secrets. He had already attained a fine old age, but he had another century of life before him, which he could not then foresee, or expect. God knows when to send angels to his servants; and when they come, it is often as the forerunners of a trial which is to follow them. That be far from thee to do after this manner, to slay the righteous with the wicked: and that the righteous should be as the wicked, that be far from thee: Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right? We have the thoughts that soar like fowl in the open firmament of heaven, and other thoughts that dive into the mysteries of God, as the fish dive in the sea, and these are after-development, after-growths of that same power which at the first said, “Let there be light.”. And it is a burnt offering, not only a sin-offering but an offering of a sweet savour unto himself. Out of Asher his bread shall be fat, and he shall yield royal dainties. And he said, Wherefore is it that thou dost ask after my name? We loathe it even while we recognize that it is needful for the time being, but we have not entered it for the sake of personal gain. Love may not be always logical, but it is sweetly consoling, as it must have been in this case. First, let us read the story of Jacob in the Book of Genesis, the thirty-second chapter, at the twenty-second verse: —, He had made a quiet oratory for himself by sending everyone else of the company over to the other side of the brook; his own resolve being —, When the wrestling Man, the Angel of the covenant, saw —, When we come nearest to God, we must have a deep sense of our own personal weakness; it must never be supposed, if our suit prevails with heaven, that there is anything in us, or anything in our prayers, to account for our prevalence. That holy awe, that sacred reverence of God is the very essence of our acceptance with him.” The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.” “The Lord taketh pleasure in them that fear him.” This is a very different thing from slavish fear; it is a right sort of fear, the kind of fear that love does not cast out, but which love lives with in happy fellowship. And, behold, your eyes see, and the eyes of my brother Benjamin, that it is my mouth that speaketh unto you. Come away from the world, beloved, but come close to one another; be one household, be it your delight to assemble around your elder Brother, the Lord Jesus Christ. And said, Wilt thou also destroy the righteous with the wicked? Now we are going to read in the Gospel according to John, the fifth chapter, beginning at the twenty-fourth verse. Gen 7:9. Binding his foal unto the vine, and his ass’s colt unto the choice vine; he washed his garments in wine, and his clothes in the blood of grapes: his eyes shall be red with wine, and his teeth white with milk. Gen 8:6-7. “The face of the ground was dry” in the first month; “the earth was dried,” the second month. Jesus Christ our great King-Priest, still meets us, and brings us bread and wine. He was nearly five hundred years old when he began to preach about the flood, — a good old age to take up such a subject. and whither goest thou? 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. Gen 3:7. Some argue from Genesis 2:19, that fowls were made of the earth; and would propose an alteration in the translation of the verse before us to the following effect, -- "and let the fowl fly above the heaven. Let it not be so with us; but let us both feed well and yield well. And he said, I will not do it for forty’s sake. There are some of you, dear brethren, who have minds that are naturally given to inventions, and devices, and plans, and plots, and I believe that, where this is the case, you have more to battle against than those have who are of an ample mind, and who cast themselves more entirely upon the Lord. And he blessed him,—, In the name of God, Melchizedek blessed Abraham. Eagles and vultures, and all kinds of kites in the form of carking cares, and sad memories, and fears, and doubts, come hovering over the sacred feast. 28 God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Of fowls also of the air by sevens the male and the female; to keep seed alive upon the face of all the earth. Many things may seem to be left to chance, but they are not, the hand of God still guides and controls. God will foresee; “God will”-as we usually say,-“provide,” which is being interpreted, fore-see. “Jacob called unto his sons,” so he was not bereaved after all. And he stayed yet other seven days; and sent forth the dove; which returned not again unto him any more. A man who does not obey God’s commands may talk about righteousness, even the righteousness which is of faith, but it is clear that he does not possess it, for faith works by love, and the righteousness which is by faith is proved by obedience to God. Gen 45:11-13. Poor little Lot, what a poor little prayer his was! Gen 9:8-10. 4 And God saw that the light was good. If you would hear the voice of a divine promise, go to the atoning blood of Jesus. So the Lord bore his servant through this great trial, and blessed him more than he had ever blessed him before. Issachar’s was a poor case; he was so idle, so fond of rest, that he was willing to become a servant unto tribute. He gave it a name to commemorate God’s having sent the angels, and called it “two camps” or “two hosts.”, The angels of God are always round about his people. They had cast off their allegiance to God; they had set up on their own account; they thought they knew better than God, and they imagined they were going to be gods themselves. Is a fruitful bough, even a fruitful bough by a well; whose branches run over the wall: The Hebrew puts it, “Joseph is a son of fruits, even a son of fruits by a well; whose daughters run over the wall.”, Gen 49:22. 18. Take, I pray thee, my blessing that is brought to thee; because God hath dealt graciously with me, and because I have enough. And he said unto him, See, I have accepted thee concerning this thing also, that I wilt not overthrow this city, for thou hast spoken. And God said unto Noah, This is the token of the covenant, which I have established between me and all flesh that is upon the earth. He had not reached the highest point of faith, though he had gone in the right direction a great deal further than many Christians. And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so. The sale of Joseph was only the “beginning of woes” for his father Israel. 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. Look through Paul’s list of the heroes of faith; some of them are exceedingly imperfect characters’ some we should hardly have thought of mentioning, but they had faith; and although men, in their faulty judgment, think faith to be an inferior virtue, and often scarcely look upon it as a virtue at all, yet, in the judgment of God, faith is the supremest virtue. 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