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Genesis

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An Introduction to Genesis.

For our convenience in referencing the bible man has divided original text into chapters and verses but Genesis has its own eleven distinct divisions dealing with; an Introduction to genealogy, genealogies of the Heavens and the Earth, of Adam, of Noah, of the sons of Noah, of Shem, of Terah, of Ishmael, of Isaac, of Esau and of Jacob. In some bibles the word 'genealogy' is translated as 'history'.
This is human history tracked through a certain blood line. Why these people? The main area of interest is the Messianic line because this is a book about Christ. This is actual history which explains origins but in today's world it is largely rejected. This is understandable by those of no faith but there are those calling themselves Christians who are blinded by bad science and disbelieve parts of the bible particularly the account of creation.
Does it matter? Does it make any difference whether God created in six days or whether He created by evolution over millions of years?
The first three chapters of Genesis are absolutely foundational to the whole of scripture. Satan knows that to destroy the foundations is to destroy all. Doubt was sown into minds by Darwin's ideas.

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CHAPTER 1
(1) In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.


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An Introduction to Genesis - part 2.

Ian gives his reasoning for his acceptance that Genesis is the literal truth about creation and origins and not as many believe a matter of evolution or myth.
Those without understanding are content in the belief that science has 'proved' the big bang and evolution but most simply accept such without any idea of what science actually says and what evidence there is to weigh such against biblical evidence.
This evening we are drawn the precise and vital relationship between the solar system and earth, and between plants and animals. With God being the creator of all things it follows that He knows how everything functions and how He intends it all to be in a right relationship within itself and with Him.
God does not want automatons. We have choice. Having choice sorts those who try to live according to God's plan from those who choose to live as they please which by definition is contrary to God's intentions and instructions.
The evolutionist belief has to get rid of the biblical account of creation but a problem exists in that there are people professing to be Christians who choose to accept the evolutionist belief in a big bang rather than what God tells us. They may compromise with their own explanation (unbiblically changing and adding to God's word) saying that God 'used' the big bang and evolution to create us. This is known as 'theistic evolution'.
What worldly effect does this have? It is catastrophic.
Ian gives examples of how man loses any grasp of what is right / wrong, moral / amoral, except for those invented by his own ideas. Theistic evolutionists give themselves the right to reinterpret God's word giving themselves a god that they like and who approves their lifestyle.

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(1) In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.


NASA photo of Earth from space


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GENESIS - Myth? Theistic Evolution? Gap Theory? An Introduction to Genesis - part 3.

We have considered the views of some in suggesting that the Genesis account of creation is myth. We have considered Theistic Evolution which people suggest was God's method of creating everything. This evening Ian brings our attention to another view held by some, that of Gap Theory.
We are given an overview of how Gap Theory accepts the Genesis account but suggests there are tremendous time intervals between verses which can bring agreement with some geologists and others who believe in millions/billions of years of Earth development.

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(2) The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.


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Day One. Let There Be Light. (Verses 3 - 5)

Ian shows that Genesis is not only a factual account or origins but contains spiritual truths.
So far in this series several ideas have been mentioned including 'Gap theory' and 'Theistic evolution'. This evening we are given the answer as to why there are seven days in a week and the correct interpretation of Genesis in that the word 'day' does indeed mean a literal twentyfour hour day as we know it.
Why does Genesis refer to a day as 'evening and morning' whereas we tend to think that morning occurs before evening?
The sun, moon and stars have not yet been created so what is the 'light' of verse 3?
Some say that earth is an insignificant speck in a vast universe of galaxies but the Biblical world view has Earth at centre stage.

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(3) Then God said, "Let there be light"; and there was light.
(4) And God saw the light, that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness.
(5) God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. So the evening and the morning were the first day.


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Day Two. Waters, Firmanent and Heaven. (Verses 6 - 8)

People think everything revolves around them and this can be seen in advertising directed at YOU but the bible has the focus on God and His perspective, not on the opinions of man.
Ian mentions the 'Water Canopy' theory and explains the words 'firmanent' and 'waters'. This evening we look at what we can actually see for ourselves in having waters below in rivers and seas and waters above in clouds and vapour.
God separated the waters by firmanent. Why did God call the firmanent 'Heaven'?


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(6) Then God said, "Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters."
(7) Thus God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament; and it was so.
(8) And God called the firmament Heaven. So the evening and the morning were the second day.


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Day Three. Dry Land Appears. (Verses 9 - 13)

This evening we consider the original land mass geologists named Pangea and the result of movement of tectonic plates in bringing the devastation of Noah's flood.
Everything was created by the Son of God who said to us, "I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you." The believer has the incorruptible seed of His word in his heart. This leads to the next part of the third day where vegetation is created.
The words, 'according to its kind' in reference to plants and animals indicates the foolishness of Darwin's evolutionary theory as NO KIND of plant or animal has ever turned into another KIND. There is much variation within kinds but that is not the same as change from one kind to another. The evolutionist insists on the preposterous idea that all the wonders we see and experience around us and in us have all come about by accident rather than by design.


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(9) Then God said, "Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear"; and it was so.
(11) Then God said, "Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb that yields seed, and the fruit tree that yields fruit according to its kind, whose seed is in itself, on the earth"; and it was so.


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Day Four. Creation of the Sun, Moon and Stars. (Verses 14 - 19)

We are required to consider the sizes of planets and the vastness of the universe containing numberless galaxies of stars along with their beauty. All created on day four.
People suggest that we are 'not alone' and they believe there could be life elsewhere but biblically Earth is unique and central to God's plan.
At all times we should appreciated the magnitude, beauty and purpose of the universe.


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(14) Then God said, "Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs and seasons, and for days and years;
(15) and let them be for lights in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth"; and it was so.


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Days Five and Six. Living Things. (Verses 20 - 31)

The evolutionist looks at all living things and whenever he sees a part of a plant or animal that is also present in another plant or animal he believes they are related in having a 'common ancestor'. He will often refer to certain things that are 'designed' to fulfill a purpose or function but sadly he is missing what God's word shows us is obvious in that similarities are present due to there being a designer - God.
What is life? We are given suggestions by science, philosophy and dictionaries but they all describe what we see and give no explanation of what life actually is. How did life originate? Science only offers hypotheses as to how basic chemicals combined by accident under precise conditions to form life but such hypotheses are cluttered with the words, possibly, may have, we believe, etc.
The bible tells us God has life in Himself and He is the one who gives life.
What is the consequence of people believing they are nothing more than animals?


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(21) So God created great sea creatures and every living thing that moves, with which the waters abounded, according to their kind, and every winged bird according to its kind.
(24) Then God said, "Let the earth bring forth the living creature according to its kind: cattle and creeping thing and beast of the earth, each according to its kind"; and it was so.
(27) So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.


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Creatures - All According to Their Kind. (Verses 20 - 31)

If Darwin had known the complex workings of a biological cell would he have ever suggested life was due to lots of 'accidents'? We have a problem today that science DOES know much of the incredible workings inside a cell and yet perpetuate the lie of evolution. The bible tells us, man "exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator" (Rom. 1:25). Why would intelligent people prefer Darwinian evolution theory which does not have any evidence to show one kind of animal changing into another kind? Why is it that animals can change and adapt within their own kind but cannot change into another kind?

Recommended YouTube videos -

1) Stated Clearly - What is DNA and how does it work https://youtu.be/zwibgNGe4aY
2) Cell structure and function https://youtu.be/HBvfBB_oSTc
3) Your Body's Molecular Machines https://youtu.be/X_tYrnv_o6A
4) Inside the living cell https://youtu.be/d4TJ4NY1IA0

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(21) So God created great sea creatures and every living thing that moves, with which the waters abounded, according to their kind, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.
(24) Then God said, "Let the earth bring forth the living creature according to its kind: cattle and creeping thing and beast of the earth, each according to its kind"; and it was so.
(25) And God made the beast of the earth according to its kind, cattle according to its kind, and everything that creeps on the earth according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.


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The Sixth Day - Creation of Mankind. (Verses 26 - 31)

A creation made 'in Our image' with dominion over the earth and everything created on it. This is 'man/woman' - not merely a higher type of animal as the evolutionists believe.
Having dominion does not mean man can do what he wants and abuse what he has been entrusted to care for but we see people killing for so-called sport as well as environmental destruction and pollution of the earth. Everything is there for US. Christians should be the most responsible and caring of all people regarding our planet.
God refers to Himself in the plural. Some suggest that indicates more than one God and others suggest that Angels are referred to. The plurality actually refers to the 'Trinity' of one God revealed as God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.
There are not only published individuals but also religious cults who believe and teach that 'in Our image' and 'in Our likeness' means that God has a body of flesh and bone but Jesus told us God is spirit. Man has many attributes of God but to a lesser degree. Animals do not have these attributes. Man has morals but there are those who not only choose to live perverse lives but go out of their way to influence society to accept perverse behaviour as normal. Ian looks at many abilities of man that are unique to man - animals do not have them.


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(26) Then God said, "Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth."
(27) So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.
(28 Then God blessed them, and God said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth."


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Days Six and Seven. All Creation was 'Very Good'. (v 29 - Ch.2 v 3)

Ian compares what we are told in Genesis with the way the world is today. God said, "Be fruitful and multiply". A current view is that the world is over populated and the number of people should be reduced due to insufficient resources. They say this should be done 'humanely'. Some governments have imposed measures to achieve this. Does acceptance and promotion of abortion and gay lifestyle contribute?
God tells us that man and all animals were created as vegetarians. This is ALL animals including dinosaurs and those that we know today as carnivores. Why has what God created and saw as 'very good' changed so that not only do we and animals eat flesh? Every plant was created to provide food for man and animals but we see thorn, thistles and poisonous plants. This is no longer 'very good'.
What is the answer to all the problems in the world today? Is the solution to reduce populations, or redistribute wealth or resources?
The solution is in God's hands with the coming tribulation and millenium.
With the world as it is today the solution will soon come.


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(29) And God said, "See, I have given you every herb that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed; to you it shall be for food.
(30) Also, to every beast of the earth, to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, in which there is life, I have given every green herb for food"; and it was so.
(31) Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good. So the evening and the morning were the sixth day.
CHAPTER 2
(3) Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made.


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Day Seven. Who is the Sabbath Day for? (Chapter 2 v 1 - 3)

God had created and on the seventh day He rested. In these verses the seventh day does not conclude with 'the evening and the morning were the ...' as they did for the previous six days and some suggest that this indicates that the seventh day is an extended period of time and not a twentyfour hour period like the previous days. Ian explains why the seventh day actually is another twentyfour hours day.
This evening we look particularly at the fourth commandment, 'Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. . ." (Exodus 20 and 31).
What is a 'Sabbath'?
Ian raises the question as to whether 'keeping the Sabbath' applies only to Israel or to Gentiles too. What should Gentile believers do?


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CHAPTER 2
(1) Thus the heavens and the earth, and all the host of them, were finished.
(2) And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done.
(3) Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made.


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The Creation of Man. (Chapter 2 v 4 - 15)

So far Genesis has given us an account of the creation of the heavens and the earth. Verse four now moves our focus to the earth and then to man. This evening we concentrate on the creation of man formed 'of the dust of the ground' - the chemical elements that man is physically comprised of. Suppose you have all the necessary 'ingredients' in the correct quantities that comprise the human body, what instruction and skill is required to 'make man'?
Obviously no matter what instructions or skill you have you cannot make man. Sadly the evolutionists believe that man was made by accidents with random outcomes over a long period of time.
Having 'formed' man one thing was still required - life - this was breathed into him by God. Man became a person - a living soul. That is what we are inside the physical body. The body will eventually die the first death but the soul will live forever.
God put man in an idyllic location with everything he needed and would delight him. Some today propose that if people were taken from their current miserable environment and put in a 'decent' one it would change them into 'decent' people. Adam and Eve were in an absolutely perfect environment but as we will soon see it is not environment that is responsible for the behaviour of man but the sin in his heart.


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(4) This is the history of the heavens and the earth when they were created, in the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens,
(7) And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.
(8) The Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden, and there He put the man whom He had formed.
(9) And out of the ground the Lord God made every tree grow that is pleasant to the sight and good for food....


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Life in God's Garden. (Chapter 2 v 8 - 17)

God provided a garden that was perfect in every way - a paradise. In planting our own gardens are we trying to regain something of that paradise lost? For a variety of reasons people have looked for the garden of Eden. Ian poses the question as to whether it can be found and then looks at suggestions as to where it is.
Two of the rivers mentioned in these verses are known today and their sources can be traced but does the topography of today correspond to the description given in Genesis or was it dramatically changed by the flood?
We are told of two specific trees and Adam was given a warning not to eat of one of them as he would 'surely die'. Ian gives explanation as to why a loving God put such a tree in a perfect garden?


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(9) And out of the ground the Lord God made every tree grow that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
(10) Now a river went out of Eden to water the garden, and from there it parted and became four riverheads.
(16) And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, "Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat;
(17) but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die."


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God Created Woman. (Chapter 2 v 18 - 25)

In these verses we are told how and why God created woman to be with man and of the relationship between Adam and Eve as husband and wife.
Adam named the animals and the names he gave them had some significance and meaning. There were male and female of each kind and although there were differences it was obvious they belonged together but there were none 'comparable to' Adam. God created woman to compliment Adam so that together they were complete.
Why was woman created in a different manner to the animals and Adam who were created from the dust of the ground? Ian explains.


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(18) And the Lord God said, "It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him."
(20) So Adam gave names to all cattle, to the birds of the air, and to every beast of the field. But for Adam there was not found a helper comparable to him.
(24) Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.
(25) And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.


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Marriage According to Scripture. (Chapter 2 v 18 - Ch.3 v 6)

These verses tell us something of the dignity and status of woman who is comparable to man, not inferior as has been considered in many cultures. The differences between man and woman complement each other and God made them to be bonded in marriage as one man with one woman in a relationship for life. Marriage is under attack today. Destroy 'traditional' marriage and family and you destroy society.
Ian looks at how God's standards have been put aside by society in recent history with ever increasing media promotion of fornication, immorality and deviancy.
In our own country three laws were passed in 1967 that have had a profound effect. Satan is mantaining his attack on society.


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(24) Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.
(25) And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.


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What is Temptation? (Chapter 3 v 1 - 8)

Satan's method of temptation was successful with Eve. He has always remained consistent and it is just as successful today.
Darwinian evolution says that humans have evolved from something primitive with continual improvements in intelligence and what we see as beneficial human traits but Genesis tells us that man and everything else were created perfect. Adam was intelligent - made in the 'image' of God.
There has been no improvement since Eve sinned but a continued deterioration bringing us to the dark place the world is today. That was not the first sin. There was sin in Heaven among the angels and the bible describes how Lucifer was when he was created - beautiful, intelligent and wise but he wanted to be god and he caused rebellion. He became Satan.
Satan cannot make a person sin but he is cunning and Eve responded inappropriately to his subtle temptation. He made Eve doubt the word of God and that is his same approach with people today. When he sows doubt people handle the word of God carelessly and believe Satan when he tells them scripture is a lie and limiting to their true potential.


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CHAPTER 3
(1) Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, "Has God indeed said, 'You shall not eat of every tree of the garden'?"
(2) And the woman said to the serpent, "We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden;
(3) but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, 'You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.' "
(4) Then the serpent said to the woman, "You will not surely die.


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How Does Temptation Apply to Today? (Chapter 3 v 1 - 8)

The subtlety of Satan is used today. Many churchgoers are completely unaware. We look at what is called the emergent church.
Ian explains how the emergent church uses what they call conversation to undermine and cast doubt about God's word. We hear some of their ideas and it is obvious who is influencing them - "You will not surely die". They will question and sow doubt about the relevance of God's word before moving on to an outright rejection of what it says.
Satan brought Eve to the point where she doubted what God had said and accepted the suggestion that God's motives were to prevent her reaching her full potential. Eve had seen that tree many times but she was persuaded to look at it in a different way just as people are today.


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(5) For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil."
(6) So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate.


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Who Do You Blame For Your Sin? (Chapter 3 v 9 - 24)

Adam and Eve sinned and tried to cover what they had done. Nothing can be hidden from God. He sees everything. God asks us all, "Where are you?" Not a question as to our geographical location but to make us think where we are in our relationship with God.
One difference between animals and man is that man is to be responsible. God wanted Adam to take responsibility and face up to his sin but he tried to avoid doing that by blaming the woman and ultimately God because He gave him the woman. The woman blames the serpent and people today do the same thing in putting blame elsewhere - 'the devil made me do it'.
The serpent is revered by some and worshipped by others. Why? Who would be a follower of the serpent? All those who oppose God.
There is no hiding place and we are all accountable to God. We look at God's words to the serpent.


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(9) Then the Lord God called to Adam and said to him, "Where are you?"
(14) So the Lord God said to the serpent: "Because you have done this, You are cursed more than all cattle, And more than every beast of the field; On your belly you shall go, And you shall eat dust All the days of your life.
(15) And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, And you shall bruise His heel."


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God's Judgement On The Woman and Adam. (Chapter 3 v 16 - 19)

Prior to the fall of man life was free of pain but God's judgement made bringing a child into the world a painful experience. It is not only a physical thing but because of love that child can bring further pain throughout your earthly life.
Woman was created equal to and complementary to man. They were intended to be as one in marriage, one man and one woman for life but both man and woman changed. It was not long before man wanted more than one wife and women were seen as to be controlled. This attitude prevails in the world today except in cultures influenced by biblical Christian beliefs.
Why did Adam heed what the woman said? Was it because he did not want to have conflict with her, to upset her? That is what some people in churches today do in changing God's word so as to not offend those with sinful lifestyles or different doctrines - the ones who have been deceived.
Working in the garden provided by God would have been enjoyable and fulfilling but now, "Cursed is the ground". Working it and dealing with thorns and weeds is hard work.
Judgement was made but God did not leave the woman and Adam without hope.


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(16) To the woman He said: "I will greatly multiply your sorrow and your conception; In pain you shall bring forth children; Your desire shall be for your husband, And he shall rule over you.
(17) Then to Adam He said, "Because you have heeded the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree of which I commanded you, saying, 'You shall not eat of it': “Cursed is the ground for your sake; In toil you shall eat of it All the days of your life.
(18) Both thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you, And you shall eat the herb of the field.


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The Beginning of the Fallen Sinful State. (Chapter 3 v 20 - Ch.4 v 5)

Cain and Abel. Brothers with the same upbringing and both taught by their parents but with different personalities and temperaments. One working with animals and the other working the ground.
Both have been taught how they must approach God at the right time in the right place in an acceptable manner to Him, that means doing it God's way. Abel did this correctly and his offering comprising a blood sacrifice was accepted by God.
Cain's offering involved much work and would have appeared beautiful but bore no reflection of the sacrifice required by God to appease sin. Like man and so many religions today Cain tried to approach God by doing it his own way instead of obeying God.


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(24) So He drove out the man; and He placed cherubim at the east of the garden of Eden, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to guard the way to the tree of life.

CHAPTER 4
(1) Now Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived and bore Cain, and said, "I have acquired a man from the Lord."
(2) Then she bore again, this time his brother Abel. Now Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground.


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Cain Murdered Abel. (Chapter 4 v 1 - 15)

The great difference between Cain and Abel is that Abel had faith in God and Cain did not.
Both were taught the same things by their parents and one approached God as he had been taught but the other decided he would do things his own way. It is the same today with men trying to approach God by their own good works but this is contrary to God's word and is rejected. This approach is used by all false religions but it bypasses the blood of Christ for salvation which is only by the grace of God through faith and not through good works.
If a true biblical believer points out the error of 'good works' to those who adhere to it they are likely to be met with a similar response to Cain's anger and fallen countenance.
Cain murdered Abel and false religions have been murdering true believers ever since.



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(3) And in the process of time it came to pass that Cain brought an offering of the fruit of the ground to the Lord.
(4) Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat. And the Lord respected Abel and his offering,
(5) but He did not respect Cain and his offering. And Cain was very angry, and his countenance fell.
(6) So the Lord said to Cain, "Why are you angry? And why has your countenance fallen?
(7) If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin lies at the door. And its desire is for you, but you should rule over it."
(8) Now Cain talked with Abel his brother; and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother and killed him.


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The Immediate Consequences of Sin. (Chapter 4 v 9 - 24)

In Cain we see consequences that are the same for all those who reject God and refuse to come the way of Christ. All that initially brought pleasure no longer does so. The life of the sinner is one of frustration and Ian explains how all are fugitives and vagabonds.
Cain feared for his life but who would want to kill Cain and why did the Lord set a protective mark on him?
Cain had a son who he named Enoch (meaning Initiated) and built a Godless city of the same name as rebellion against God.
The consequences for Cain should have been a deterrent to others but people quickly forget or choose to ignore even when the deterrent takes the form of a global flood killing all but eight people.
Today's society flouts God's laws and although God is patient for a long time there are consequences.



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(12) When you till the ground, it shall no longer yield its strength to you. A fugitive and a vagabond you shall be on the earth."
(13) And Cain said to the Lord, "My punishment is greater than I can bear!
(14) Surely You have driven me out this day from the face of the ground; I shall be hidden from Your face; I shall be a fugitive and a vagabond on the earth, and it will happen that anyone who finds me will kill me."
(15) And the Lord said to him, "Therefore, whoever kills Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold." And the Lord set a mark on Cain, lest anyone finding him should kill him.


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The Years Preceding the Flood. (Chapter 4 v 16 - Chapter 6 v 12)

This is intended as an introduction to a series of studies leading up to the time of the flood. Verses covering a period of about 1500 years. With developments in our technology we believe man today has increased in intelligence but the bible indicates otherwise.
We are given the genealogies of two distict lineages. That of ungodly Cain (Cain to Lamech) and the Messianic line of Seth (Adam to Noah). Ian explains what additional information we can glean about these people from sources other than the infallible word of God that is our bible. The books of Jasher and Enoch are mentioned in the bible and Ian may quote helful passages that are not contradictory to the bible. We may also look at the writings of Josephus and the Book of Jubilees for useful information.
Looking at a few passages we can see disobedience of God's intention for marriage of one man to one woman, and the family unit. We can see the first 'superpower'.
We are to look at the correlation of how things were then and our society today. We are living 'as in the days of Noah'.



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(16) Then Cain went out from the presence of the Lord and dwelt in the land of Nod on the east of Eden.
(17) And Cain knew his wife, and she conceived and bore Enoch. And he built a city, and called the name of the city after the name of his son—Enoch.
(18) To Enoch was born Irad; and Irad begot Mehujael, and Mehujael begot Methushael, and Methushael begot Lamech.
(19) Then Lamech took for himself two wives: the name of one was Adah, and the name of the second was Zillah.


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The Genealogy of Seth. (Chapter 4 v 16 - Chapter 6 v 12)

Last week we looked at the Godless line of Cain. This evening we look at the line of Seth which ultimately leads to the Messiah.
We are told when individuals were born and when they died. We are given their names which all have some meaning providing us with information about them.
Seventh generations are significant. The seventh generation in the line of Seth peaks in Godliness but the line of Cain reaches an all time low in wickedness and depravity which we can see in the world today - 'as in the days of Noah'.



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(25) And Adam knew his wife again, and she bore a son and named him Seth, "For God has appointed another seed for me instead of Abel, whom Cain killed."
(26) And as for Seth, to him also a son was born; and he named him Enosh. Then men began to call on the name of the Lord.


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22nd August - no bible study due to illness.



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Sons of God and Daughters of Men. (Chapter 6 v 1 - 4)

This evening we look at a significant event and it is vitally important that we understand who the 'daughters of men' and the 'sons of God' were. 'Daughters of men' were obviously beautiful women but there are three basic ideas of who the 'sons of God' were.
Some say they were fallen angels, some say they were men of power such as kings, others say they were from the Godly line of Seth and the women were from the unodly line of Cain.
We look at the three views. The first is supported by many biblical references but there is an objection based on something Jesus said which Ian clarifies.
The second view regarding powerful men can be seen throughout all history where those with power have taken what they wanted.
The third view of the marriages being a mixture of Godly and ungodly is not credible as along with the second view their offspring would be normal. The offspring we are told about were abnormal, they were giants and Ian explains how this occurrence corrupted the human genome and lead to the great flood (Noah).



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CHAPTER 6
(1) Now it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born to them,
(2) that the sons of God saw the daughters of men, that they were beautiful; and they took wives for themselves of all whom they chose.
(3) And the Lord said, "My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, for he is indeed flesh; yet his days shall be one hundred and twenty years."
(4) There were giants on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of men and they bore children to them. Those were the mighty men who were of old, men of renown.


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Religion and Spirituality in the Pre-flood Age. (Chapter 4 v 1 - 5, 26, and Ch.6 v 5)

The purpose of studying the current passages is to show how society today is as it was during pre-flood times. When Jesus said, "as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark"
The time referred to is a period of increasing sin and wickedness.
There were always those who called on the name of The Lord as believers do today but there was also Paganism - different forms of religion worshipping different gods. We look at what people chose to believe and see exactly the same thing today. We consider how the 'sons of God' taught evil to mankind and how that is seen in all the false religions of our time.



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(5) Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.


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The knowledge of the ancients. (Chapter 4 v 1-5, 26; Ch.6 v 5)

Just how much did the people of the pre-flood era know? How intelligent were they? Has the human race evolved to what we are today from primitive stone age man? Or were the earliest human beings highly inteligent people who possessed knowledge we don't even have today? What does the Bible say? And what can we learn from ancient monuments like the great pyramid of Giza?



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(12) So God looked upon the earth, and indeed it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted their way on the earth.
(13) And God said to Noah, "The end of all flesh has come before Me, for the earth is filled with violence through them; and behold, I will destroy them with the earth.


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Enoch, the seventh from Adam. (Chapter 5 v 18 - 24)

Who was Enoch and what does it mean when it says "Enoch walked with God; and was not, for God took him" (Gen.5:24)? Jude says "Enoch prophesied", but what was his message? Hebrews 11 includes Enoch in its list of great men of faith, so how was Enoch's faith demonstrated?



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(23) So all the days of Enoch were three hundred and sixty-five years.
(24) And Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God took him.


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Methusaleh - Lamech - Noah. (Chapter 5 v 21 - 32)

What can we learn about the faith and the lives of these men from their names?
Methusaleh lived for 969 years - the longest lifespan ever recorded for a man. What does this tell us about the longsuffering and patience of God?



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(25) Methuselah lived one hundred and eighty-seven years, and begot Lamech.
(26) After he begot Lamech, Methuselah lived seven hundred and eighty-two years, and had sons and daughters.
(27) So all the days of Methuselah were nine hundred and sixty-nine years; and he died.


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The faith of Noah. (Chapter 5 v 28 - Ch.6 v 22; Hebrews 11 v 7)

By faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved with godly fear, prepared an ark for the saving of his household, by which he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness which is according to faith.



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CHAPTER 6
(7) So the Lord said, "I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth, both man and beast, creeping thing and birds of the air, for I am sorry that I have made them."
(8) But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.


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The Typology of the Ark. (Chapter 6:13 - 7:6)

In this Bible Study we look at various aspects of the Ark such as the wood it was made from, the "pitch" it was covered with, the rooms inside it, the window above, the one door etc; and we see how the Ark stand as a "type" of Christ and salvation.



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(18) But I will establish My covenant with you; and you shall go into the ark—you, your sons, your wife, and your sons' wives with you.
(19) And of every living thing of all flesh you shall bring two of every sort into the ark, to keep them alive with you; they shall be male and female.


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The Flood. (Chapter 7 v 1 - Ch.8 v 5)

The flood was a global event of cataclysmic proportions that occured just over 4,300 years ago. It not only resulted in the death of all living things which were on the face of the ground: both man and cattle, creeping thing and birds of the air (Gen.7:23), but radically altered the geography and topography of the earth. But is there any proof such an event really happend?



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CHAPTER 7
(11) In the six hundredth year of Noah's life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, on that day all the fountains of the great deep were broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened.


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The Great Flood and subsiding of the waters. (Chapter 7 v 1 - Ch.8 v 5)



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The Believers Rest. (Chapter 8 v 1 - 19)



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Noah waits on God before exiting the Ark. (Chapter 8 v 6 - 22)



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Noahic Covenant - New Beginnings. (Chapter 8 v 20 - Ch.9 v 17)



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(3) Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you. I have given you all things, even as the green herbs.
(6) "Whoever sheds man's blood, By man his blood shall be shed; For in the image of God He made man.


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Noah and his sons. (Chapter 9 v 18 - 28)



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(21) Then he drank of the wine and was drunk, and became uncovered in his tent.
(22) And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brothers outside.
(25) Then he said: "Cursed be Canaan; A servant of servants He shall be to his brethren."


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Noah and his Spiritual Headship in the Family.



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Introduction to Genesis 10 and 11.



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The Rise of Nimrod. (Chapter 10 v 8 - 12 and Chapter 11 v 1 - 4)



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CHAPTER 10
(8) Cush begot Nimrod; he began to be a mighty one on the earth.
(9) He was a mighty hunter before the Lord; therefore it is said, "Like Nimrod the mighty hunter before the Lord."


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The Religion of Babylon. (Chapter 10 v 8 - 12)



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The Tower of Babel. (Chapter 11 v 1 - 4)



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CHAPTER 11
(4) And they said, "Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower whose top is in the heavens; let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth."


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The Tower of Babel - Prophetic View. (Chapter 11 v 1 - 9)



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(5) But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower which the sons of men had built.
(6) And the Lord said, "Indeed the people are one and they all have one language, and this is what they begin to do; now nothing that they propose to do will be withheld from them.
(7) Come, let Us go down and there confuse their language, that they may not understand one another's speech."
(8) So the Lord scattered them abroad from there over the face of all the earth, and they ceased building the city.
(9) Therefore its name is called Babel, because there the Lord confused the language of all the earth; and from there the Lord scattered them abroad over the face of all the earth.


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God passed judgment on rebellious man. (Chapter 11 v 1 - 9)



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(5) But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower which the sons of men had built.
(6) And the Lord said, "Indeed the people are one and they all have one language, and this is what they begin to do; now nothing that they propose to do will be withheld from them.
(7) Come, let Us go down and there confuse their language, that they may not understand one another's speech."
(8) So the Lord scattered them abroad from there over the face of all the earth, and they ceased building the city.
(9) Therefore its name is called Babel, because there the Lord confused the language of all the earth; and from there the Lord scattered them abroad over the face of all the earth.


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Nations descended from Noah. (Chapter 10 v 1 - 32)



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CHAPTER 10
(1) Now this is the genealogy of the sons of Noah: Shem, Ham, and Japheth. And sons were born to them after the flood.


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Dispersion of the people all over the earth. (Chapter 10)



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Genealogy of Shem and Coronavirus. Chapter 10 v 21-25 to Ch. 11 v 10-26.




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From Ur to Canaan. Genesis Chapter 11 v 27 to Ch. 12 v 4.


Ian examines Terah's (Abram's father) decision to leave Ur for the intended destination of Canaan but went Northwest to Haran and stayed there. We learn that Terah was lead by sight but Abram was lead by faith and when he reached Canaan never built a house there but remained a journeyman living in tents.
What was wrong with staying together as a family with Terah in Haran? Why had Abram not obeyed God from the start? Only after his father died did Abram continue his journey.
We are to love and help others but must not allow them to interfere with our walk with the Lord.
God had a purpose for Abram and He has a purpose for us, now, even in our current world crisis of Coronavirus and physical isolation.



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CHAPTER 11
(31) And Terah took his son Abram and his grandson Lot, the son of Haran, and his daughter-in-law Sarai, his son Abram’s wife, and they went out with them from Ur of the Chaldeans to go to the land of Canaan; and they came to Haran and dwelt there.
(32) So the days of Terah were two hundred and five years, and Terah died in Haran.



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What did God promise Abram? Genesis Chapter 12 v 1 - 3.


This evening we look at the Abrahamic Covenant.
Mentioning several covenants Ian explains the difference between conditional and unconditional. This promise to Abram (Abraham) was unconditional. God did not say 'IF' you or your descendents do A + B + C.
Without imposing conditions God said, "I will".
Were these promises fulfilled?



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CHAPTER 12
(1) Now the Lord had said to Abram: "Get out of your country, From your family And from your father’s house, To a land that I will show you.
(2) I will make you a great nation; I will bless you And make your name great; And you shall be a blessing.
(3) I will bless those who bless you, And I will curse him who curses you; And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed."



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The Most Significant Event in History. 1 Corinthians Chapter 1 v 18 - 25.


It is Good Friday tomorrow and so for this week we leave our study in Genesis and look at what this means.



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1 CORINTHIANS CHAPTER 1
(18) For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
(19) For it is written: "I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, And bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent."



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The Growing Faith of Abraham. Genesis Chapter 12 v 4 - 9.




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GENESIS CHAPTER 12
(4) So Abram departed as the Lord had spoken to him, and Lot went with him. And Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran.



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Abram's Journey to Egypt and His Lapse of Faith. Genesis Chapter 12 v 10 - 20.


Ian describes how Abram progresses both in his geographical journey and in his walk with God. He had his 'mountain top' experiences but we all know that our journey is not always like that. Even men and women of faith can be led by the way the world sees things and this happened to Abram.
Instead of keeping his trust entirely in God when entering Egypt Abram began to think as man thinks and worry about his own safety and at sixtyfive years old what was it about Sarai that made her 'beautiful' and so attractive to men?
Abram made mistakes that we should learn from.



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(10) Now there was a famine in the land, and Abram went down to Egypt to dwell there, for the famine was severe in the land.
(11) And it came to pass, when he was close to entering Egypt, that he said to Sarai his wife, "Indeed I know that you are a woman of beautiful countenance.
(12) Therefore it will happen, when the Egyptians see you, that they will say, 'This is his wife'; and they will kill me, but they will let you live.
(13) Please say you are my sister, that it may be well with me for your sake, and that I may live because of you.”



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Do Believers Make Mistakes? Genesis Chapter 13 v 1 - 9.


Abram made mistakes and when those were behind him he made mistakes again. We do the same thing but faith is a journey and as we travel we are to learn by our own and by the mistakes of others.
If you have moved away from your original path it is time to repent and do as Abram did in returning to where you were on your journey. How do others see you? Is your faith reflected in your everyday life?
In these verses we see how Abram lived by faith.



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CHAPTER 13
(3) And he went on his journey from the South as far as Bethel, to the place where his tent had been at the beginning, between Bethel and Ai,
(4) to the place of the altar which he had made there at first. And there Abram called on the name of the Lord.
. . .
(9) Is not the whole land before you? Please separate from me. If you take the left, then I will go to the right; or, if you go to the right, then I will go to the left."



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The Faith of Lot. Genesis Chapter 13 v 10 - 13.




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Abraham's Promised Land. Genesis Chapter 13 v 14 - 18.




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Has God Changed His Mind since Sodom and Gomorrah? Chapter 14.


Why is this account in the Bible. What is the significance of the kings and people groups mentioned and what impact did they have upon the lives of God's people?
We look at God's judgement on the ungodly at that particular time. God knew what was happening in Sodom and Gomorrah just as he knows what is happening in our nation today. Do you think He is turning a 'blind eye' or perhaps has changed His mind so that behaviours He previously said were sinful are ok today?
Why has our sinful nation not yet been punished?



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CHAPTER 14
(1) And it came to pass in the days of Amraphel king of Shinar, Arioch king of Ellasar, Chedorlaomer king of Elam, and Tidal king of nations,
(2) that they made war with Bera king of Sodom, Birsha king of Gomorrah, Shinab king of Admah, Shemeber king of Zeboiim, and the king of Bela (that is, Zoar).
(5) In the fourteenth year Chedorlaomer and the kings that were with him came and attacked the Rephaim in Ashteroth Karnaim, the Zuzim in Ham, the Emim in Shaveh Kiriathaim,
(6) and the Horites in their mountain of Seir, as far as El Paran, which is by the wilderness.



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The Blessing Of Melchizedek. Genesis 14 v 16 - 24.




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Do You Have Faith and Courage to Overcome Your Fears? Genesis 15 v 1 - 3.


We are told Abram felt fear. Think - who is behind fear. Even Elijah, a man of tremendous faith who had experienced many miracles was overcome by the grip of fear. Do you as a believer ever feel fear?
King David reasoned that if God was for him what could anyone do against him - nothing.
God told Abram, "I am your shield".
We are not let the enemy pull us down with fear and anxieties.
When Abram asked, "Lord God, what will You give me,". Was he looking for earthly reward as many do? Remember The Lord Himself is our 'exceedingly great reward'.



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CHAPTER 15
(1) After these things the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision, saying, "Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your exceedingly great reward."
(2) But Abram said, "Lord God, what will You give me, seeing I go childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?"
(3) Then Abram said, "Look, You have given me no offspring; indeed one born in my house is my heir!"



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Where Does Our Confidence and Reassurance Come From? Genesis 15 v 1 - 21.


God had made promises to Abram. Abram had true faith. He heard, believed and acted on the word of God and for the promises to be kept Abram would have to have descendants but at this time he had none.
Abram needed reassurance just as we all do at times and God has made wonderful promises to all believers. Abram questions the promises which seem so incredible and far off but God does not lose patience, He gives reassurance.
God made an unconditional covenant with Abram. That is a promise that will be kept without Abram having to comply with anything or 'fulfilling his side of the agreement'.



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(4) And behold, the word of the Lord came to him, saying, "This one shall not be your heir, but one who will come from your own body shall be your heir."
(5) Then He brought him outside and said, "Look now toward heaven, and count the stars if you are able to number them." And He said to him, "So shall your descendants be."
(7) Then He said to him, "I am the Lord, who brought you out of Ur of the Chaldeans, to give you this land to inherit it."
(8) And he said, "Lord God, how shall I know that I will inherit it?"



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Abram and Sarai Make a Wrong Decision. Genesis 16 v 1 - 6.


Despite the promise of an heir to Abram and the reassurances given by God years have passed and Sarai is still barren. What should they do to see god's promise fulfilled? What do we do when we don't see the results we expect?
Abram and Sarai decided there was something they could do for themselves to ensure an heir but their decision had dire consequences.
What is the application of these verses to us as believers and what lesson is there for today's 'church' to heed? We refer to those churches who have moved away from the gospel, have stopped preaching sin and repentance and are now pandering to what man wants so as to get attendees.



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CHAPTER 16
(1) Now Sarai, Abram's wife, had borne him no children. And she had an Egyptian maidservant whose name was Hagar.
(2) So Sarai said to Abram, "See now, the Lord has restrained me from bearing children. Please, go in to my maid; perhaps I shall obtain children by her." And Abram heeded the voice of Sarai.
(4) So he went in to Hagar, and she conceived. And when she saw that she had conceived, her mistress became despised in her eyes.



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The Sinner Hagar is Sought by God. Genesis 16 v 7 - 15.


In attempting to fulfill God's promise by their 'own works' Abram and Sarai sinned exactly as so many churches of today do in telling people they must contribute something to the gospel so as to have their salvation.
Hagar will bear Abram's son but the child is not the heir promised by God and we are drawn to the consequences in these verses.
Hagar had not sought God and there is no mention of her praying but God came to her in response to her crying heart.
As a believer you or others may think that you sought God but in truth it was God who sought you.



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CHAPTER 16
(11) And the Angel of the Lord said to her: "Behold, you are with child, And you shall bear a son. You shall call his name Ishmael, Because the Lord has heard your affliction.
(12) He shall be a wild man; His hand shall be against every man, And every man's hand against him. And he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren."
(13) Then she called the name of the Lord who spoke to her, You-Are-the-God-Who-Sees; for she said, "Have I also here seen Him who sees me?"



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What Do You Know About Ishmael? Genesis 16 v 11 - 12.


This evening we look at what God tells Hagar about Abram's first born son she will bear and what he will be like.
Naturally speaking Ishmael had birthright as Abram's heir but he was not the son God had promised. Ishmael was prophesied to be a 'wild man' who's 'hand shall be against every man'.
Does this and the origins and beliefs of Islam matter to us today when we live in a society of 'tolerance' and have those claiming that all religions lead to the same God by different routes? Can Christians have any unity with Islam or any other religions?



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(11) And the Angel of the Lord said to her: "Behold, you are with child, And you shall bear a son. You shall call his name Ishmael, Because the Lord has heard your affliction.
(12) He shall be a wild man; His hand shall be against every man, And every man's hand against him. And he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren."



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What Does it Mean to be a Person of True Faith? Genesis 17 v 1 - 8 and 15 - 22.


Ian demonstrates how dates and times given in the bible are important and show that Abram was a true man of faith in setting off as God had told him.

A person with true biblical faith -
1) Hears God's word
2) Believes it - however impossible it may appear to the natural mind
3) Acts upon it.

Spiritual fruit comes only through faith. Ishmael came through the flesh.



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CHAPTER 17
(1) When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to Abram and said to him, "I am Almighty God; walk before Me and be blameless.
(16) And I will bless her and also give you a son by her; then I will bless her, and she shall be a mother of nations; kings of peoples shall be from her."
(17) Then Abraham fell on his face and laughed, and said in his heart, "Shall a child be born to a man who is one hundred years old? And shall Sarah, who is ninety years old, bear a child?"
(18) And Abraham said to God, "Oh, that Ishmael might live before You!"
(19) Then God said: "No, Sarah your wife shall bear you a son, and you shall call his name Isaac; I will establish My covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, and with his descendants after him.



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What's In A Name? Genesis 17 v 1 - 8 and 15 - 22.


Why did God change the names Abram and Sarai to Abraham and Sarah? Biblical names are often significant and meaningful. They may tell us something about that person.
When a believer tells his friends he has become a Christian the experienced response probably mirrors that of Abraham's when as a ninety-nine year old man with no children he declared his name was changed to 'Father of Multitudes'.
God made a number of unconditional promises to Abraham. We look at whether these promises were fulfilled and God's word answers the question of who the land of Israel belongs to.

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(4) "As for Me, behold, My covenant is with you, and you shall be a father of many nations.
(5) No longer shall your name be called Abram, but your name shall be Abraham; for I have made you a father of many nations.
(6) I will make you exceedingly fruitful; and I will make nations of you, and kings shall come from you.
(15) Then God said to Abraham, "As for Sarai your wife, you shall not call her name Sarai, but Sarah shall be her name.



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Land is Promised Unconditionally to Abraham. Genesis 17 v 7 - 8.


We continue to look at God's unconditional covenant with Abraham when He said, I will and I do without imposing any conditions on Abraham. This is by the grace of God alone.
There are those who try to 'spiritualise' Canaan but God's promise is of a geographical piece of land with specified borders.
Considering God's promise, why were the Jews later scattered throughout the world without a homeland?
Ian gives explanation by way of an example - a person does not lose ownership of something if it is taken from him for a time.
Is there an application of this to us today in a time of Covid-19?

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(7) And I will establish My covenant between Me and you and your descendants after you in their generations, for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and your descendants after you.
(8) Also I give to you and your descendants after you the land in which you are a stranger, all the land of Canaan, as an everlasting possession; and I will be their God."
(21) But My covenant I will establish with Isaac, whom Sarah shall bear to you at this set time next year."



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God's Promise - Unconditional or Not? Genesis 17 v 1 - 2 and 9 - 14.


Some may read these verses and say that God's covenant with Abraham is not unconditional but depends on something Abraham and his descendants must do.
Is, "walk before Me and be blameless" a condition?
How about, "Every male child among you shall be circumcised". Is that a condition?
Ian explains.

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(1) When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to Abram and said to him, "I am Almighty God; walk before Me and be blameless.
(10) This is My covenant which you shall keep, between Me and you and your descendants after you: Every male child among you shall be circumcised;
(11) and you shall be circumcised in the flesh of your foreskins, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between Me and you.



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Genesis 17 v 1 - 11.


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What Was the Purpose of Circumcision? Genesis 17 v 1 - 11.


Some Jews came to think and teach that circumcision was a means of salvation and they developed a legalistic approach to all God's commandments - strict rules that they insisted be followed.
Circumcision was sign of the covenant and a reminder for the need to have faith in God and His provision of a saviour. What does circumcision actually accomplish?
Today even amongst those who call themselves Christian we see evidence of man-made religion in that people are required to observe rituals and laws that are not part of God's word.

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(10) This is My covenant which you shall keep, between Me and you and your descendants after you: Every male child among you shall be circumcised;
(11) and you shall be circumcised in the flesh of your foreskins, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between Me and you.
(12) He who is eight days old among you shall be circumcised, every male child in your generations, he who is born in your house or bought with money from any foreigner who is not your descendant.



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An Introduction to Genesis 18.


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CHAPTER 18



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God Does Not Change According to Man's Opinions. Genesis 18 v 9 - 15.


Ian asks, "Are you an 'Abraham' or a 'Lot?" Both were righteous but Abraham walked with God and was blameless whereas Lot walked as close to the world as he could.
We are to read and understand all scripture, not just the parts we find uplifting and edifying and we are to teach and preach God's word accurately even if some may be offended.
There are customs and cultural differences in the world that appear alien and perhaps demeaning to people in the UK and although they may be very different to our norms they are not sinful but there are things which God tells us are sinful but are becoming culturally acceptable in our nation. Some argue that as God spoke to Abraham in terms accepting of the culture of that time then He is accepting of the new culture of our times regarding the likes of homosexuality.
This is of course untrue. God does not change to match any culture or man's opinions.

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(9) Then they said to him, “Where is Sarah your wife?” So he said, “Here, in the tent.”
(11) Now Abraham and Sarah were old, well advanced in age; and Sarah had passed the age of childbearing.
(12) Therefore Sarah laughed within herself, saying, “After I have grown old, shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also?”
(13) And the Lord said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh, saying, ‘Shall I surely bear a child, since I am old?’
(14) Is anything too hard for the Lord? At the appointed time I will return to you, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son.”
(15) But Sarah denied it, saying, “I did not laugh,” for she was afraid. And He said, “No, but you did laugh!”



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Sodom and Gomorrah. Genesis 18 v 23 - 25.




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How is a person Accepted as Righteous by God? Genesis 18 v 23 - 25.


God had revealed to Abraham and Lot that Sodom was to be destroyed. Abraham knows God is right in His judgement but is concerned that some righteous may suffer the judgement and he tries to intercede for any there may be in Sodom.
Some people don't want to hear about righteousness and judgement. There are churches today that never preach judgement and the wrath of God. By preaching nothing but love they are lacking - ignoring much of what God's word tells us and failing to acknowledge what happened at the cross where judgment of sinners and God's wrath were directed against His Son.
We need to identify who are 'the righteous' that Abraham had concern for? Who is righteous in God's eyes?
Ian explains that there are two types of judgements. There are those that are warnings so that people may take notice and repent - God gives people time but those who ignore the warnings will suffer a final judgement. If we look at the world as it is now we can see the judgement of God is beginning to manifest but in our nation the government and most of the people are not listening. Should we be depending on our government and scientists to find answers to our problems?

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(23) And Abraham came near and said, “Would You also destroy the righteous with the wicked?
(24) Suppose there were fifty righteous within the city; would You also destroy the place and not spare it for the fifty righteous that were in it?
(25) Far be it from You to do such a thing as this, to slay the righteous with the wicked, so that the righteous should be as the wicked; far be it from You! Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?”



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The UK is 'As it was in the days of Lot'. Genesis 19.


To apply God's word to society today we need to understand what life was like amongst those in Sodom and why God destroyed them.
Man constantly changes his mind and changes his laws. God is unchanging and what was an abomination in Sodom is still an abomination in God's eyes today. One of the principle sins in Sodom was homosexuality but Ian explains there are those who suggest differently.
The Sodomites had pride in their lifestyle. Childen were brought up thinking it was acceptable and normal.
Why did Lot offer his daughters to the people (verse 8)? He was pandering to the culture just as some churches do today. We can also see how our children are being taught from the age of four that what is an abomination to God is to be considered 'normal'.
Our nation has become like Sodom and Gomorrah and is ripe for God's judgement.

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CHAPTER 19
(5) And they called to Lot and said to him, “Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us that we may know them carnally.”
(8) See now, I have two daughters who have not known a man; please, let me bring them out to you, and you may do to them as you wish; only do nothing to these men, since this is the reason they have come under the shadow of my roof.”
(9) And they said, “Stand back!” Then they said, “This one came in to stay here, and he keeps acting as a judge; now we will deal worse with you than with them.” So they pressed hard against the man Lot, and came near to break down the door.



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Are You Doing What Others Did For You? Genesis 19 v 9 - 16.


Life in Sodom and Gomorrah went on as it did on a usual daily basis exactly as our society does with people marrying, eating, drinking, etc. Just as it was in Sodom we have underlying evil in our midst which is demonstrated by various lifestyles and the way people want to be entertained.
Judgement will come upon the whole world during the tribulation but believers will have already been taken in the rapture. At present evil and lawlessness are being restrained by the church but when believers have been taken out of the world then 'all hell will break loose' on the earth.
Lot was instructed to tell his family and friends of the destruction that was to come. Lot heard, believed and took action. We, as believers are in a similar situation. We know what judgement is imminent but we don't know the day or the hour. We look at the world and can see biblical prophecy being fulfilled. What action should we be taking?
In many cases we get the same response as Lot - the sinner often chooses to remain blind and says the gospel is foolishness.
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(12) Then the men said to Lot, “Have you anyone else here? Son-in-law, your sons, your daughters, and whomever you have in the city—take them out of this place!
(13) For we will destroy this place, because the outcry against them has grown great before the face of the Lord, and the Lord has sent us to destroy it.”
(14) So Lot went out and spoke to his sons-in-law, who had married his daughters, and said, “Get up, get out of this place; for the Lord will destroy this city!” But to his sons-in-law he seemed to be joking.
(15) When the morning dawned, the angels urged Lot to hurry, saying, “Arise, take your wife and your two daughters who are here, lest you be consumed in the punishment of the city.”



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Where Do You Stand or Are You Sitting On the Fence? Genesis 19 v 15 - 29.


When we look at others it is near impossible to judge who will be taken in the rapture. There are many thinking themselves Christians because of what they do such as church attendance and doing good works but only those believing in faith will be taken.
Lot had lived in Sodom for a number of years and was a man of some standing but he should have realised that Sodom was no place for a man of God. What can we deduce about Lot, his wife and his children?
How are our children influenced today in our ungodly society?
When Lot tried to rescue his married daughters and sons-in-law they laughed at him. Why would they not listen to him?
Why did Lot linger when the angels urged him to leave? They had to take him by the hand and take him outside the city, removed from the place of danger. He was saved by the grace of God.
Did Lot and his family resent having to leave everything behind? Where do you stand? Have you left the world behind to walk on the narrow way or are you trying to 'sit on the fence' with one foot on the narrow way and one foot in the world?
Why did Lot's wife look back? Was it because she loved Sodom and didn't want to leave it all behind?
Clinging to the world cost her her life.



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(16) And while he lingered, the men took hold of his hand, his wife’s hand, and the hands of his two daughters, the Lord being merciful to him, and they brought him out and set him outside the city.
(17) So it came to pass, when they had brought them outside, that he said, “Escape for your life! Do not look behind you nor stay anywhere in the plain. Escape to the mountains, lest you be destroyed.”
(18) Then Lot said to them, “Please, no, my lords!
(19) Indeed now, your servant has found favor in your sight, and you have increased your mercy which you have shown me by saving my life; but I cannot escape to the mountains, lest some evil overtake me and I die.



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An Example to Those Who Would Live Ungodly Lives. Genesis 19 v 15 - 29.


The destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah stand for all time as an example and a warning of what will happen to those who will not repent. Our nation today is in a state of acceptance of man's sin and is going the way of Sodom.
Ian presents evidence of the existance of Sodom and Gomorrah and the biblical accuracy of their destruction.

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(16) And while he lingered, the men took hold of his hand, his wife’s hand, and the hands of his two daughters, the Lord being merciful to him, and they brought him out and set him outside the city.
(17) So it came to pass, when they had brought them outside, that he said, “Escape for your life! Do not look behind you nor stay anywhere in the plain. Escape to the mountains, lest you be destroyed.”
(18) Then Lot said to them, “Please, no, my lords!
(19) Indeed now, your servant has found favor in your sight, and you have increased your mercy which you have shown me by saving my life; but I cannot escape to the mountains, lest some evil overtake me and I die.
(20) See now, this city is near enough to flee to, and it is a little one; please let me escape there (is it not a little one?) and my soul shall live.”
(21) And he said to him, “See, I have favored you concerning this thing also, in that I will not overthrow this city for which you have spoken.
(22) Hurry, escape there. For I cannot do anything until you arrive there.” Therefore the name of the city was called Zoar.
(24) Then the Lord rained brimstone and fire on Sodom and Gomorrah, from the Lord out of the heavens.

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(25) So He overthrew those cities, all the plain, all the inhabitants of the cities, and what grew on the ground.
(26) But his wife looked back behind him, and she became a pillar of salt.
(27) And Abraham went early in the morning to the place where he had stood before the Lord.
(28) Then he looked toward Sodom and Gomorrah, and toward all the land of the plain; and he saw, and behold, the smoke of the land which went up like the smoke of a furnace.
(29) And it came to pass, when God destroyed the cities of the plain, that God remembered Abraham, and sent Lot out of the midst of the overthrow, when He overthrew the cities in which Lot had dwelt.



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"Let Us Make Our Father Drink Wine". Genesis 19 v 23 - 38.


When Lot's wife looked back it wasn't a casual glance. She regretted having to leave her life in Sodom behind. Those of us who are saved are born again as a new person and have no room in their hearts for longing of the life they once lived and the world as it is. We are told to 'put them off'.
Lot and his wife were not enthusiastic to leave Sodom and go to the mountains as they were told.
The judgement of God will similarly fall on our nation if there is no repentance from the sinfulness of our society.
Why do Lot's daughters plan incest? They did not know the boundaries set by God. People today decide their own moral values despite living in a country where God's word is freely available for their guidance.
What mindset are our children and grandchildren being brought up with today in a corrupted world? We are urged to continue praying for them no matter where they appear to be.



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(30) Then Lot went up out of Zoar and dwelt in the mountains, and his two daughters were with him; for he was afraid to dwell in Zoar. And he and his two daughters dwelt in a cave.
(31) Now the firstborn said to the younger, “Our father is old, and there is no man on the earth to come in to us as is the custom of all the earth.
(32) Come, let us make our father drink wine, and we will lie with him, that we may preserve the lineage of our father.”
(34) It happened on the next day that the firstborn said to the younger, “Indeed I lay with my father last night; let us make him drink wine tonight also, and you go in and lie with him, that we may preserve the lineage of our father.”



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Be Governed By Faith and Not by Fear. Genesis 20 v 1.


We look at Abraham's journey taking him down to Gerar. Was he moving in faith at this point in time? Why did King Abimelech find the very old Sarah attractive and why did Abraham lie about her being his wife?
Ian explains how Satan was trying to thwart the plans of God and Abraham was being governed by fear, not by faith.
We are to remember that Satan cannot stop God's plans but he can make a mess of our lives if we let him.



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CHAPTER 20
(1) And Abraham journeyed from there to the South, and dwelt between Kadesh and Shur, and stayed in Gerar.



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God Spoke to Abimelech. Was he a Righteous Man? Genesis 20


Based on these verses who would you think the better man between Abraham and Abimelech? Believers do not always behave as we would expect and sometimes pagans appear to do what is right.
The believer's life should be an exemplary example to all but we do not always get it right.
This evening Ian looks at these two men, their behaviour and motivation.
What example did Abraham display to the world? How do you portray God to the world?
God judges by knowing what is in a man's heart with the only standard being His own perfect righteousness. How do we know when we sin? How can we be forgiven?



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(10) Then Abimelech said to Abraham, “What did you have in view, that you have done this thing?”
(11) And Abraham said, “Because I thought, surely the fear of God is not in this place; and they will kill me on account of my wife.
(14) Then Abimelech took sheep, oxen, and male and female servants, and gave them to Abraham; and he restored Sarah his wife to him.
(15) And Abimelech said, “See, my land is before you; dwell where it pleases you.”