Monday, November 13, 2017

My Thoughts on Weekly Bible Reading ~ Genesis 12-18 Abraham and YHWH

YHWH calls whom He chooses.  He looked down upon the earth and chose Abram, from the city of Ur of Chaldea, an area also known as Sumeria.  YHWH says to him....

"Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred,
and from thy father's house,
unto a land that I will show thee:
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."
Genesis 12:1-3

And Abram does.  He packs up his wife and heads out.  He lives in tents in the wilderness, amidst his flocks and the servants (whom we learn later LOVE Abram and choose to follow him even with death on the line).  And YHWH blessed him and all he had.  His flocks multiplied, his wealth multiplied, they were healthy and secure.  Whenever someone did attack him and take from him, Abram was given great victory.  He regained ALL his belongings and the people that belonged to his household.  He also gained an enormous amount of loot above and beyond what was taken from him.

We know for some time though, Abram and Sarai had heaviness in their hearts regarding a child.  While they were blessed greatly.... with no child of his own, what did it matter?  In just a matter of years, Abram's name and fortune would be lost to the wind because he had no heir.

In chapter 17 YHWH changes Abram's name to Abraham, Father of Many Nations.  And YHWH tells him that Ishmael, who is not the son of his wife, is NOT going to be his heir.

But that is about to change....

In Chapter 18 Verse 1 we read..... "And YHWH appeared to him..."

Who is this 'man'?

Why He is none other than Yahshua!!!  Recall His 'shem', the Hebrew word meaning Name and Reputation.

Yahshua IS
  The Son of Adam
  The Son of Man
  The Word made Flesh
  The Light of the World

And as He said of Himself in John 8:58, "Yahshua said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I AM."

Is this the only time that He appears before men in the Old Testament?  NO!

Daniel also saw Him face to face in Daniel 10:5-6.  Note the description of this man compared to Revelation 1:13-15.

Eyes of Flame
White Robe with Gold Sash
Bronze or Copper colored skin
Voice as mighty waters or a multitude

But his appearance to Abraham was not so.  He appeared... just as a man, much as he appeared to Jacob in Genesis 32:25-30.  Of course Abraham still recognized this visitor, by the authority of His conduct.  He graciously accepted to sit and sup with Abraham.  And immediately promised that Sarah would bare a son within a year.


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