The Version (Spurgeon - Matthew Bible Commentary) do not have information to Genesis 1. Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham: and he said, Behold, here I am. I would that those who fear God were less careful about the adornments of their persons. And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. On the seven and twentieth day of the month, was the earth dried. You may except that some great blessing is coming nigh to you when a “horror of great darkness” falls upon you. Gen 8:1. 23. The Lord had said concerning the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, “In the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die. Gen 45:28. They stood next according to the order of birth: “Simeon and Levi” —. Perhaps Jacob’s request had somewhat of curiosity in it, so the angel would not grant it. Gen 8:16-19. Does he provide for ravens and sparrows, and will he suffer you to lack anything, O ye of little faith? When he left the promised land, he had a vision of angels, ascending and descending upon the ladder, as if to bid him farewell. You can see it begin to move until it is afloat. How often do you and I have our great Substitute very near to us, yet we do not see him because we do not lift up our eyes and look. Thou, and thy wife, and thy sons, and thy sons’ wives with thee. And Abraham gat up early in. And he blessed him there. faith is often marred by a measure of unbelief; or, if not quite unbelief, yet there is a desire to have some token, some sign, beyond the bare promise of God. Gen 12:1. if he be once fully aroused what power will he put forth when he shall spring upon his adversaries ? Gen 49:22. Gen 1:20-23. Gen 7:5. Word Biblical Commentary. He now resolved to have a night of prayer, that he might win deliverance: “Jacob was left alone;”, We know who that Divine Man was, the God who afterwards actually became man, of whom it might even then be said that “His delights were with the sons of men.”. Not, “Cursed art thou,” as the Lord said to the serpent; but, “Cursed is the ground for thy sake.”. 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. May the Lord, who has blessed us, make us a blessing to others! And the LORD said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man’s sake; for the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more every thing living, as I have done. This holy man, Jacob, in dying, did not express himself according to the rules of natural affection but he yielded himself up to the Spirit of God; hence he had to say very much that must have been very bitter for a father to say, and he said it in all faithfulness being taught of the Spirit concerning things to come. Peradventure there be fifty righteous within the city: wilt thou also destroy and not spare the place for the fifty righteous that are therein? How much of evil begins with questioning! Even by the God of thy father, who shall help thee; and by the Almighty, who shall bless thee with blessings of heaven above, blessings of the deep that lieth under, blessings of the breasts, and of the womb: the blessings of thy father have prevailed above the blessings of my progenitors unto the utmost bound of the everlasting hills: they shall be on the head of Joseph, and on the crown of the head of him that was separate from his brethren. Paul tells us that the woman ought to have her head covered in the assembly “because of the angels,” that is, because they are there to see that all things are done decently and in order. And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat. Waco, TX: Word Books, 1987. God is very particular in the Scripture about giving people their right names. It does not say that he wrestled with the man, but “there wrestled a man with him.” We call him “wrestling Jacob,” and so he was; but we must not forget the wrestling man,—or, rather, the wrestling Christ,—the wrestling Angel of the covenant, who had come to wrestle out of him much of his own strength and wisdom, which, though it was commendable in a measure, and we have commended it, was an evil because it kept him from relying on the strength and wisdom of God. God creates heaven and earth. Observe the remarkable fact that, no sooner had God made the dry land appear, than it seemed as if he could not bear the sight of it in its nakedness. The type of what a Christian minister should be,— indeed, what every Christian worker should be,— “a hind let loose,” one who can say with David, “O Lord, truly I am thy servant; I am thy servant, and the son of thine handmaid. And when he saw that he prevailed not against him, he touched the hollow of his thigh; So that he was made painfully to realize his own weakness while he was putting forth all his strength. 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. Nay more, we may say to him, “Take not tithes, O Lord, but take all!”. This time the patriarch has advanced by ten; before, it was by fives. And he believed in the LORD; and he counted it to him for righteousness. Gen 22:4. That Book of Proverbs is placed not far from the Song of Solomon, which treats of high spiritual communion, as if to teach us that the next-door neighbour to the wisdom that cometh from above which walks with God, is that prudence which God gives to his servants for their dealings with men. Give Jehovah his due.” I have often admired that widow of Sarepta. Gen 1:31. Biblical Commentary (Bible Study) Genesis 11:1-9 EXEGESIS: GENESIS 9-12. The covenant Angel will give thee what thou wilt if it be needful for thee; but he will not answer thine idle questions. Here is a lesson for us. Satan's plan was to draw our first parents to sin, and so to separate between them and their God. Notice that the angel says, “Now I know that thou fearest God.” I do not think that the gracious use of godly fear has ever been sufficiently estimated by the most of us; here, the stress is not laid upon the faith, but upon the filial fear of Abraham. And Abram passed through the land unto the place of Sichem, unto the plain of Moreh. Uncontrolled passions may make him very little who otherwise might have been great. And God sent me before you to preserve you a posterity in the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance. So, it may be that there is some mighty man of God who is near to prevailing with God, but he cannot quite obtain his request; but you, poor feeble pleader that you are, shall add your feather’s weight to his great intercession, and then the scale will turn. 25. Gen 18:31-32. When the land was divided by lot, the lot was disposed by God to the complete fulfillment of Jacob’s prophecy. It is the prerogative of the king to have the power of life and death, and it is the sole prerogative of the King of kings that — “He can create, and he can destroy.” But what destructive power is brought into operation because of human sin! And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And they that went in, went in male and female of all flesh, as God had commanded him: and the LORD shut him in. This Bible app will help you reading, studying and understanding the Holy book. Gen 32:28. Blessed be the name of Jehovah-jireh! There is as much wisdom and care displayed in the creation of the tiniest creeping insect as in the creation of leviathan himself. And God called the dry land Earth, and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas. This was just as our Divine Master acted when his disciples enquired of him concerning the times and seasons, he told them it was not for them to know what the Father had retained in his own power; but Christ added, what was much better for them, “Ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you.” He will not tell us all we want to know, but he will give us all we need to have. 1. In this respect he falls short of his grandfather Abraham; yet, nevertheless, he acts wisely, first with common prudence, and next with uncommon prayerfulness. Gen 32:25. Taken in its completeness, and all put together, God saw that it was very good. Commentary on Genesis By Charles Spurgeon. The Lord will have it from his own lips that he has offended; he summons no other witness. And all flesh died that moved upon the earth, both of fowl, and of cattle, and of beast, and of every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth, and every man: All in whose nostrils was the breath of life, of all that was in the dry land, died. Yet so it was. 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 God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so. “I have a right to this,” says he, “but I will not take it; what are mere earthly rights to me? 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. Gen 3:12. They are all here, Jacob. As in the old classic story, the poor man said, “This is a plain hut, but God has been here,” so we may say of every Christian’s cottage, “Though it be poor, an angel has come here,” for David says, “The angel of the Lord encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them.” As the angels of God met Jacob, I trust that, if you have come here after some stern battle, and trial, and difficulty, you may find the angels of God meeting you here. Gen 32:17-19. As soon as ever the earth appeared, then came the herb, and the tree, and the grass. And the children of Israel did so: and Joseph gave them wagons, according to the commandment of Pharaoh, and gave them provision for the way. I should think that no person, merely by reading this chapter, would arrive at the conclusion that has been reached by some of our very learned men, — too learned to hold the simple truth. 2d, That Abram and Sarai being so far stricken in age, God’s power in … And get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of. “Unto him shall the gathering of the people be.”. And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven. 14. Gen 22:13. A complete set of Spurgeon's sermons is available in e-text format from Ages Software. 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. Gen 7:20-23. Abraham here spoke like a prophet; in fact, throughout this whole incident, he never opened his mouth without a prophetic utterance; and I believe that, when men walk with God, and live near to God, they will possibly even without being aware of it, speak very weighty words which will have much more in them than they themselves apprehend. Many things may seem to be left to chance, but they are not, the hand of God still guides and controls. He had put it away from him as a foul thing, drowned beneath the flood; but after the offering of Noah’s sacrifice, the Lord smelled “a savour of rest.”. And the name of the second river is Gihon: the same is it that compasseth the whole land of Ethiopia. If the Bible mentions a leaf, they make it a bough; and if the Bible says it is a bough, they make it a leaf. Abraham did not deceive the young men, he believed that he and Isaac would come to them again. It only shows how low the moral sense may be in some who, nevertheless, have a desire towards God and have a faith in him. Gen 24:2. That was a very wonderful procession, it was the new beginning of everything upon the earth. And it came to pass, that when Isaac was old, and his eyes were dim, so that he could not see, he called Esau his eldest son, and said unto him, My son: and he said unto him, Behold, here am I. Depend upon it, our sins will come home to us sooner or later. Gen 7:7-8. And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so. And he went, and fetched, and brought them to his mother: and his mother made savoury meat, such as his father loved. Gen 45:1-2. And Jacob went on his way, and the angels of God met him. And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: 3. Release Date: 2014-09-18; Genre: Bible Studies; BUY $4.99 On itunes BUY on Amazon. Biblical Commentary Genesis 1:1-5 EXEGESIS: GENESIS 1:1—2:4a. And the evening and the morning were the fourth day. And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever: That would have been a horrible thing, for man to be incapable of death, and so to continue for ever in a sinful world. Indifferent obedience to God’s command is practically disobedience, careless obedience is dead obedience, the heart is gone out of it. For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the LORD, to do justice and judgment; that the LORD may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him. An Arab said to Mahomet, “I let my camel run loose, and trusted it to Providence,” but Mahomet replied, “You should have tied it up first, and then trusted it to Providence;” and Jacob was very much of that mind and a very sensible mind it was, not at all inconsistent with the very best of faith. a. Study Genesis 1 using Matthew Henry Bible Commentary (complete) to better understand Scripture with full outline and verse meaning. Gen 24:7. So, when my eye of faith is dim, and I cannot see the covenant sign, I will remember that there is an eye which never can be dim, which always sees the covenant token; and so I shall still be secure notwithstanding the dimness of my spiritual vision. Gen 1:1. And he said unto him, I am the LORD that brought thee out of Ur of the Chaldees, to give thee this land to inherit it. His language therefore may be thus explained. There is no food like the bread and wine that our blessed Melchizedek brings forth to us, even his own flesh and blood. And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together. 26. 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. The Angel said, “Let me go,” at the very time when Jacob felt the shrinking of the sinew: “He said, Let me go, for the day breaketh. He had not reached the highest point of faith, though he had gone in the right direction a great deal further than many Christians. “A prince of God.”. It is so with us spiritually; first darkness, then light. Christ is the Head of the one seed, and Satan is the head of the other; and our Lord Jesus Christ has had his heel bruised, and he suffered in that bruising of his heel; but he has broken the head of the dragon, he has crushed the power of evil, he has put his potent foot upon the old serpent’s head. Better take time in order to save time. Abraham will have nothing but what his God shall give him; he will not take anything from the king of Sodom. Well does Dr. Watts set forth the contrast between the fall of the angels and the fall of man, —. 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. He did not give him what he asked for, but he gave him something better, and, in like manner, if the Lord does not open up a dark doctrine to you, but gives you a bright privilege, that will be better for you. Out of the small stock he had, Noah took of the clean beasts, and of the clean fowls, and offered burnt offerings on the altar. He seems to have had some sort of mistiness of soul about this time which was far worse, and so he desired to give the blessing to Esau, whom God had determined should never have it. Thy hand shall be in the neck of thine enemies; thy father’s children shall bow down before thee. And he stayed yet other seven days; I wonder whether Noah sent out these creatures on the Sabbath mornings. I do not know that he is to be imitated in setting a sign to God; perhaps not, but he did his best; he left the matter with God, and a thing is always in good hands when it is left with him. Let your prayers go up for them all: “Son in law, and thy sons, and thy daughters.”. 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. On his belly does he go, and still is dust his meat. It has been judged by some that Jacob, in sending such a message to Esau, acted unworthily and unbelievingly; but I think we are not called upon to censure the servants of God in points wherein they are not condemned in Scripture. “Every bird of every sort,” that is, every kind of bird; they are all mentioned over again. And the ark rested in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, upon the mountains of Ararat. And when Abram was ninety-nine years old — Full thirteen years after the birth of Ishmael. And ye sons of Jacob, learn to say the same. even he tried plotting and scheming more than once, but failed every time he did so. And they went up out of Egypt, and came into the land of Canaan unto Jacob their father, and told him, saying, Joseph is yet alive, and he is governor over all the land of Egypt. And Noah did according unto all that the LORD commanded him. The servant was very careful. Had there been one more, there would have been no hand to lay hold of the fifth person; but these two angels, with their four hands, could just lead these four persons outside the doomed city. The sun was risen upon the earth when Lot entered into Zoar. There would be no beauty whatever in a Christian without any good works, and with no graces. Eve had begun to feel the fascination of the evil one, for she softened down the word of God. Gen 7:4. The sale of Joseph was only the “beginning of woes” for his father Israel. They were opened, indeed; and Adam and Eve did know good and evil. Whose branches run over the wall: He does more than he is expected to do; nothing seems to content him, his “branches run over the wall.”, Gen 49:23-24. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. What can Jacob do now that the main bone of his leg is put out of joint? God would not make a creature to be unhappy. The earth is completed now that man has come upon it, and man is completed when the image of God is upon him, when Christ is formed in him the hope of glory, but not till then. They had a right to it. We may recount and rehearse the story of our rescue from universal destruction, and we need not be afraid or ashamed of repeating it. Gen 1:5. And the waters prevailed upon the earth an hundred and fifty days. 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.”. And there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day. Whatever power we have, must come from God’s grace alone; and hence, usually, when we pray so as to prevail with the Lord there is at the same time a shrinking of the sinew, a consciousness of weakness, a sense of pain; yet it is just then that we are prevailing, and therefore we may rest assured that our prayer will be answered. This is the saving quality in many a life. Then Jacob was greatly afraid and distressed: And well he might be, for an angry brother, with four hundred fierce followers, must mean mischief. So went the present over before him: and himself lodged that night in the company. Those that swear too readily they know not what, will ere long swear till they care not what. There must be suitable food to feed upon, and the sun and moon to cheer and comfort ere a single bird shall chirp in the thicket or a solitary trout shall leap in the stream. 4.6 out of 5 stars 196. Jacob had just come out of a great trouble. Now therefore be not grieved, not angry with yourselves, that ye sold me hither: for God did send me before you to preserve life. And he said unto him, Take me an heifer of three years old, and a she goat of three years old, and a ram of three years old, and a turtledove, and a young pigeon. 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.”. Hence we do not read of the tribe of Simeon in the blessing of Moses at the end of Deuteronomy; but the Levites had this curse turned into a blessing, for, though they were scattered, yet they were scattered as priests and instructors to the other tribes. This seems hardly a blessing yet it was true of Issachar. 3. The fountains also of the deep and the windows of heaven were stopped, and the rain from heaven was restrained; God works upwards, and stops the windows of heaven. 4 And God saw that the light was good. 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. 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 19:17. Gen 32:30. This is the very Jacob who had, in his earlier days, been full of crafty policy, and tricks and schemes; but he has done with all that now, and he is able truthfully to say, “I have waited for thy salvation, O Lord.”. You know how sorely Joseph was persecuted by his brethren, yet how the Lord was with him in all his troubles. If you are willing to suffer for Christ’s sake, it may be that you shall not be caused to suffer and if you are willing to be a martyr for the truth, you may be permitted to wear the martyr’s crown even though you are never called to stand at the stake, the scaffold or the block. 21. (1) God fulfills His promise to Abraham and Sarah. 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. Here is another type of our Saviour’s great sacrifice on Calvary,-the ram offered in the place of Jesus. And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech, &c.] Or had been F23, before the flood, and from that time to this, and still was, until the confusion took place; the account of which, and the occasion of it, are given in this chapter: by the whole earth is meant the inhabitants of it, see ( Isaiah 37:18) ( 1 Kings 10:24) and so the Jerusalem Targum paraphrases the words, Deliver me, I pray thee, from the hand of my brother, from the hand of Esau: for I fear him, lest he will come and smite me, and the mother with the children. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. Gen 3:9-11. John Bunyan wrote, as I have often reminded You, “The Christian man is seldom long at ease, When one trouble’s gone, another doth him seize;” and though the rhyme is rather rough, the statement is perfectly true. Gordon J. Wenham — Genesis 1-15 and Genesis 16-50 (Word Biblical Commentary, 1987, 1994). Read Genesis 1 commentary using John Gill's Exposition of the Bible. It will come to an end; therefore wait, and be patient, and do not want to know the time of your deliverance. Gen 7:14. It was his blood which yielded the juice of those rare clusters of the choice vine; and now, with garments dyed with his own blood, he comes from Edom, for he has trodden down his foes, and he cries, “I have trodden the winepress alone; and of the people there was none with me.”. Let us also always call persons and things by their right names: “God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night.” “And the evening and the morning were the first day.” Darkness first and light afterwards. Therefore the children of Israel eat not of the sinew which shrank, which is upon the hollow of the thigh, unto this day: because he touched the hollow of Jacob’s thigh in the sinew that shrank. £0.99 Complete Bible Commentary: (Fully Formatted For E-Readers) John Wesley. It appears from these words that he was himself an archer, and that he was not in a hurry to shoot his arrows; his bow remained still. When did the dominion depart from Judah till the Lord Jesus came as the Seat One? Let us learn from Abraham how to obey. That the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. 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. As the Holy Ghost repeats the words we have here, you and I may often tell out the story of our salvation, and dwell upon the minute particulars of it, for every item of it is full of instruction. “The Lord knoweth them that are his,” “and they shall be mine, saith the Lord of hosts, in that day when I make up” — or, shut up — “my jewels,” as he was about to do in the case. 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