Genesis 18:1 – 22:24
2 Kings 4:1-37
Luke 1:26-38 & 17:28-37
- 3 “Men” appear to Abraham at Mamre’.
- Sarah laughs, will she have a son?
- YHWH’s intend to destroy Sodom & Gomorrah. Intercessory-negotiations settles on 10.
- Escape available for 6: 3 wise, 3 unwise.
- Moab & Ammon is conceived.
- Beer-Sheba agreement.
- Akedah Yitzhak.
We’ll look further into the Promise of a Son, the Rapture and the Akedah.
The Promise of a SON
- Sarah & Hagar
- Rachel & Leah
- Hannah & Peninna
- Israel & 70 Nations
Barren vs. Fertile
Human plans fail.
The Groom loves His bride…
Things got ugly.
The “Barren” cries to GOD.
GOD answered with a special Son.
The Promise of a SON
- To Adam
- To Abraham
- To Manoah (Samson) (Judges 13:1-24)
- To Hannah (Samuel) (1 Sam 1:1-28)
- To David (2 Sam 7:12-16)
- To Israel (Isaiah 7:13-15)
- To Israel (Micah 5:1-3)
All pointing to THE SON.
A Rapture from Sodom & Gomorrah
Gen 18:16 – 19:29
- Lot & family chose the bright city lights.
- 6 is less than 10.
- Lot’s family is warned to flee.
- Only Lot & 2 daughters reach Zoar (Tzo’ar)
–“Insignificant / Small”
- 3 wise & 3 unwise reminds of the Parable of the Bridesmaids (Matt 25:1-13 follows Matt 24)
- The destruction of S&G reminds of the Flood (Gen 7:1-24)
- Paul encourage us to be ready. (1 Thes 5:1-11 & 2 Thes 2:1-17)
Rapture from S&G and Floods
Do we live in S&G? Days like Noah’s?
Are we waiting for the Groom? (Fire/Flood?)
- “Thieve in the night” refers to the High Priest
- Don’t miss the boat.
- What’s inside your lamp matters.
- Have oil to spare.
- Prepare now, before we sleep.
- Will the Groom know/recognise you?
- Don’t look back. (Let bye-gones be)(Monkey-trap)
- Long for Salvation, i.e. “Yeshua”
- Abraham’s 10th of 10 tests of faith. Test = Growth
- Abraham slept, arose early.
- On the 3rd day, GOD led him to the Temple Mount.
- Isaac asked about the lamb, accepted the answer.
- “GOD will provide for Himself a Lamb”
- Messianic prophecy.
- Did Abraham “over-power” Isaac (37) to bind him?
- “Hineni” in Abraham, Moses, EliYah’s words.
- Human sacrifice? Sages have no clear answer. Only that Isaac will be raised from the dead, is believable. Isaac had to be resurrected or be born again.
- Meaningful that the Akedah is read on Rosh Hashanah – when the year is born again.
- Kierkegaard wrote that faith is paradoxical. Ethically it is murder, Religiously it is sacrifice. The “Voice of (human) reason” creates conflict, faith supersedes understanding.
- Sarah’s death.
- The SON of GOD willingly allowed Himself to be sacrificed to atone for our sin. Through the Akedah of Yeshua Ha’Meshiach we are saved.