Genesis

Genesis 50:15-21

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When Joseph’s brothers saw that their father was dead, they said, “Perhaps Joseph will hate us, and may actually repay us for all the evil which we did to him.”

So they sent messengers to Joseph, saying, “Before your father died he commanded, saying,

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‘Thus you shall say to Joseph: “I beg you, please forgive the trespass of your brothers and their sin; for they did evil to you.” ’ Now, please, forgive the trespass of the servants of the God of your father.” And Joseph wept when they spoke to him.

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Then his brothers also went and fell down before his face, and they said, “Behold, we are your servants.”

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Joseph said to them, “Do not be afraid, for am I in the place of God?

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But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive.

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Now therefore, do not be afraid; I will provide for you and your little ones.” And he comforted them and spoke kindly to them.



Joseph to his brothers:
“You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.”
“As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present outcome, that many people would be kept alive as they are this day.”

Genesis 22:1-14

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Now it came to pass after these things that God tested Abraham, and said to him, “Abraham!”

And he said, “Here I am.”

2
Then He said, “Take now your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.”

3
So Abraham rose early in the morning and saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son; and he split the wood for the burnt offering, and arose and went to the place of which God had told him.

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Then on the third day Abraham lifted his eyes and saw the place afar off.

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And Abraham said to his young men, “Stay here with the donkey; the lad and I will go yonder and worship, and we will come back to you.”

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So Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering and laid it on Isaac his son; and he took the fire in his hand, and a knife, and the two of them went together.

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But Isaac spoke to Abraham his father and said, “My father!”

And he said, “Here I am, my son.”

Then he said, “Look, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?”

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And Abraham said, “My son, God will provide for Himself the lamb for a burnt offering.” So the two of them went together.

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Then they came to the place of which God had told him. And Abraham built an altar there and placed the wood in order; and he bound Isaac his son and laid him on the altar, upon the wood.

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And Abraham stretched out his hand and took the knife to slay his son.

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But the Angel of the Lord called to him from heaven and said, “Abraham, Abraham!”

So he said, “Here I am.”

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And He said, “Do not lay your hand on the lad, or do anything to him; for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me.”

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Then Abraham lifted his eyes and looked, and there behind him was a ram caught in a thicket by its horns. So Abraham went and took the ram, and offered it up for a burnt offering instead of his son.

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And Abraham called the name of the place, The-Lord-Will-Provide; as it is said to this day, “In the Mount of the Lord it shall be provided.”



Abraham called that place The Lord Will Provide – YHWH Yireh – the Lord will see to it.

And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the Lord it will be seen and provided.”

This is a prophetic statement which looks ahead to the fact that the Messiah, the Son of God, would be the ultimate sacrifice, chosen and provided by the Father.

Genesis 18:1-15

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Then the Lord appeared to him by the terebinth trees of Mamre, as he was sitting in the tent door in the heat of the day.

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So he lifted his eyes and looked, and behold, three men were standing by him; and when he saw them, he ran from the tent door to meet them, and bowed himself to the ground,

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and said, “My Lord, if I have now found favor in Your sight, do not pass on by Your servant.

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Please let a little water be brought, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree.

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And I will bring a morsel of bread, that you may refresh your hearts. After that you may pass by, inasmuch as you have come to your servant.”

They said, “Do as you have said.”

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So Abraham hurried into the tent to Sarah and said, “Quickly, make ready three measures of fine meal; knead it and make cakes.”

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And Abraham ran to the herd, took a tender and good calf, gave it to a young man, and he hastened to prepare it.

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So he took butter and milk and the calf which he had prepared, and set it before them; and he stood by them under the tree as they ate.

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Then they said to him, “Where is Sarah your wife?”

So he said, “Here, in the tent.”

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And He said, “I will certainly return to you according to the time of life, and behold, Sarah your wife shall have a son.”

(Sarah was listening in the tent door which was behind him.)

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Now Abraham and Sarah were old, well advanced in age; and Sarah had passed the age of childbearing.

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Therefore Sarah laughed within herself, saying, “After I have grown old, shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also?”

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And the Lord said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh, saying, ‘Shall I surely bear a child, since I am old?’

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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.”

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But Sarah denied it, saying, “I did not laugh,” for she was afraid.

And He said, “No, but you did laugh!”



Is anything too difficult for the Lord?
Is anything too wonderful for the Lord?