Grandad & Nanna's Bible Story - Chapter 7

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Grandad says: “Come to think of it, our child, Abraham probably sat on his great, great, great, great, great, great, great grandfather Noah’s knees, just like you, to hear all about God and God’s wisdom for us.”

Nanna says: “Yes Grandad, and Noah was 902 years old, when Abraham was born to his mother and his father Terah. Over the next 58 years Abraham could have learned a lot of good things about God from Noah, before Noah died, 950 years old.” (Genesis 11:10-26 Genesis 11:10-26 10 These are the generations of Shem: Shem was an hundred years old, and begat Arphaxad two years after the flood: 11 And Shem lived after he begat Arphaxad five hundred years, and begat sons and daughters. 12 And Arphaxad lived five and thirty years, and begat Salah: 13 And Arphaxad lived after he begat Salah four hundred and three years, and begat sons and daughters. 14 And Salah lived thirty years, and begat Eber: 15 And Salah lived after he begat Eber four hundred and three years, and begat sons and daughters. 16 And Eber lived four and thirty years, and begat Peleg: 17 And Eber lived after he begat Peleg four hundred and thirty years, and begat sons and daughters. 18 And Peleg lived thirty years, and begat Reu: 19 And Peleg lived after he begat Reu two hundred and nine years, and begat sons and daughters. 20 And Reu lived two and thirty years, and begat Serug: 21 And Reu lived after he begat Serug two hundred and seven years, and begat sons and daughters. 22 And Serug lived thirty years, and begat Nahor: 23 And Serug lived after he begat Nahor two hundred years, and begat sons and daughters. 24 And Nahor lived nine and twenty years, and begat Terah: 25 And Nahor lived after he begat Terah an hundred and nineteen years, and begat sons and daughters. 26 And Terah lived seventy years, and begat Abram, Nahor, and Haran.
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Grandad says: “That’s right Nanna, and Abraham who was first called “Abram” before God renamed him Abraham, probably knew Shem too, who lived for 210 years after Abram was born. Shem even lived 35 years after Abraham, who died when he was 175 years old” (Genesis 25:7 Genesis 25:7And these are the days of the years of Abraham’s life which he lived, an hundred three score and fifteen years.
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“So, a lot of history and knowledge about God could have been easily passed on from Noah, and Shem, to Abraham and Sarah. They then taught their children, Isaac and Jacob, who taught their children”, says Nanna.  “Will you teach your children all about God, when you grow up?”

“So, who was Abraham and Sarah?” we hear you ask.

Well, he was first called Abram by his father Terah, when he was born 292 years after the Flood.

Abram loved God and lovingly obeyed God’s commandments and laws.  (Genesis 26:5 Genesis 26:5Because that Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws.
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When he was grown up, God told Abram to leave his father’s house and go to another land with his wife, Sarai and he also took his nephew Lot, with him.  (Genesis 12:4 Genesis 12:4So Abram departed, as the LORD had spoken to him; and Lot went with him: and Abram was seventy and five years old when he departed out of Haran.
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After some experiences in Egypt, Abram and Sarai travelled with Lot and all their servants, herds and flocks, up into the promised land of Canaan.

Soon Lot’s servants began to quarrel with Abram’s servants, so Abram took Lot to the top of a high mountain and unselfishly asked his nephew to choose between the mountains or the flat fertile plains to live.

Lot saw that the plains were better than the mountains for his animals, so he took all his family, servants, flocks of sheep and herds of cattle down to the rich Jordan Valley. They lived in the city of Sodom. Abram and his family and animals lived in the mountains.

Lot had made a bad decision, because the people who lived in Sodom were bad people, who did wicked things, and did not keep God’s commandments.

God loved Abram very much, because he loved God and kept God’s laws. (Genesis 18:19 Genesis 18:19For 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 on Abraham that which he has spoken of him.
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, Genesis 26:5 Genesis 26:5Because that Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws.
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Even though Abram lived up in the mountains, God blessed him with good rains, and grass for his animals and Abram dug wells and he became very rich in cattle, silver and gold. (Genesis 13:2 Genesis 13:2And Abram was very rich in cattle, in silver, and in gold.
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God said He would take care of Abram and his children and make a great nation from his family, even though Abram and his wife Sarai were very old and did not have any children, then.

Lot soon learned he had made a bad mistake to live in Sodom, when 4 kings and their armies from Shinar (the land of Nimrod), suddenly battled against the 5 kings of Lot’s Jordan plains and beat them in war.

They also took Lot and his family as captive slaves. (Genesis 14:14 Genesis 14:14And when Abram heard that his brother was taken captive, he armed his trained servants, born in his own house, three hundred and eighteen, and pursued them to Dan.
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Abram hastily gathered 318 of his bravest men, trusted in God’s help, and fought against the Kings’ army.  He saved Lot and his family, alive. The Kings’ army ran away so fast, and left all their valuable gold and silver possessions behind. (Genesis 14:13-16 Genesis 14:13-16 13 And there came one that had escaped, and told Abram the Hebrew; for he dwelled in the plain of Mamre the Amorite, brother of Eshcol, and brother of Aner: and these were confederate with Abram. 14 And when Abram heard that his brother was taken captive, he armed his trained servants, born in his own house, three hundred and eighteen, and pursued them to Dan. 15 And he divided himself against them, he and his servants, by night, and smote them, and pursued them to Hobah, which is on the left hand of Damascus. 16 And he brought back all the goods, and also brought again his brother Lot, and his goods, and the women also, and the people.
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“Gideon later did a similar brave thing with only 300 men, with God’s help”, says Grandad. “But, that’s another story, we will tell later on”, says Nanna. (Judges 7:7 Judges 7:7And the LORD said to Gideon, By the three hundred men that lapped will I save you, and deliver the Midianites into your hand: and let all the other people go every man to his place.
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Melchizedek was the “King of Salem” (later called Jerusalem) and he came to congratulate Abram on his courageous victory. He was a very unusual King, called the “King of Righteousness”, because He was also the High Priest, that Abraham gave his tithes to. (Hebrews 7:1-6 Hebrews 7:1-6 1 For this Melchisedec, king of Salem, priest of the most high God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings, and blessed him; 2 To whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all; first being by interpretation King of righteousness, and after that also King of Salem, which is, King of peace; 3 Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like to the Son of God; stays a priest continually. 4 Now consider how great this man was, to whom even the patriarch Abraham gave the tenth of the spoils. 5 And truly they that are of the sons of Levi, who receive the office of the priesthood, have a commandment to take tithes of the people according to the law, that is, of their brothers, though they come out of the loins of Abraham: 6 But he whose descent is not counted from them received tithes of Abraham, and blessed him that had the promises.
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, Leviticus 27:30 Leviticus 27:30And all the tithe of the land, whether of the seed of the land, or of the fruit of the tree, is the LORD’s: it is holy to the LORD.
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Melchizedek was the one who was the Word of God. He was God with God the Father, and He later became Jesus Christ the Son of God. (Hebrews 7:3-4 Hebrews 7:3-4 3 Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like to the Son of God; stays a priest continually. 4 Now consider how great this man was, to whom even the patriarch Abraham gave the tenth of the spoils.
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Grandad and Nanna have learned to tithe, or give one tenth of our “increase” to God, in thankfulness and appreciation to God, just like Abram and Sarai followed God’s statute law of tithing.

Just like Abram and Sarai, Grandad and Nanna have been very blessed, because of tithing, just like God promises us, if we happily obey God. (Malachi 3:8-11 Malachi 3:8-11 8 Will a man rob God? Yet you have robbed me. But you say, Wherein have we robbed you? In tithes and offerings. 9 You are cursed with a curse: for you have robbed me, even this whole nation. 10 Bring you all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in my house, and prove me now herewith, said the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it. 11 And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, said the LORD of hosts.
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, Numbers 18:19 Numbers 18:19All the heave offerings of the holy things, which the children of Israel offer to the LORD, have I given you, and your sons and your daughters with you, by a statute for ever: it is a covenant of salt for ever before the LORD to you and to your seed with you.
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, Hebrews 7:5 Hebrews 7:5And truly they that are of the sons of Levi, who receive the office of the priesthood, have a commandment to take tithes of the people according to the law, that is, of their brothers, though they come out of the loins of Abraham:
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, Hebrews 7:12 Hebrews 7:12For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law.
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Abram loved keeping God’s good laws like tithing, because God uses the money given to His servants.  God’s tithing money is used, to preach and teach and publish the good news about God and God’s plan to bring God’s Kingdom and government to this Earth for 1,000 years. (Revelation 20:4-6 Revelation 20:4-6 4 And I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was given to them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark on their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years. 5 But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. 6 Blessed and holy is he that has part in the first resurrection: on such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.
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, Isaiah 9:6-7 Isaiah 9:6-7 6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given: and the government shall be on his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. 7 Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, on the throne of David, and on his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from now on even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.
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, Daniel 7:18 Daniel 7:18But the saints of the most High shall take the kingdom, and possess the kingdom for ever, even for ever and ever.
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, Daniel 7:27 Daniel 7:27And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the most High, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him.
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God uses His laws like the Sabbath, annual Holy Days, tithing, eating clean meats and not unclean meats, to test us, to see if we will love God, have faith and trust in God.

God wants to know if we will lovingly obey the things God has wisely told us to do …or will we be like most people in this world, and be foolish, selfish and rebellious against God?

This is a big lesson that Grandad and Nanna have learned, from the brave and good example of Abram and Sarai, who God blessed and changed their names to Abraham and Sarah.

To give is better than get.  To love is better than hate. Be generous and not mean and miserly.

We have found that you cannot out-give God. God is good. God gives and is very generous to us.

God promised Abram that he would be the father of a great nation, as a reward for learning to live God’s right Way of life. But, because Abram and Sarai were getting old, Sarai didn’t believe she could have children. So, she gave her Egyptian maid, Hagar to Abram, so they could have a child.

This was not the right thing to do, but Abram and Sarai thought their way was better than God’s Way. (Proverbs 16:25 Proverbs 16:25There is a way that seems right to a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.
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So, when Abram was 86 years old, Hagar had a baby boy, who was called Ishmael. His name means “God hears”. He became the father of the Arabian people, today.

When Abram was 99 years old, the Lord God (who later became Jesus Christ) appeared to Abram and said his name was to be changed to “Abraham”, which means “father of many nations”. The Lord also said Sarai’s name would be changed to Sarah, which means “princess”. Sarah was to be a “mother of nations and kings”. (Genesis 17:4-6 Genesis 17:4-6 4 As for me, behold, my covenant is with you, and you shall be a father of many nations. 5 Neither shall your name any more be called Abram, but your name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made you. 6 And I will make you exceeding fruitful, and I will make nations of you, and kings shall come out of you.
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, Genesis 17:15-16 Genesis 17:15-16 15 And God said to Abraham, As for Sarai your wife, you shall not call her name Sarai, but Sarah shall her name be. 16 And I will bless her, and give you a son also of her: yes, I will bless her, and she shall be a mother of nations; kings of people shall be of her.
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God said that even though Sarah was 89 years old, she would have a son when she was 90. (Genesis 21:1-3 Genesis 21:1-3 1 And the LORD visited Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did to Sarah as he had spoken. 2 For Sarah conceived, and bore Abraham a son in his old age, at the set time of which God had spoken to him. 3 And Abraham called the name of his son that was born to him, whom Sarah bore to him, Isaac.
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When Abraham and Sarah heard this, they both laughed, because they couldn’t believe Sarah would have a child, when she was passed child bearing age. (Genesis 17:17 Genesis 17:17Then Abraham fell on his face, and laughed, and said in his heart, Shall a child be born to him that is an hundred years old? and shall Sarah, that is ninety years old, bear?
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, Genesis 18:12 Genesis 18:12Therefore Sarah laughed within herself, saying, After I am waxed old shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also?
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So the Lord said his name would be called, Isaac, which means “he laughed”. 

Isaac was also to become the child of God’s “Covenant” agreement, for us to love God with all our hearts and minds and to love living by God’s good laws for us, so God could bless us.  (Genesis 17:19 Genesis 17:19And God said, Sarah your wife shall bear you a son indeed; and you shall call his name Isaac: and I will establish my covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, and with his seed after him.
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, Genesis 17:21 Genesis 17:21But my covenant will I establish with Isaac, which Sarah shall bear to you at this set time in the next year.
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, Joshua 22:5 Joshua 22:5But take diligent heed to do the commandment and the law, which Moses the servant of the LORD charged you, to love the LORD your God, and to walk in all his ways, and to keep his commandments, and to hold to him, and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul.
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Sure enough, when Sarah was 90 and Abraham was 100 years old, Isaac was born, and there was great joy, as they realised that God always keeps His promises, and we should never doubt God.

Isaac became the father of Israel which became our modern day nations of Israel. (Read “America and Britain in Prophecy”)

“There is much more to this wonderful story”, says Nanna …“but we will have to save it for next time”, says Grandad.

To be continued in Chapter 8…