- Birth. He was born in Ur of the Chaldees, and was a direct Descendant of Shem (Genesis 11:10-32).
- Date. There is a difficulty in the chronology at this point. Compare Genesis 11:26,32; Genesis 12:4,5; Acts 7:1-4. My solution of this question is the only one that will harmonize with all the facts and dates presented In the book of Genesis. When you reflect that it was customary in Those ages, in the development of God's plan, to displace the elder With the younger, the matter becomes plainer. This was so with
- Cain and Abel (Genesis 4:1-7,25).
- Isaac and Ishmael (Genesis 16:1,2,16; Genesis 17:18-21; Genesis 21:1-5).
- Jacob and Esau (Genesis 25:19-26).
- Ephraim and Manasseh (Genesis 48:14-19).
Abram was the youngest, for he was only seventy-five years old when his Father died (Genesis 11:32; Genesis 12:4; Acts 7:1-5). Therefore Genesis 11:26; that Terah was seventy years old when his first son was born; and from Other considerations enumerated above, he was about one hundred thirty Years when Abram was born. Sarah was Abram's half-sister (Genesis 20:12), doubtless born of Terah's second marriage. There was only a difference Of ten years in their ages (Genesis 17:17). If Abram has been Terah's firstborn, he would have been one hundred thirty-five when Terah died, And it would be necessary to to change the figures in reference to Sarah and make her one hundred twenty-five at this time! Further, it Is stated that Abram had been eleven years in Canaan when Ishmael was Born (Genesis 16:1-16). This would have made Sarah (125 + 11 = 136) one hundred thirty-six at Ishmael's birth. Isaac was born fourteen years After Ishmael (Genesis 16:16; Genesis 21:1-5), hence this would have given Isaac no chance to have been born, for Sarah only lived one hundred Twenty-seven years (Genesis 23:1)! We therefore conclude that Abram was born two thousand eight years after the creation of Adam (Genesis 5:3-32; Genesis 7:6,11; Genesis 11:1-26).
- His Call. The Lord first spoke to him in Ur of Chaldees (Genesis 12:1; Acts 7:1-5).
- The Promises. God gave him two great promises,
- that he would make of him a great nation, bless him, make his name great, make him a blessing, bless those who blessed him, and curse those who cursed him;
- that in him should all families of the earth be blessed (Genesis 12:1-3).
These promises were subsequently renewed on Mount Moriah (Genesis 22:1-18). These promises were subsequently fulfilled in,
- the covenant dedicated at Mount Sinai (Exodus 24:1-8),
- the new covenant (Galatians 4:22-31).
- Date. The date of creation cannot be determined. The first Statement of the book of Genesis places the time in remote and Impenetrable antiquity.
- Creator. The writer of Genesis offers no proof of the existence Of Jehovah or of the fact that all things were made by Him. (Genesis 1:1,2; John 1:1-3; Colossians 1:15-17; Hebrews 1:10; Hebrews 11:3).
- Light. The process of creation had probably been going on for Ages before light was created by the fiat of Jehovah (Genesis 1:1,3; 2 Corinthians 4:4).
- Days of Creation. The fact that the creative work had been going On for unnumbered ages, leads the reverent student to the conclusion That the "days" were ordinary periods of twenty-four hours each, and That each product of Almighty power was finished and appointed to its Sphere on its designated day. The phrase "evening and morning" occurs Six times in the first account of creation, and it cannot be understood Except in the light of the above statement.
- Order of Creation.
- Sun, moon, and stars,
- Water animals and fowls,
- Land animals, man-woman.
Observe the steady march from the lower to the higher, from the Insensate to the intelligent, from the servitor to the sovereign. See The universe by God's hand touched to harmony; see the march of Creative power to its culmination in the making of the companion for Man, pure and innocent, the highest image of God, and hear the stars Sing together and the sons of God shout for joy over the completion of The mighty and glorious work!
Day of Rest
On the seventh day, God having completed His creative work, rested, And blessed and sanctified the day (Genesis 2:2,3). There is no evidence that man was required at this time to keep the day.
Garden of Eden
- Location. It is impossible to locate the Garden of Delights. Even if the ravages of time left a dim outline of its glories for a few Centuries, everything would have been blotted out by the flood. The Thoughtful student will readily conclude that it covered a large Territory. Its products were varies, and were those peculiar to every Zone (Genesis 2:8,9). The portion of the garden over which Adam and Eve roamed in sinless bliss was doubtless in a tropical climate, for they Lived there without clothing (Genesis 1:25), and the fig tree grew in primitive luxuriance (Genesis 3:7).
- Inhabitants. It appears that Adam was the first and lonely Inhabitant of Eden. He was required to dress and keep it. To him the Law involving life and death were given. All the inhabitants of earth And air passed before him, and he named them all; but for him there was Not found a suitable companion, and to meet this want, the woman was Created and placed in the garden with him (Genesis 2:8-23).
- Law of Marriage. When the woman was presented to the man, the Lord declared, in view of the fact that she was bone of his bone And flesh of his flesh, a man should leave his father and mother and Cleave to his wife, and they should be one flesh (Genesis 2:21-24). This law has never been repealed (Matthew 19:1-9).