Generation Word - Bible Teaching Ministry   Generation Word - Bible Teaching Ministry

Bible Teaching Ministry

Online Study
Bible Teacher

Verse by VerseTeaching  
First Samuel  
Second Samuel  
First Kings  
Second Kings  
Second Chronicles  
First Corinthians  
Second Corinthians  
First Thessalonians  
Second Thessalonians  
First Timothy  
Second Timothy  
First Peter  
Second Peter  
First John  
Second John  
Third John  
Topical Teaching:  
Framework Bible School  
Bible School 2004  
Bible School 2012-2014  
30 Questions  
Mystery of the Church  
Defending the Faith  
The Nephilim  
Wake Up, Church!  
Basics for Living  
Basic Doctrine  
End Times (Eschatology) Basics  
Eternal Rewards  
Politacal Platform of Lord  
Rebuking Reform Doctrine  

Bible Teaching, Bible Study, Teaching, Verses, Sermons, online, mp3, classesA Bible Teaching Ministry of Galyn Wiemers

Daily Devotions, Evening and Morning Devotional


Sunrise on Temple Mount in Jerusalem; Back to Previous Devotion

January 9 - Evening

"Now Sarai, Abram’s wife, had borne him no children. But she had an Egyptian slave named Hagar; so she said to Abram,
'The Lord has kept me from having children. 
Go, sleep with my slave; perhaps
I can build a family through her.'

Abram agreed to what Sarai said."

- Genesis 16:1-2

Sunset on the Sea of Galilee; Click to go to next devotion  

Sarai and Cultural Pressure and Practice


In the preceding chapter, Genesis 15, the Lord had told Abram four times that he would have a descendant:

  • 15:4 - “This man will not be your heir, but a son coming from your own body will be your heir.”
  • 15:5 - “Look up at the heavens and count the stars...So shall your offspring be.”
  • 15:13 - "Your descendants will be strangers in a country not their own, and they will be enslaved and mistreated four hundred years."
  • 15:18 -  “To your descendants I give this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the Euphrates."

Ancient documents from around this time period, 2000 BC, attest to the reality of the accepted practice of using a slave to bear children in the case of barrenness. Four common sources of this practice are cited in Hammurabi's Code (go here and scroll to #146), an Assyrian marriage contract, a Nuzi text, and a Neo-Assyrian text.

One of the records mentioned above, the Old Assyrian marriage contract, sets the limit for time allowed for waiting for a wife to get pregnant was two years. After two years the woman was expected to buy a maid-servant to bear a child. Abram and Sarah have been in the land of Canaan now for ten years. Sarai's actions may actually have been up to eight or more years late. The rabbi's taught that ten years of barrenness was reason enough for a man to divorce his wife, thus the rabbi's taught, Sari was avoiding a divorce or being forced to share her favored position of "wife" with another woman. It seems from the ancient records and from Sarai's own words that the woman initiated this process.

The literal reading of the Hebrew says "he obeyed Sarai's voice." The wording is similar to Adam obeying Eve in Genesis 3:17. In this case God is not going to recognize Hagar's son as an option and, definitely, not the fulfillment of God's promise. Hagar, Sarai and Abram will all have to pay the price for having followed the culturally accepted ways and assuming that social accepted practices are the same as obedience to the promises of God's word.

  Christian Quote from Church History

"Bring me a worm that can comprehend a man, and then I will show you a man that can comprehend the triune God."
- John Wesley




Something to Ponder??
The Jerusalem Bible was published in 1966.
It is unique because it translates YHWH, the
Hebrew name for God, not
as "The LORD," but as "Yahweh".
It is an accurate
translation done by
Catholic scholars, and so it includes the Apocrypha.
Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information



Diakrino (Gr) - Discern (Eng) - diakrino is a Greek word that literally means “to make a distinction.” Diakrino speaks of the ability to make a judgment or practice discernment. Diakrino is what is
done to the words of prophets in the New Testament church:
“Two or three prophets should speak, and
the others should weigh carefully (diakrino) what is said."

- 1 Corinthians 14:29 


Sir William Ramsay (1851-1939) was a Scottish archaeologist who rejected the accuracy of the writting of Luke in the New Testament. After 15 years of study and archaeological research Ramsay found these things that he had previously questioned to be true:

1- Rome had a census every fourteen years which agrees with Luke 2:1.

2- Quirinius was governor of Syria around 7 BC just as Luke 2:2 says.

3. An ancient Egyptian papyrus gives directions for conducting a census. It is clearly stated that people had to return to their home city just like Luke 2:3 says.

4. Ramsay discovered an inscription naming Gallio as pro-consul of Achaia just like Luke records in Acts 18:12

5. Ramsay also discovered the Erastus, a city official in Corinth, which is also what Paul says about Erastus in Romans 16:23.

Confession to Action   Facts and Information
Do I know the difference between God's accepted behavior and culture's accepted behavior?
When there is a distinction, I will act in accordance with what God considers acceptable behavior.
  "The lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision is from the Lord." - Proverbs 16:33
Read the Bible in a Year; Bible Reading Program
Read one chapter each day to read through the narrative portion (or, the story line) of the whole Bible Genesis-Acts in one year. Read the General Text of the Bible Read the Complete Text of the Bible in a Year
(morning only) Genesis 18 Job 23-24
Prayer for Today
Personal Prayer Church Prayer Item National Prayer Concerns World Prayer Concerns
Ask Holy Spirit to move through you Confront liberalism Illegal Aliens Power of international crime
Photo of Jerusalem; Pictures of Israel Bible Map and Diagram
Robinson's Arch, Jerusalem Nehemiah's Wall in Jerusalem 445 BC
The remains of Temples and Shrines at the "Gates of Hades" at the large rock formation at Banias, or Caesarea Philippi. (click on image for larger size) Some of the nations of Ham from Genesis 10.
(click on image for larger size)
Details and Explanation of Sets & Reps Devotional System Here Make a donation to support Generation Word Bible Teaching Ministry
Reps & Sets is a daily Bible devotional for Christians from Generation Word Bible Teaching used each morning and evening.

  © 2005 Generation Word  
Generation Word - Bible Teaching Ministry   Generation Word - Bible Teaching Ministry