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Thursday, July 30, 2015

The Promises to Abraham



THE PROMISES TO ABRAHAM

Genesis 12:2-3 KJV  And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:  (3)  And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.

I have previously written a small summary concerning the promises to Abraham around the time when the Lord called him to establish a nation of people to become the nation of God.  Each of the seventy languages emerging after the Babel confusion were assigned an angel as their heavenly prince.  The Lord claimed His own nation of people through the progeny of Abraham.  400 plus years later, the nation for liberated from Egypt and led toward the Promised Land.  After 40 years in the desert due to a lack of faith, the new generation entered the land.  Keeping in mind that God knows the ending from the beginning, we will dismiss most commentators assumed purpose for Israel and go directly to the main purpose.  The surviving and remaining members of this people would host the first appearance of the Messiah, Jesus Christ, the Son of God. 

When the Most High gave the nations their inheritance, when he divided up humankind, he set the boundaries of the peoples, according to the number of the heavenly assembly. For the LORD's allotment is his people, Jacob is his special possession.  (Deuteronomy 32:8-9 NET)

When the Most High divided the nations, when he separated the sons of Adam, he set the bounds of the nations according to the number of the angels of God.  (Deuteronomy 32:8 Brenton)

All Families of the World Will be Blessed
The genealogy listing in Matthew chapter 1 begins with Abraham and continues the linage to Joseph the husband of Mary.  Luke chapter 3 contains a genealogy starting with Mary, the mother of Jesus, and traces backward her linage to Adam.  For Joseph the linage from Abraham to Adam would be identical.  This family tree identifies Jesus, through Mary, to be a descendant of Abraham.  Thus, all people ever born on the face of the earth have been blessed, or the blessing is available, through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Just as Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness, so then, understand that those who believe are the sons of Abraham. And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, proclaimed the gospel to Abraham ahead of time, saying, "All the nations will be blessed in you."   (Galatians 3:6-8 NET)

According to the above Galatians scripture all subjects of the Kingdom of God are the children of Abraham and thus all the nations of the world are blessed.

Blessings and Curses
The above scripture states anyone giving a blessing Abraham will be blessed and anyone cursing Abraham will be cursed.  As mentioned in an earlier post, this promise was given to Abraham, then later Isaac, and lastly Jacob.  An attempt will be made to hopefully demonstrate this particular blessing/cursing promise also points to Jesus.  In addition if may have followed the linages recorded in Matthew 1 and Luke 3 concerning the ancestry of Joseph and Mary back to Abraham.  However, it is fairly certain this promise only concerns Abraham and possibly his linage to Jesus but it does not apply to the nation of Israel, particularly the Israel of today. 

This particular verse is an often quoted scripture by someone wanting to support the nation of Israel and the Jews of today regardless of the situation.  On several occasions I have heard or read someone quoting Genesis 12:3 and implying the lack of USA support to Israel resulted in Hurricane Katrina, the drought in California, snowstorms, tornadoes, and some instances of flooding.  Premillennial, pretribulation, dispensational, book writers, commentators, and preachers are the most prominent people quoting this passage of scripture.  Their train of thought is Jews are the chosen people of God, the special people, to deny them is to deny God in a personal manner, and I consider them totally wrong and mistaken.

The Sheep and the Goats
The 23rd chapter of Matthew contains the extensive end of the age sheep and goats judgment. 

And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:
(Matthew 25:32 KJV)

All the nations are gathered and Jesus is separating the sheep from the goats.  The sheep on his right hand will be told to come and inherit the kingdom that has been prepared for you because: when I was hungry you fed me; when I was thirsty you gave me a drink; when I was a stranger you took me in; when I needed clothing you gave them to me; when I was sick you cared for me; when I was in prison you visited me.  At any time a fellow human was in need the sheep individuals took care of the issue.  When the needy were blessed, Jesus was blessed.

And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.  (Matthew 25:40 KJV)

The goats did not feed the hungry, give a drink to the thirsty; take in a stranger, clothe the naked, care for the sick, or visit the prisoners.  These needy individuals were cursed by the goats which resulted in Jesus being cursed.  Therefore the sheep will be blessed with eternal life in the Millennial kingdom and the goats will be cursed with everlasting punishment.

A similar judgment, probably the same, can be found in Matthew 7 as part of the Sermon on the Mount.  However, in this judgment the goats are portrayed as the self-righteous who perform religious works without faith and belief in the Son of God giving them access to the Kingdom of Heaven.

Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.  (Matthew 7:20-23 KJV)

The Centurion
A Roman Centurion comes before Jesus and asks Him to heal his dying servant.  Jesus agrees to come and heal the man but the Centurion insists that he is not worthy to have Jesus enter his dwelling, however he is certain that a word from Jesus will heal his servant.  The scripture records that Jesus marveled at the Centurion’s statement and said, “I have not found such a great faith as of this man even in Israel”.

Jesus continued to say that many will come from around the world and will sit with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob during the Millennial Kingdom of Heaven but many of the Israelites will be cast out.

And Jesus saith unto him, I will come and heal him. The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed. For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say to this man, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it. When Jesus heard it, he marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel. And I say unto you, That many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven. But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.   (Matthew 8:7-12 KJV)

No, not all Israel will be saved.  Some will, such as the 144,000 of Revelation 7, the ones hiding in the wilderness, but the ones cast out will not be able to claim the promise to Abraham of a blessing even if they are DNA descendants.  The promise of blessing those who bless you and cursing those who curse you originally applied only to Abraham, then Isaac, and Jacob but found its fulfillment in Jesus.  Blessing the down and out of the Kingdom of God will make you blessed during the Millennium but cursing or refusing to assist those in need will result in a curse.  To bless Jesus is to bless the needy and to curse Jesus is to refuse to help those in need.

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