Divine Promises to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob
Messiah: His final call to Israel ,Part 35
This week we will look at the divine promises made to Abraham.
God, who knows the hearts of all men, saw in Abraham the possibilities of a faithful servant. He therefore called him forth from the heathen country from which he was born to a land which he promised to show him:
Gen. 12: 1-3 Now Jehovah said unto Abram, "get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto the land that I will show thee: And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great, and be thou a blessing. And I will bless them that bless thee, and him that curseth thee will I curse: and in thee shall all the families of the earth be blessed.
Frequently, the call of God is to separation and service. There is always, however, a marvelous reward for the one who in faith obeys.
Gen 13:14,15 And Jehovah said unto Abram, after that Lot was separated from him, "lift up now thine eyes, and look from the place where thou art, northward and southward and eastward and westward: For all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed for ever."
When Abraham by faith rescued his selfish nephew Lot, and refused to be enriched by gifts from the king of Sodom, God promised to be his shield and his exceeding great reward.
Gen.15:1-6 After these things the word of Jehovah came unto Abram in a vision, saying, "fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward." And Abram said, "O Lord Jehovah, what wilt thou give me, seeing I go childless, and he that shall be possessor of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?" And Abram said, "behold, to me thou hast given no seed: And, lo, one born in my house is mine heir. "And, behold, the word of Jehovah came unto him, saying, "this man shall not be thine heir. But he that shall come forth out of thine own bowels shall be thine heir." And he brought him forth abroad, and said, "look now toward Heaven, and number the stars, if thou be able to number them." And he said unto him, "so shall thy seed be." And he believed in Jehovah; and he reckoned it to him for righteousness.
At the command of God, Abraham took Isaac, his only son, and attempted to sacrifice him to the Lord. Before he could make the fatal stroke, God commanded him to stop. There was a ram caught in the underbrush. Believing in the overruling providence of God, Abraham took the ram and sacrificed him.
And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold, behind him a ram caught in the thicket by his horns: And Abraham went and took the ram and offered him up for a burnt offering in the stead of his son. Gen.22:13
Then Abraham called the name of the place "Jehovah-jireh: as it is said to this day,in the name of Jehovah it shall be provided." (v14)
The angel of Jehovah called Abraham the second time, saying:
Gen.22:15-18 And the angel of Jehovah called unto Abraham a second time out of Heaven, and said, "by myself have I sworn," saith Jehovah, "because thou hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy son, thine only son, that in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heavens, and as the sand which is upon the seashore. And thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies. And in thy seed shall all the nations of the Earth be blessed. Because thou hast obeyed my voice."
According to this promise, God intends to bless all nations in and through the seed of Abraham.
Next week we will look at Jacob.
Until then … Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem (Psalm 122:6)
In His Service,