The Covenant Continues

My, Devotion to Him #241 

It has been thousands of years that the Nation of Israel has struggled with the Palestinian people. To be a little more narrow its about four thousand years. This is over the control of the land from the Nile River to the Euphrates. The book of Genesis is the chronicles of God’s promise to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. The promise of the land in which God promised their children and the children of Israel.

If anyone happens to be wondering why I have worded the above sentence the way I did it is because the nation of Israel still has an ongoing struggle. The only problem now is many nations around the world have taken sides or voiced opinions on this matter. However, we only need one opinion and that’s God’s. Because He has the final say. He has already made His declaration and has already given His Word on this matter. All others should be silent. 

So let’s begin.

Verse Passage: Genesis 12:1-3 

God tells Abram to leave his father’s house and he will make him a great nation (not only was this in population but in land as well). He also tells him he will bless those who bless him and curse those who curse him (this established a very powerful bond between God and Abram. God was wiling to curse all who curse Abram and also bless anyone who blessed Abram. Very powerful).

Verse Passage: Genesis 17:1-8

God again makes His promise known to Abram and changes his name to Abraham. He also promises him the land of Canaan. 

Verse Passage: Genesis 15:1-7

God promises Abraham that his offspring will number the stars and the land of Ur. (God doesn’t just make these crazy promises for the heck of it. This once again was a very powerful word God was promising).

Verse Passage: Genesis 16

Sarah and Abraham become impatient with God and Abraham fathers Ishmael through Hagger. (This was not done through God’s promise. So this is outside of God’s plan for Abraham and his future nation. This right here is where a major split occurs. God promised Abraham a future nation but Abraham was tired of God’s timetable and tried doing his own thing. But again this was outside of what God has promised and the direction God was taking Abraham and his wife).

Verse Passage: Genesis 18:1-15

God promises Abraham and Sarah a son (this shows you God had a plan. (Even though Abraham already got Hagger pregnant did not throw off God’s plan).

Verse Passage: Genesis 21:1-7

Abraham fathers Isaac at the amazing age of 100. Which is in line with His promise prior (Gen 12:1-3, Gen 15:1-7, Gen 18:1-5)

Verse Passage: Genesis 21:14-21

God tells Abraham to send Ishmael and Haggar away into the desert and that he will take care of them. God ends up saving Ishmael and Ishmael fathers the nation of Egypt. (Ishmael was not apart of God’s plan for Abraham and the direction in which they were to go (creating nations. But that did not exclude Ishmael from being apart of some type of plan. God has a plan for everyone’s life which this is a major spot in proving that. Not talk about much though in church).

Verse Passage: Genesis 15:18-20 

God promises the land from the Nile to the Euphrates to Abraham and his descendants.

Verse Passage: 25:19-34

Esau is the first born but sells his birthright too Jacob for a bowl of soup. (Esau’s birthright was the right to be recognized as firstborn. In essence Esau sold his position in the family (as the first son) to the other son (second son) which would alter the inheritance. Because now the second son was the first son and the first son was the second son.)

Verse Passage: Genesis 26:2-5

God repeats His promise to Abraham and Isaac.

Verse Passage: Genesis: 27

Jacob and Rebekah trick Isaac into blessing Jacob instead of Esau. While Esau was Rebekah’s son also she knew that it was God’s will that Jacob receive Isaac’s blessing. While Jacob used trickery to obtain the blessing. God favored Jacob over Esau because He knew the contents of each man’s heart. Esau become the father of the Edomites (primarily Palestinian people) and the conflict over the land now continues to this very day. 

Replacement Theology

This is the idea that God has transferred His promises from the Nation of Israel to the Church itself. This was made widely popular by Augustine (whom is considered the doctor of the Church) around 400 A.D with the destruction of the temple and the Nation of Israel. Much of Augustine’s beliefs were based upon Christ and the fig tree. (See Mark 11:20-26) Augustine believed that God had abandoned the Nation of Israel based upon their unbelief in Christ. But God had already told Abraham in Genesis 13:15 and in Genesis 17:19 that His promise is FOREVER. Augustine’s beliefs were accepted by some until the Nation of Israel was formed in 1948 (Ezekiel 37:4-10, 25-28) and then Israel’s concur of Jerusalem in 1967 (Luke 21:24)

As believers we receive a much similar promise from God in John 3:16-17. If we believe in Christ’s sacrifice for us on the cross we shall not perish but will have eternal life. Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians 12:4 that the beauty of what God has made for His faithful in heaven is beyond what human words can describe.

God bless.   

Copyright © 2020 by Jacob Olinger

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