In the previous study, I developed the revelation of the “special son” drawing the parallel between what Abraham did with Isaac and with what God did with Jesus some 2,000 years later. That revelation continues in Genesis 23-25. We get a clue as to the age of Isaac when he was brought to Mt. Moriah to become an “olah” (special consecrated offering) to God. Secondly, the story of how the father obtains a bride for his son is told. [Read more…]
The wisdom of God is such that He often reveals His plan by developing a series of patterns instead of directly stating His intentions. I assume that this is due to the fact that He well knows the human capacity to wrongly interpret something that is being said. He lays down a pattern, repeats it in different ways so that a discerning heart and soul can understand what is being communicated. This is true concerning Abraham and the promise of a “special son”. From the very beginning, as God initiated His plan of redemption, He began to lay down this pattern of revelation.
“for all the land which you see, I will give it to you and to your descendants forever. And I will make your descendants as the dust of the earth; so that if anyone can number the dust of the earth, then your descendants can also be numbered.” (Genesis 13:15-16)
Despite this promise, Abram and Sarai remained childless for another 25 years. [Read more…]
In this section of the Bible, the Lord began to lay down revelation of His plan of redemption. In what we will call the pre-historic period, we see God moving to limit the manifestation of evil through (a) the flood, (b) the shortening of lifespan and (c) the confusion of languages at Babel. With these things accomplished, God initiated a plan that would require millennia to complete. God’s next intervention into the human community would be to establish a king. It began with the call of Abram. Abram was on the leading edge of this revelation and, today, we find ourselves on the trailing edge. We believe that the completion of the redemption process is near. [Read more…]
Genesis chapter 4 through 11 deals with the period between the “fall of man” and the initiation of the first redemptive covenant (with Abraham). During this era, God acted to limit the manifestation of evil in mankind due to the influence of the Satan. God reduced the “gene pool” of mankind by causing all future generations to be descended from one righteous family. He reduced the lifespan of man by an order of magnitude (from ~900 + years to a theoretical limit of 120 years). Finally, He confused the language at Babel, making human cooperation very difficult. [Read more…]
In a recent Torah section, Moses exhorts Israel to go in and take possession of the Land, their inheritance (Deuteronomy 1:8). Hundreds of years before this exhortation, God had promised the Land to Abraham and to his descendants. Now, Israel stood on the east bank of the Jordan River, prepared to enter the Land. God had given the Land of Israel to the People of Israel, but as we see in the Biblical account, they would have to “take” it by force. When we first consider the promises that God made to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, it seems like the Land would be presented to their descendants on a silver platter. The actual experience was different. Israel would need to struggle to receive their inheritance and, once they possessed it, they would have to continue to struggle to keep it. [Read more…]