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…]
One of the questions that often arises out of the opening section of the Bible is the amount of time that transpires in the course of the creation process. A better question should focus on the duration of the creation process until the occurrence of The Fall. As we look at the nature of time, we will discover that any attempt to measure the pre-Fall age in terms of time becomes meaningless. I maintain that God, Who is the agency of creation, operates outside of time and that attempting to assign a specific duration of time to His activities is generally fruitless. [Read more…]