Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Bible Notes: Gen 15 (2)

Gen 15. “He took him outside and said, ‘Look up at the heavens and count the stars--of indeed you can count them.’ Then he said to him, ‘So shall your offspring be.’”

Judging from Scripture, it looks like the Lord’s promise to Abraham, pictured as the number of stars in the night sky, became a part of the national consciousness.

“I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore.” (Gen 22:17, Yahweh to Abraham)

“I will make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and will give them all these lands, and through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed.” (Gen 26:4, Yahweh to Isaac)

“Remember your servants Abraham, Isaac and Israel, to whom you swore by your own self: ‘I will make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and I will give your descendants all this land I promised them, and it will be their inheritance forever.’” (Ex 32:13, Moses reminding Yahweh of his promise when Yahweh was threatening to wipe out the nation and start over with Moses)

“The LORD your God has increased your numbers so that today you are as many as the stars in the sky.” (Dt 1:10, Moses to the Israelites)

“Your forefathers who went down into Egypt were seventy in all, and now the LORD your God has made you as numerous as the stars in the sky.” (Dt 10:22, Moses to the Israelites)

“You who were numerous as the stars in the sky will be left but few in number, because you did not obey the LORD your God.” (Dt 28:62, Moses to the Israelites, explaining the curses that will fall on them if they fail to fulfill their part of the covenant)

“David did not take the number of the men twenty years old or less, because the LORD had promised to make Israel as numerous as the stars in the sky.” (1 Chr 27:23)

“You made their sons as numerous as the stars in the sky, and you brought them into the land that you told their fathers to enter and possess.” (Neh 9:23, Nehemiah to Yahweh)

“I will make the descendants of David my servant and the Levites who minister before me as countless as the stars of the sky and as measureless as the sand on the seashore.” (Jer 33:22, Yahweh to Jeremiah, a new promise part of the new covenant)

“And so from this one man, and he as good as dead, came descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as countless as the sand on the seashore.” (Heb 11:12)

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