Monday, August 16, 2010

Bible Notes: Gen 15

Gen 15:7-21. Sometimes faith has to take a long view of things. The conversation between the Lord and Abraham is interesting to trace.
Yahweh: I brought you to this land to give it to you. (7)
Abraham: How do I know this land will be my land? (8)
Yahweh: Your descendants will not live in this land for 400 years. They will be in another land for that time, and they will suffer greatly there. But then I will judge that land and bring your descendants out along with great wealth. (13-14)
You, however, won’t suffer. You’ll die in peace. (15)
Your descendants will come here in the fourth generation, because not until then will I be ready to judge the Amorites in this land. (16)
(Making it official) I give this land to your offspring, this land currently belonging to other peoples. (18-19)

This land will be your land in about four centuries. Well did the writer of Hebrews write: “All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not received the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance. And they admitted that they were aliens and strangers on earth…. These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promises.” (Heb 11:13,39)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Praise The Lord!

Dear Kent, often Old Testament prophecy had both dual and sometimes even triplicate fulfillments in view of such as God’s judgments against Babylon at two major points in ancient history, and yet to be in the coming time of ANTICHRIST, when it appears to be the city of ANTICHRIST, as does New Jerusalem will be the city of Christ. Just so, Hebrews 11:40 mentions the reason for Hebrews 11:39
40 [“God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect.”]
WONDERFUL, isn’t it? God is ever mindful of all of his servants of faith!!!
1 Corinthians 8:3 But if any man love God, the same is known of him.
Perhaps we might question if some of the people mentioned in Hebrews 11 were actually saved when one conceders the Old Testament witness to their earthly lifestyle. But the apostle John said that faith is the victory that overcomes the world (1 John 5:4). And it is, therefore, our faith in “The blood of the Lamb,” for our sins' removal, either in type such as in the Old Testament and/or in reality, as now is the case, since the Cross (Romans 3:25; Revelation 12: 11).
God is not unrighteous to forget ANYONE’S work and labor of love (Hebrews 6:10). We are neither saved or lost by the AMOUNT of sin we may or may not have in our lives (James 2:10). But in the long run [view] of faith, he that remains in THIS WAY FAITHful to Christ unto death shall receive a CROWN OF LIFE (Revelation 2:10).
--Dad