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"Seed” in the Revised Standard Version
Those who regularly use the Revised Standard Version should take careful note of Genesis 13:15: “For all the land which you (Abraham) see I will give to you and your descendants [AV: ‘seed’] forever.”
The Promise to Abraham
The Gospel taught by Jesus and the apostles was not fundamentally different from what was understood by Abraham. God, through the Scriptures, “Preached before the gospel unto Abraham” (Galatians 3:8). So crucial are these promises that Peter started and ended his public proclamation of the Gospel with reference to them (Acts 3:13,25).If we can understand what was taught to Abraham, we will then have a very basic picture of the Christian Gospel. There are other indications that “the gospel” is not something which just began at the time of Jesus:
The Promises Of God
At this point in our studies ... we want to look more positively at the things which God has “promised to them that love him” (James 1:12; 2:5) by keeping His commandments (John 14:15).
Asking For Proof?
“[God] said to him: I am God who took you out of Ur Casdim to give this land to you as a possession. [Abram] replied, O Lord God. How can I really know that it will be mine?” (Genesis 15:7-8)
How Jewish History Confirms God’s Promise to Abraham
This week’s parasha [Torah reading] is Lech Lecha [Genesis 12:1 to 17:27], which begins with God’s famous command to Abraham to leave the comforts of his home and journey forth to a new beginning in the Holy Land. God promises Abraham (at that point still known as “Abram”) that he will become a great nation, and that God will “bless those who bless you, and the ones who curse you I will curse” (Genesis 12:3). God’s covenant with Abraham passed down to his son Isaac, and then to Isaac’s son Jacob, who fathered twelve sons that became the twelve tribes of Israel. God confirmed his promise to the twelve tribes through the prophet Bilaam, who saw “Israel dwelling tribe by tribe, and the spirit of God came upon him” and he famously remarked, “how goodly are your tents, oh Jacob, your dwellings, oh Israel!” before prophesying that “blessed be those who bless you, and cursed be those who curse you.” (Numbers 24:2-9)
Not Knowing Whither He Went
About two thousand years before the birth of Jesus Christ, a Mesopotamian herdman left his fertile plains, and the protection of city walls, becoming a nomad and setting out into the unknown.
Abram to Moses: Contemporary Civilizations
The story which culminates in the activities of Moses in Egypt and the Wilderness takes its rise in Mesopotamia, when in the twenty-first century before Christ, Hammurabi reigned in Babylon, For centuries in this land, anciently known as Sumer and Akkad, various city states had contended for mastery, among them Eridu, Erech, Ur, Isin, Larsa, and Lagash. The immediate predecessors of Hammurabi, who first gave Babylon prominence, were South Syrian Arabs or Palestinians from the west, and such was their progress that, when he came to the throne, he found himself lord of Akkad, the northern part of Mesopotamia. He attempted to extend his sway over the southern land of Sumer, and in the seventh year of his reign he took Erech and Isin. His activities were held up, however, by Rim-Sin, the Elamite chieftain of Larsa, who remained a thorn in his side all his life and was not overcome until the days of Hammurabi’s successor. While Hammurabi was pushing his conquests northward and westward, Babylon had constantly to be guarded from Rim-Sin, but notwithstanding this he continued his efforts and did not rest until his empire stretched from Armenia to Palestine.
The Promise To Abraham, Personally
The promise God made to Abraham was to him personally and also to his seed. In order for this promise to be fulfilled, Abraham has to be raised from the dead, for Stephen tells us that Abraham did not receive it. In Acts 7:4,5, speaking to the
There Failed Not Ought of Any Good Thing
“And the Lord gave unto Israel all the land which he sware to give unto their fathers; and they possessed it, and dwelt therein. And the Lord gave them rest round about, according to all that He sware unto their fathers: and there stood not a man of all their enemies before them; the Lord delivered all their enemies into their hand. There failed not ought of any good thing which the Lord had spoken unto the house of Israel; all came to pass.” (Joshua 21:43-45)
God’s Story: Abraham and Sarah
God makes a promise to Abraham. God always keeps his promises, but sometimes we have to wait for them. You can read all about what happened to Abraham in Genesis 12–21.
Abraham gets a message from God to move house. He has no idea why or where, but he does it anyway. From Genesis 12 and 15.
The Land of Israel: Jewish History in a Flash
A short video that summarizes 4,000+ years of invasions, conquests and changes in the Land of Israel. Learn how this tiny land has been invaded and settled by numerous nations and how Jerusalem holds the distinction of being the most conquered city in history.
Whiteboard Bible: Abraham
God has created the world, Adam and Eve, all the animals, and it was good — until the story is darkened by a wicked serpent, disrupting God’s intended peace. Adam and Eve make a history-changing decision that results in their broken relationship with God and each other. It goes from bad to worse until God decides to start over, cleansing man’s mess with a global flood. Even so, God’s plan is still emerging, focusing on His promise to a special group of people that He will use to help bring things back to the way there were intended to be.
Wrested Scriptures: Unfulfilled Promise (Nehemiah 9:8)
“. . . and madest a covenant with him [Abraham] to give the land . . . to his seed, and hast performed thy words; for thou art righteous:”
Shalom Jerusalem Debate: No Biblical Promises Awaiting Israel?
The debate topic for this episode of Theopologetics is “There are no biblical promises awaiting fulfillment in the nation, or ethnic descendants, of Israel.” Steve Gregg of The Narrow Path ministries affirms. Dr. Michael Brown of the programAsk Dr. Brown denies.
Abraham, Isaac and Jacob
Abram Called To Be a Blessing
All the Land that You See
All the Land Which Thou Seest to Thee Will I Give It
I Will Greatly Multiply Your Descendants As...