Tuesday, July 6 2010
The Covenant With Abraham's Seed
While Abraham was still childless, the LORD made a covenant with Abraham regarding his children:
"15:1 After these things the word of the LORD came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward.
"Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I AM"
Abraham was also a prophet, given to know about the Exodus of his descendants, long before any of them were born (see also The Exodus Prophecy).
"15:13 And he said unto Abram, Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs, and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred years; 15:14 And also that nation, whom they shall serve, will I judge: and afterward shall they come out with great substance. 15:15 And thou shalt go to thy fathers in peace; thou shalt be buried in a good old age. 15:16 But in the fourth generation they shall come hither again: for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet full." (Genesis 15:13-16 KJV)
The Messianic line from Abraham (keeping in mind that it was Jesus Christ Himself who brought it about - see 'Before Abraham Was, I AM' to understand that the "God of the Old Testament" was "the LORD God" who was born as Jesus Christ) through the miraculous birth of Isaac ("17:17 Then Abraham fell upon his face, and laughed, and said in his heart, Shall a child be born unto him that is an hundred years old? and shall Sarah, that is ninety years old, bear?" Genesis 17:17 KJV), numerous other children were born to Abraham through a number of wives and concubines.
"16:15 And Hagar bare Abram a son: and Abram called his son's name, which Hagar bare, Ishmael. 16:16 And Abram was fourscore and six years old, when Hagar bare Ishmael to Abram." (Genesis 16:15-16 KJV)
As plainly stated in the Scriptures quoted above, the Messianic line went through Isaac - and the physical Israelites in general. But there is only one Messiah. And what about the descendants of Abraham's other children - and of humanity in general? Are they all left out of the blessings that were promised to "Abraham's seed"? No, they are not. We know that from the Word of the Messiah Himself who explained just who "Abraham's seed" ultimately are - and that it was the Messiah Himself Who declared it right in the time of Abraham.
"8:31 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; 8:32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
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This Day In History, July 6
1189: King Henry II of England, the first of the Plantagenets, died and was succeeded by Richard I.
1415: Jan Hus (also known in English as John Huss), Czech preacher and reformer, was burnt alive for "heresy" by Church of Rome authorities during the Council of Constance. The council was conducted by antipope John XXIII and German emperor Sigismund (see Emperors and Popes and Ein Volk! Ein Reich! Ein Euro!; also The Struggle For The Papacy). The emperor had given Hus a guarantee of safe passage to come to the council, but reneged and had Hus killed anyway. The Hussites were named after Jan Hus, and the Hussite Wars of 1419-1436 were caused by the Hussites in Bohemia and Moravia.
1519: Charles of Spain is elected Holy Roman emperor in Barcelona.
1535: Sir Thomas More, former Lord Chancellor of England, was executed for treason after refusing to recognize Henry VIII as the head of the Church of England.
1536: Jacques Cartier returns to France after discovering the St. Lawrence River in Canada.
1553: King Edward VI of England died and was succeeded by Queen Mary I.
1699: Captain William Kidd ("Captain Kidd") was arrested in Boston.
1885: French scientist Louis Pasteur successfully tested his new anti-rabies vaccine on a boy that had been bitten by an infected dog.
1906: The Ontario Parliament passed the "Lord's Day Observance Act" to prohibit work, entertainment, sport and almost all commerce on Sundays. Although the writers of the law intended it as an act of obedience to God, they were mistaken about the correct day to observe (see Sun Worship to understand how "sun day" originated). The law was struck down by the Supreme Court of Canada in 1985 after challenges from Jews and true Christians who observe the Seventh Day Sabbath according to Christ's Command in the Fourth Commandment (see 'Before Abraham Was, I AM' to understand that the "God of the Old Testament" was "the LORD God" who was born as Jesus Christ).
1919: The first airship to cross the Atlantic, the British R-34, arrived in New York.
1942: The diarist Anne Frank and her family took refuge from the Nazis in Amsterdam.
1944: A fire accidentally started by performing "fire-eaters" in the main tent of the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus in Hartford, Connecticut, killed 167 people.
1958: The former Russian territory of Alaska became the 49th state of the U.S. It was purchased from Russia in 1867 for $7.2 million.
2006: Hugh Thompson died at age 62. The former US Army helicopter pilot from Atlanta, Georgia, at age 24, along with his crew, stopped the infamous U.S. massacre at My Lai by landing his helicopter between the Vietnamese men, women and children and the U.S. troops who had already murdered about 500 of them. Thompson ordered his two door gunners to open fire on the U.S. troops if they didn't stop their murders of helpless women and children. None of the U.S. troops who committed the war crimes were punished for carrying out the unlawful orders of their commander ("We were just following orders, Sir"). Their commander, Lt. William Calley, was the only one convicted - for which he spent a comfortable 3 years under house arrest. Hugh Thompson was ostracized at the time, but is now regarded as an extremely courageous and honorable warrior - a genuine hero.