Wednesday, February 15 2012
What Did Jesus Christ Say About Abraham?
King David (see A History Of Jerusalem: The City Of David) is a key ancestor of the Messiah because of his royal significance to "Christ the King of Israel" (Mark 15:32 KJV). But Abraham (see Abraham The Christian) is also a key ancestor of the Messiah because, as we will cover in this study, of his righteousness.
"1:1 The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.
As described above, the people of Judah were exiled to Babylon, the birthplace of idolatry, because of their idolatry (see The Babylon Exodus And Exile). They were sent back into the place that the LORD had sent Abraham out of long before (see The Journey From Ur Of The Chaldees). Exactly as prescribed and prophesied by the LORD, the nation of Judah, with the royal line within it (i.e. the sole purpose of "the chosen people" from whom the Holy One would come), was returned to Jerusalem, to Zion, seventy years later, for the sake of the coming of the Messiah (see A History Of Jerusalem: Ezra And Nehemiah and A History Of Jerusalem: Zionism).
"1:12 And after they were brought to Babylon, Jechonias begat Salathiel; and Salathiel begat Zorobabel; 1:13 And Zorobabel begat Abiud; and Abiud begat Eliakim; and Eliakim begat Azor; 1:14 And Azor begat Sadoc; and Sadoc begat Achim; and Achim begat Eliud; 1:15 And Eliud begat Eleazar; and Eleazar begat Matthan; and Matthan begat Jacob; 1:16 And Jacob begat Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ.
Unlike a royal line that can be maintained alive for thousands of years, until the Ultimate Heir comes, with many scoundrels in the links, the heritage of righteous example has absolutely nothing to do with ancestry or place of birth. When the self-righteous Pharisees and Sadducees claimed to be "righteous," for no better reason than their ancestry and nationality, John the Baptist confronted (see Who Has A Spirit Of Confrontation?) their Satanic delusions of grandeur with Truth and Reality: "think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham."
"3:1 In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea, 3:2 And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. 3:3 For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight [see The Path To Glory and The Strait Gate].
"Many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven"
Jesus Christ frequently spoke of Abraham, as an example of a man who had true righteous - a man whose faith was manifested by his actual obedience to the LORD (see Works Means Obedience). For that reason, we know, by the Word of the Messiah, that Abraham will be in the Kingdom of God (see God's Kingdom: Paradise On Earth):
"8:1 When he was come down from the mountain, great multitudes followed him. 8:2 And, behold, there came a leper and worshipped him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.
Abraham understood that being "saved" was a future event ("11:13 These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth" Hebrews 11:13 KJV).
"22:23 The same day came to him the Sadducees, which say that there is no resurrection, and asked him, 22:24 Saying, Master, Moses said, If a man die, having no children, his brother shall marry his wife, and raise up seed unto his brother. 22:25 Now there were with us seven brethren: and the first, when he had married a wife, deceased, and, having no issue, left his wife unto his brother: 22:26 Likewise the second also, and the third, unto the seventh. 22:27 And last of all the woman died also. 22:28 Therefore in the resurrection whose wife shall she be of the seven? for they all had her.
Very often, the reason that the religious authorities could not understand what the Messiah was saying is because they were too full of their own words to hear the Truth. On the other hand, those who looked to the Word of God (see What Does Word of God Mean To You?), as Abraham did, were able to "hear."
"13:10 And he was teaching in one of the synagogues on the sabbath [see Sabbath Teachings And Healings]. 13:11 And, behold, there was a woman which had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bowed together, and could in no wise lift up herself. 13:12 And when Jesus saw her, he called her to him, and said unto her, Woman, thou art loosed from thine infirmity. 13:13 And he laid his hands on her: and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God.
The reason that Abraham will be saved is the same for all who will be saved: Abraham obeyed the LORD when he was given the means to do so (see When And Where Your Eternal Life Will Begin and The Eighth Day: What Does It Mean?).
"13:22 And he went through the cities and villages, teaching, and journeying toward Jerusalem. 13:23 Then said one unto him, Lord, are there few that be saved?
As He consistently taught, those who truly repent and obey the Word of the LORD are the "children of Abraham."
"19:1 And Jesus entered and passed through Jericho. 19:2 And, behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus, which was the chief among the publicans, and he was rich. 19:3 And he sought to see Jesus who he was; and could not for the press, because he was little of stature. 19:4 And he ran before, and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see him: for he was to pass that way.
Just as Abraham grew in faith and knowledge, all people of true righteousness must live a life of the Way to Life - as though each day would be the day of Christ's return (again, see Could Christ Return Tonight?).
"19:10 For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost. 19:11 And as they heard these things, he added and spake a parable, because he was nigh to Jerusalem, and because they thought that the kingdom of God should immediately appear. 19:12 He said therefore, A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return. 19:13 And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come.
Just as John the Baptist had done earlier, the Messiah rebuked the self-righteous religionists for discarding the righteous example of Abraham and worshipping their own man-made traditions (see Is Your Religion Your Religion?; also Is Your Church A Cult?).
"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 [see The Yoke Of Freedom]. 8:33 They answered him, We be Abraham's seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free? 8:34 Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin. 8:35 And the servant abideth not in the house for ever: but the Son abideth ever. 8:36 If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed. 8:37 I know that ye are Abraham's seed; but ye seek to kill me, because my word hath no place in you. 8:38 I speak that which I have seen with my Father: and ye do that which ye have seen with your father. 8:39 They answered and said unto him, Abraham is our father. Jesus saith unto them, If ye were Abraham's children, ye would do the works of Abraham. 8:40 But now ye seek to kill me, a man that hath told you the truth, which I have heard of God: this did not Abraham. 8:41 Ye do the deeds of your father. Then said they to him, We be not born of fornication; we have one Father, even God." (John 8:31-41 KJV)
The alternative to true righteousness is a rebel's self-righteousness - the lust of Satan to idolize one's self.
"8:42 Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me. 8:43 Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word. 8:44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning [see When Does 'Life' Begin? and The Sins Of The World's Oldest Profession], and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. 8:45 And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not. 8:46 Which of you convinceth me of sin? And if I say the truth, why do ye not believe me? 8:47 He that is of God heareth God's words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God." (John 8:42-47 KJV)
The result of self-righteousness is hate of the Truth that Abraham loved.
"8:48 Then answered the Jews, and said unto him, Say we not well that thou art a Samaritan, and hast a devil? 8:49 Jesus answered, I have not a devil; but I honour my Father, and ye do dishonour me. 8:50 And I seek not mine own glory: there is one that seeketh and judgeth. 8:51 Verily, verily, I say unto you, If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death. 8:52 Then said the Jews unto him, Now we know that thou hast a devil. Abraham is dead, and the prophets; and thou sayest, If a man keep my saying, he shall never taste of death. 8:53 Art thou greater than our father Abraham, which is dead? and the prophets are dead: whom makest thou thyself? 8:54 Jesus answered, If I honour myself, my honour is nothing: it is my Father that honoureth me; of whom ye say, that he is your God: 8:55 Yet ye have not known him; but I know him: and if I should say, I know him not, I shall be a liar like unto you: but I know him, and keep his saying. 8:56 Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad. 8:57 Then said the Jews unto him, Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham? 8:58 Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am. 8:59 Then took they up stones to cast at him: but Jesus hid himself, and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by." (John 8:48-59 KJV)
Fact Finder: Did Abraham ever go to "Zion"? Who was Melchizedek?
This Day In History, February 15
1763: The Treaty of Hubertusburg was signed. It ended the conflict between Austria and Prussia (not to be confused with Russia - Prussia is in Germany) in the Seven Years' War.
1764: St. Louis was founded as a French trading post, named after French King Louis IX (although many regard the loo-ee pronunciation to be slang, it's actually much closer to the original French-accent name than the later English loo-iss). "Missouri" was named after a tribe of Sioux people, the Missouris, who lived in the region.
1898: The Spanish-U.S. War began after the U.S. battleship Maine blew up in Havana harbor. There was no sign of attack upon the ship; many believe that the ship's own 5 tons of gunpowder stores were accidentally detonated (as happened to other such warships where gunpowder was stored in bulk).
1922: The Permanent Court of International Justice, at The Hague in the Netherlands, held its first session. Established to address "crimes against humanity," the court has remained ineffective for war crimes committed by war-mongering nations because many of the greatest war criminals have refuge in their militarily-powerful nations that refuse to deliver them to "foreign" justice - while they themselves have subjected other nations to their "foreign" courts and tribunals during their rampage of invasions. There will however be no escape, for anyone, from God's Justice in due time - all are going to answer to the LORD for all of the evil that they have done, including those who have done their evil in God's Name (see So, You Think You Got Away With It?).
1928: Herbert Asquith died at age 76. Mr. Asquith served as the Prime Minister of Britain from 1908 to 1916, and as such was the leader of Britain during the first 2 years of the First World War (see also A History Of Jerusalem: The British Mandate).
1940: During the Second World War (which began in September 1939 when Germany invaded Poland), Adolf Hitler (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion) ordered that all British merchant ships would be considered warships.
1942: After having their supplies of ammunition and food cut off, British and allied forces surrendered to the Japanese in Singapore - the single most catastrophic (but temporary) defeat in British military history; over 130,000 British, Canadian, Australian, and Indian troops were taken prisoner.
1944: U.S. warplanes bombed the Abbey of Monte Cassino in an effort to neutralize it as a German observation post in central Italy.
1950: Joseph Stalin and Mao Tse-tung signed a Russian-Chinese mutual defense treaty in Moscow.
1954: Canada and the U.S. began construction of the Distant Early Warning Line ("the DEW Line"), a network of radar stations in the Arctic of Canada and Alaska to detect incoming Russian nuclear bombers. The system soon became obsolete upon the invention, just a few years later, of intercontinental ballistic missiles, as well as short-range nuclear missiles that can be fired from submarines a few miles off the east and west coasts of the entire continent of North America).
1965: Canada adopted the "Maple Leaf" as its new national flag.
1971: Britain converted to decimal currency from pounds, shillings and pence.
1989: The Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan. The invasion was condemned and protested by the U.S., until the U.S. invaded Afghanistan itself a few years later.
1990: Britain and Argentina restored full diplomatic ties, affirming reconciliation after their 1982 war for the Falkland Islands.
2003: An estimated 30 million people, in 600 cities all around the world, protested (the largest peace demonstration in history) the U.S. invasion of Iraq and the war that followed. A few years later, it was proven that the protestors were correct, and that George W. Bush's justification for the war was totally false - no "weapons of mass destruction" were ever found in Iraq, and Iraq had nothing at all to do with the 9-11 terrorist attacks that were committed by men from Saudi Arabia (Osama bin-Laden was a Saudi-Arabian) and Pakistan - ironically, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan, from which the 9-11 terrorists originated, were not invaded and are proclaimed as "allies in the war against terror," while Iraq and Afghanistan were invaded and devastated. Perhaps the greatest irony of all is that, while there is no doubt that Saddam Hussein was a murderer of his own people, captured documents prove that Saddam Hussein not only did not aid the al-Qaeda terrorist group, he actually regarded them as a threat to Iraq.