6/19/2006 ~ The Promise

Theme of the Bible

... Is the law then against the promises of God? Certainly not! ...
~ Galatians 3:13-29

God made a promise and He does not lie.

... God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good. ...
~ Genesis 1:30-31

"... you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die."
~ Genesis 2:16-17

Nothing less than the promise of victory over sin.

... The woman said, "The serpent deceived me, and I ate." ...
~ Genesis 3:9-15

A promise of redemption (seed of woman).

... And the Lord was sorry that He had made man on the earth, ...
~ Genesis 6:5-8

About 10 generations pass as wickedness increases (Genesis 6-9).
                                                                                 The Flood.

By faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved
with godly fear, ... ~ Hebrews 11:7

About 10 more generations pass before Abraham (Genesis 12).

"... To a land that I will show you. I will make you a great nation; ..."
~ Genesis 12:1-3

Promises made to Abraham:
• Land                  
          • Nation            
                       • Seed 

"... she shall be a mother of nations; kings of peoples shall be from her." ...
~ Genesis 17:16-17

Now Abraham and Sarah were old, well advanced in age; ... ~ Genesis 18:11


... Now Abraham was one hundred years old when his son Isaac was born ...
~ Genesis 21:1-5

... your only son Isaac, whom you love, ... and offer him there as
a burnt offering ... ~ Genesis 22:1-5

... I will multiply your descendants as the stars of the heaven and as
the sand which is on the seashore; ... ~ Genesis 22:17-18

"... and I will perform the oath which I swore to Abraham your father. ..."
~ Genesis 26:3-4

For the promise that he would be the heir of the world was not ... through
the law, but through the righteousness of faith. ... ~ Romans 4:13

... was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises ...
~ Hebrews 11:17

Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac ...
~ James 2:21


... And give you the blessing of Abraham, To you and your descendants ...
~ Genesis 28:3-4

... the land on which you lie I will give to you and your descendants. ...
~ Genesis 28:13-14

... Now the sons of Jacob were twelve: ... ~ Genesis 35:22-27

Jacob’ son Judah

The scepter shall not depart from Judah, ... ~ Genesis 49:10

... He swore to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob." Then Joseph took an oath ...
~ Genesis 50:24-26

All those who were descendants of Jacob were seventy persons
(for Joseph was in Egypt already). ~ Exodus 1:5

Into Egypt - 70

Then the children of Israel journeyed from Rameses to Succoth, about
six hundred thousand men on foot, besides children. ~ Exodus 12:37

Out of Egypt - 600,000 +

... for six hundred and three thousand, five hundred and fifty men.
~ Exodus 38:26

... And you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation. ...
~ Exodus 19:5-6

... "I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, ..."
~ Exodus 20:1-7


... So Moses came and told the people all the words of the Lord ...
~ Exodus 24:1-8

... And He wrote on the tablets the words of the covenant,
the Ten Commandments. ~ Exodus 34:27-28

Now to Abraham and his Seed were the promises made. ... ~ Galatians 3:16-17

And he said, "Lord God, how shall I know that I will inherit it?" ~ Genesis 15:8

God says exactly what land will be given.

On the same day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying:
"To your descendants I have given this land, ..." ~ Genesis 15:18-21

... And your sons shall be shepherds in the wilderness forty years, ...
~ Numbers 14:29-34

They are delayed in wilderness for 40 years.

... "This is the land of which I swore to give Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob,
saying, I will give it to your descendants. ..." ~ Deuteronomy 34:4-5

Joshua leads them in to the promised land.

... your foot will tread upon I have given you, as I said to Moses. ...
~ Joshua 1:3-6

... Not a word failed of any good thing which the Lord had spoken ...
~ Joshua 21:43-45

1. The nation promise is fulfilled.

"... you shall perish quickly from the good land which He has given you." ...
~ Joshua 23:14-16

If you worship other Gods, God will destroy what you have.

"... that you will soon utterly perish from the land ..." ~ Deuteronomy 4:25-26

"Now it shall come to pass, if you diligently obey the voice of the Lord ..."
~ Deuteronomy 28:1

They retain the land conditionally.

"But it shall come to pass, if you do not obey the voice of the Lord ..."
~ Deuteronomy 28:15

The Lord will bring you and the king whom you set over you to a nation ..."
~ Deuteronomy 28:36

... as he went to recover his territory at the River Euphrates. ~ 2nd Samuel 8:3

David recovered a portion of the land.

So Solomon reigned over all kingdoms from the River to the land of
the Philistines, ... ~ 1st Kings 4:21

They served their idols, Which became a snare to them. ... ~ Psalm 106:36-38

... To give it to his descendants. You have performed Your words,
For You are righteous. ~ Nehemiah 9:7-8

  • Samaria capital of Northern tribes fell - 722 BC
  • Jerusalem capital of Southern tribes fell – 586 BC
  • Remnant returned (536, 458, 445 BC)

2. The land promise is fulfilled.

And the promise of the seed ... a promise of redemption.

"... her Seed; He shall bruise your head, And you shall bruise His heel."
~ Genesis 3:15

                ┌─> Seed of David.
... I will set up your seed after you, who will come from your body, ...
~ 2nd Samuel 7:12-13

... And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. ... ~ Isaiah 9:6-7

... God of heaven will set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed; ...
~ Daniel 2:36-44

Four kingdoms preceding Christ’s coming:
Samarian, Babylonian, Greek, and Roman.

... to Him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, ... ~ Daniel 7:13-14

... the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive
and bear a Son, ... ~ Isaiah 7:14

"... And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed." ~ Genesis 12:3

"In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because
you have obeyed My voice." ~ Genesis 22:18


"... her Seed; He shall bruise your head, And you shall bruise His heel."
~ Genesis 3:15

└─ Seed of Woman ─┐
But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son,
born of a woman, born under the law, ... ~ Galatians 4:4

"... And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed." ~ Genesis 12:3
└─ Seed of Abraham ─┐
... "And to your Seed," who is Christ. ... ~ Galatians 3:16

... And to Him shall be the obedience of the people. ~ Genesis 49:10
└─ Tribe of Judah ─┐
For it is evident that our Lord arose from Judah, ... ~ Hebrews 7:14

I will be his Father, and he shall be My son. ... ~ 2nd Samuel 7:14
└─ Seed of David ─┐
... will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him
the throne of His father David. ... ~ Luke 1:26-33

... will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, ...
~ Isaiah 7:14

└─ Born of a Virgin ─┐
... So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by
the Lord through the prophet, ... ~ Matthew 1:21-23

God keeps His promises.
How does this promise relate to us?

... saying: "Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord! ..."
~ Mark 11:9-10

They called Him King ...                                     

... But they cried out all the more, "Crucify Him!" ~ Mark 15:12-14

                                    ... and crucified Him.

... in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit
through faith. ~ Galatians 3:13-14

... He also presented Himself alive after His suffering
by many infallible proofs, ... ~ Acts 1:3

... Jesus of Nazareth, ... Him, being delivered by the determined purpose
and foreknowledge of God, ... ~ Acts 2:22-24

... David ... spoke concerning the resurrection of the Christ, ... ~ Acts 2:25-32

... Prince of life, whom God raised from the dead, of which we are witnesses.
~ Acts 3:12-15

... of the covenant which God made with our fathers, ... ~ Acts 3:25

"... there is no other name under heaven given among men by which
we must be saved." ~ Acts 4:8-12

... "We ought to obey God rather than men. ..." ~ Acts 5:29-32

... and declared to be the Son of God with power according to the Spirit ...
~ Romans 1:4

... and gave Him to be head over all things to the church,
which is His body, ... ~ Ephesians 1:19-23

... Which shall not pass away, And His kingdom the one Which shall
not be destroyed. ~ Daniel 7:13-14

... "Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of
Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; ..." ~ Acts 2:38-39

- Promise for the remission of sins.

"I will bless those who bless you, And I will curse him who curses you; ..."
~ Genesis 12:3

... God, having raised up His Servant Jesus, sent Him to bless you, ...
~ Acts 3:26

Our Salvation is a Result of the Seed Promise.

... "Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of
Jesus Christ ..." ~ Acts 2:38

For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. ...
~ Galatians 3:26-29

God had each one of us in mind
when He promised those things to Abraham
leading to our opportunity for the forgiveness of sins
through Jesus Christ.

And if you are Christ's, then you are Abraham's seed, and heirs according
to the promise. ~ Galatians 3:29

... "Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of
Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; ..." ~ Acts 2:38-39

You are sons of the prophets, and of the covenant which God made ...
~ Acts 3:25-26

From this man's seed, according to the promise, God raised up for Israel
a Savior - Jesus - ~ Acts 13:23

And we declare to you glad tidings - that promise which was made
to the fathers. ~ Acts 13:32

And now I stand and am judged for the hope of the promise made by God
to our fathers. ... ~ Acts 26:6-7

... it has now been revealed by the Spirit to His holy apostles and prophets:
that the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, ... ~ Ephesians 3:3-8

There has been generation after generation of the faithful.

... died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them ...
~ Hebrews 11:13

... who through faith subdued kingdoms, worked righteousness,
obtained promises, ... ~ Hebrews 11:33

And all these, having obtained a good testimony through faith,
did not receive the promise, ... ~ Hebrews 11:39

... according to the eternal purpose which He accomplished
in Christ Jesus ... ~ Ephesians 3:10-11

Are you faithful to the promise?





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