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As mere humans, we tend to forget things said as time goes by. Our own ability to keep promises that we make can weaken over time. This is not so with the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

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As mere humans, we tend to forget things said as time goes by. Our own ability to keep promises that we make can weaken over time. This is not so with the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. This phrase, "the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob" embodies the concept of God as a covenant maker, and a covenant keeper. It is not an oversimplification to assert that all of the information in the Old Testament is really about God fulfilling his promises made to Abraham, with the culmination being the coming of His Son, Jesus, the Messiah (Hebrew), or the Christ (Greek). Have you ever thought about Genesis 12:1-3 as a three part outline of the Bible? After commanding Abram to leave his land for a place that God would show him, God's promise to Abram that would be fulfilled first was, "And I will make you a great nation..." From Genesis chapter 12 to Exodus 1:7 we have the detailed facts as to how Abram actually became the father of a great nation. One can look at Genesis to Deuteronomy as Part One of the Bible. In this section God not only creates a biological nation from Abram, but God provides that nation with a law to teach love of God and neighbor, separating this nation from all of the other idolatrous nations. The second promise that God made to Abram is found in Gen 12:1, "...to the land which I will show you..." Of course this promise is stated first in the text. However, this is the second promise in that Abram had to have a great nation first then God would give that nation a land. ...read more.

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the even more hard hearted Jezebel ruled. In the battle between the prophets of Baal and Elijah, a prophet of God, Abraham's name is recalled. "At the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, Elijah the prophet came near and said, O LORD, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel, today let it be known that You are God in Israel and that I am Your servant and I have done all these things at Your word." (1 Kings 18:36) To be sure the mention of Abraham is simply found in the now familiar phrase, "the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel" (Jacob's name was changed to Israel by God . National pride is such a powerful emotional pull on our hearts. What a wonderful romantic notion, to be of the same blood as Abraham, the father of nations and the father of the anointed one to come. Jesus shatters this pride. Just being from the nation of Abraham means nothing if one does not actually believe in THE ONE who came from Abraham, and indeed, existed before him. Proving that Jesus was the fulfillment of God's promise to Abraham was therefore the challenge and goal set before the apostles of Jesus. After proclaiming Jesus to be the Christ on the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2), the second occasion the apostles had to preach Jesus was when Peter and John healed a lame man in the name of Jesus. The crowd gathered in Jerusalem to find out why this familiar beggar was jumping around and praising God. Peter repeated the same evidence as in his first message (Acts 3:11-21) ...read more.

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Therefore, He had to be made like His brethren in all things, so that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. For since He Himself was tempted in that which He has suffered, He is able to come to the aid of those who are tempted." (Heb 2:16 To overcome the darkness of any culture during any time period all one needs to do is recall how God fulfilled his promises to Abraham. "And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence so as to realize the full assurance of hope until the end, so that you will not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises. For when God made the promise to Abraham, since He could swear by no one greater, He swore by Himself, saying, 'I WILL SURELY BLESS YOU AND I WILL SURELY MULTIPLY YOU.'" (Heb 6:11-14) We conclude by quoting the Hebrew author once again. Upon illustrating how many people have gone before us who put their faith in God, including of course, Abraham, the Hebrew writer then exhorted, "Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose ...read more.

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