Posts Tagged ‘Abraham’

Old Testament 39

Posted: March 23, 2017 in Old Testament
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CONCLUSION 2:  Following Noah’s lineage leeds us to Abraham.

God began with Abraham to establish his family of believers.  
(Abraham descendants became the nation of Israel.  After Jesus, the faith spread to every nation in the world.
Hence, Abraham was considered the father of many nations).

Abraham and Sarah had a son named Isaac who with Rebekah had a son named Jacob.  God renamed Jacob to 
Israel who had 12 sons.  These 12 sons are the origins of the 12 tribes of Israel.

Genesis 37:3  Now Israel loved Joseph more than any of his other sons, because he had been born to him in his old
age;  and he made a richly ornamented robe for him.

The other eleven brothers were jealous of Joseph.  In the desert, they threw him into a cistern (large pot for water)
and sold him to a caravan of Midianites, who took him to Egypt.

Years later, Joseph was the only person that could interpret the dreams of the King of Egypt.  He told the king that
Egypt will have seven years of abundance followed by seven years of famine.

The King put Joseph in charge of the whole land of Egypt.

Thank you so much for reading.  God bless.

Jeff

 

 

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Let’s expand on the counseling or communicating side of the Holy Spirit.

Before Jesus died on the cross, the Holy Spirit communicated only with the prophets and the high priest.  In the
Old Testament, the tabernacle contained a room called the Most Holy Place.  In this room, the high priests 
heard from the Holy Spirit on behalf of all the Israelite believers.

Hebrews 5: 1  “For every high priest chosen from among men is appointed to act on behalf of men in relationship
to God, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sin.

For more information on the Most Holy Place, please see “Point of Salvation” pages 7 – 10 in the category column
to the left.

After Jesus died on the cross, the curtain leading into the Most Holy Place was torn in two.

Luke 23:45 for the sun stopped shining.  And the curtain of the temple was torn in two.

This symbolized that the high priests are no longer the only ones that can seek counsel and communicate with the
Holy Spirit.  Jesus is now the High Priest and all believers can seek counsel and communicate with the
Holy Spirit “the Counselor.”

The access to the communicating side of the Holy Spirit is how faith spread beyond the nation of Israel to every
nation in the world.  Therefore, Abraham was the father of faith.  He was the father of many nations.

Genesis 15:15  He (God) took him (Abraham) outside and said, “Look up at the heavens and count the stars-
if indeed you can count them.  Then he said to him, so shall your offspring be.

Next week, continuing from Abraham to Joseph.

Thank you so much for reading.  God bless.

Jeff

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Let’s expand on Abraham, the father of many nations.

When God made a covenant with Abraham, he distinguished his believers from nonbelievers.  As the following
scriptures explain, Gods people are distinguished and made righteous only by their faith.

Romans 4:6  Daniel says the same thing when he speaks of the blessedness of the man (Abraham) whom God
credits righteous apart from works.

Romans 4:11  … So then, he (Abraham) is the father of all who believe but have not been circumcised, in
order that righteousness might be credited to them.

Romans 4:13  It was not through law that Abraham and his offspring received the promise that he could be heirs
to the world, but through righteousness that comes by faith.

These scriptures are telling us that doing good works, being circumcised, following Gods law and sacri-
ficing animals as an atonement does not make a person righteous.  Performing these things will not
save a person.  Performing these things showed that a person had faith.  They were a sign of a persons faith.

Abraham and all of his descendants only became righteous because of their faith.  It was a persons
faith even in the Old Testament, that invited the Holy Spirit to dwell within a persons soul and depart his righteous-
ness to their soul.  It is the righteousness of the Holy Spirit that saves a persons soul.

The Holy Spirit has always been present, even before the birth of Jesus.  It has always been the Holy Spirit that
departs salvation.  It was only after the death of Jesus that the communicating side of the Holy Spirit was released.

Next week we will expand on the communicating side of the Holy Spirit and how it grew to many nations.

Thank you so much for reading.  God bless.

Jeff

 

 

Old Testament 10

Posted: September 1, 2016 in Old Testament
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Why was Abraham and not Noah considered the father of many nations?  Wasn’t Noah and his family the
first believers in God after the flood?

Unfortunately, after Noah’s family grew and his descendants spread to different lands, many stopped believing.
This is evident in the following scriptures.

Joshua 24:1-2  Then Joshua assembled all the tribes of Israel at Shechem.  He summoned the elders, leaders,
judges and officials of Israel, and they presented themselves before God.  Joshua said to all the people, “This is
what the Lord, the God of Israel, says:  “Long ago your forefathers, including Terah the father of Abraham
and Nahor, lived beyond the Euphrates River and worshipped other Gods.

Most people no longer had faith in the Lord.  Even Abrahams father did not believe.  He worshiped
false gods.  Therefore, there was no genealogical link of believers from Noah to Abraham.

God began with Abraham to establish a covenant and to establish his family of believers.  As we will
discover, the group of believers became the original twelve tribes of Israel.  Later they became the nation of
Israel and eventually those of faith spread to every nation in the world.  Hence, the father of many
nations.

Thank you so much for reading.  God bless.

Jeff

Old Testament 9

Posted: August 25, 2016 in Old Testament
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Last week we read that God made a covenant with Abram that he will be the father of many nations.  God
even changed Abrams name to Abraham which means “father of a multitude.”

The following scriptures describe this covenant in more detail.

Genesis 17:10  This is my covenant with you and your descendants after you, the covenant you are to keep:  Every
male among you shall be circumcised.

Genesis 17:11  For the generations to come, every male among you who is eight days old must be circum-
cised.

Circumcision is the cutting off the foreskin at the tip of the male sexual organ.  This was a sign that these people
followed and worshipped God alone and not false gods or idols.  It was a token of their covenant membership. To
mark the beginning of the covenant solidarity to Abrahams descendants.

Next week we will read why Noah was not considered the father of many nations and Abraham was.  Noah and his
family were the first to follow God after the flood when all humans were destroyed.

Thank you so much for reading.  God bless.

Jeff

 

 

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Let’s continue the ancestry from Peleg (time of the Tower of Babel) to Ren to Serug to Nahor to Terah to
Abram (Abraham).

Genesis 12:1  The Lord said to Abram, “Leave your country, your people and your father’s household and go to the
land I will show you.”

Genesis 12:2  “I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you.”

Genesis 17:3-5  “Abram fell face down, and God said to him, “As for me, this is my covenant with you:  You will
be the father of many nations.  No longer will you be called Abram;  your name will be Abraham, for I
have made you a father of many nations.

Genesis 18:18  Abraham will surely become a great and powerful nation, and all nations on earth will be blessed
through him.  For I have chosen him, so that he will direct his children and his household after him to
keep the way of the Lord by doing what is right and just.

Next week we will read more about the covenant that God made with Abraham.

Thank you so much for reading.  God bless.

Jeff

 

 

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Welcome and thanks for reading.

Last week we read that mankind built a tower to reach heaven.  Only believers that are sealed with the Holy Spirit
can enter heaven.  God put a halt to their attempts.

Genesis 11:7  Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other.

Genesis 11:8  So the Lord scattered them from there over the earth, and they stopped building the city.

Genesis 11:9  That is why it was called Babel, because there the Lord confused the language of the whole
world.

The Hebrew word for babel is babal which means to jumble and confuse.

At this time, the people of the world began speaking different languages.  At this early time in history, the
people of the world could no longer join together as one.  God divided them.

Of course, the known world at this early time in history is what we now consider the Middle East.

Next week, following the ancestry from Peleg to Ren to Nahor to Terah to Abram (Abraham).

Thank you so much for reading.  God bless.

Jeff