2001-07-28 - Messiah: His FInal Call to Israel
To Isaac, God reaffirmed His oath regarding His posterity and the future plan regarding blessing all nations through His seed.
Gen.26:2-5 And Jehovah appeared unto him, and said, "Go not down into Egypt. Dwell in the land which I shall tell thee of. Sojourn in this land, and I will be with thee, and will bless thee. For unto thee, and unto thy seed, I will give all these lands, and I will establish the oath which I sware unto Abraham thy father. And I will multiply thy seed as the stars of heaven, and will give unto thy seed all these lands. And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed. Because that Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws.
When Jacob was at Bethel, in flight from the wrath of his brother Esau, God appeared to him in a dream and assured him that in his seed should all the families of the earth be blessed.
Genesis 28:12-15 And he dreamed. And behold, a ladder set up on the Earth, and the top of it reached to Heaven. And behold, the angels of God ascending and descending on it. And, behold, Jehovah stood above it, and said, "I am Jehovah, the God of Abraham thy father, and the God of Isaac. The land whereon thou liest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed. And thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and thou shalt spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the south. And in thee and in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed. And, behold, I am with thee, and will keep thee, whithersoever thou goest, and will bring thee again into this land. For I will not leave thee, until I have done that which I have spoken to thee of."
To Abraham's literal descendants through Isaac and Jacob is the promise made that God will bless all families of the Earth. Ishmael was a literal seed of Abraham, but he was excluded. This promise made to Jacob, as well as that made to Abraham and Isaac, includes only those that descend from Abraham through Isaac, his son, and through Jacob his grandson.
What is the meaning of the promise "... in thy seed shall all the nations of the Earth be blessed" (Gen.28:14)? Obviously both statements mean the same thing. One passage uses the word "nations" and the other uses "families" The context of the quotation from Genesis 22:18 will assist one in determining the significance of the promise. The angel of the Lord Jehovah said,(Gen. 22:16-18)And the angel of Jehovah called unto Abraham a second time out of heaven, and said, "'By myself, have I sworn, saith Jehovah, 'because thou hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy son, thine only son, that in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heavens, and as the sand which is upon the seashore. And thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies. And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed. Because thou hast obeyed my voice.'"
According to verse 17, the time here foreseen is the time when God multiplies the Jewish people as the stars of the heavens, and His seed possesses the gate of His enemies. When these promises are fulfilled, God will bless all nations in and through the seed of Abraham. In the light of these facts, it is obvious that the time here foreseen is the great Kingdom Age of the future.
What is meant by "seed?"? The word in the original Hebrew is a collective noun, and has two significations. Sometimes in a given text it refers to the Messiah of Israel (Gal 3:16); whereas in another setting, it refers to Abraham's literal descendants (Gen.15:5). In Genesis 22:17, both meanings appear. The literal descendants are referred to in the statement, "In multiplying I will multiply they seeds as the stars of the heavens, and as the sand which is upon the seashore." But in the prediction,"And thy seed shall poppies the gate of his ememies...," the Messiah is referred to, because He is the One who alone will conquer the world and establish a regime of righteousness in all nations. "Behold my servant (Messiah) whom I uphold, my chosen, in whom my soul delighteth : I have put my spirit upon him; he will bring forth justice to the Gentiles." (Isaiah 42:1)
Clearly then, this promise has never been fulfilled. Some, however, think that, because certain ones in the various nations have received a blessing through Abraham's literal seed and through the Messiah of Israel, the promise has already been fulfilled. But notice the exact words of the promise, "all nations" - not individuals of the nations -- are to be blessed. According to this promise, in no sense then, can one say that the promise has already been fulfilled. It therefore awaits fulfillment in the future - in Earth's Golden Era.
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem (Psalm 122:6).
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