278 - Les Feldick Bible Study Lesson 1 - Part 2 - Book 24 - Seven Blessings for Israel - Part 2

278: Seven Blessings for Israel – Part 2 – Lesson 1 Part 2 Book 24

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LESSON 1 * PART 2 * BOOK 24

SEVEN BLESSINGS FOR ISRAEL

Now for our television viewers, we realize that some of you are seeing the program for the very first time, and so we like to inform people that this is just an informal Bible study, and that’s why you see coffee cups on the tables. My little wife Iris always the day before our tapings spends a good part of the day baking about 250 cookies for the class, and not one time in the past 5 years have I heard any one complain about her cookies. So I just wanted to give credit where credit is due.

I’m not a theologian, but rather I’m a full time rancher, and all of this the Lord has given me is just extra. The Lord has given me the best of both worlds. I love my ranching business, and I do have good cattle, but I also love to teach this Book. So the Lord has made it possible that we can teach almost every night of the week, and hearts are being blessed, and the television program has gone beyond what we could have ever dreamed. So we just give the Lord all the praise for it. Let’s continue from our last lesson. We just finished with the promise to Abraham continuing, not through Ishmael, but through the promised son Isaac. Let’s pick up this Covenant situation that Paul makes reference to in Romans Chapter 9, and verse 4 that to the Nation of Israel were given the Covenants. Remember never to the Church, but to the Nation of Israel. We looked at the one in Genesis 12, 13, 15, and 17, and let’s pick it up as this Covenant promise is repeated to Isaac the Son of Promise now in Genesis 26.

Genesis 26:2,3

“And the LORD appeared unto him (Isaac), and said, `Go not down into Egypt; dwell in the land which I shall tell thee of:'” Now in verse 3 we find the demands of the Covenant promise. They were to remain in the land of promise, which of course was Canaan.

“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 countries,…”

During our break time Jerry and I were talking and laughing about a statement that his wife Lorna had made while they were transcribing these little books for us. She comments once in a while, “I wish Les would just finish a verse before commenting on it.” Well I just can’t teach that way so maybe I’m unique that we stop in the middle of a verse and make a comment, and then hopefully it will come through and shed some light on the verse. But here we find in the middle of this verse that Abraham and Isaac are still dwelling in the middle of those Canaanite tribes that were there when Abraham came to the land. They haven’t gotten the whole land, it isn’t theirs yet, but the promise is that the day is coming when they won’t have to put up with the Canaanites because God’s going to give them the land. Verse 3 again.

Genesis 26:3,4

“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 countries, and I will perform the oath which I swear unto Abraham thy father (do you see how it all goes back to that Abrahamic Covenant? Now verse 4, and here’s that Covenant.); And I will make thy seed to multiply as the stars of heaven, and will give unto thy seed (his physical offspring) all these countries; and in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed.”

Well you say, how can God say `nations’ of the earth be blessed if He’s dealing with Israel. Well are you getting the picture? Everything has to come through this one little nation. And as I said in the last lesson, every word in this Book came out of the Nation of Israel. All the writers of Scripture, yes, I think including Luke, were Jews, and Paul makes that so plain in Romans Chapter 3:

Romans 3:1,2

“What advantage then hath the Jew? or what profit is there of circumcision? Much every way: chiefly, because that unto them were committed the oracles (or The Word) of God.” This is what makes this Book totally unique from any other religious book on this planet. Looking at the end of verse 4 again we find this promise in the Abrahamic Covenant,

Genesis 26:4b,5

“…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.”

Well of course if you come all the way on over now to Chapter 46 we will deal with the next one in line. So we’ve had Abraham, Isaac, and now Jacob. Jacob of course has gone up to Haran in Syria, and married his wives, and he comes back to the land with eleven sons, and then Rachel his wife had Benjamin, and died. So in all Jacob had twelve sons. One of his sons, Joseph you remember, wound up down in Egypt by virtue of his ungodly brothers selling him into slavery. But again when Joseph met with the brothers he said, “Don’t blame yourselves, because God did it.” Further in Romans 9 we will see how that is so true in every aspect of God’s dealing. He’s Sovereign, He’s Holy, and Righteous, and we dare not question any thing He does, because He is Sovereign. So here the Sovereign God has set it up so that Joseph would end up in Egypt. God sent the 7 years of good years in order to get ready for the seven years of famine. That whole famine was set up in order to bring the whole tribe of Jacob down into Egypt. Remember what God told Abraham and Isaac, that they were were not to go down into Egypt, but to sojourn in the land. But look what God tells Jacob.

Genesis 46:1-3

“And Israel (or Jacob the man) took his journey with all that he had, and came to Beersheba, (down in southern Palestine) and offered sacrifices unto the God of his father Isaac. And God spake unto Israel in the visions of the night, and said, `Jacob, Jacob.’ And Jacob said, `Here am I.’ (Now look what God says in verse 3) And he said, `I am God, the God of thy father: fear not to go down into Egypt; (now that was change wasn’t it? And the reason?) for I will there make of thee a great nation:'”

And that’s exactly what happened. After some 215 years of the children of Israel in Egypt Moses leads them out now a company of any where from 5 to 7 million people, and at that time they were the biggest nation in the world at that time. All right, so there that Abrahamic Covenant is repeated to Isaac and Jacob, and of course we have the “Covenant of the Law.” God gives Moses the Ten Commandants, and he comes down off the mountain, and gives the Law to Israel.

Turn to Deuteronomy Chapter 30 where we have another Covenant that God makes primarily now with Moses and the Nation of Israel, and we call this for sake of memory the,“Palestinian Covenant.” It’s a Covenant that originates with God that no one will ever be able to break. Now we know that the Arab world outnumbers the little Nation of Israel some where between 40-50 to 1. When I first taught Genesis, and I made some of these points, I had a dear Arab call me from one of our major cities who had watched the program, and he of course was furious that I was making the claim that the land of Palestine belongs to the Jews. I want the Arab folks to understand that God loves them just as much as He loves me or you. God’s offer of salvation goes just as much for the Arab as it does for the Jew, but the Covenant promises belong to the Nation of Israel. British Israelism is as far out in left field as you can get when they claim that you and I of America, and Great Britain, and some of the Scandinavian Nations are now the recipient of the promises because we’re the offspring of the “Ten Lost Tribes.” Don’t believe it. We’re offspring of lost tribes all right, my, our European ancestors were as lost as they could be, and they still are, and we still are, but the Covenant promises belong to the Nation of Israel. So God is speaking yet another Covenant, and no one can circumvent God’s Word.

Deuteronomy 30:1-3

“And it shall come to pass, when all these things are come upon thee, the blessing and the curse, which I have set before thee, and thou shalt call them to mind among all the nations, whither the LORD thy God hath driven thee.” Here is a prophecy from God. It hasn’t happened yet, but what did God know? That the Nation of Israel would be dispersed more than once. God knew that the Nation of Israel would become what we call, “The Wondering Jew.” Without a homeland, persecuted, driven, from one place to the other. But God says (and here is that Palestinian Covenant):

“And shalt return unto the LORD thy God, and shalt obey his voice according to all that I commanded thee this day, thou and thy children, with all thine heart, and with all thy soul; That then (after being dispersed for centuries) the LORD thy God will turn thy captivity, and have compassion upon thee, and will return and gather thee from all the nations, whither the LORD thy God hath scattered thee.”

Now I’m sure that many a Jew had lost sight of that promise, but a lot of them didn’t, but oh we’ve seen it in our own generation that God’s Word is true. He’s bringing them back from every nation under heaven. At one time it was documented that there were Jews now living in Israel who had come from 133 different Sovereign nations in the world. They had been driven everywhere, but now they’re coming home All the time you will read of another nation where there is no longer a Jew among their citizenry. I think the Nation of Albania is one of the later ones, there is not a Jew left in that little nation across the sea from Italy. There are only a few hundred left in Syria. The main two nations that have the most are Russia, and America where we still have large numbers, but for the most part the Jews have been going back to the little land of Israel based on God’s Covenant promise to that nation. Now let’s look at II Samuel, Chapter 7, and here is what we call the, “Davidic Covenant.” Remember all these Covenants are surrounded by the Abrahamic Covenant. Every Covenant that God made with Israel is within the bounds of that Abrahamic Covenant.

Look at this one, He’s dealing with King David. And David had already committed the sin of adultery. Bathsheba had become his wife, he now has Solomon, and Nathan, and so now God is looking at this royal family that’s going to begin with David, come on down to his two sons Solomon, and Nathan and then the genealogy goes down through history until we come to our New Testament with Joseph and Mary. Once or twice during the Babylon captivity it looked like that genealogy was going to be broken when there was only one man left in that kingly line that could still have a son. But God prevailed, and the genealogy continued until Christ was born. But anyway here’s where that Davidic Covenant begins.

II Samuel 7:12,13

“And when thy days be fulfilled, and thou shalt sleep with thy fathers, (God says) I will set up thy seed after thee, which shall proceed out of thy bowels, (or innermost being) and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build an house for my name, and I will stablish the throne of his kingdom for ever.” It isn’t so much the 40 years of rule and reign that Solomon enjoyed, but rather that royal blood line that will carry all the way down through history until we get to the New Testament. Now here is the Covenant promise in the next verses.

II Samuel 7:14,15

“I will be his father, and he shall be my son. If he commit iniquity, (the Book of Hebrews makes it so plain that a good earthly father will do what with his children? He’ll discipline them, and God’s going to do the same thing with His Son the Nation of Israel. How will God do it? With other nations.) I will chasten him with the rod of men, and with the stripes of the children of men:” Now what’s the first word of verse 15? “But.” No matter how far Israel falls short, no matter how unbelieving Israel can be at various times, God says:

But my mercy shall not depart away from him,…”

And all you have to do is look back in history, and God has chastened them time after time, after time, but they’re still under His thumb. And as I have mentioned over and over to people, this little nation that sits over there in the Middle East tonight is still that little nation that will yet one day be the apple of God’s eye. Oh they’re not tonight because they’re in unbelief, and there again I have to constantly remind my class people, don’t expect that government in Jerusalem to be Godly, don’t expect that government to be anymore righteous than any other government because they are secular. They are just ordinary human beings doing what they think is right for their particular circumstance, and they are just as much under the control of the god of this world (Satan) as Washington D.C. is. I think a lot of people think, “Well Israel, if they’re what the Bible says, then nothing evil should come out of that Knesset in Jerusalem.” Don’t expect that, but there is this exception, they are still God’s Covenant people. And right now they have been set aside, they’re spiritually blinded for the most part as a nation, but remember God’s not through with them. He is yet going to pick up where He left off, and this is exactly what He’s talking about.

II Samuel 7:15

“But my mercy shall not depart away from him,…”

All right I think that’s enough with the Covenant promises, until we get to Jeremiah, and I guess we had better look at that one in Chapter 31. And this is pretty much the final Covenant that God gives to the Nation of Israel, and of course it is yet future. It is not appropriate to put Israel under this Covenant promise tonight, but they will one day enjoy it.

Jeremiah 31:31

“Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, `that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah:'”

God’s not going to just dress up the old Covenant, He’s going to make a whole new Covenant with this nation. Far be it for me to argue with the theologians, but I think most of you are aware that a lot of theologians claim that you and I as believers in the Age of Grace are under the “New Covenant.” Well if I read my Bible in plain English that just can’t fly, because to whom is God going to make this new Covenant? Israel, and no one but, so how can we be in a Covenant that makes with Israel. Well we can’t be, but like I said in the last lesson, we’re enjoying the benefits of everything that God did to fulfill this Covenant with Israel. In other words, the work of the Cross, the power of His Resurrection, the coming of the Holy Spirit, and all of these blessings we enjoy in this Age of Grace, but it’s not a Covenant relationship. We are members of the Body of Christ, He is the Head, we’re in the Body, but we’re not in a Covenant relationship. Now reading on.

Jeremiah 31:32

“Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the LORD:”

Well which Covenant did they break? Law. And we really didn’t stop and look at the Covenant of Law to much, but the giving of the Law was a Covenant, and so that Covenant Israel just constantly broke, even as we do they did. So that’s what God is referring to in verse 32. Now verse 33.

Jeremiah 31:33

“But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD (Now here it comes, here is the new Covenant.), I will put my law in their inward parts, and wrote it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.”

Now that isn’t going to be a choice of Israel. That remnant of Jews aren’t going to suddenly say, “Well we’ve decided to follow God.” No, No. When Christ returns and sets up His Kingdom that remnant of Jews that He has kept through that Tribulation period will see Him coming in the clouds of glory, and they’re going to believe in a moment. In fact we might as well look at it in Isaiah Chapter 66. Yes the nation is going to be born in a moment , that remnant that Paul again is going to be dealing with in Romans Chapters 9, 10, and 11. So we’ll be getting to it. But oh that Nation of Israel is going to born in a day spiritually, and then this new Covenant will become a reality. And God is going to put His Word, His Commandments in their hearts. They’re not going to have to teach their kids the law, they’re not going to have to have a priesthood to teach them the commandments, they’re going to know them. Now in Isaiah Chapter 66:

Isaiah 66:8

Who hath heard such a thing? who hath seen such things? Shall the earth be made to bring forth in one day? or shall a nation be born at once?…”

Absolutely at the coming of Christ that remnant of Israel will suddenly see Him for what He is, and to the last Jew that’s in that remnant they will say, “My Father, My God.” And God will answer, “My People.” Now it’s been a long time since He’s said that about the Nation of Israel, but He will when that day arrives. Now let’s go back to Romans Chapter 9, and verse 4.

Romans 9:4

“Who are Israelites; to whom pertaineth the adoption, and the glory, and the covenants, and the giving of the law,…

Israel came out of Egypt under Moses who leads them down to Mount Sinai, and as they’re camped around the mountain we find God calls Moses up into the mountain. The mountain of course was on fire, and smoke covered it, and that’s what he referred to when he said what other nation has ever experienced anything like that before. But while Moses was up there for 40 days, and nights, God wrote on the table of stones the Ten Commandments. And that is what we basically refer to as the moral law. But in order to bring in the religious system of the law, God also had to add to those Ten Commandments all the rituals. In other words all the regulations and rules, which we will call the civil Law.

And then all the stipulations of the priesthood, which we call the ecclesiastical part of the law, and then of course God gives Moses the instructions for building the tabernacle, and they accomplish all that while they’re yet down in the wilderness of Sinai. And as the tabernacle is finished, and the Shekinah glory comes down upon it, then every time the glory lifted and moved, they took down the tabernacle and followed it. And so that was the giving of the Law, and they took it on into the Promised Land after the 40 years of wondering in the wilderness. And for years it just set up there as a temporary little tent north of Jerusalem until finally God gave David, and through his son Solomon the permission to build a permanent dwelling place for their God, and that of course was Solomon’s Temple. Now that was all part and parcel then of the giving of the Law to this Nation of Israel. It’s all part of their heritage, the Law was never given to the Gentiles. But even as we have seen in Romans Chapter 3 that the Law was given to Israel, who else did it cover? Well the whole human race. But the Law as such was only given to Israel, and let’s never lose sight of that. In our next lesson we will be looking at the service that was connected with the Law, the rituals, and here again the Gentiles have no part in that either. That was strictly for the Nation of Israel as a total part of the giving of the Law.

277 - Les Feldick Bible Study Lesson 1 - Part 1 - Book 24 - Seven Blessings for Israel

277: Seven Blessings for Israel – Romans 9:4,5 – Lesson 1 Part 2 Book 24

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LESSON 1 * PART 1 * BOOK 24

SEVEN BLESSINGS FOR ISRAEL

We’ll return again to Romans Chapter 9, and begin with verse 4. In our last lesson we introduced this chapter by using the first three verses. It’s always so nice to be able to share with you what The Book says, and just as important, what The Book doesn’t say. We have a lot of preconceived ideas of what The Book says, and then when you really look at it, it’s not in there. And we must constantly be aware that there are a lot of ideas that are not according to Scripture.

Now as I teach Scripture I always like to point out whenever possible how intricately this whole Book was put together. Man could have never dreamed it up, and here is another one of those little instances where Paul now unloads on us with eight distinctive statements. Now when you put that in the numerology of Scripture, remember `seven’ is always God’s number of completion, and when you follow that with an eighth, it is then always a new beginning or something that goes beyond the finish. Now I know that when the Apostle Paul was penning the Book of Romans, and he came here to verse 4, he didn’t sit there and meditate for hours on end saying, “Now how can I find seven things, and then come up with an eighth.” He didn’t do that. He just penned as the Holy Spirit was giving him utterance, and now we can look at it and say, “Isn’t it miraculous?” Here he comes up with another one of those situations that has been with us all the way through Scripture, seven things, but also an eighth one.

Do you remember when we were studying the eight signs back in the Book of John? All eight signs were miracles. Well, seven of those signs took place before Christ’s death, burial, and Resurrection, which completed all that had to be done, but in the last chapter of that Book we come up with the eighth sign and miracle, and it was that sign of new beginnings. So you see this all through Scripture. Now let’s look at the first seven, and then we’ll take a look at the eighth one. Now verse 4 of Romans Chapter 9, and I think I will enumerate these, and come back and look at them. Speaking of his kinsmen according to the flesh up in verse 3:

Romans 9:4

“Who are Israelites; to whom pertaineth the adoption, (1) and the glory, (2) and the covenants, (3) and the giving of the law, (4) and the service of God, (5) and the promises;” (6)

Romans 9:5a

“Whose are the fathers, (7) and of whom as concerning the flesh Christ came,…” (8) Now let’s go back and take them one at a time.

Romans 9:4a

“Who are Israelites; to whom pertaineth the adoption,…”

Remember from our studies in Chapter 8, the word `adoption’ meant to be placed as a full son. In other words it’s a positional word, it’s not a legal term so much as it is positional. The Nation of Israel has been positioned as a unique set-aside nation of people. No one can infringe on that, no one can invade that position that only the Nation of Israel of all the people of the world enjoy. Let’s go back and just check a couple of verses in the Old Testament in the book of Deuteronomy Chapter 7. Since I don’t have my Bible marked or have any notes people may wonder how I can remember these verses. Well, I have to have crutches like everyone else. I know the first verse in this line of thought would be verse 6, but it’s much easier to remember Deuteronomy 7:7 than Deuteronomy 7:6. And so this is the way you do things like this, just lock this in Deuteronomy 7:7, and when you get there you see that verse 7 isn’t the verse you want but rather it’s verse 6. Are you with me? All right, so let’s go up to verse 6. Here Moses is writing to the Jew, to the Nation of Israel.

Deuteronomy 7:6

“For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God: the LORD thy God hath chosen thee to be a special people unto himself, above all people that are upon the face of the earth.”

Is that plain language? Hey I don’t see how you can make it any plainer. When people say, “What do you mean that Israel is God’s chosen and special people?” Well it’s right here. God has chosen that little nation of people to be the top of the heap. They’re king of the hill in all of God’s dealing with the human race. Now come into verse 7:

Deuteronomy 7:7

“The LORD did not set his love upon you, nor choose you, because ye were more in number than any people; for ye were the fewest of all people:”

Now you see we’re living in a time where bigger is better. But you see God doesn’t work like man works. God didn’t choose the biggest nation on earth, but rather He did the opposite, He chose the smallest group starting with one man. We’ll be looking at that just a little later when we start to cover the “Covenant” portion of verse 4. For now we just want to look at their position as being the favored Covenant nation of God. Now go to the Book of Isaiah Chapter 66, and verse 22.

Isaiah 66:22

“For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make,…”

Now, if you’re a Bible student, where does your mind immediately jump to? Revelation Chapters 21 and 22. Even though this heaven and earth is going to be destroyed, yet God says He will create a new Heaven and a new earth for all eternity. Now Isaiah is referring to the same event. Now reading on:

Isaiah 66:22

“For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, shall remain before me, saith the LORD, so shall your seed and your name remain.”

Is Israel ever going to pass off the scene? Never! Even after we’ve gone through the millennial reign of Christ, and I think of this whole universe, (See II Peter 3:10) there’s going to come a whole new creation of new heavens and new earth, and who will still be the apple of God’s eye? Israel. Even in the eternal state Israel will have that unique position. Now don’t let that discourage you because what have I often said? You and I, as members of the Body of Christ, are even in a better position than Israel. Israel is not in the best position. We are, but the reason we have to constantly refer to Israel’s position is because the world in general under all the Satanic pressures, is trying to put Israel out of the picture, and it’s not going to happen. They can ignore the Covenant promises and Israel, but God will never lose sight of His Covenant people. Now, then, with that let’s go back to Romans and go into the next part of that verse 4, and that is part of their heritage, and uniqueness was the glory.

Romans 9:4

“Who are Israelites; to whom pertaineth the adoption, and the glory,…”

Now I’m not going to take you all the way back to the Old Testament to look at that, but you see, I think we looked at the verse in the last lesson if I’m not mistaken; back in Deuteronomy with Moses I think. When Moses reminded the Nation of Israel that there had never been another nation of people that experienced the mountain on fire like Israel did with Mt. Sinai. Then Moses went on. Was there ever a people that experienced God coming down on the mountain with thunder and fire, and of course His glory? No other people on earth had ever experienced that, but Israel did. Then you leap the centuries, and you come on up to King Solomon building the Temple, and again we won’t look it up, but you all know the account. When Solomon had finished the Temple and they were ready to dedicate it, the children of Israel, of course, were gathered around it. What happened inside? The glory of God came in and filled that Temple. And it was so filled with God’s Shekinah glory that the priests didn’t even dare intrude.” Has that ever happened to anybody else? I dare say that you could visit every pagan temple that has ever existed and you’d never find any evidence of that kind of an invading glory. But Israel did.

Alright, that’s enough on the word `glory’ I think. And now here comes one that I always have to spend some time on, because any of you who have heard me teach very long, know that this is a word that I just bring up and bring up and bring up. And what is it? The Covenants.

Romans 9:4a

“Who are Israelites; to whom pertaineth the adoption, and the glory, and the covenants,…”

Now remember, you and I as Church-Age believers, are not under any kind of a covenant. Now I know you’ve heard of Covenant theology and so forth. But we are not under any covenant. But, now let me qualify right away and clarify. All the things that God did on behalf of Israel in regard to the Covenants, we are now experiencing that which falls over the edges. And so yes, we are experiencing the great Salvation of God and all that because of what God has done in fulfilling the Covenants with Israel. But as the Covenants themselves are concerned, we have nothing to do with them.

Let’s go to Genesis 12 because this is where everything ties together. That even as Paul writes these three Chapters, 9, 10 and 11, with a special regard to the Nation of Israel, we have to tie it all to the Old Testament account.. Most of you know it almost by memory. The Abrahamic Covenant. Now this is when God first spoke to Abram when he was still down in Ur of the Chaldees and made him one command, “Leave Ur and go to a land I will show you.” By faith Abraham went. And that’s the beginning of God’s dealing with that man called Abraham, out of whom would come the Nation of Israel.

Now you know it’s amazing, and I never tell things like this to ridicule, because I understand exactly how these things can happen. I had a gentleman come up to me last night, who’s been in my class at least six or seven years. He came to know The Lord about three or four years ago and has just become a good student of the Scriptures. And so he had had a conversation with one of his neighbors, and out of that conversation something came up that he couldn’t find the answer to, so he told the fellow, “Give me till tomorrow. I’ve got to go find the answer in my Bible.” While he was looking for the answer to whatever the question was he suddenly for the first time, understood and saw from his own Bible that the Nation of Israel had come from the very same twelve sons that had sold Joseph down into Egypt.

And I said, Now don’t feel bad. I had a fellow approach me, oh I’d say about ten or twelve years ago, who had been a Sunday school teacher for twenty some years, and he hadn’t even found the answer yet and he asked me, “Where did the nation of Israel come from, other than Abraham?'” Now you see, people have not been taught these basic fundamentals. That after Abraham received this Covenant promise that out of him would come a nation of people, the next person to come into that Covenant promise was Isaac. The next one in response to that Covenant promise was Jacob. And then out of Jacob came the twelve sons, one of whom was Joseph. And out of those twelve sons who, because of Joseph, ended up down in Egypt because of the grain shortage. And while those twelve sons and their families were in Egypt, what happened? They exploded in population. And those twelve sons became the twelve tribes of Israel that Moses led out and took through the wilderness experience. And Joshua led in the land. Now there’s the nation of Israel. Now I know most people must understand that. But you have that percentage who have never realized, How did the nation of Israel ever come about?” Well that’s exactly how it came about, but it began back here in Genesis 12.

Genesis 12:1

“Now the LORD had said unto Abram (back in Chapter 11), `Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee:'”

There was a reason for God wanting Abram to leave his father’s house. Abram’s family were idolaters, they were idol worshippers, they were pagans, they had no knowledge of the One true God. And so out of this whole then-known world, saturated with pagan worship, God puts the finger on this one man Abram, appears to him (the Scripture in the Old Testament, as well as the New Testament makes it so plain), spoke to him I think face to face, and gave him these instructions. “Leave your idolatrous family, make the break from paganism, and go to a land that I will show you.”

Now we know that Abram was not totally obedient, and I don’t put the blame on Abram, but rather on his father. I’m sure when Abram the son went in to tell his father that he was leaving, and he didn’t know to where, then taking into account the nomadic make-up of the people in that part of the world at that time Terah the father said what? “Well, we’ll just go with you.” Well you know Abram couldn’t tie him down, and lock the door on him so Terah went with them. But God stopped him half way between Ur and Canaan until old Terah dies up there in Haran. Because Abram could not keep that family tie with a pagan while God is now going to deal with this man on Covenant promises, bringing about the Nation of Israel out of which of course would come this Book, our whole spiritual realm of salvation, and everything else. It all begins intricately with the Nation of Israel. Now reading on we find God still speaking to this man Abram.

Genesis 12:2a

“And I will make of thee a great nation,…”

Now the first thing we think of is a great nation like America with 300,000,000 people, but that’s not what God calls great. Israel has never had over 15,000,000 as far as I can see from history, and that’s not as many people as some of the cities of the world today. So when God said `great,’ He was not speaking in terms of numbers, military power, and so forth. But this little nation has been great in so many other ways, and they still are, and they will be. In fact I made mention recently that when their Prime Minister was assassinated, what other little nation on earth of less than 5,000,000 people within their borders could have commanded all the big wheels of all the superpowers to come to their leader’s funeral? Nobody but Israel. Why? Because they are the very center of all of God’s dealing with the human race. Now reading on again.

Genesis 12:2,3

“And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.”

In other words, through this one man would come God’s flow of all spiritual blessings. Now that’s hard for us to comprehend, but it is with this one man, and that’s why I make such an emphasis of the Abrahamic Covenant. Through this man, and the Covenant God made with him came The Messiah, The Redeemer of all mankind, and this is why Satan has constantly attacked the little Nation of Israel. Satan has to do anything in his power to somehow thwart God’s plan for the ages, and he has to start with the Nation of Israel. Now turn to Chapter 15., and let’s follow these Covenants. I see we can’t finish this verse in this lesson, but hopefully we will the next. Now verse 2. Now Abraham understood, he wasn’t ignorant, and, of course, he’s already 50 years of age when God speaks to him in Ur. And here God’s talking about a nation of people coming from his loins. How can a nation of people come when he hasn’t the first son yet. Here’s his argument.

Genesis 15:2-4

“And Abram said, `Lord God, what wilt thou give me, seeing I go childless, and the steward of my house is this Eliezer of Damascus (Well Eliezer certainly had no gene connection with Abram.)?’ And Abram said, `Behold, to me thou hast given no seed (no child): and lo, one born in my house is mine heir (Lot).’ And, behold, the word of the LORD came unto him, saying, `This shall not be thine heir, but he that shall come forth out of thine own bowels shall be thine heir.'” What’s God saying? You’re going to have a son of your own from your own wife. That’s the way it’s going to be. Verse 5:

Genesis 15:5

“And he brought him forth abroad, and said, `Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be.'”

Now remember, this is a two-fold promise. We covered this when we were teaching Genesis that Paul teaches in Galatians that we are of the seed of Abraham. Even you and I as Gentiles, not that we become Jewish blood, but by virtue of the spiritual promises to this man Abraham, you and I may now enjoy and experience these Grace Age promises. But now let’s not stop there as we need to go back a couple of chapters to Chapter 13, and drop in at verse 16.

Genesis 13:16

“And I will make thy seed as the dust of the earth:….”

Now you have two completely different realms haven’t you? You have the stars which are heavenly and the dust which is earthly. Now, those who have heard me teach over the years, and especially while we were back in Genesis, always remember that God has divided everything in Scripture between these two areas.

1. The Nation of Israel which is earthly, and all their promises are earthly.

2. The Body of Christ, the New Testament Grace Age Church is heavenly, and all our promises are heavenly.

You and I are citizens of Heaven, all of our promises are heavenly and the Nation of Israel is earthly, all of her promises are earthly, and here you have it in these two verses. “Count the dust of the earth, so shall thy seed be. Count the stars of heaven so shall thy seed be.” Now go to Genesis Chapter 17, and we see another addition to this Abrahamic Covenant as parts are added as we go along. Now we see where this Covenant is going to continue. And this also become intrinsic to another verse a little later in Romans Chapter 9.

Genesis 17:15-19

“And God said unto Abraham, `As for Sarai thy wife, thou shalt not call her name Sarai but Sarah shall her name be. And I will bless her, and give thee a son also of her: yea, I will bless her; and she shall be a mother of nations: kings of people shall be of her.’ Then Abraham fell upon his face, and laughed, and said in his heart, `Shall a child be born unto him that is an hundred years old? and shall Sarah, that is ninety years old, bear?’ And Abraham said unto God, `O that Ishmael might live before thee!’ (why can’t you use him?) And God said, `Sarah thy wife shall bear thee a son indeed; and thou shalt call his name Isaac: and I will establish my covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, and with his seed after him.'”

But God’s not casting off the people of Ishmael as nothing, and He says so in verse 20:

Genesis 17:20,21a

“And as for Ishmael I have heard thee; Behold, I have blessed him, and will make him fruitful, and will multiply him exceedingly; twelve princes shall he beget, and I will make him a great nation. (Arabs) But my covenant will I establish with Isaac,…” And never lose sight of that.

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