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THE LORD IS NOT SLACK CONCERNING HIS PROMISES
The Word of God also states that Abraham would be the father of many nations2 and he truly is that. His first born was Ishmael. All Moslems dub themselves Ishmaelites. All Hebrews are of the lineage of faithful Abraham through his son Isaac, the child of promise. After Abraham’s wife Sarah died, he married Keturah who bore him Zimran, Jokshan, Medan, Midian, Ishbak, and Shuah, and all their lineage of course lays claim to Abraham. All Christians are of the seed of Abraham. Galatians, chapter 3, verse 16 and verse 29.
Yes! God kept His promise. While it is true that Abraham did not live to see the great nations, they nevertheless came about.
God made another promise to Abraham. After God promised the first time to make of Abraham (then known as Abram) a great nation (Gen. 12:1-2), He said (Gen 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.
Who how would "all the families of earth be blessed" in Abraham? When God reaffirmed the promise to Abraham in Genesis 22:17-18, He clarified the promise to bless the families of the earth in Abraham, "And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice" (Genesis 22:18). Was the promised kept?
Paul writes in Gal 3:16:
Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ.
This reminds us of a promise God made after Eve was deceived by the serpent, found in Genesis 3:15. God said:
And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.
Paul writes in Galatians 4:4-5:
But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.
Another promise kept!
God Keeps His Promises
God promised in approximately 300 Old Testament prophecies to send a Messiah, a Savior, to redeem fallen man who had been separated from God by sin (See Is. 59:1-2). Those promises were fulfilled in Jesus Christ.
God kept His promise to send a Son, upon whose shoulders would be the government, whose name would be called Wonderful, Counsellor, the Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and the Prince of peace and Immanuel (Is. 7:14; 9:6). Jesus is that and much more (Matt. 1:23; Matt. 21:5; 26:63-64; Luke 1:32; etc.).
God made many promises in the New Testament that you and I can depend upon. Two of the greatest are that He answers prayers and will give eternal life to those who obey Him.
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