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The Bible is the only source of Divine Truth in the world today. Although it is both helpful and informative in many ways, the Bible often doesn't tell us everything we want to know but the Bible does tell us everything we need to know.

My role is to guide you through the Scriptures; to explain what this book says and in some cases what it does not say because this is just as important.

Ultimately, you have a decision to make concerning your salvation - no one can make it for you. The Lord Jesus Christ, the Creator God, has given everyone the ability to make choices - this is is called "Free Will." I pray you consider your choice wisely.

II Timothy 2:15

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Monday, October 18, 2010

Genesis 15 - The Abrahamic Covenant (Continued)

The Abrahamic Covenant Series
Genesis 15

We continue to study the Abrahamic Covenant; and we’ll be doing this for a few more weeks.  I want to make sure we cover as much as possible in this series because, as I’ve said from the beginning, it is absolutely critical to have a firm grasp of this covenant in order for you to understand Scripture from this point onward.   Skipping this vital piece of Scripture would be like purchasing a new car and not filling it up with gasoline.  The car is not going to take you anywhere until you put fuel in the tank. 

Last week, Les took the time to show us that from Abram would come a nation of people who alone had a purposeful relationship with the LORD God.  God had a plan!  
That nation of Israel would God’s Light in this sin-darkened world, and one day future, the gentile nations would be drawn to that light, and find salvation.  That was God’s plan.  Of course we know, on this side of history, that Israel “dropped the ball.”
So, please turn to Genesis chapter fifteen.  This is where we left off last week with Les.  Drop in at verse five just to pick up the flow as it were.
Before we start, please remember there are seven promises within the Abrahamic Covenant.  But if you look at the entire covenant what you have are three specific elements contained within this covenant.  And they are:
1.    God promised Abram that he would be the father of a great nation.
2.    God promised to give Abram and his descendants a specific area of land.
3.    God promised Abram He would send His Son to be their King.

Lock in on these three promises and the rest of Scripture will make sense the way God intended it.  Gone are the disagreements and discrepancies so many people talk about.  Think about it.  Our God is not the Creator of Confusion.

1 Corinthians 14 
33for God is not a God of confusion but of peace…

Genesis 15
5: And He (The LORD) took him (Abram) outside and said, “Now look toward the heavens, and count the stars, if you are able to count them.”  And He said to him,   “So shall your descendants be.”
6: Then he believed in the LORD; and He (God) reckoned it to him as righteousness.

I could teach for an hour or more on that one verse but we’re going to let that be for another day for the sake of time.  Next verse…this is why were here.

7: And He (The LORD) said to him, “I am the LORD who brought you out of Ur of the Chaldeans, to give you this land to (Watch this) possess it.”

Now when God says He’s going to give you something you can take that to the bank! 

This area of land will have definite geographical boundaries.  See below.

The Southern border of the Promised Land (Canaan) runs from the southern end of the Dead Sea (Salt Sea), to approximately the middle of the Negev desert.  From there, it turns northward toward Wadi el Arish (brook of Egypt) and ends at the Mediterranean Sea.

The Western border of the Promised Land (Canaan) is the Mediterranean Sea.

The Northern border of the Promised Land (Canaan) extends from the Northern region of Lebanon at the Mediterranean Sea, to a region east of Damascus in modern day Syria.

The Eastern border of the Promised Land (Canaan) goes southward for about 50 miles, starting from a region east of Damascus. Then it turns west to the Southern end of the Sea of Galilee (Sea of Chinnereth).  From there it follows the Jordan River, ending at the Dead Sea (Salt Sea).
According to the Bible, at no time in history has the nation of Israel possessed all the land God promised them.  During the reign of King David, Israel expanded his kingdom but not to the point of fulfilling this promise from God.  See below:
After David’s son, Solomon became king, the Jewish Kingdom grew a bit more, but it still did not reach the boundaries foretold by God.  See below.
Map of Solomon's Kingdom
Look at the nation of Israel today.  Are they occupying all the land God promised them?  No way.  So, since they have yet to realize this promise from God, and they will realize this promise from God because the Abrahamic Covenant is still in affect, this will happen some time in the future.    

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