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Ignorance (1) – The Jews

Even the Israelites sometimes acted in ignorance – they sometimes did not realize the mistakes that they were making. What sort of language does the bible use to describe this ignorance on the part of the Jews? It uses terms like this: ‘You foolish and senseless people, who have eyes but do not see, who have ears but do not hear’ (Jeremiah 5 v 21). Ignorance involves mistaken thinking and affections arising from insensitivity, blindness and deafness. An ignorant person has physical eyes to see with and ears to hear with but they do not see or hear what God is saying. They are not sensitive and responsive enough to be aware of God, they have a dullness of mind and so they adopt a pattern of thinking and behaviour that is silly and foolish, and tend to follow their own passions and desires. Continue reading

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Jews, Gentiles and Christians

In His Covenant with Abram, God made certain promises and commitments to Abram and his fleshly descendants through Isaac – descendants who became the ‘children of Israel’ or the Israelites. It was through the nation of Israel that God chose to reveal His purposes concerning restoration and deliverance. It was through Israel that the Deliverer would come. It was through Israel that the other nations of the world would be blessed. As such, the ‘children of Israel’ were set apart. Continue reading

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The Siniatic Covenant of Law

God came down from the spiritual realm of heaven to meet Moses on Mount Sinai. It was here that God made a further Covenant with the ‘children of Israel’ – not with all of humanity – but with Abraham’s fleshly descendants through Isaac. This Covenant is an elaboration or enhancement of the Covenant that God made with Abraham. In it, God revealed more details, more information about His plan of restoration in general and his purposes for the ‘children of Israel’ in particular. Continue reading

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Covenants after Abraham up until Jesus the Messiah

God’s Covenant with Abraham was not the last Covenant that God made. There are a number of Covenants recorded in the Jewish Scriptures that make up the Old Testament of our Bible. As to how many Covenants were made – well it depends on which Scripture commentator you read. Continue reading

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Abraham – Covenant and Promise (4)

When it comes to the gift and allocation by God to Abram of a portion of land, in terms of God’s promises to Abram outside of the later Covenant, Abram did not inherit the land – ‘[God] gave him no inheritance here, not even enough ground to set his foot on. But God promised him that he and his descendants after him would possess the land, even though at that time Abraham had no child’ (Acts 7 v 2 – 5). So this promise has yet to be fully or completely fulfilled. This land is something that God has promised to those who have faith in God that is credited to them as righteousness, but the ‘children of promise’ have not yet received it. Continue reading

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Abraham – Covenant and Promise (1)

There are a number of interwoven aspects to God’s promises to Abram:

1) Abram will be the head of a great nation
2) Abram will be blessed
3) Abram’s name will be great
4) Abram will be a blessing – all peoples on earth will be blessed through Abram
5) Abram is dear to God – those who bless Abram will be blessed by God, but those who curse Abram will be cursed by God
6) Abram’s offspring are going to be numerous – impossible to count
7) God is going to give Abram and his offspring a portion of land forever
8) God declares that He is Abram’s shield – his protector and defender
9) God declares that he is Abram’s very great reward
Nowhere in this text are these promises made by God to Abraham referred to as a Covenant. There is indeed a Covenant made by God with Abraham but these promises that I have been looking at here are not part of that Covenant. Continue reading

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