Tag Archives: Promised Land

The Gospel – Introduction – The period up to the Apostles

Let me consolidate some of the themes that we have seen in the Old Testament and gospels as I have presented them in earlier posts. God created the earth and it was ‘very good’. The creation of human beings in … Continue reading

Posted in Christianity | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Views of the Messiah

Christians, particularly Protestant Christians, are very used to emphasizing that they have a ‘personal relationship’ with Jesus. There is an attitude of individualism that arose within Protestantism that resulted in each individual Christian placing a focus on their personal relationship … Continue reading

Posted in Christianity | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Kingdom in decline – Promises and expectations

Everything seemed ‘on the up’ for the ‘children of Israel’ and God’s promises to Abram, Moses and David seemed to be coming to fulfillment and completion.

Then Solomon and the ‘children of Israel’ broke the Covenant – they strayed and began to worship other gods. Thus began a period of decline, corruption and division. The unified Kingdom under David and Solomon split into two rival kingdoms, critical of each other. There were a series of corrupt kings, and then the threat of defeat and conquest by rival nations such as Assyria and Babylon.

Where were God’s promises now? Continue reading

Posted in Christianity | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Christianity | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Christianity | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Abraham – Covenant and promise (3)

Here are God’s Covenant promises:

Abram will be the father of many nations

Abram’s name is to be changed to Abraham because God has made him the father of many nations

This is an everlasting Covenant between God and the descendants of Abraham (through Isaac) for generations to come

God will be their God

God will give the land of Canaan as an everlasting possession

For Abram

For his descendants

Sarai’s name is to changed to Sarah, because she is the mother of many nations

Abraham and Sarah will have a son who is to be named ‘Isaac’

God will establish His Covenant with Isaac Continue reading

Posted in Christianity | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Abraham – Covenant and promise (2)

Both the Covenant and the Promises that God made with Abram contain similar elements or aspects – for example, possession of an area of land – and this is one of the reasons why the Promises and the Covenant are often inadvertently merged together by Christians as if the Promises to Abram constitute part God’s Covenant with Abram. But this is a mistake, because the Promises and the Covenant apply to different groups of people. We need to be aware of this difference and to keep it in mind or else when it comes to practical day-to-day Christian living, we will end up using wrong principles.
Continue reading

Posted in Christianity | Tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Comment