God's promises to Abraham and to Jews. In the Jesus / Yeshua to the all nations!
1. Now Yahweh said to Abram, "Get out of your country, and from your relatives, and from your father's house, to the land that I will show you.
2. I will make of you a great nation. I will bless you, and make your name great. You will be a blessing.
3. I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you. In you will all of the families of the earth be blessed."
1. After these things the word of Yahweh came to Abram in a vision, saying, "Don't be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your exceedingly great reward."
2. Abram said, "Lord Yahweh, what will you give me, since I go childless, and he who will inherit my estate is Eliezer of Damascus?"
3. Abram said, "Behold, to me you have given no seed: and, behold, one born in my house is my heir."
4. Behold, the word of Yahweh came to him, saying, "This man will not be your heir, but he who will come out of your own body will be your heir."
5. Yahweh brought him outside, and said, "Look now toward the sky, and count the stars, if you are able to count them." He said to Abram, "So shall your seed be."
6. He believed in Yahweh; and he reckoned it to him for righteousness.
God fulfills His promise to Abraham and Sarah.
And the Lord visited Sarah as He had said, and the Lord did for Sarah as He had spoken.
a. The Lord visited Sarah as He had said: It took a long time (25 years) for this promise to come to pass, but God was faithful to His promise. God’s promises never fail.
b. As He had spoken: The promise of a son was not fulfilled because Abraham was perfect in his obedience, but because God was faithful to His Word.
God tested Abraham.
1. It happened after these things, that God tested Abraham, and said to him, "Abraham!" He said, "Here I am."
2. He said, "Now take your son, your only son, whom you love, even Isaac, and go into the land of Moriah. Offer him there for a burnt offering on one of the mountains which I will tell you of."
3. Abraham rose early in the morning, and saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son. He split the wood for the burnt offering, and rose up, and went to the place of which God had told him.
4. On the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes, and saw the place far off.
5. Abraham said to his young men, "Stay here with the donkey. The boy and I will go yonder. We will worship, and come back to you.
6. Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering and laid it on Isaac his son. He took in his hand the fire and the knife. They both went together.
7. Isaac spoke to Abraham his father, and said, "My father?" He said, "Here I am, my son." He said, "Here is the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?"
8. Abraham said, "God will provide himself the lamb for a burnt offering, my son." So they both went together.
9. They came to the place which God had told him of. Abraham built the altar there, and laid the wood in order, bound Isaac his son, and laid him on the altar, on the wood.
10. Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to kill his son.
11. The angel of Yahweh called to him out of the sky, and said, "Abraham, Abraham!" He said, "Here I am."
12. He said, "Don't lay your hand on the boy, neither do anything to him. For now I know that you fear God, seeing you have not withheld your son, your only son, from me."
The Blood Covenant Between GOD And Abraham
Abraham entered into covenant with El Shaddai, YHVH, the Almighty God, Creator of heaven and earth. This is described to us in Genesis 15:17-21. The word “covenant’ means “cutting”. This is how the covenant was “cut”.
God had told Abraham to prepare for a covenant agreement with Him. He was told to slaughter several animals. Following the common ritual of this time Abraham did this. He slaughtered the animals cut them that two halves of the animal would lie on the ground opposite each other. The two parties would then walk around those two halves in a figure of eight path through the blood. In that ritual they would pledge themselves to each other to the extent of all they had, - even to their very lives. In that covenant they would name all the blessings and benefits of the covenant. Then they would name the curses to be exacted should that covenant be violated. There in the bloody ground they would pledge themselves to each other and promise to uphold the covenant requirements come what may. It was a covenant unto death. It was a sombre moment. They affirmed in effect that,
“If either one of us violates this covenant then may that person be as this animal that was sacrificed and in whose blood we are now standing.”
This scripture shows this passing through when the fiery torch (representing God) appeared rushing to and fro between the slaughtered animals.
God is promising Abraham an eternal covenant, everlasting reliability and security but HE required an obvious seal of this covenant – the circumcision (Genesis 17:1-14).
This circumcision is an act done in faith. It is a “bloody” ritual too. Every male descendant of Abraham was required bear this covenant mark. In verse 13 God is repeating HIS promise confirming the eternal character of this covenant, but the following verse gives us the clear consequences if this covenant should ever be broken. It is the death of the perpetrator.
This point is very important. We shall refer to this later. But now let us take a closer look at the most holy covenant of all – the Blood covenant.
This was the covenant God made with Abraham – and this covenant is available till today!
The New Covenant
31. Behold, the days come, says Yahweh, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah:
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 broke, although I was a husband to them, says Yahweh.
33. But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says Yahweh: I will put my law in their inward parts, and in their heart will I write it; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people:
34. and they shall teach no more every man his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, Know Yahweh; for they shall all know me, from their least to their greatest, says Yahweh: for I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin will I remember no more.
The New Covenant and a new sacrificial lamb.
The New Covenant and a new sacrificial lamb. Yeshua was this the sacrificial lamb.
Isaiah 53:1-12 Who has believed our message? To whom has the arm of Yahweh been revealed?
2. For he grew up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of dry ground. He has no good looks or majesty. When we see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.
3. He was despised, and rejected by men; a man of suffering, and acquainted with disease. He was despised as one from whom men hide their face; and we didn't respect him.
4. Surely he has borne our sickness, and carried our suffering; yet we considered him plagued, struck by God, and afflicted.
5. But he was pierced for our transgressions. He was crushed for our iniquities. The punishment that brought our peace was on him; and by his wounds we are healed.
6. All we like sheep have gone astray. Everyone has turned to his own way; and Yahweh has laid on him the iniquity of us all.
7. He was oppressed, yet when he was afflicted he didn't open his mouth. As a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and as a sheep that before its shearers is mute, so he didn't open his mouth.
8. He was taken away by oppression and judgment; and as for his generation, who considered that he was cut off out of the land of the living and stricken for the disobedience of my people?
9. They made his grave with the wicked, and with a rich man in his death; although he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.
10. Yet it pleased Yahweh to bruise him. He has caused him to suffer. When you make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed. (he shall see his descendants) He shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of Yahweh shall prosper in his hand.
11. After the suffering of his soul, he will see the light and be satisfied. My righteous servant will justify many by the knowledge of himself; and he will bear their iniquities.
12. Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he poured out his soul to death, and was numbered with the transgressors; yet he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.
Yeshua / Jesus was God's holy Passover lamb. The same blood that saved the Jewish people in Egypt at Passover. It's the consummation took place when Jesus gave his blood for sin offering.
Luke. 22:1.-20. Now the feast of unleavened bread, which is called the Passover, drew near.
2. The chief priests and the scribes sought how they might put him to death, for they feared the people.
3. Satan entered into Judas, who was surnamed Iscariot, who was numbered with the twelve.
4. He went away, and talked with the chief priests and captains about how he might deliver him to them.
5. They were glad, and agreed to give him money.
6. He consented, and sought an opportunity to deliver him to them in the absence of the multitude.
7. The day of unleavened bread came, on which the Passover must be sacrificed.
8. He sent Peter and John, saying, "Go and prepare the Passover for us, that we may eat."
9. They said to him, "Where do you want us to prepare?"
10. He said to them, "Behold, when you have entered into the city, a man carrying a pitcher of water will meet you. Follow him into the house which he enters.
11. Tell the master of the house, 'The Teacher says to you, "Where is the guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?"'
12. He will show you a large, furnished upper room. Make preparations there."
13. They went, found things as he had told them, and they prepared the Passover.
14. When the hour had come, he sat down with the twelve apostles.
15. He said to them, "I have earnestly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer,
16. for I tell you, I will no longer by any means eat of it until it is fulfilled in the Kingdom of God."
17. He received a cup, and when he had given thanks, he said, "Take this, and share it among yourselves,
18. for I tell you, I will not drink at all again from the fruit of the vine, until the Kingdom of God comes."
19. He took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and gave to them, saying, "This is my body which is given for you. Do this in memory of me."
20. Likewise, he took the cup after supper, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.
1 Cor.11:25. In the same way he ( Yeshua ) also took the cup, after supper, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink, in memory of me."
26. For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes.
A woman of Samaria spoke:
"20. Our fathers worshiped in this mountain, and you Yehudim say that in Yerushalayim is the place where people ought to worship."
21. Yeshua said to her, "Woman, believe me, the hour comes, when neither in this mountain, nor in Yerushalayim, will you worship the Father.
22. You worship that which you don’t know. We worship that which we know; for salvation is from the Yehudim.
23. But the hour comes, and now is, when the true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father seeks such to be his worshippers.
24. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth."
25. The woman said to him, "I know that Messiah comes," (he who is called Anointed One). "When he has come, he will declare to us all things."
26. Yeshua said to her, "I am he, the one who speaks to you."
God’s Plan of Salvation
1. Admit your spiritual need. We are all sinners....people don't always like that title. The one word that defines all sin is the Greek word "harmatia" which means "to miss the mark." What is God's mark? Jesus said, "Be perfect as My Father in heaven is perfect." Unless a person is perfect, he has missed the mark; therefore, he is a sinner. Romans 3:23 states "All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God."
2. What is the result of sin? In Romans 6:23 we read "The wages of sin is death..." Every one of us has missed God's mark. Every one of us falls short of being perfect. We are getting only what we deserve, and we are bringing judgment upon ourselves. One thing we need to remember is that God never sends anyone to hell. We send ourselves there by rejecting His truth.
3. Since we can never measure up to God's standards or our own, God has reached out to man. We cannot solve the problem of sin, but God, who is perfect, can and has. He has become a bridge for us. John 3:16-17 states "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.." In Romans 5:8 we read, "God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us."
4. If a person acknowledges that he is a sinner, and he accepts the promise that Christ is the solution, he is at a crossroads. Either the person must reject God's solution and accept the consequences, or he must accept Jesus Christ as his Savior. What must a person do to accept this gift? Simply receive it! Matthew 11:28-30 states "Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me...for My yoke is easy and My burden is light."
5. His invitation is clear. We must come to Him. All that remains is a response. In Romans 6:23 we read "...the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." What do we have to do to receive that gift? Take it! Revelation 3:20 states "Behold I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with me." Jesus stands at the door of your heart and knocks, seeking entrance into our lives. John 1:12 states "For as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become the children of God."
6. In the Book of Romans Chapter 10:9-10 it states " that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved; (10) for with the heart man believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation;". We have to believe with our heart and speak it out, confessing Christ.
If you would like to receive Jesus Christ into your heart and life right now, pray a prayer something like this from the sincerity of your heart...
Dear Lord Jesus, I know I am a sinner. I believe you died for my sins. Right now, I turn from my sins and open the door of my heart and life. I receive you as my personal Lord and Savior. Thank you for saving me. Amen.
If you just prayed that prayer and really meant it, Jesus Christ has now taken residence in your heart! Not only that, but he has forgiven you of all your sin. The Bible tells us, "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness" (1 John 1:9) God also promises, "As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us." (Psalms 103:12)
Rejoice with all the angels in heaven. And go tell a friend. Find a church that you can attend and read the bible on a daily basis.