Posts Tagged "Abraham"
Thus far, we have looked at the Old Testament prophecies detailing that the Messiah would come from the lineage of Abraham, and more specifically through his son Isaac. Like Abraham, Isaac had two sons, and the Bible does not leave us guessing which son would be the ancestor of the Messiah.
Rebekah bore twins to Isaac – Esau (the older twin) and Jacob (the younger twin). After Jacob conspired with his mother to trick Isaac into giving him the blessing meant for Esau, Jacob fled from his home and the anger of his brother. On his way, he had a dream which is recounted for us in Genesis 28:
Jacob left Beersheba and went toward Haran. And he came to a certain place and stayed there that night, because the sun had set. Taking one of the stones of the place, he put it under his head and lay down in that place to sleep. And he dreamed, and behold, there was a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven. And behold, the angels of God were ascending and descending on it! And behold, the LORD stood above it and said, “I am the LORD, the God of Abraham your father and the God of Isaac. The land on which you lie I will give to you and to your offspring. Your offspring shall be like the dust of the earth, and you shall spread abroad to the west and to the east and to the north and to the south, and in you and your offspring shall all the families of the earth be blessed. [Genesis 28:10-14]
Like he had for Jacob’s grandfather Abraham and his father Isaac, God appeared to Jacob to make it clear that it was through him that his promises to Abraham and Isaac to bless the world through their offspring would be fulfilled.
In the book of Numbers, another prophecy makes it clear that the Messiah would come from the line of Jacob:
I see him, but not now; I behold him, but not near: a star shall come out of Jacob, and a scepter shall rise out of Israel; it shall crush the forehead of Moab and break down all the sons of Sheth. [Numbers 24:17]
Last week, we looked at the prophecies in the Old Testament indicating that the Messiah would come from the lineage of Abraham. This week, we will eliminate one-half of the lineage of Abraham from the pool of potential ancestors of the Christ as we examine the prophecies that the Messiah would come from the line of Isaac.
For those of you not familiar with the story of Abraham – God appeared to Abraham when he and his wife were very old to tell him that he would have a son and that the whole world would be blessed through that son.
God said, “No, but Sarah your wife shall bear you a son, and you shall call his name Isaac. I will establish my covenant with him as an everlasting covenant for his offspring after him. [Genesis 17:19]
Eventually, Sarah decided that God needed some help with his promise and gave her maidservant Hagar to Abraham to bear him a son. Abraham did indeed have a son by Hagar, and he named the child Ishmael.
Thirteen years later, God again appeared to Abraham to tell him that Sarah would bear him a son, and God would establish his covenant through that son:
But God said to Abraham, “Be not displeased because of the boy and because of your slave woman. Whatever Sarah says to you, do as she tells you, for through Isaac shall your offspring be named. [Genesis 21:12]
God is clear that it would be through Isaac, and not through Ishmael, that he would fulfill the promises made to Abraham. Later, God appeared to Isaac to confirm to him what he had already told his father Abraham:
Now there was a famine in the land, besides the former famine that was in the days of Abraham. And Isaac went to Gerar to Abimelech king of the Philistines. And the LORD appeared to him and said, “Do not go down to Egypt; dwell in the land of which I shall tell you. Sojourn in this land, and I will be with you and will bless you, for to you and to your offspring I will give all these lands, and I will establish the oath that I swore to Abraham your father. I will multiply your offspring as the stars of heaven and will give to your offspring all these lands. And in your offspring all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because Abraham obeyed my voice and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws.” [Genesis 26:1-5]
Last week looked at the proto-evangelica which prophesied that the coming Christ would come from the seed of woman and crush the head of Satan. Over the next several weeks, we would look at a variety of individuals from the Old Testament who were told well in advance of Jesus’ birth that the Messiah would come from their lineage. In this week’s prophecy, we will look at the Old Testament prophecies that the Messiah would come from the line of Abraham.
When God talked to Abraham and told him to leave his home, he promised him that the world would be blessed through his offspring (a prophecy fulfilled in the birth of the Messiah). In Genesis 12, we read:
Now the LORD said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” [Genesis 12:1-3]
These shorts are great, and you can watch all of them in 5 minutes and 11 seconds. Enjoy!
Abraham and Isaac (9 seconds)
Noah (44 seconds)
Tower of Babel (21 seconds)
The Ten Plagues (30 seconds)
Balaam’s Donkey (28 seconds)