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The Three Fold promise

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									    The Three Fold promise.

   I. Introduction.
          a. My aim today, is to explain the three fold promise that God made to
             Abraham, and how it was fulfilled through the Hebrew nation, as
             revealed in the Old Testament.
          b. I will also show that the Old Testament, as a law book, has no place
             in the Christian religion.
          c. One of the biggest obstacles in today's understanding of the Christian
             religion, is the use, and abuse, of the Old Testament Scriptures.
          d. The average person does not understand how to use the Old
             Testament as food for spiritual growth.
          e. Nor do they understand the validity of the Old Testament as a law
             book for Christians.

  II. Abraham, the father of faith.
        a. The Old Testament gives the general history of mankind in the first 10
           chapters of Genesis.
        b. From Genesis 11:27, we meet up with a man named Abram, a man
           from Ur in Chaldea.
        c. Later, his name would be changed to Abraham.
        d. From this point onwards, the Scriptures focus on this one man.
Genesis 12:1-4 (NKJV)

Promises to Abram
12 Now the LORD had said to Abram:
   ―Get out of your country,
   From your family
   And from your father‘s house,
   To a land that I will show you.
2
    I will make you a great nation;
   I will bless you
   And make your name great;
   And you shall be a blessing.
3
    I will bless those who bless you,
   And I will curse him who curses you;
   And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.‖
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  So Abram departed as the LORD had spoken to him, and Lot went with him. And Abram was
seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran.

         e. We see, encapsulated in these four verses, a promise in three parts.
              i. The land that could be shown to Abraham -- the promised land
                 of Canaan.



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                  ii. The nation promise -- the physical bloodline of Abraham
                      became the Jewish or Hebrew nation.
                 iii. And the seed promise -- in the bloodline of Abraham, every
                      nation on the earth would be blessed.
          f.   These promises are repeated in greater clarity in other verses of
               Scripture.
          g.   The Lord God called Abraham, instructing him at 75 years of age, to
               pack up his possessions, and to move to a faraway country.
          h.   God promised that in return for his obedience, Abraham would
               receive these blessings.
          i.   These blessings would not be instantaneous, they would come to
               pass for Abrahams descendents.
          j.   Abraham would not receive these benefits himself.
          k.   Abraham showed trust in God, by obeying God in this first instance.
          l.   Abraham began worshiping God upon his arrival in Canaan -- the
               land that was to be given to Abrahams descendents.
Genesis 15:1-6 (NKJV)

God‘s Covenant with Abram
15 After these things the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision, saying, ―Do not be
afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your exceedingly great reward.‖
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  But Abram said, ―Lord GOD, what will You give me, seeing I go childless, and the heir of my
house is Eliezer of Damascus?‖ 3 Then Abram said, ―Look, You have given me no offspring;
indeed one born in my house is my heir!‖
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  And behold, the word of the LORD came to him, saying, ―This one shall not be your heir, but
one who will come from your own body shall be your heir.‖ 5 Then He brought him outside and
said, ―Look now toward heaven, and count the stars if you are able to number them.‖ And He
said to him, ―So shall your descendants be.‖
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  And he believed in the LORD, and He accounted it to him for righteousness.
          m. Abraham, who at this stage was in the 80s, had not sired any children
             and was already pass the age of doing so.
          n. God promised Abraham and his descendents would be innumerable.
          o. We see a great step in Abraham's life -- he believed the word of God,
             and this would be accredited to him for righteousness.
          p. With no physical proof, Abraham believed the word of God, that God
             was able to make these things happen.
          q. This concept of faith in the words of God is a thread that runs through
             the entire Scriptures.
          r. Every child of God in the Old Testament as well as the New, needed
             and needs to exhibit this type of faith.

  III. God's covenant with Abraham -- sign = physical circumcision.



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     Genesis 17:1-14 (NKJV)

The Sign of the Covenant
17 When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to Abram and said to him, ―I
am Almighty God; walk before Me and be blameless. 2 And I will make My covenant between
Me and you, and will multiply you exceedingly.‖ 3 Then Abram fell on his face, and God talked
with him, saying: 4 ―As for Me, behold, My covenant is with you, and you shall be a father of
many nations. 5 No longer shall your name be called Abram, but your name shall be Abraham;
for I have made you a father of many nations. 6 I will make you exceedingly fruitful; and I will
make nations of you, and kings shall come from you. 7 And I will establish My covenant
between Me and you and your descendants after you in their generations, for an everlasting
covenant, to be God to you and your descendants after you. 8 Also I give to you and your
descendants after you the land in which you are a stranger, all the land of Canaan, as an
everlasting possession; and I will be their God.‖
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  And God said to Abraham: ―As for you, you shall keep My covenant, you and your
descendants after you throughout their generations. 10 This is My covenant which you shall
keep, between Me and you and your descendants after you: Every male child among you shall
be circumcised; 11 and you shall be circumcised in the flesh of your foreskins, and it shall be a
sign of the covenant between Me and you. 12 He who is eight days old among you shall be
circumcised, every male child in your generations, he who is born in your house or bought with
money from any foreigner who is not your descendant. 13 He who is born in your house and he
who is bought with your money must be circumcised, and My covenant shall be in your flesh
for an everlasting covenant. 14 And the uncircumcised male child, who is not circumcised in the
flesh of his foreskin, that person shall be cut off from his people; he has broken My covenant.‖

          a. Once again, this threefold covenant is mentioned, and this time we
             see the commitment that Abraham must show, and a conditional
             aspect of this covenant.
          b. God makes it plain -- in verse one, we find that God lays down the
             condition by which these promises will come -- Abraham must follow
             God faithfully.
          c. The nation promise is mentioned in verse 4 – 7
          d. the land promise is mentioned in verse eight
          e. We also understand that the physical bloodline of Abraham was
             going to be bound under this covenant -- that they were to obey the
             same injunction -- to faithfully follow God.
          f. This sign of this covenant was a physical circumcision to show the
             adherents to this covenant.
          g. Failure to be circumcised, would ostracize you from the community
             and from the benefits of this promise.

 IV. The bloodline of Abraham -- the Jewish nation.
       a. In due course, Abraham did have children -- Ishmael by Hagar who
          was conceived and born naturally. He was not the son of promise
          that God promised Abraham.

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          b. Sarah conceived by Abraham -- Sarah being 90 Abraham being 100.
Genesis 17:17-19 (NKJV)
17
   Then Abraham fell on his face and laughed, and said in his heart, ―Shall a child be born to a
man who is one hundred years old? And shall Sarah, who is ninety years old, bear a child?‖ 18
And Abraham said to God, ―Oh, that Ishmael might live before You!‖
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   Then God said: ―No, Sarah your wife shall bear you a son, and you shall call his name Isaac;
I will establish My covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, and with his descendants
after him.
          c. Isaac was born about 13 years after Ishmael, and it was Isaac
             through whom the bloodline of Abraham would be blessed with the
             promises made to Abraham.
          d. The Scriptures continue to teach about this bloodline.
          e. Isaac and Rebekah had two sons, Jacob and Esau.
          f. The bloodline continued through Jacob -- God changed his name to
             Israel, and had 12 sons by four women.
          g. It was through these 12 sons that the different tribes of Israel were
             established.
          h. They grew into a mighty nation in the land of Egypt, and leaving
             Egypt began the exodus.
Exodus 19:3-8 (NKJV)
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  And Moses went up to God, and the LORD called to him from the mountain, saying, ―Thus you
shall say to the house of Jacob, and tell the children of Israel: 4 ‗You have seen what I did to
the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles‘ wings and brought you to Myself. 5 Now
therefore, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be a special
treasure to Me above all people; for all the earth is Mine. 6 And you shall be to Me a kingdom
of priests and a holy nation.‘ These are the words which you shall speak to the children of
Israel.‖
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  So Moses came and called for the elders of the people, and laid before them all these words
which the LORD commanded him. 8 Then all the people answered together and said, ―All that
the LORD has spoken we will do.‖ So Moses brought back the words of the people to the LORD.

          i. At Mount Sinai, God became their God by covenant and the giving of
             the Old Testament rule.
          j. It was only to the Jews that the Old Testament was given.
          k. They became a nation under God -- the nation promise that God
             promised to Abraham was fulfilled.
          l. The Gentile nations had no access to God, unless they became
             proselytes to the Jewish religion.
          m. Continuing on from here, we find the Israelite nation begin the
             conquest of the promised land.




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          n. In due course, with the help of God, the Israelite nations supplanted
             the pagan nations, receiving the second part of the promise -- they
             receive the promised land of Canaan.
          o. They were a theocracy -- a nation ruled by the God.
          p. The Israelites were governed by prophets and judges when ever the
             need arose.
          q. In due course, the Israelite nation wanted a physical king, rejecting
             God as their ruler.
1 Samuel 8:4-9 (NKJV)
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  Then all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah, 5 and said to
him, ―Look, you are old, and your sons do not walk in your ways. Now make us a king to judge
us like all the nations.‖
6
  But the thing displeased Samuel when they said, ―Give us a king to judge us.‖ So Samuel
prayed to the LORD. 7 And the LORD said to Samuel, ―Heed the voice of the people in all that
they say to you; for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected Me, that I should not
reign over them. 8 According to all the works which they have done since the day that I brought
them up out of Egypt, even to this day—with which they have forsaken Me and served other
gods—so they are doing to you also. 9 Now therefore, heed their voice. However, you shall
solemnly forewarn them, and show them the behavior of the king who will reign over them.‖

          r. At this stage, the Israelite nation had been formed and had occupied
             the Promised Land -- 2 of the three promises have been fulfilled.
          s. The first king of Israel was Saul from the tribe of Benjamin, but due to
             disobedience, the kingdom was taken away from him in his posterity.
          t. A new bloodline from the house of Judah took over the kingdom.
          u. This king was David, a man after God's own heart.
2 Samuel 7:12-17 (NKJV)
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   ―When your days are fulfilled and you rest with your fathers, I will set up your seed after you,
who will come from your body, and I will establish his kingdom. 13 He shall build a house for My
name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. 14 I will be his Father, and he shall
be My son. If he commits iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men and with the blows of
the sons of men. 15 But My mercy shall not depart from him, as I took it from Saul, whom I
removed from before you. 16 And your house and your kingdom shall be established forever
before you. Your throne shall be established forever.‖ ‘ ‖
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   According to all these words and according to all this vision, so Nathan spoke to David.

          v. David kingdom was established as the Royal house, and from this
             house would come the final Messiah – God‘s anointed king would
             come.
          w. That would be the third and final part of God's promise to Abraham --
             the Seed promise.




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