The Promise of the Land - Genesis 12 to 22
The time came when God further enlarged and explained the promises.
Stephen testified that "The God of glory appeared unto our father Abra-
ham, when he was in Mesopotamia, before he dwelt in Charran, and said
unto him, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and come
into the land which I shall shew thee"- Acts 7v2,3; Genesis 11v27-32.
Abraham (at that time called 'Abram') and some of his relatives lived in
Charran (Haran) until the death of Abram's father Terah. Then God
renewed His call to Abram to completely leave his country, and enter "a
land that I will shew thee"-Genesis 12v1. (Note that "had said" should be
rendered "said", as in the Revised version). Abram was a man of faith, &
we read- "so Abram departed, as the LORD had spoken unto him;..And
Abram took Sarai his wife and Lot his brother's son, and all their sub-
stance..and into the land of Canaan they came"- Genesis 12v5cp Acts 7v4.
To enter the land of Canaan, it was necessary to cross the river Euphra-
tes, and because of his "crossing over" from a place of idolatry to the
land of promise, Abram became known as "Abram the Hebrew", Gene-
sis 13v13. 'Hebrew' signifies (a) 'crosser-over'. We also must "cross over"
from the old to a new way of life, passing through water (link to 'baptism'
or go via 'Index'). Many years ago, the following propositions re the pro-
mises to Abraham were presented, and it will be opportune to place them
in full below for the enlightenment of a much wider audience.
'THE GOSPEL PREACHED TO ABRAHAM
ESSENTIAL TO YOUR SALVATION'
1. LUKE 13v23-30. Christ stated that Abraham and other faithful ones
will be in the Kingdom of God. These will include both Jew & Gentile
(those of other nations beside Israel). Many will be shut out.
2. ROMANS 4v1-5. Abraham's great attribute was faith-note v3- "Abra-
ham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness".
3. ROMANS 4v13. He believed in SOMETHING DEFINITE, i.e. "the
promise that he should be heir of the world". His "seed" also would
inherit the promise.
4. ROMANS 4v13-22. The "seed" of Abraham..those having THE SAME
"faith of Abraham" (see v17) - Jew and Gentile.
5. ROMANS 4v23-25;15v8,9. "Jesus Christ..confirm(ed) the promises" i.e.
all who believe will receive them. Link to 'sacrifice' or go via 'Index'.
6-11..GENESIS 12-22..THE PROMISES MADE TO ABRAHAM
6. GENESIS 12v1-3. Seven-fold promise..NOTE: v3-"in thee shall all fam-
ilies of the earth be blessed" is THE BASIS OF THE GOSPEL MESS-
AGE– see GALATIANS 3v8. Cp also GENESIS 22v18-see below.
7. GENESIS 13v14-18. The inheritance of the land of Canaan promised to
Abram and his "seed" FOR EVER. ( Note that he received "none inher-
itance" during his lifetime. And nor did Isaac and Jacob, "the heirs with
him of the same promise" - see ACTS 7v2-5 cp HEB. 11v8-13, 39, 40).
8. GENESIS 15v5-21. Abram's faith resulted in God making "a cove-
nant" with him. Note the extent of the promised inheritance in v18.
9. GENESIS 17v1-14. Circumcision was the sign of God's covenant. Ab-
ram is now called Abraham (signifying "father of many nations", v4,5).
(Circumcision was the sign of the "new covenant", as compared to the
"old covenant", the sign of which was the Jewish sabbath. To refer to
this, follow link to 'grace'-page 2, or go via 'Index').
10. GENESIS 21v1-12. "In Isaac shall thy seed be called". Paul shows that
Abraham's son of his old age represented the true "seed". See ROM-
ANS 9v7-9. See link below to page 1 re persecution of the true seed.
11. GENESIS 22v1-18. This was Abraham's great test. There is final con-
firmation of the promises (v15-18) BECAUSE OF HIS OBEDIENCE.
Cp James 2v14-26…"Abraham" was thus "justified by works" -
his "faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect".
His "seed shall possess the gate of his enemies", cp page 1 re ch.3v15.
12. GALATIANS 3v16, 26-29. The "seed" of Abraham = Christ (v16) &
those who are baptized into Him on the basis of THE SAME "FAITH"
OF ABRAHAM(v26-29). Compare No.4 above re ROMANS 4v13-22.
CONCLUSION: God requires FIRSTLY our belief in the promises made
to Abraham, and SECONDLY our obedience on the basis of that faith.
This involves baptism into the Lord Jesus Christ (link to 'baptism' or go
via 'Index'). We then become "Abraham's seed, and heirs according to
the promise", Galatians 3v29, and if we are faithful, "shall sit down (with
Abraham and all the redeemed) in the Kingdom of God"- Luke 13v28,29.
Jesus showed that Abraham, Isaac & Jacob must rise again-Luke 20v27-
38. Link to 'mortal' or go via 'Index'. Cp Acts 23v6; 24v14,15; 26v6-8.
CLOSING REMARKS. In the first promise in Eden we read that God
promised eternal life to those who would be faithful. We have now learnt
that this eternal life involves the inheritance of Canaan (Israel). The final
promise involves the setting up of the Kingdom of God. This is on page 3.