Not Fulfilled In the Jews
The land material possession
is promised to the plural seed,
of whom He is their, not his, God. The plural pronoun "their" is used again in the 9th verse "and thy seed after thee in their generations."
Again, note carefully, the
Jews have never been more than one nation.
They are not and never have been many nations and until recently,
never lived in Israel but in a country called Judah.
So here is an amazing prophecy, a solemn promise from Almighty God that could not be fulfilled in Christ, in Christians, nor in the Jews.
We must look for a number of nations apart from either the Christians or the Jews.
Amazing as it is, we must do it or deny God's promise!
God put Abraham to the test, and Abraham, through faith,
even to being willing to sacrifice his only son, if need be.
after that the covenant no longer was conditional.
Now it became unconditional.
"By myself have I sworn, saith
the Lord, for because thou hast done this thing, and hast not withheld
thy son, thine only son, that in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying
I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which
is upon the sea shore;
and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies [so far the material, national promises of race];
and in thy seed (Christ) shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; [this promise is spiritual, of grace], because thou hast obeyed my voice" Genesis 22:18-18).
promise now is unconditional.
God has sworn to make it good.
Abraham already has performed his part of the agreement.
Now God must perform his part, without fail.
Notice an additional detail of
the nations who are Abraham's racial descendants are to
"possess the gate of his enemies."
A gate is a narrow passage of entrance or exit.
speaking nationally, a "gate" would be such a pass as the Panama Canal,
the Suez Canal, the Strait of Gibraltar.
This promise is repeated in Genesis 24:60.
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