Many people have heard, read or been taught that blessing the (alledged) physical descendants of Abraham, participants of the religious world of judaism, or participants of the present state of Israel, is Gods emphatic will; and will insure “blessing” for themselves or their country.
These several points will explain the faults of that understanding of Gen 12:3, 15:18 & ch 17 and comment towards a correct understanding of the happiness and blessing given to and through Abraham, and the ‘seed’ of his example and typologies. A reading of Genesis 10-17 at the minimum would be helpfull to consider the context of this topic.
*[[Gen 12:1-3/KJV]]* v 1 Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee: v 2 And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: v 3 And I will bless them that bless thee and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.
1. The historical setting of the words.
From extra-biblical literature we learn that Nimrod had claimed virgin birth status for himself or his son as the fulfillment of the promise of Gen 3:15. He had made a tower to the heavens, shot an arrow in the air, and claimed to have killed the God of the clouds of heaven as the activator of the flood, thus securing temporary cult status for himself. He started subsequent babylonian multi-deity religions of superstitious rituals and sacrifice.
Abraham was told to get up and out of this environment and that through him (Not Nimrod) God would deliver his son and through him [not Nimrod] all nations of humanity would be blessed.
Thus, there is a certain amount of contrast between monotheistic believing Abraham and polytheistic, fearful Nimrod intended by the words ‘thee’ and “in thee shall all nations of the earth be blessed”. God was primarily stating that the blessing of the Good, promised seed of life and of the living God would come through Abraham, not Nimrod’s false counterfeits and fear/ignorance induced polytheism.
This point is supported by the fact that the land promised to Abraham in Gen 15:18 was being occupied with many of Nimrods relatives, whom the monotheistic, seed-promise believing people were to displace.
*[[Gen 15:18-21/KJV]]* v 18 In the same day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates: v 19. The Kenites, and the Kenizzites, and the Kadmonites, v 20. And the Hittites, and the Perizzites, and the Rephaims, v 21. And the Amorites, and the Canaanites, and the Girgashites, and the Jebusites.
Nimrods cities, religious kingdoms and ways are mentioned in ch 10 & 11 in direct contrasting context with the instructions and promises to Abraham in ch 12, 15 & 17. The names of the multideistic, inhabitants of Canaan-land whom the monotheistic israelites are to displace are listed in Gen 15:19-21. (above) Most of these mentioned are descendants of Canaan in ch 10 and are cousins of Nimrod who was nephew to both Canaan and Asshur. (Assyrians)
Since events of Abrahams life and experiences foretyped aspects of the promised everlasting covenant through Christ (the edenic -“my” covt; see points 3 &4; Gal 3:8) so also I believe the land promise and the instructions to displace the idolotrous people of Canaan-land foretyped aspects of, and found eventual fulfillment in, the everlasting covenant. By faith in the person, authority, freedom and words of his incarnation, the indwelling truths, love, goodness and experiential knowledge of God (John 17:3), displaces fear, (Heb 2:15) death, (rom 8:2 etc) ignorance, (Acts 17:30, Eph 4:18) fruitlessness (gal 5:22) and insecurity in the “holy land” of the individual believing/recieving human life.
The Israelites were released from slavery in egypt and passed through the red sea after @ 430 years of sojourning. The Holy (Good) Spirit of Christ began indwelling and “invading” the “promised land” of the heart and life through the everlasting covt (Gen 3:15) under Jesus @430 years after Malachi, the last prophet to prophecy to Israel.
A further analogy and correlation of the ‘holy land’ might be able to be made to the ‘river’ of Ezekiel 47. The river of living in Christ laws of love, truths and freedom has banks representing boundaries and laws just as the ‘holy land’ had two rivers for boundaries. Two possible laws that might be intended by these imageries are the law of faith (John 5:19-24; 6:28,29, Matt 5:1-16; 16:18-21, Rom 3:27-31; 1 John 3:22-24) and the law of the divinity, peace, love and goodness of life and of humanity in physical and spiritual regeneration. (Matt 19:4-6; John 13:34; I John 3:24; Rom 1:17)
2. The statement is made with regard to certain characteristics or aspects of his life in contrast with those of Nimrod.
2a. The statement individually applied. .
Its wotthy to note that the passage doesn’t say “I will bless those who bless your descendants and curse those who curse your descendants”, but the statement is first spoken of Abraham himself. It’s later repeated to and about Isaac, and then by Isaac to and about Jacob in Gen 27:29. Thus the statements were made first to and about them as individuals, and referred to certain aspects and characteristics of their lives.
In order to meet the primary, initial implications of this statement of blessing/cursing, one would have needed to have been a contemporary of Abraham, Isaac or Jacob/Israel; and understand the intended comparative monotheistic and proto-evangelical intention of the words.
The incident between Abraham, Sara and Pharoah served as an immediate example of Gods hand of protection in their lives.
2b. The principle of the statement corporally applied.
About 430+ years later, in Numbers 24:9, Balaam repeats this statement of blessing/cursing concerning the corporal people of Israel, but it is again made in context of their faith in the singular, good, living, creator God in contrast with the surrounding idol worshipping or polytheistic peoples; not with
respect to genetics or the soon given, temporary conditional national law and rituals delivered through moses in the book/speech of Deuteronomy.
This principle and point of blessing/cursing depending on faith in the singular GOOD Creator God was immediately confirmed as the idol worshipping moabites suffered mortal loss for inducing the israelites into dead idol worship, in addition to the deaths of the isralites who fell into that ‘abomination. See also Point 9 below.
About 500 years after Balaam, David states the then continuing contrast of idolotrous nations with that of the living, creator God.
*[[Psa 96:5/KJV]]* For all the gods of the nations are idols: but the LORD made the heavens.
3. The equality of this blessing with the proto-evangelion of Gen 3:15.
Since the redemption and blessing of humanity had already been foretold to occur through the seed of the woman (and God) in Gen 3:15, (as understoid by Abel, Lamech [Gen 4:24,25] and others, the eventual life blessing promised through Abraham and his ‘seed’ is the same blessing & promise through the crushing of the serpents head in Gen 3:15 by the atonement for, and ending/changing of the law of sin/death to faith & life.
*[[Gen 3:15]] KJV* And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.
4. Gen 3:15 is called “my covenant” as it passes through Noah & Abraham.
The covt or promise of mercy/blessing in Gen 3:15 was called ‘my covt’ as it passed through Noah in Gen 6:18 & 9:9,11,13,15; and through Abraham & Isaac in Gen 17. And it took on types and elements of its future fulfillment through these mens experiences and lives.
‘My covenant’ was later termed ‘a’ or ‘the’ covenant as it is given further characteristics while being mentioned to Daniel by the Angel in Dan 9:27, and called the “New” covt in Jer 31:27-32.
Some of the typologies the “my covt” acquired as it passed through Noah were:
A. 8 being saved in the ark, with 8 being the number of the new creation,
B. the release and removal of some “cursedness” through the event. Gen 5:29 as it related to Noah and the flood, and Gal 3:13, & Rev 22:3 as it applied to removing some negative (cursed) aspects of the mosaic covt.
C. the changing of some aspects of a ‘heaven & earth’ through a ‘flood’, Noahs flood changed the physical heavens & earth while Jesus’ flood changed Gods spiritul heavens (ordinances) & earth (domain); Job 38:33, Dan 9:26, Is 54:9,10 Is 59:19; 2 Pet 3:7.
D. and a judgement upon the people who remained with the former ‘heavens & earth.’ (and as applied to the mosaic covt ‘heavens & earth’, Deut 18:15-19; 1 Pet 4:17, 2 Pet 3:7)
Some of the typological aspects aquired or confirmed as the covt passed through Abraham/Isaac were;
A. the miraculous birth of what was termed a ‘only’ son,
B. That son was named and circumcised on the 8th day;
C. righteousness was declared to be by faith in the reality of God’s power to miraculously intervene for Good, and by extension; for faith in his then future promised, ‘only son’. (John 6:28,29)
D. The “sign” of circumcision was given to Abraham.
*[Rom 4:11] KJV* And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the faith which he had yet being uncircumcised: that he might be the father of all them that believe, though they be not circumcised; that righteousness might be imputed unto them also:
Circumcision symbolized the open exposure of the head (mind and heart) to Gods mercies, love, grace and power by the cutting away of the flesh (works). In Rom 4:1,2 & Gal 3:2,3, the word “flesh” is equated with striving and attempting to appease God or gain or maintain merit, favor or power from God through some sort of religious works rather than by receptive faith. To quote a stanza from a song current to 2015/16; “Clap your hands if you feel like a room without a roof.”
E. the characteristic that the blessing would, by Gods election, be passed through Isaac thus signifying the election of the miraculous birth through faith over the way of doubt or striving in self. (way of the birth of Ishmael) See also Gal 4:21ff.
F. the characteristic of a sacrificial offering of his ‘only son’ which then continued to live. (Gen 22:10-13)
G. that God would provide “himself” a sacrificial lamb (Gen 22:8).
In Gen 17: 2-9; I believe the statements of:
A. his seed being multiplied exceedingly,
B. of generational fullfillment,
C. and of the land promise;
were all attatchments to ‘my covenant’ as indicated by the word “and”. They were/are not the covt of life, blessing, grace, truth & love itself that was promised from Eden and passed through Abraham. They would have thus ceased with the fulfillment of “my covenant” through Christ, but may have spiritual continuance in the eternal (new) covt and its peoples. See point 13 below.
5. The “Great Nation.”
It is easy to assume that since God promised to make a “great nation” through Abraham that this referred to a geographic-religious nation of “Israel’. But Abraham had been declared righteous for believing God’s promise that he (not Nimrod) would bear the blessing of the seed of God; and later, that he would miraculously father a child in their later age long before the mosaic covt nation and apart from works. This birth foretyped the miraculous conception of God and the woman. ( Gen 3:15) Thus, the great nation eventually made through Abraham was/is the righteous nation (Is 9:3; 26:2,5; 55:5; 60:22; 66:8; and in other OT passages) of justification and righteousness by faith in, and subordination to, Christ as God (John 6:28,29).
I peter 2:9 calls the new covt people a “holy Nation” See also Matt 21:43, Rom 10:19.
Though many individuals within the progression of the descendancies of Abraham/Israel held faith in the living God and his covt of mercy, and though the mosaic covt was temporarily sanctioned to constrain the fruit of life under just the death law of Adam, and to help confirm the coming of the living, loving God to both the jews and other fearfull, insecure and unknowing peoples; both before and during the mosaic covt; the ways and means between the eternal, good covt and the mosaic covts are dissimilar and in contrast. This righteous nation is the nation of individuals redeemed from the law of sin/death & the law of moses and thus redeemed from the presence and fear of death & ‘sin’ (Heb 2:15) through the law and way of the life of Christ (Rom 8:2).
6. The ‘nation’ of mosaic covt Israel wasn’t birthed until Moses spoke the words of the covt from Mt Nebo just before Joshua crossed Jordan to accept the stipulations and eventual latter end and judgements of the covt.
The words of Deut 5:1-3 make it clear that the national mosaic covt was NOT made with the fathers, but began that day, at least 430 or more years after the last statements were made to Abraham as passed through Jacob.
*[[Deu 5:1-3/KJV]]* v 1 And Moses called all Israel, and said unto them, Hear, O Israel, the statutes and judgments which I speak in your ears this day, that ye may learn them, and keep, and do them. v 2. The LORD our God made a covenant with us in Horeb. v 3 The LORD made not this covenant with our fathers, but with us, even us, who are all of us here alive this day.
And the elements, objectives and principles of the mosaic covt were/are declared to be an anti-type to the ways and means of the New covt, (“my covenant”) as stated by Jeremiah.
*[Jer 31:27-34/KJV]* v 27 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will sow the house of Israel and the house of Judah with the seed of man, and with the seed of beast. v 28 And it shall come to pass, that like as I have watched over them, to pluck up, and to break down, and to throw down, and to destroy, and to afflict; so will I watch over them, to build, and to plant, saith the LORD. v 29 In those days they shall say no more, The fathers have eaten a sour grape, and the children’s teeth are set on edge. v 30 But every one shall die for his own iniquity: every man that eateth the sour grape, his teeth shall be set on edge. [The new covt concerns individuals and their “sin status” before God] v 31 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah: v 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; [The ways, means and characteristics of the mosaic covt. are dis-similar and contrast against [not according to] the ways, means and characteristics of the “new” (to them) covt] which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the LORD: v 33 But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I [God] will put my law [by implication
of it being in contrast with mosaic covt law: a NEW LAW] in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; [Logic truth, righteousness and Goodness are confirmed and established within] and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. v 34 And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, [John 17:3] from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more. [Luke 5:21-24; John 6:28,29]
7. Paul so openly declares that God was ultimately speaking of blessing all humanity through his miraculous, loving and exemplary coming in Jesus in such places as;
*[Gal 3:8] KJV* And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed.
*[Gal 3:16] KJV* Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ.
*[Gal 3:17-18/KJV]* v 17 And this I say, that the covenant,[of love, grace and mercy] that was confirmed before [through Abraham] of God in Christ, the law, which was four hundred and thirty years after, cannot disannul, that it should make the promise of none effect. v 18 For if the inheritance be of the law, it is no more of promise: but God gave it to Abraham by promise.
*[[Gal 3:29]] KJV* And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.
Peter adds the same;
*[Act 3:25] KJV* Ye are the children of the prophets, and of the covenant which God made with our fathers, saying unto Abraham, And in thy seed shall all the kindreds of the earth be blessed.
See also James 2:23.
By contrast, those who would misinterpret this as if it was intended to refer to a blessing upon only the genetic descendants (seeds) of Abraham or upon the later, temporary nation of the law of Moses
invoke error and a ‘cursed’ doctrine and way upon themselves as Paul affirms;
*[[Gal 1:8-9/KJV]]* v 8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you [such as blessing genetic or national “Israel” to recieve blessed way of life or be ‘saved’ ] than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. v 9 As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.
The everlasting covt would come to/through his physical descendants but not exclusively for them. And its elements, principles ways, objectives and means are in contrast against the conditional, ritualistic, temporary ways and means of the national covt as mentioned above and stated by God by Jeremiah:
*[Jer 31:32-34/KJV]* v 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;
See also Ez 25:20 & Isa 65:1,2
Sometimes we as people need to subjectively experience or objectively see the wrong, negative, way of striving in fear and works of the flesh or religious law to help clarify the right, good way of life, truth, freedom and grace through faith recieving.
8. Abraham testified that he himself was not the source of the blessedness of the covt when he gave tithes to Melckizedec, the king of the city of Peace, a foretype of Christ. Heb 5-7 develops this.
9. In numbers 22-24 Balaam blesses the people of Israel at a time when they posessed and embodied the testimony of monotheism and the covt of mercy from Gen 3:15 and the patrirchs (Abraham, Isaac, Jacob/Israel). This blessing is in direct contrast with the idolotrous beliefs of Balak and his people. Balak had even attempted to ‘curse’ the israelites by causing them to stumble against their own Good beliefs of the monotheistic GOOD God of heaven by enticing some of them into idolotry.
Numbers 24:9 then, is given as a blessing to the people of, and the eventual victory of, the truth, love and grace of the living singular creator God of heaven; in contrast with peoples believing ‘God’ was many gods or to be found or made in inanimate objects. Balaam then in numbers 24:14-24 goes on to tell of the eventual ends of the idol worshiping groups of the area.
This blessing of Numbers 24:9 has nothing to do with genetic identity and is not directly related to the national covt created shortly afterwards. It is related to these people possesing the truth of the singular, living creator God of heaven and earth and the testimony of his covt of love and mercy, in contrast with the curse of the fallacy and falsehood of idols and their worship.
*[Psa 96:5/KJV]* For all the gods of the nations are idols: but the LORD made the heavens.
Just as Balaam’s would not (after being corrected by the donkey) compromise Gods election of blessing to the people entrusted with the testimony of the truth of the living God and the (then future) miraculous covt of mercy & life expressed through Abraham-Jacob; so also, the blessing to the people and way of the now fulfilled miraculous new covt of grace & truth through Jesus and His perpetual, indwelling truths dare not be compromised. The sons/daughters of God through faith and life in the GOOD name and good truths of Christ are the heirs of the promise as explained in Gal 3:8-29. See also Gal 1:8,9.
10. The writer of Hebrews says that Abraham, Isaac, Israel were looking for a ‘heavenly country’ with GOOD foundations and statutes of God. Thus, they nor the participants of the mosaic instructions had yet recieved the complete principles, instructions and powers of the good way of life and peace of the kingdom of creator God & heaven.
*[Heb 11:9-10/KJV]* v 9 By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise: v 10. For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God…………. v 13 These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. v 14. For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country. v 15. And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned. v 16 But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city………… v 39 And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise: v 40 God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.
*[[Heb 12:18-19/KJV]]* v 18. For ye are not come unto the mount that might be touched, and that burned with fire, nor unto blackness, and darkness, and tempest, v 19. And the sound of a trumpet, and the voice of words; which voice they that heard intreated that the word should not be spoken to them any more: v 22. But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, v. 28. Wherefore we (first century believers/followers) are receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear:
11. In contrast and comparison with the false axiom that to bless national or genetic Israel will insure blessing, we have this declaration about the new covt peoples of Christ in Isa 65:16;
That he who blesseth himself in the earth (in his body/life) shall bless himself in the God of truth; and he that sweareth in the earth shall swear by the God of truth; because the former troubles are forgotten, and because they are hid from mine eyes.
12. Though Abraham also recieved a promise (Gen 17:1-9) that his physical descendants (through Isaac) would, after a captivity in egypt, become as numerous as the stars, and also that he would be a father of MANY nations, this multiplying aspect of procreation applies to almost any pair who’s descendants are recorded over time.
I know of a few Amish and old order mennonite folks who number their children above 10, grandchildren above 100 and great granchildren towards 1000, all within 80 or so years. And my personal paternal namesake has likely tens of 1000’s of present living “cousins” descending from a documented pair in only 250 years and about 13-14 generations.
In addition to the miracles of fatherhood in his later years, was God just telling Abraham that the fulfillment of the promise of blessing & mercy to all peoples of the earth by Gods interventive seed, atonement and love was to come after MANY, MANY generations, and that God would protect the recording of this lineage to help confirm this promised ‘seed, until that seed would come’? The geneologies were destroyed in 70 AD.
Thus, the blessing is not to be equated with having numerous descendants, as it might seem, but with the redemption from edenic death, and forgiveness and canceling of ‘sins’, through faith in the life and new law of one seed; Christ as the miraculous incarnation of the Good, Loving God in fulfillment of Gen 3:15.
13. Paul makes a strong point in Rom 3-5 and Gal 3 that the promise to Abraham was made BEFORE the sign of circumcision (Rom 4::9-14). Circumcision, Paul says, was a sign of righteousness by faith apart from works of flesh and law. (Rom 4:11) He adds that righteousness was imputed for faith in the miraculous birth. (Ron 4:18-22) Ironically, the sign of curcumcision became a work of the flesh under mosaic law.
And in Gal 3 he adds that it was 430 years before the formation of the nation of the law !
Thus the fulfillment of the covt of mercy (gen 3:15) and promise of blessing to Abraham did/does not only apply to/through the physical descendants nor to/through the way and nation of the works of law, [flesh] but to all/any peoples of the earth through individual GOOD faith recieving; apart from those aspects.
*[[Act 17:26]] KJV* And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath (past) determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation;
*[[Deu 32:8-9/LXXE]]* v 8 When the Most High divided the nations, when he separated the sons of Adam, [Noah] he set the bounds of the nations according to the number of the angels of God. (sons of Adam) v 9 And his people Jacob became the portion of the Lord, Israel was the line of his inheritance.
This explains that hough the line of his inheiritance was through Isaac & Jacob/Israel as ‘sons of God, the reciipients of the inheiritance through the good truth of the living God as revealed in Jesus are any/all of the sons of Adam (Noah).
14. The problem of Rom 11:25 & 26.
*[[Rom 11:25-26/KJV]]* v 25 For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in. v. 26 And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:
Many might still believe in a needed continuation of old covt “Israel” because they believe and have been taught that Rom 11:26 prophecied that all national, genetic or religious “Israel” is to one day be saved after God is finished with saving and rapturing ‘gentiles. But this is not what this passage teaches.
In first century, pre-70 AD timeframe, some individuals of the jews who originally disbelieved the good news of Christs coming were temporarily blinded to the gospel (rom 11:7-10, 25) and some were prophecied to eventually come to faith through the testimony and fullness of God in the believing people of the gentiles, before the soon coming judgement.
Some of those who disbelieved were prophecied to, (deut 32:21, Rom 10:19) and did, become jealous to the point of hounding and persecuting those who proclaimed Jesus and his words as lord; not moses, the rabbis or Caesar. Some eventually became emulators of their faith and believers in Jesus. For the calling and election unto the way of Peace and life of truth through Jesus was/is irrevocable.
The believers and followers of Christ [identified as “all Israel” in ch 9], were prophecied to be relieved from this persecution and recieve continuance, preservation (saving) and favorable judgement by the deliverer coming to the believers through the roman armies. (Deut 32:42, Dan 9:26,27; Is 59:19-21)
And this was indeed the manner (and so) in which the “All Israel” [of God through Christ] were to recieve deliverance. (saving)
For more information and a study on Rom 11 see: http://wp.me/p1tI8S-9
15. The locations of the “TRI-UNE” God was pre-imaged and expressed in Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
Abrabam, Isaac, Jacob/Israel all had faith in the good, living, interventive, singular creator God of heaven and walked in Grace and faith of his goodness and future seed of mercy. (Gen 3:15)
These three individuals also pre-characterized and foreimaged the three progressive places of God during the progressive revealing of his person and will.
Abram/Abraham, represents the father; Isaac represented Jesus, the Son, and Jacob/Isrsel represents the changed, good, empowered life of those who become sons/daughters of God by faith recieving Jesus’ person, doctrine, example, will and intent (spirit) within. (Rom 9:6-13,24) This “tri-unity” is also symbolized by the root (Father), trunk (Son/Jesus) and branches (disciples, children of God) of the olive tree in Rom 11 and by Jesse, David and Solomon. (also in Rom 11 & Is 11) and as declared in Rev 22:17.
16. The declaration of righteousness for faith was declared in Gen 15:6 for Abrahams faith that he and Sara would miraculously parent a child in their elder years; NOT just for leaving Ur in obedience to and faith in Gods land promises .
Thus, the present extension of blessings of happiness is to the people of faith (like Abraham) in Christ who are spiritually speaking, the seed of Abraham and are declared “Righteous” for believing in the singular, living , Good Creator and in his supernaturally concieved incarnation, vistation and indwelling. They, (we) experience the LIVING presence, happiness, divine power, rights, will, person, truth and grace of God (John 17:3) through Jesus; casting out and mortifying dead idols and false doctrines while experiencing the new Jerusalem in our lives and hearts during the sojourn of our lives.
Some summary comments repeated from point 1.
Since Abrahams life and experiemces foretyped aspects of the promised everlasting covenant through Christ (the edenic -“my” covt). So also I believe the land promise and the instructions to displace the idolotrous people of Canaan-land foretyped, and found eventual fulfillment in, aspects of the everlasting covenant. By faith in the person, authority, freedom and words of his incarnation and indwelling of Jesus as God; the truths, love, goodness and experiential knowledge of God (John 17:3), displace fear, (Heb 2:15) death, (rom 8:2 etc) ignorance, (Acts 17:30, Eph 4:18) fruitlessness (gal 5:22) and insecurity in the “holy land” of the individual human life.
The Israelites left egypt under moses and began inhabiting (invading) the “promised land” under Joshua @430 -470 yrs after the promises were made to Abraham. The Holy (Good) Spirit of Christ began indwelling and “invading” the “promised land” of the heart and life through the everlasting covt (Gen 3:15) under Jesus @430 years after Malachi, the last prophet to prophecy to Israel.
A further analogy and correlation of the ‘holy land’ could be made to the ‘river’ of Ezekiel 47. The river of life in Christ laws of love, truth, divinity and freedom has boundaries (banks) and absolute laws just as the ‘holy land’ had two rivers for boundaries. Two possible laws that might be intended by these imageries are the law of faith (John 5:19-24; 6:28,29, Rom 3:27-31; 1 John 3:22-24) and the law of the divinity, love and goodness of life and humanity including its procreational and regenerational design. (Matt 19:4-6; John 13:34; I John 3:24)
A similar analogy could be made to a baseball field which has two “foul lines”. Things between the foul lines are “in play”.
Thus the present and eternal will, way and character of the Good, living, singular God is revealed through Jesus words and person; being contrast not only against multideistic religions and their false gods and idols, but contrast also against the ways of the mosaic covenant (heb 8:7-9) as the prophecied “new prophet” of deut 18:15-18.
*[[Joh 1:17]] KJV* For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.
*[[Deu 18:18-19/KJV]]* v 18 I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him. v 19 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever will not hearken unto my words which he shall speak in my name, I will require it of him.
*[[Act 3:22/KJV]]* For Moses truly said unto the fathers, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear in all things whatsoever he shall say unto you.
Thus the blessing to the present people of monotheism are those of faith, authority & freedom in a personal, trancendant, caring, GOOD, Creator and of his incarnation/ & continued indwelling in Jesus . They (we) would bless themselves by believing and following the divine person, truths and teachings of Jesus.
As John confirms in his letters;
*[[1Jn 5:11-12 KJV]]* And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. v 12, He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.
*[[1Jn 2:23/KJV]]* Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: (but) he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also.
*[[2Jn 1:9/KJV]]* Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.
And as Isaiah prophecied;
*[[Isa 65:16]] KJV That he who blesseth himself in the earth [through Jesus] shall bless himself in the God of truth; and he that sweareth in the earth shall swear by the God of truth; because the former troubles are forgotten, and because they are hid from mine eyes