God Fulfills His Promises
Author: F. Duane Lindsey
Week of April 13, 2014
A young girl told her friend she had ten pennies. When her friend saw only five pennies in her hand she said, “No, you have only five pennies.” The girl responded, “I have five, and Daddy told me he’d give me five more tonight, so that’s ten.” She understood that her father’s promise was as good as done.
Abraham also accepted God’s promises as “good as done.” These promises included his becoming progenitor of many nations (Gen. 17:4) and living a long life (15:15). Genesis 25 begins with a genealogical report that identifies nations descended from Abraham (vv. 2-4) and then turns to the inheritance passed on to Isaac (vv. 5-6). Verses 7-10 indicate that Abraham died at age 175. Ishmael joined Isaac as they buried their father in “the cave of Machpelah . . . with his wife Sarah” (vv. 9-10).
In succeeding generations God proved faithful to His promises to Abraham by preserving a line of promise and blessing through Isaac, Jacob, Judah, and on down to King David, and eventually on to “Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham” (Matt. 1:1).
Through His death on the cross, Jesus inaugurated a New Covenant by which Gentiles as well as Jews would be saved, thus beginning the fulfillment of the part of the Abrahamic promise that states, “All people on earth will be blessed through you” (Gen. 12:3). The national and land promises to Abraham yet await their fulfillment at the Second Coming of Christ when He will rule from the land of promise over a redeemed national Israel and peace and righteousness will fill the earth.
A glad thought: God’s Word contains many promises to believers today—promises we need to know. Let’s depend on Him to fulfill these promises in our lives this day and this week.