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Dr. Walter D. Huyck Jr. D.Min.

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[Genesis 17:2-8 2 And I will make my covenant between me and thee, and will multiply thee exceedingly. 3 And Abram fell on his face: and God talked with him, saying, 4 As for me, behold, my covenant is with thee, and thou shalt be a father of many nations. 5 Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; ]

[God changes Abram’s name to Abraham by adding the fifth Hebrew letter to his name which sounds like the breath of God.  It indicates that God was placing his spirit upon Abram.  Also the number five is the number of grace.]

[for a father of many nations have I made thee. 6 And I will make thee exceeding fruitful, and I will make nations of thee, and kings shall come out of thee. 7 And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee. 8 And I will give unto thee, and to thy seed after thee, the land wherein thou art a stranger, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.]

[This is one of the most important covenants ever written.  It is more important than the Declaration of Independence, more important than the Mayflower Compact, and far more important than the Constitution of the United States of America.  If you understand what God is saying here you will understand the history of the world.  What God is saying here is an iron fist about what is going to happen in this world. What God is saying here is a plan to bless all of humanity.  This is indeed a promise that has changed the world.]

Notice,

A.     The Message Within This Promise 

1.      The Promise (vs 2)  [-  And I will make my covenant between me and thee, and will multiply thee exceedingly. - God made a covenant with Abraham that is an unbreakable, unchangeable, immutable, covenant.  It is a promise that will last unconditionally.  Sometimes God makes promises that are conditional promises; that is if you do this then I’ll do that.  But this is an unconditional promise] 

2.      The Principle (vs 7) [– And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, . . .  – This is a covenant promise based on the principle of grace.  It is not based on merit or works.] 

3.      The People (vs 7, 21) And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee. – The promise will extend to Abraham’s seed or the Hebrew people.  Specifically,] 

[Genesis 17:21 21 But my covenant will I establish with Isaac, which Sarah shall bear unto thee at this set time in the next year.]

4.      The Period (vs 7) [- . . . an everlasting covenant, . . . – An irrevocable or unchangeable covenant.] 

5.      The Place (vs 8) [- And I will give unto thee, and to thy seed after thee, the land wherein thou art a stranger, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God. – The land of Canaan.  The Middle East, Palestine, Israel was given to Abraham and his people.] 

a.       [The Geographic CenterThree contents meet in this place.  It always has been and always will be the strategic center of the world.] 

[As goes the Jew, so goes the world.]

[Ezekiel 5:5 5 Thus saith the Lord GOD; This is Jerusalem: I have set it in the midst of the nations and countries that are round about her. ]

b.      [The Revelation CenterIt is the focus and center of all Bible prophecies and is the place to which the Word of God was given and entrusted.] 

c.       [The Spiritual Center – It is here that Jesus Christ was born, died, resurrected and will return again.] 

d.      [The Prophetic Center – This land of Israel is the only place where their future history is minutely foretold centuries in advance.] 

e.       [The Storm Center – All the nations of the world line up around this little nation of Israel for the greatest political storm yet to come.] 

f.        [The Peace Center One day soon the lion and the lamb will lie down together in this place.  There will never be peace in our world until there is peace in this little nation.  When you pray for the peace of Israel, you pray for the Lord Jesus Christ to return, and you pray for the peace of the world.] 

g.       [The Glory Center – When Jesus returns and reigns in Israel His glory will be seen throughout the world.] 

B.     The Miracles Within This Promise [- As we think about the Nation of Israel we must think about four miracles that were wrapped up in this promise given to Abraham so long ago.] 

1.      The Miracle of Her Generation (vs 5) [– Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made thee.  – Here is a man who is past the time of having children, yet without a progeny, and yet God says He will make him the father of many nations.  How is that going to come about?] 

[Genesis 18:9-14 9 And they said unto him, Where is Sarah thy wife? And he said, Behold, in the tent. 10 And he said, I will certainly return unto thee according to the time of life; and, lo, Sarah thy wife shall have a son. And Sarah heard it in the tent door, which was behind him. [Sarah was eavesdropping] 11 Now Abraham and Sarah were old and well stricken in age; and it ceased to be with Sarah after the manner of women. 12 Therefore Sarah laughed within herself, saying, After I am waxed old shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also? 13 And the LORD said unto Abraham, Wherefore did Sarah laugh, saying, Shall I of a surety bear a child, which am old? 14 Is any thing too hard for the LORD? At the time appointed I will return unto thee, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son.]  

[When the promise first came that Abraham would have a son Abram was 75 (Gen 12.7) years old and Sarah was 65 years old.  Twenty-five years later God reiterates the promise again, yet no child has been born yet.  When Isaac was finally born Abraham was 100 years old and Sarah was 90 years old.] 

[Isaac’s birth was a miracle.  Every Jew on the face of the earth is here as a result of a miracle birth.  Israel is a miracle nation.  It seems that the Jewish people shouldn’t have any problem believing in the miracle of the virgin birth.  They are here as a result of a miracle.] 

2.      The Miracle of her Preservation (vs 7; Matt 24.34; Jer 31.35-37) [– And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee. – Their seeds are going to be generation after generation for everlasting generations.  God is clearly saying that the nation of Israel is absolutely indestructible.]   

[God prophesied to Abraham and the prophets that Israel would be disobedient, dispersed, discredited, but that Israel would not be destroyed.  The promise that God made to Abraham is an everlasting promise.] 

        [The king of Egypt could not destroy the Jew.]

        [The red sea could not drown the Jew.]

        [Jonah’s whale could not digest the Jew.]

        [The fiery furnace could not consume the Jew.]

        [The gallows of Haman could not hang the Jew.]

        [The nations of the world could not assimilate the Jew.]

        [The Arab nations will not be able to overcome the Jew.] 

[Israel is God’s people by an everlasting covenant.  Other nations when conquered by their foes have been so thoroughly assimilated by other nations that you can not find their peoples.  But after eighteen centuries of dispersion the Jews are still Jews having their traditions, laws, statutes, and their language.  For Jesus said, ] 

[Matthew 24:34 34 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.] 

[Generation meaning this stock, this heritage, this race.] 

[Illustration – As The Gulf Stream – The gulf stream is like a river flowing in the midst of the ocean.  Often one, while on the Atlantic can see the gulf stream as the aqua waters are separated from the green hued waters of the stream.  Often this line is crisp and clean like something is separating the waters.  Why don’t the waters mix?  Only God knows how those waters are kept separated.  This is like the Jewish people.] 

[Some people claim that the Jews cannot continue to exist.  But God says,] 

[Jeremiah 31:35-37 35 Thus saith the LORD, which giveth the sun for a light by day, and the ordinances of the moon and of the stars for a light by night, which divideth the sea when the waves thereof roar; The LORD of hosts is his name: 36 If those ordinances depart from before me, saith the LORD, then the seed of Israel also shall cease from being a nation before me for ever. 37 Thus saith the LORD; If heaven above can be measured, and the foundations of the earth searched out beneath, I will also cast off all the seed of Israel for all that they have done, saith the LORD.] 

[God is saying that for someone to destroy Israel they would have to remove the power that is behind the universe.  One would have to snatch the stars from the hand of God before they could destroy and stamp out Israel.] 

[Every breathing Jew on the face of the earth today is a testimony of the faithfulness of God to Abraham.  The same God that keeps His promises to Abraham is the God who keeps His promises to me and you.] 

[The Jews of the world are less than four tenths of one percent (.4%) of the population of the world.  Yet twelve percent (12%) of all of the honors in science, health, medicine, music, philosophy, and in public life have been garnered by these people.  From 1955 – 1990 from one forth to one third of the noble prizes awarded have been given to Jewish people.] 

[It was a Jew who financed Christopher Columbus’ voyage to find this new world.  On that voyage was a Jew who was the first man to set foot on these shores.  A Jew financed George Washington and the Revolutionary War.  A Jew was the one who gave us Bayer aspirin.  The Jews are responsible for many of the things we take for granted in life.] 

3.      Miracle of her Restoration (vs 8; Amos 9.14-15) [– And I will give unto thee, and to thy seed after thee, the land wherein thou art a stranger, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God. – It was May 14-15, 1948 when Israel was reestablished as a nation.  Think of it.  Over 60 years ago God proved the faithfulness of this promise.] 

[Amos 9:14-15 14 And I will bring again the captivity of my people of Israel, and they shall build the waste cities, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and drink the wine thereof; they shall also make gardens, and eat the fruit of them. 15 And I will plant them upon their land, and they shall no more be pulled up out of their land which I have given them, saith the LORD thy God. ]

[Consider that in this prophecy God foretold Israel’s dispersion and their regathering.  We are witnesses to the fulfillment of God’s promises to Israel.  The miracle of Israel’s regathering was a miracle.]

[It was a military miracle – When Israel was restored there were about 650 thousand Jews living in Israel in 1948.  They were surrounded by 40 million Arabs, who vowed that they would not restore that nation there.  Six Arab nations attacked Israel and Israel prevailed.  In one battle 20 thousand Arabs were captured by 400 Israeli.  This little nation drove 150 miles into Egyptian territory before an armistice was called by the UN.  How do you explain that?  Adrian Rogers said, “That fight was fixed.”  Just like the six day war of 1968.]

[This does not mean that God loves a Jew more than a Gentile or an Arab.  God loves every man, woman and child.  But God gave His Word and God will keep His Word.]

[It was a Sociological miracle – They came to Israel from sixty one (61) different nations with different languages and customs.  One sociologist said it would take three generations for these people to become a nation; meaning 100 years.  This same sociologist said I was wrong they did it in one generation.]

[It was an Agricultural miracle Israel is rich in rocks and desert (60%).  It rains only in the winter.  Yet with irrigation and agriculture they are causing the desert to bloom.  Israel is one of only six nations in the world that raises enough food to feed itself.  Israel is also becoming the bread basket of Europe.]

[It was a Linguistic miracle – They speak Hebrew in Israel.  One hundred years ago Hebrew was a dead language.  No one has ever noted where a dead language has been restored before, but Israel is speaking Hebrew again.  The children are going to school and learning Hebrew and then coming home and teaching their mother and father to speak in their native tongue.]

4.      The Miracle of her Regeneration (vs 8; Zech 12.2-3,9-10;13.1) [-  . . . and I will be their God. – Make no mistake about it God loves these people and many of them love God.  The Bible reveals that there is coming a time when these people will turn to Jesus]  

[Zechariah 12:2-3 2 Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem. 3 And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it. ]

[When the world goes against Israel they will go against God.  As Benjamin Franklin told Thomas Payne, “When you spit into the wind you spit in your own face.”  All that gather together against Israel will be cut in pieces.  When you fight against Israel you fight against God and you defeat yourself.]

[Zechariah 12:9-10 9 And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem. 10 And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn. ]

[This is speaking of the Lord Jesus Christ.  Then Israel will understand who Jesus Christ is, the Messiah.]

[Zechariah 13:1 1 In that day there shall be a fountain opened to the house of David and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem for sin and for uncleanness.]

[The Blood of the Lord Jesus Christ will wash their sins away.]

[This covenant reveals God’s plan for the ages in God’s plan for Israel.  We know what to expect and can see how the faithfulness of God will prevail.  The cleansing of God, the forgiveness of God, the life of God all pours through the faithfulness of God to this promise made to father Abraham.] 

 


[1] Resourced From Adrian Rogers


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