Abraham’s Inheritance: Misunderstood


Yesterday PJ Miller of Sola Dei Gloria posted an excellent study on Abraham’s inheritance, and how the promises that God made to Abraham are expounded upon as the Old Testament progresses and the New Testament is introduced. This study was originally crafted and posted by Stephen Sizer.

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They say, “where there’s a will, there’s a family” and boy has there been a family dispute over the inheritance of Abraham. Millions and millions of the relatives of Ishmael and Isaac believe they are the rightful heirs. The Arab-Israeli conflict is the longest running dispute in the hands of the United Nations. In fact its over 4,000 years old. It is also the most dangerous military conflict in the world, without any international regulation of the chemical, biological and nuclear weapons held by some of Abraham’s descendants.

And it is undoubtedly the most controversial media story in the world with accusations of holocaust denial, anti-semitism, racism, apartheid and Islamophobia. And, sadly, it is being perpetuated by some misguided Christians… 

Abraham’s Inheritance was Promised

“On that day the Lord made a covenant with Abram and said, “To your descendants I give this land, from the Wadi of Egypt…

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9 thoughts on “Abraham’s Inheritance: Misunderstood

  1. Is Abraham a son of God? If Abraham is not a son of God, we need a deeper study of the God’s promises told to Abraham. God told to Abraham: “I will give this land to your descendants-Genesis 15:18 and in Genesis17:8, God promise to Abraham “I will give this land to YOU AND TO YOUR DESCENDANTS AFTER YOU for an everlasting possession. The said promise was confirmed by Stphen in Acts 7:5. Lord Jesus Christ said: the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven- Mat. 5:3 while the meek will inherit the earth/land-Mat. 5:5

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    • Hi Ciriaco,

      Yes, Abraham is one of God’s children. As Stephen Sizer pointed out, the book of Hebrews sums up Abraham’s relationship to these promises very nicely:

      “By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going. By faith he made his home in the promised land like a stranger in a foreign country; he lived in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise. For he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God… All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance, admitting that they were foreigners and strangers on earth. People who say such things show that … they were longing for a better country—a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.” (Hebrews 11:8-16)

      You can see more of his commentary on this at the link I provided in this post:

      http://pjmiller.wordpress.com/2014/01/27/abrahams-inheritance-misunderstood/

      I’m not sure if I answered your question(s) or not, but please do follow up if you still have questions or feedback on this subject.

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  2. Matthew 1:1 “The record of the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah, the son of David, the son of Abraham:” Why is the phrase, “the son of David” placed before the phrase, “the son of Abraham”? The answer may lead one to question if the Jewish people have been rejected and endured the wrath of God. God’s choice of Israel stumbles our pride and Romans 9-11 makes it clear that this is God’s plan.

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    • Chuck, doesn’t Matthew mention “the son of David” before “the son of Abraham,” simply because Abraham lived before David? Do you have a different answer than that? Personally, I don’t believe that God rejected the Jewish people. He has always had a remnant from among them who follow Him and love Him.

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  3. Adam, Matthew goes on to START with Abraham and work his way down through the genealogy, so why put ‘son of David’ ahead of ‘son of Abraham.’ before he starts the list of the genealogy at Abraham?
    By grace He has indeed preserved a remnant, but there is a deeper more amazing aspect to God’s promises for Israel and the Jewish people. God’s promises for Israel are still legitimate, we are invited into their house, 1 Chronicles 17:21 “And what nation on the earth is like Your people Israel, whom God went to redeem to Himself as a people, making Yourself a name by great and terrible things, by driving out nations from before Your people, whom You redeemed out of Egypt?” This scripture makes the issue of Israel the issue of God’s name on the earth. We (both Jew and Gentile) are one in Christ, but Romans 9-11, shows that God has two plans that in His sovereignty He is melding into one great Promise of Hope. “Israel is mentioned over 2500 times in the Bible an improper understanding of Israel will give you an entire improper understanding of the word of God.” Derek Prince

    Thank you Adam for allowing this exchange, you have a softer heart than most people who share your view.

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    • Chuck,

      You’re welcome for the exchange. and thank you again for your part in it as well. Matthew 1 begins this way:

      “The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the Son of David, the Son of Abraham…”

      Jesus was born approximately 1000 years after David, and David was born approximately 1000 years after Abraham. So Matthew, in his introduction, skips over about 1000 years of Jesus’ ancestors in each case (David and Abraham).

      Source: http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+1&version=NKJV

      If we look at the divisions, Abraham begins one series, David begins the next, and the Babylonian captivity marks the beginning of the next series. Matthew then sums it up this way:

      “So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations, from David until the captivity in Babylon are fourteen generations, and from the captivity in Babylon until the Christ are fourteen generations” (Matthew 1:17).

      This sheds some light on why Matthew begins as he does in verse 1.

      As you know, I disagree that God has two plans, but rather I believe Scripture teaches He has one plan, and one people (based on faith, not ethnicity or nationality), and that all of God’s promises are “yes” and “amen” in Jesus (II Corinthians 1:20; see also Galatians 3:16).

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  4. God indeed has one plan and it involves showing mercy to all. Romans 11: 25 For I do not want you, brethren, to be uninformed of this mystery—so that you will not be wise in your own estimation—that a partial hardening has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in; 26 and so all Israel will be saved; just as it is written,

    “The Deliverer will come from Zion,
    He will remove ungodliness from Jacob.”
    27 “This is My covenant with them,
    When I take away their sins.”
    28 From the standpoint of the gospel they are enemies for your sake, but from the standpoint of God’s choice they are beloved for the sake of the fathers; 29 for the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable. 30 For just as you once were disobedient to God, but now have been shown mercy because of their disobedience, 31 so these also now have been disobedient, that because of the mercy shown to you they also may now be shown mercy. 32 For God has shut up all in disobedience so that He may show mercy to all.
    Jesus is the greater David who will yet sit on a physical throne in a physical land and display the greatness of God in keeping His promises for the law to go forth from Jerusalem.
    Simeon was “looking for the consolation of Israel” it hardly follows that the consolation of Israel would then result in a permanent rejection of the people and the land with only a tiny remnant being grafted into the church. Luke 2:32 A Light of revelation to the Gentiles,
    And the glory of Your people Israel.”
    That “AND” in that verse is incredibly important and I do not see how it could be interpreted to push physical Israel aside.

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