Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Trinitarian Promise to Abraham

God's promise to send a Savior through Abraham was not recorded just once.

First time.
Genesis 12.
God makes the promise, and then we hear about the trip to Egypt when Abram passed off Sarai as his sister, and Abimelech gave him all sorts of riches.

He richly and daily provides me with all that I need to support this body and life.

Second time.
Genesis 15.
God makes the promise, and then "cuts the covenant," that is, animals are killed, blood is shed, and the Lord is there with His promise.

Not with gold or silver, but with His holy, precious blood and with His innocent suffering and death.

Third time.
Genesis 17.
God makes the promise and tells Abraham to be circumcised, he and all his household. Circumcision is the Old Testament sacrament that corresponds to Baptism, whereby believers are brought into God's people.

He calls, gathers, enlightens, and sanctifies the whole Christian Church on earth.

Isn't that cool?

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