About Jesus Steve Sweetman
In verse 1 we see that
Abram, his wife, Lot and all the rest of the people who followed Abram
to Egypt and also those he got while in Egypt
returned to the Negev.
Verse 2 tells us that
Abram became very wealthy while in
Verses 3 and 4 tell us
that Abram returned to the place in Canaan where he had first built an
altar to the Lord at
In verse 5 we see that
Also in verse 7 we see
another reason for the crowdedness of the land.
Canaanites and Perrizites were also in the land, and had been
there before Abram and
In verses 8 and 9 Abram
Verses 10 and 11 tell us
that once hearing this, Lot looked towards the east and west and
understood that the land to the east, the plain of Jordan was "well
watered, like the garden of the Lord and
Note the mention of the
"garden of the Lord". This
is in reference to the Garden of Eden.
I don't believe the Garden of Eden was still in existence,
although some Bible teachers suggest it might well have still been in
existence. I think, if it
had not have been destroyed before the flood, the flood would have
destroyed it. That being
said, people still remembered the account of the Garden of
Eden. The thought of
It's also interesting to
Verse 12 says that Abram
lived in Canaan while Lot lived near
One thing we should learn
Verses 14 and 16 are
important prophetic verses. God
tells Abram to look to the north, south, east, and west.
All that Abram saw would be given to his "offspring",
or "seed". Once
again we have to note the word "seed" is singular.
The word "offspring" can be either singular or plural,
but the Hebrew text has it singular here, and as notice before, Paul
picks up on this singular word "seed" and says it is actually
Jesus. So in one sense of
the word, and it might well be the most important sense of the word,
"this land would one day be given to Jesus".
I believe this will happen in the thousand years of Christ's rule
Verse 15 further
clarifies verse 14. We've
noted that Paul told us to see the word "seed" or the word
"offspring" as being singular, meaning Jesus.
Yet when Paul was using this argument in Galatians 3:13 to 35, he
was speaking of the Law of Moses in reference to salvation.
He was not commenting on the specific piece of land that we see
mentioned here. What this
verse is saying then is that the land mentioned here at some point in
the future will be given to Jesus. We
learn elsewhere in Genesis that it will also be given to Abraham's
Verse 16 tells us that
God will make Abram's offspring like the dust of the earth.
Since Paul tells us that this offspring is Jesus,
this must refer to all of those who have put their trust in
Jesus, both Jew and Gentile.
I believe that this land,
that is more than what Israel
possess today, will be there's because God has promised it to them and
to Jesus. This will happen
in the thousand year rule of Christ.
God told Abram that this land would be given to his offspring
forever, therefore, I suggest that beyond the thousand year rule of
Christ, this land will be Israel's into the new earth, as seen in Revelation.
Verse 17 tells us that
God told Abram to go and walk through the land.
See what it's like because "I am giving it to you."
He's basically telling Abram to explore the land.
God tells us to do the same.
Whatever He gives us, it is ours to explore and enjoy, and use.
Verse 18 tells us that
Abram did go and ended up at Hebron, where he built another altar.
It seems that
This chapter is about
Abram returning from his departure from the will of God.
We see that God did not cast Abram away.
He had chosen Abram to be the founder and father of His people,
and even though Abram strayed, that did not negate God's calling on his
life, which Paul makes very clear in his discourse concerning Israel. He says that God's gifts
and call are irrevocable in Romans 11:29.
When you study the life of Abram, you'll understand Romans 9
through 11 much better.