About Jesus - Steve Sweetman
Prophetic Song Of Praise
the Abrahamic Covenant was ratified by means of an animal sacrifice
(Genesis 15) God caused Abraham to fall into a deep sleep which prevented
him from participating in the ratification of the covenant.
This means that God and Abraham did not enter into a mutual
covenant where both vowed to uphold his part of the agreement.
Abraham could not agree to anything while asleep.
God made this covenant with Himself, vowing to bless Abraham and
his descendents with specific promises and without conditions attached.
The unconditional promised blessings of the covenant were based on
nothing but God's mercy as Mary said and will eventually be realized in
the way Abraham would have understood the covenant to be fulfilled.
predicted that God would be merciful to Israel
forever, just as He promised her forefathers.
I understand the Greek word "aion" that is translated as
"forever" here and elsewhere in the New Testament to mean
forever. I realize that some
people understand the Greek word "aion" to be
a limited period of time as in an age.
That does great disservice to this covenant but most of all
destroys the eternal nature of God. If
forever doesn't mean forever, then God is not eternal and verses like
Revelation 1:8 are grossly incorrect.
forever means forever God's mercies will never cease to be extended to
Abraham's descendents Israel. His blessings, as first
spoken to Abraham and reflected upon by Mary, will last through this age
and beyond into the eternal state of the newly created earth as I see in
the New Jerusalem (Revelation 21).
The promised mercies that God spoke to Abraham weave their way throughout the Old and New Testaments. They have never been modified or revoked (Romans 11:29). So, as we reflect on Mary's song this Christmas, consider her words to be among the inspired prophecies of the Old Testament, the age in which she lived. Know that Israel still has prophetic and historic significance in the mind of God. Israel will certainly receive its eternal covenantal blessings.
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