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MATTHEW 13:44


CHAPTER IV

ADDITION OR
MULTIPLICATION?

    It cannot be stressed too emphatically that Yahweh did not say He would add to Abraham exceedingly. What He actually said was,

"I am the Almighty El, walk before Me and be thou perfect. And I will make My covenant between Me and thee and I will multiply thee exceedingly. " (Genesis 17 :1-2 )

    Bible students of the past, because they did not have the ethnological and anthropological data available to us today, or because they did not recognize the significance of these facts in the light of the many biblical and historical references to them, have been prone to "spiritualize" the promises away, not understanding the manner of their literal fulfillment. Fortunately, our ignorance does not circumscribe Yahweh's power. In making excuses and spiritualizing scriptures which are obviously literal, we have failed to see that Yahweh has literally performed His promise to multiply Abraham exceedingly. Notice carefully this language:

"As for Me, behold My covenant is with thee, and thou shalt be a father of many nations. Neither shall thy name be any more called Abram; for a father of many nations have I made thee. And I will make thee exceedingly fruitful, and I will make nations of thee and kings shall come out of thee. And I will establish My covenant between Me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be an Elohim unto thee and to thy seed after thee". (Genesis 1 7 :4-7)

    If Yahweh did indeed establish His covenant with Abraham "in his generation and with his seed in their generation, for an everlasting covenant", where do many religious people get their idea that Yahweh has forsaken His people, the seed of Abraham, and chosen some other people. the "Gentiles" ? Did not Yahweh know that the descendants of Abraham would sin and come short of His glory? Could He not foresee they would fail Him? Why then, did He establish a permanent covenant with so fickle a people, and seal it for time and eternity (for so the word "everlasting" implies) if He were later going to change His mind and reject or annul the agreement?

THE COVENANT REMAINS BINDING

    On the contrary, this covenant seems to be unconditional. Regardless of the actions of Abraham's children, Yahweh having made the agreement unconditional, would be obliged to keep it for His own glory. This point is frequently confirmed in the scriptures.

"For I, Yahweh, change not; therefore ye, O sons of Jacob, are not consumed" (Malachi 3:6)

    In order to make the children of Abraham fit to receive the blessings, Yahweh has made use of the process of elimination. He has thus kept faith with Abraham and Abraham's seed which have become many nations. These nations do now possess the potentialities of the Abrahamic blessings. In the same everlasting covenant, Yahweh also said, "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; I will be their Elohim. And Elohim said unto Abraham, thou shalt keep My covenant therefore, thou and thy seed after thee in their generations." (Genesis 17:8-9)

    There is in this covenant no provision for abrogating it. And there are no conditional clauses, only an appeal to loyalty for compliance. In effect, Yahweh says "Because I am going to do this for you, I shall expect you to keep My covenant". But even if Abraham's children failed to keep it, Yahweh had made provision for them to become the beneficiaries through faith in the Messiah. For in and through His Son, Immanuel, all Yahweh's promises attain fulfillment (See II Cor. 1:20). 

SYMBOLIC FORESHADOWING: ABRAHAM'S PROGENY
SAVED —— A SUBSTITUTE SACRIFICE PROVIDED
BY YAHWEH

    In the twenty-second chapter of Genesis, we read of Abraham's great temptation. Yahweh tested him to see whether he truly loved Him more than his only son, Isaac. Abraham did not fail, but proved his love by taking Isaac to the mount and binding him as a sacrifice. He had proved his faith in Elohim, believing that even though he sacrificed Isaac, Yahweh would somehow fulfill His promise that his seed would dominate and populate the earth. (Cf. Heb. 11:17-19)

    Elohim came to the mount, and seeing Abraham's faith, caused an angel to stop the knife in Abraham's hand. pointing to the substitute ram that Elohim had provided:

"And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked and behold behind him a ram caught in a thicket by his horns: and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered it up for a burnt offering in the stead of his son. And Abraham called the name of that place Yahweh-jireh: as it is said to this day, in the mount of Yahweh it shall be seen. And the angel of Yahweh called unto Abraham out of heaven the second time, and said, By Myself have I sworn, saith Yahweh, for because thou hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy son, thine only son: That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of heaven, and as the sand which is upon the seashore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies. And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed My voice." (Genesis 22:13-1 8)

EARTHLY NATIONS AND EARTHLY BLESSINGS

    If we are intellectually and spiritually honest, how can we fail to perceive that this covenant is earthly? It pertains to temporal and natural blessings and seed; its blessings are not contingent upon the works of Abraham or his children but can be attained through faith.

    Surely ten to thirteen million Jews do not represent the fulfillment of these promises. At present they are not even a nation, though they shall eventually possess all of Palestine and shall have a nation of their own. (Written in 1938. Today this has partially taken place.)

    As we shall show, the Jews are but a fraction of the literal, earthly descendants of Isaac, being greatly outnumbered by the many millions of his bearded aryan or "barb"-arian Caucasian descendents who today populate Europe, the Americas, and the British dominions, including most of what is rather loosely termed "western civilization". This is a most important point which has been missed probably because Bible students have hitherto paid insufficient attention to ethnology and ethnologists little attention to the Bible.

A SUITABLE WIFE FOR ISAAC

    After his own troubles with Hagar and Ishmael, Abraham was aware of the importance of a proper wife for Isaac. Since the promises were to be passed on to future generations, he knew he must not permit Isaac to marry a Canaanite woman, and he also knew that Yahweh Who had proved faithful before, would not fail him now in designating a wife for his son, an appropriate partner for the propagation of an enduring race.

    Abraham, informed that his kinsman, Nahor, had been blessed with numerous descendants, called his servant Eliezer of Damascus to him and entrusted him with the responsibility of finding a mate for his son. Abraham made him swear that he would bring Isaac a wife from among his own kindred, and that under no condition would he allow Isaac to return to the land that his father had left, but should remain in the land of promise. One should read the account carefully in the 24th chapter of Genesis. especially the prophecy uttered by Laban to his sister Rebecca, the chosen bride, on the eve of her departure, when he said,

"Thou art our sister, be thou the mother of thousands of millions, and let thy seed possess the gate of those which hate them." (Genesis 24 :60)

    Compare this verse with Genesis 22:17, and remember the rule, "by the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established." It was Yahweh who put the prophetic words in the mouth of the Syrian Laban, confirming to Rebecca what He had promised to Abraham.

    Rebecca, accompanied by Eliezer, left the country of her birth, and went to be married to Isaac. They waited twenty years, but the promise of multiplication of seed had not been fulfilled. This was enough to discourage anyone. "Isaac intreated Yahweh for his wife, because she was barren: and Yahweh was intreated by him and Rebecca, his wife, conceived". (Genesis 25 :21)

    And it became apparent that she had been blessed with children for,

"The children struggled together within her; and she said, If it be so, why am I thus? And she went to inquire of Yahweh. And Yahweh said unto her, Two nations are in thy womb, and two manner of people shall be separated from thy bowels; and the one people shall be stronger than the other people; and the elder shall serve the younger". (Genesis 25:22-23)

    Notice, especially, verse 23. Yahweh did not say two children, or two sons, but two nations. As they struggled together in the womb, so throughout recorded history have the descendants of Jacob and Esau, struggled. They are still involved in serious controversy and violent bloodshed at this very moment. The descendants of Esau, the Edomite Arabs of Palestine, today are in conflict with both the Jewish and the non-Jewish or barbarian descendants of Jacob.

    In this chapter we studied the promises made to Abraham: that he would be multiplied exceedingly and become many nations; that his descendants would dominate the earth; and that in his seed all the nations of the earth would be blessed. We saw, too, that the Abrahamic blessings did not depend upon performance, but were unconditional, Yahweh Himself undertaking to bring them about in His own time. Yahweh provided for Abraham's earthly descendants to obtain these earthly blessings through their faith in the Messiah. And Yahweh even demonstrated this principle in a symbolic sacrifice to teach Abraham that his seed would be saved from death by a substitute sacrifice to be provided by Him.

    In this chapter it was also affirmed that the "many nations" descended from Abraham through Isaac and Jacob are to be found principally among the Caucasian peoples of Europe and the West. Among these western peoples are found the great majority of those who, through faith in the Messiah will assuredly receive in full the promised earthly blessings.

CHAPTER V


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