A People, A Land and a Hope
1. In these three verses we find three of the most important promises ever given to a man. They were given to Abram or Abraham, as he would later be called. In this passage God promised Abraham three things:
a. That out of his loins would come the greatest nation on earth, a people so great in multitude that they could not be numbered by the stars or the sand of the sea: In Genesis 22:17, God said, "That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore."
b. God promised Abraham a land--a land "flowing with milk and honey." It is the land the Bible refers to as the Land of Israel. Israel was the name God gave to Jacob, the son of Isaac, who was the son of Abraham. God repeated these promises both to Isaac, and to Jacob. And let me add; God has never rescinded His promise concerning the Land He gave to Israel--it has always been the Land of Israel and will always remain the Land of Israel.
QUOTE: During the hearing of the British Royal Commission on Palestine in 1937, David Ben Gurion, chairman of the executive committee of the Jewish agency for Palestine, affirmed: "The Bible is our mandate. The mandate of the League is only recognition of this right and does not establish new things." The land has always belonged to Israel.
c. The third promise was a promise of hope--it is found in the blessing mentioned in (vs. 3), "...and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.
2. Please consider with me the three points of our message: "A People, A Land and A Hope."
I. A PEOPLE
1. Genesis 28:14, "And thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and thou shalt spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the south: and in thee and in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed."
2. Two things about the Jewish people:
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