Throughout the world the name, Abraham, is familiar to people of many cultures. Both Israeli and Arab recognize him as a Patriarch and trace their ancestry to his loins.
Christians cannot utter the name, Abraham, without relating the events of his life to Jesus and the Everlasting Covenant. The Gospel was preached to Abraham before the covenant of circumcision, before the Mosaic Law, before the Nation Israel, before the Tabernacle and before the Temple.
Gal. 3:11-14 teaches us that no one is justified by the Law in the sight of God, "for the just shall live by faith". Christ (Messiah) has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, "Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree"), that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, (Messiah Jesus) that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith. The Gospel is good news because the fulfillment of the Covenant has nothing to do with flesh and blood. The promise of the Spirit has to do with resurrection and the New Creation. "You He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins." The dead cannot assist in their own resurrection.
Flesh and blood cannot inherit the Kingdom of God. The Kingdom is a New-Creation inheritance.
The purpose of God in redemption and fulfillment of His Covenants and Promises is not predicated on genealogical, genetic fingerprints.
Mark 3:32 They said to Jesus, "Look, Your mother and Your brothers are outside seeking you." But He answered them saying, "Who is My Mother, or My brothers?" He looked around in a circle at those who sat about Him, and said, "Here are my mother and My brothers! For whoever does the will of God is My brother and sister and mother. Jesus was not denying or rejecting His Mother, Mary or His family. Undeniably, He was related to each one. Through His mother's lineage He could be traced by genealogy to Abraham through the Tribe of Judah. The Scriptures authenticated and confirmed Him as the Virgin-born Messiah. The Scriptures cannot be broken.
Jesus, by Personal illustration, was teaching the
Kingdom of God to those sitting in a circle around
Him; that the Kingdom of the Messiah was not
predicated on the gene-pool. He said, whoever does
the will of God is My Family
Jesus said, "Whoever does the will of God is My Family!" The first order of the will of God is defined in simple terminology: "Of His own will He brought us forth by the Word of Truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of His creatures." James 1:18
"Without faith it is impossible to please God." Heb.11:6
The children of faith are the seed of Abraham
and heirs according to the promise.
The Israeli people refer to Abraham as the first Jew. His life characterizes the meaning of the word, Jew, as defined in the New Covenant.
Rom.2:28 Was written to former Gentiles according to the flesh; "For he is not a Jew which is one outwardly, nor is that circumcision which is outward in the flesh; but he is a Jew which is one inwardly, and circumcision is that of the heart, in the Spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men but of God." Thus removing all things pertaining to the Kingdom of God out of the realm of flesh and blood.
Initially, Abraham's name was, Abram, meaning father. The Canaanites called him, The Hebrew, because of what he did. Hebrew means, "one who has passed over." He crossed over the great Euphrates River. What was so unique about crossing a river that Abram would be noticed enough to attach a name or title to him?
Abram drew attention because he had left Ur of the Chaldee, a prestigious city, the center of knowledge and affluence, to become a Nomadic Pilgrim. It would be interesting to know what name or title they would have given him had they known. He left Ur and Haran without knowing where he was going, his security and destiny totally dependent on the Word of the invisible God. Like all children of faith, he endured as seeing Him who is invisible.
Heb.11:8 "And he went out, not knowing where he was going. By faith he sojourned in the land of promise as in a foreign country, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise; for he waited for the City which has Foundations, whose builder and maker is God." Here we are taught, when he finally arrived at his destination, the promised land, he regarded it as a waiting place and continued to sojourn as in a foreign country.
The vision that motivated him from earthly citizenship to pilgrim status was not predicated on the desire to acquire any particular stretch of real estate. He sought, The City that has Foundations, whose Builder and Maker is God.
He knew his heavenly citizenship was secured because he saw Jesus' Day and was glad. Jehovah (Jesus), centuries before His incarnation, revealed things pertaining to Jesus' (Jehovah's) Day to Abraham. The tent-dwelling pilgrim rejoiced to see: "Many will come from the east and west, and sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the Kingdom of Heaven." Matt.8:11
He no doubt saw the beggar Lazarus in his bosom, secure in the faith of Jehovah who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did. Romans 4:17
Those who called Abram, The Hebrew, knew what he left, saw what he did, and named him; however they did not know who he was. Only the Lord, who had foreknown Abram and predestined his destiny and identity, knew who he was. His Kingdom identity was hidden in Jehovah who completed him by an addition in his birth name. He chose the fifth letter (hei) of the Hebrew alphabet to make him, Abraham, the father of a multitude. It was not done by adding a prefix or suffix, He placed the fifth letter within his name.
On the first day of creation the Word light
is written five times; connecting Abraham's
name with the Children of Light. The key phrase
on the fifth day of creation
is: God blessed them saying, "Be fruitful
and multiply," connecting his name with the
fruitfulness of Christ in You the hope of
glory. He that is joined to the Lord is one
flesh. Resident in Abraham's loins was the Temple of
The Messiah, the promised Seed, the Matrix of the
multitude to be born into the Messianic Kingdom.
2 Cor 1:20 "For all the promises of God in Him are yes, and in Him Amen, to the Glory of God through us." Jesus, and Jesus alone, is "The promised Seed" and the object of the Abrahamic covenant. Only in Him do we become co-heirs, joint-heirs, the good seed of the Kingdom. He is the corn of wheat that fell into the ground and died that brings forth the Kingdom multitude. A corn of wheat replicates itself with the same in kind.
Is Christ in you?? "Both He who sanctifies and those who are being sanctified are all of One" (Heb.2:11) For we are members of His (Messiah's) Body, of His Flesh and of His Bones; flesh that never saw corruption and bone that was never broken.
Volumes have been written about the product of Abraham's flesh sperm. The Kingdom of God is not populated with flesh and blood offspring.
Gal.3:26 For you are all sons of God
through faith in Jesus Christ. For as many
of you as were baptized (not water here)
into Christ (Messiah) have put on Christ.
Rom. 9:6 "For they are not all Israel who are of Israel, nor are they all children because they are the seed of Abraham; but in Isaac your Seed shall be called. That is, those who are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God; but the children of promise are counted for the seed."
The prophetic Word illustrates the definition of 'Abraham's seed' through the physical event, the birth of Isaac. He is the son of the man with whom the covenant was made and the promises given. He is a unique son because his conception was totally dependent on Divine intervention. This confirms him to be the example of the children of faith.
Abraham and Sarah were living, human beings; but the reproductive part of their organism was dead. Humanly speaking, there is a finality about death. Death, the absence of life, is the antithesis of procreation.
Rom.4:19 "Not being weak in faith, he did not consider his own body, already dead (since he was about 100 years old) and the deadness of Sarah's womb. He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith giving glory to God."
Although some try, when you are dead you cannot assist in your own resurrection. The heirs, the good seed of the Messianic Kingdom, are totally the result of an act of God. You must be born (again) from above. John 3:7
You can think positive thoughts, make all kinds of claims, repeat scriptures, visit shrines, purchase vials of water out of Jordan, walk the Via Dolorosa, or say mantras to no avail, You must have a new identity by Divine intervention.
Abram is about
to have his identity changed to Abraham, the father
of a multitude.
Isaac the Seed shall be called, points to the pungent
truth that the promised Seed, Jesus, would be
declared to be so by resurrection. Likewise, the
the children of remarkable birth, the inhabitants of
the Kingdom, would be of like kind.
The suffering Body of Jesus, the Lamb of God, on the Cross is linked by genealogy, to Abraham, David and Adam. Heb 2:14 "In as much then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is the devil."
On the Cross, the Messiah, The Alpha and the Omega,
is finishing His Omega-work, that He might begin
His Alpha work, through resurrection, the New
Creation. Here all covenants and promises
consummate in Him. All types, shadows and symbols
disappear in the Substance. Genealogies sustaining
lineage come to an abrupt end. Jesus of Nazareth
will lift the Seed out of death into Resurrection.
After this no man can know Him after the flesh. He
cries, it is finished, throwing off the
of animal sacrifice, ritual and an inadequate,
priesthood. Monuments, altars and temple of stone
fade away. All distinctions vanish, Old things pass
away on Calvary. His Messianic mission accomplished. He will never validate what He has invalidated.
The Body of Jesus, in resurrection, emerges, not from but through the sealed tomb. He is now of a different Order, the Order of Melchizedek, without genealogy or earthly roots. He is the First born from the dead.
"Therefore, from now on, we regard no one according
to the flesh. Even though we have known Christ
according to the flesh, yet now we know Him no
Don Murphy ©1998