Covenant Series#7

Covenant Series#7©®™

The Patriarchs©®™

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Contents
  1. The Scarlet Cord©
  2. The Basket Case©
  3. In the Beginning©
  4. Noah©
  5.  Abraham’s Faith©
  6. Covenants©
  7. The Patriarchs©
  8. The New Covenant©

Apostles, Patriarchs & Prophets

Patriarchal Timeline
Patriarchs

Then God said to him in the dream, Yes, I know you did this in the integrity of your heart, for it was I Who kept you back and spared you from sinning against Me; therefore I did not give you occasion to touch her.So now restore to the man his wife, for he is a prophet, and he will pray for you and you will live. But if you do not restore her [to him], know that you shall surely die, you and all who are yours.So Abimelech rose early in the morning and called all his servants and told them all these things; and the men were exceedingly filled with reverence and fear. (Gen 20:6-8).

Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world. But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born[a] of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. (Gal 4:3-5 NKJ)

When tracing back in Scripture, we find different references which speak of God’s promises, to redeem  us from our sinful nature. Every patriarch, have had their battles with which they fought throughout their lifetime. From the creation of Adam, through to time’s fullness bringing God’s resolution to pass. For since time began, our Creator had an original plan, of restoring, reconciling ourselves to Himself.

Although we fell short of God’s Glory; He had not been caught unawares. Throughout Creation’s History; our Lord is always demonstrating His Love for His fallen creation. God always remains thrice Holy,  Fully Righteous, Totally Sinless, Readily Forgiving and Most Loving. Sin is unable to remain in His Presence. Remember He is also the Judge over all things. He is Creator of the Heavens and the Earth. He formed us in His Image.

Ps 8 (AMPC)

O Lord, our Lord, how excellent (majestic and glorious) is Your name in all the earth! You have set Your glory on [or above] the heavens.Out of the mouths of babes and unweaned infants You have established strength because of Your foes, that You might silence the enemy and the avenger.(A)When I view and consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have ordained and established,What is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of [earthborn] man that You care for him?Yet You have made him but a little lower than God [or heavenly beings], and You have crowned him with glory and honor.You made him to have dominion over the works of Your hands; You have put all things under his feet:(B)All sheep and oxen, yes, and the beasts of the field,The birds of the air, and the fish of the sea, and whatever passes along the paths of the seas.O Lord, our Lord, how excellent (majestic and glorious) is Your name in all the earth!

For this reason David wrote in Psalm eight, about God making man a little lower than God (Elohim, Spiritual Beings). For we are created in His Image, in His Image created He them. (See Gen 1:26)

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Created in His Image

26 God said, Let Us [Father, Son, and Holy Spirit] make mankind in Our image, after Our likeness, and let them have complete authority over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, the [tame] beasts, and over all of the earth, and over everything that creeps upon the earth.(D)27 So God created man in His own image, in the image and likeness of God He created him; male and female He created them.(E)28 And God blessed them and said to them, Be fruitful, multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it [using all its vast resources in the service of God and man]; and have dominion over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, and over every living creature that moves upon the earth.( Rf Gen 1:26-28 AMPC)

Remember God created us in His Image. His Grace, Love & Mercy are so Great. Now He formed us with His Fingers! He knows of us; even before we were in our mother’s womb. He is everywhere Present! He knows & numbers ev’ryone of our hairs on our head! Therefore we can safely say, God clearly knows the origins, e’en our beginning & end. This is why Jesus could say: – “Abraham looked forward to His day, rejoicing therein.”When asked by the religious leaders of His day; about our Lord’s years! He clearly answered them; “before Abraham was; I Am!” (see Jn 8:56-58 NKJ)

56 Your father Abraham rejoiced to see My day, and he saw it and was glad.”57 Then the Jews said to Him, “You are not yet fifty years old, and have You seen Abraham?”58 Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM.” (Jn 8:56-58 NKJ)

56 Your forefather Abraham was extremely happy at the hope and prospect of seeing My day (My incarnation); and he did see it and was delighted.(C)57 Then the Jews said to Him, You are not yet fifty years old, and have You seen Abraham?58 Jesus replied, I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, before Abraham was born, I Am.(D)  (See Jn 8:56-59 AMPC)

Biblical Prophecy
Prophetic Times & Seasons

In the beginning the Lord; revealed His planned reconciliation to His crown creation. Even for Abraham’s seed and his descendants forever. In deed He recorded it, in His heavenly records, for all to see. Jesus, is the Lamb Whom had been slain before the foundations of the world. John the Baptist, introduced Christ Jesus as the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. He became sin on our behalf, so we would be called God’s Righteousness,  in and through Him (ie Christ Jesus.).

From Scripture we understand; our Lord will not do anything without first allowing His servants, the prophets insight into that which He desires to do. Abraham was called God’s friend. Our Lord fully explained to Abraham, how He would bless him. He would also bless those who from their heart, preferably have chosen to bless Abraham (see Gen 12:1-4). Our Lord called Abraham from out of his nation, peoples & kindred. We might be able to say; Abraham had been a forerunner. He being the first apostolic shadow and called a prophet by God, had been one of our first, Faith Pioneers recorded in Biblical records. In fact so much so, that he is called our father of faith today.

Our Lord called him, and  made him the father of many nations. For great and many are the promises, which God had made and given him. God not been a man that He should lie, even cut Covenant with Abraham, our Father of Faith. Speaking of Abraham’s Promised Seed, we see the prophetic shadow of Isaac through whom God decreed the nations would be Blessed.

Shall a trumpet be blown in the city and the people not be alarmed and afraid? Shall misfortune or evil occur [as punishment] and the Lord has not caused it?Surely the Lord God will do nothing [a]without revealing His secret to His servants the prophets.(A)The lion has roared; who will not fear? The Lord God has spoken; who can but prophesy?(B)    (Amos 3:6-8 AMPC)

Throughout Scripture, we see God’s scarlet thread, linking His Covenants one with another. He brings the Covenant throughout scripture together, with all His Prophetic Promises. These clues He carefully places there through the Patriarchs, Prophets and eventually revealing them to His Covenant people. Christ being our Chief Apostle, High Priest, Patriarch & Prophet. He is: –

  • The Seed of the Woman
  • The Seed of Abraham
  • God’s Promised Messiah
  • Our Chief High Priest
  • The 1st Born of many brethren
  • Head of His Church
  • Our Chief Apostle
  • The Lamb of God taking away the sin of the world
  • The Lamb of God slain before the foundation of the world
  • The Living Word of God
  • Alpha & Omega
  • The Great I Am
  • The Life, The Truth, The Way
  • Founder of the New Better Covenant
  • Our Holy, Most Loving Bridegroom

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    God Teaches us His Covenant

 

Still more to follow

Next: – The New Covenant
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