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Tablet Two

<1>This explanation of Genesis verse-by-verse finishes here.  However, the important verses of the rest of this book will be briefly explained below.  These verses and the significance of the rest of Genesis are explained in more detail in the book Children of Abram (Abraham), All Prophecies Are Fulfilled.


A promise is given to Abram:


"And the Lord said unto Abram, after that Lot was separated from him, Lift up now thine eyes, and look from the place where thou art northward, and southward, and eastward, and westward:

For all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed for ever.

And I will make thy seed as the dust of the earth:..." (Genesis 13:14-16)


<2>There are two promises here: First, that a land would be given to Abram's seed which would stretch in all directions with no mention of boundaries; and second, that Abram's seed would be increased, "as the dust of the earth."  So the land should be very large to bear that huge a population.


The promises above are for Abram's seed:


"And Abram was fourscore and six years old, when Hagar bear Ishmael to Abram." (Genesis 16:16)


<3>These promises and more were given to Abram.  The seed of Abram was Ishmael.


The previous promises are repeated to Abram and then the name of Abram is changed to Abraham:


"And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the Lord appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect," (Genesis 17:1)


<4>"Walk before me, and be thou perfect" is the same as walking with God, which is to be submissive to Him and His Laws.


"And I will make my covenant between me and thee, and will multiply thee exceedingly.

And Abram fell on his face: and God talked with him, saying,

As for me, behold, my covenant is with thee, and thou shalt be a father of many nations.

Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made thee." (Genesis 17:2-5)


New promises are given to Abraham:


"And I will make thee exceeding 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 a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee.

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; and I will be their God." (Genesis 17:6-8)


<5>There were two promises given to Abraham: a promise of material possession ("nations") <6>and a promise of kingly status ("kings shall come out of thee").

<7>These promises were given to Abraham and his seed, "...will give unto thee, and to thy seed after thee [after Abraham]."  <8>Also this time the land which would be given to Abraham's seed was mentioned with definite boundaries, "Canaan" (promised land).


These promises are for Isaac, Abraham's seed:


"And God said unto Abraham, As for Sarai thy wife, thou shalt not call her name Sarai, but Sarah shall her name be.

And I will bless her, and give thee a son also of her:..." (Genesis 17:15-16)

"And God said, Sarah thy wife shall bear thee a son indeed; and thou shalt call his name Isaac: and I will establish my covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, and with his seed after him." (Genesis 17:19)


<9>These promises were given to Abraham for Sarai's son Isaac.  Sarai's name was also changed to Sarah.  This was done to emphasize the significance of the change of the name of Abram to Abraham.


Abraham is tested and an unconditional promise is given to him:


"That in blessing I [God] will bless thee [Abraham], and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed... ; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies;

...because thou hast obeyed my voice." (Genesis 22:17-18)

<10>God commanded Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac for Him.  Abraham obeyed God and prepared his son as a sacrifice to Him.  But God stopped him, gave him new promises, and repeated the old ones.

<11>Until this point, all the promises were conditional with a commandment or something to be done to receive that promise.  But here, after Abraham obeyed God even to sacrifice his old-age-begotten son, God gave him unconditional promises, "because thou hast obeyed my voice."


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