The Land of Promises

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The Land of Promises

The Land of Promises

Covenant Video

Time and time again in scripture history, Jesus is foreshadowed through people events and prophets. For example when David wants to build a permeant resting place for the Ark of the Covenant but God wishes that David will not build it. He justifies this by saying “you house and your kingdom shall endure forever before me; your throne shall stand firm forever” (2 Samuel 7:16). God is foreshadowing the coming of Jesus and saying that he will be of the line of David. This can also be connected to God’s redemptive love shown towards Abraham because God promised Abraham that his descendants would be as numerous as the stars. This demonstrates that Jesus is also a descendants of Abraham. Israel is unique because their covenants are with God. All of the covenants point to the Paschal Mystery.

Throughout history God makes covenants with many religious figures such as Noah, Abraham, Moses, and many others. When God gives the Ten Commandments to Moses saying, “I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery” (Exodus 20:2), this is also known as the theophany. Here God is giving the Israelites the Mosaic Law, or the Old Law. It is called this because, later in history, Jesus will fulfill the covenant and he is the new law. As this continuously occurs throughout history, it is said that through the coming of our savior, Jesus Christ, our brokenness will transformed into wholeness.

In Genesis 3:15, after Adam and Eve were deceived by the serpent, God scolds the serpent, or Satan saying, “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; He will strike at you head, while you strike at his heal.” This passage is called the Protoevangelium and it is where God explains to Satan that a Savior will come and they will battle, but the savior will ultimately win, this can be concluded when read in the spiritual sense. If it interpreted in the literal sense then the reader cannot conclude this. For example the spiritual sense is a form of biblical interpretation that goes beyond what is easily comprehended and allows the reader to interpret events of the Scriptures as means for salvation. As history goes on, sin increases, but God remains faithful. For example, Cain kills Able, which is the first event of fratricide, or the killing of one’s brother and when people such as Babylonians worship idols during the Exile, when the Israelites were held captive in Babylon. Numerous sins similar to these continued but God always called his people back to him and made promises with them in the form of covenants. Today this also occurs when we turn away from God but he is forever forgiving and always calls us back to him.

God's Promis Endures

God's Covenant expands our brokenness into wholeness

People in Scripture Point to Jesus

This is fratricide

Throughout this chapter, I have learned that God’s redemptive love is lasting and has no limit. During scripture, again and again the Israelites turn away from God but he always calls them back to him in the form of prophets, covenants, or people. This helped me understand that if I turn away from God, which I will because I am not free from sin, then he will forgive me and welcome me back to him. This chapter has also taught me that the many covenants that God makes with his people foreshadow Jesus and his coming. This shows that God had a plan to say man kind from original sin from the beginning, which can also be seen in the Protoevangelium. This demonstrates that God truly cares about humanity and that we are very important to him.

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