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05/31/2017

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The Law Was About The Big Promise


"What then was the purpose of the law? It was added because of transgressions until the Seed to whom the promise referred had come..." (Gal.3:19-20).

From the time of Abraham, well before the law, the promise covenanted to him had stood at the center of God's relationship with his people. Thus, the law served the needed purpose of keeping Abraham's posterity a separate and distinct race until the promised Seed (Christ) should come. This was essential, for God had promised Abraham that of his descendents, one would come to bless the whole world. If we follow through with this, the law was also a means to fulfilling an earthly promise God made to Abraham... "I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those that bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all the peoples of the earth will be blessed though you" (Gen.12:2-3). The law was an outgrowth of this promise and was given 430 years after it was made. So that the promise would be kept, God gave them a government, the law of Moses, which guided and protected them religiously and politically. Because the law was perfect in its construction as a code of morality, it quickly pointed out the sinfulness of man in contrast with the holiness of God. All of this (my title today) led to the Big Promise... We today are the beneficiaries of that great and wonderful promise. The law showed in a crystal clear manner that a divine remedy was needed. God sent His Son Jesus to us as that divine remedy. Everything that started as a promise to Abraham and led to the formation of the Mosaic law, pointed directly to Jesus Christ, our Savior and Redeemer. We are so blessed that God's Big promise was fulfilled in Jesus. Tomorrow we'll try to tie all this together to see how understanding the glorious promise is so great...

HHave a wonderful day.... Make your little part of the world better.... Love mark Phil.4:11

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