The Priority of the Promise
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Soon after leaving Egypt, the Israelites, or the descendants of Patriarch Jacob, were given the Law of God. Four centuries before that, Abraham, Jacob’s grandfather, was given a promise by God. According to this promise, or covenant, Abraham was assured that his posterity will be greatly blessed; also, they will be given the land of Canaan as their possession.
The giving of the law on Sinai did not invalidate the promise that God made to Abraham, nor did the law alter the promise’s provisions. The law was given so that people might be made aware of the true extent of their sinfulness and recognize their need of God’s promise to Abraham and his descendants.
This week’s Scriptural Pursuit discussion focuses on how the law helps us to better understand just how wonderful that promise really is.
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Religion and Biblical Languages
Russell, Glenn; Wilson, Kevin; and Jones, Michael, "The Priority of the Promise" (2011). Scriptural Pursuit. 34.