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Stars and Sand

December 29, 2019
By Martin Luther

"I will surely bless you, and I will surely multiply your offspring as the stars of heaven and as the sand that is on the seashore."

GENESIS 22:17

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Stars and Sand

These words are the subject matter and the gushing fountain, as it were, of many of the prophecies and addresses of Isaiah, David, and Paul. Moreover, they agree with the preceding promises, which are found in Genesis 12:3: "In you all the families of the earth will be blessed" and in Genesis 15:5: "Look toward heaven, and number the stars, if you are able; so shall your descendants be." But this promise is clearer and more explicit. Above God said: "In you, Abraham, all the families of the earth will be blessed." There his Seed is included, but it is not expressed. But in this passage it is expressly stated: "In your Seed." In opposition to the nonsense of the Jews, however, Paul declares and explains that this Seed is Christ (Galatians 3:16). Then all nations are mentioned. Hence this promise also pertains to us Gentiles and to all who will ever hear and accept it, not only to the Jews.

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