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Confirmation of the Promises

January 24, 2020
By Martin Luther

"Sojourn in this land, and I will be with you and will bless you, for to you and to your offspring I will give all these lands, and I will establish the oath that I swore to Abraham your father."

GENESIS 26:2-3

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Confirmation of the Promises

God spoke with Abraham rather often. But with Isaac He spoke barely two or three times. And this is also enough, for here, in a kind of summary, He confirms all His promises, lest the very saintly patriarch begin to have doubts about God's will when the devil tempts him. For the devil does not cease to harass even the saintliest and most perfect men with his fiery and poisonous darts (cf. Ephesians 6:16). Furthermore, this promise has two parts. The first is temporal. It deals with the possession of these lands. . .. Yet by means of that earlier connection of Abraham himself and the Seed, eternal life and the resurrection are pointed out to believers, namely, that Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob are the possessors of this land, even though they did not own even a footbreadth. For even though they died, yet they live. Therefore this possession pertains to them, since Abraham is not dead but lives. Furthermore, when God says: To you and to your descendants," it is also pointed out that the descendants would not have possessed the land if the fathers had not received the promise. And in the faith of the fathers the descendants got possession of the land. The second part of the promise is spiritual, and because of this spiritual promise the physical promise was given.

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