MY INHERITANCE – WHO SAID I HAVE ONE?
Abraham, Isaac and Jacob
Around the 6th century BC there lived a man named Terah, a great grandchild of Noah (who was mocked severely for building a boat to save God’s people from a great flood). Terah had three sons and they lived in Ur. They then moved to Haran where the temple of the moon god, Sin, was an infamous spectacle. Haran was known as the commercial and religious center of the Middle East. Terah also traded and he was very religious. One day, Terah’s first son Abram met a woman named Sarai. They fell in love and got married. After that, Abram met the almighty God and he was told to take his family and go to Canaan. He left immediately although he did not have a place to stay when he got there. Because of his obedience, God promised him lands and descendants as numerous as the stars. The couple questioned the promise because after living together for nineteen years, no child was born to them. They devised their own means of accomplishing what God promised and it didn’t work. Abram was eighty six years old at this time.
Thirteen years later God modified the couple’s names and promised them a son. The man was now Abraham and the woman Sarah. When she heard that she would bear a son she laughed and then put her hand over her mouth in denial. One year after, Isaac was born of Sarah’s womb. When he was just a youth he was taken to mount Moriah to be offered as a sacrifice. God ordered it just to test Abraham’s faith, so at the point when he was about to be killed by his father, God provided a lamb. God was pleased with Abraham and said;
“I will indeed bless you, and I will make your offspring as numerous as the stars of heaven and as the sand that is on the seashore. And your offspring shall possess the gate of their enemies, and by your offspring shall all the nations of the earth gain blessing for themselves, because you have obeyed my voice.”
Later in life, Abraham moved to Beersheba and there his wife Sarah died. He cried and wailed for her before he buried her in a cave called Machpelah. Before Abraham died his son Isaac fell in love with Rebekah and they got married. They had twin sons at their first conception and they named them Jacob and Esau. In much controversy Jacob was eventually given the responsibility to propagate the promise. Alas, his sons ended up in Egypt as slaves.
Moses and Joshua
In the space of about 215 years a great population of Israelis was formed, being oppressed by Pharaoh. They cried to God for help. Moses, an abandoned child, responded to a command from God and led them out but it was Joshua who led them into the Promised Land. When the enemies were defeated and all the lands of Canaan captured, Joshua divided the lands among the children of Israel for their inheritance.
In the years to follow, the Israelis forgot God and they did not teach their children to worship him. They did not know what God did, neither in Egypt nor in the deserts, to deliver their ancestors. God was not pleased;
“So he delivered his strength into captivity, and his glory into the enemy’s hand. He gave his people over also unto the sword; and was wroth with his inheritance.” (Psalm 78:61-62).
But God would not forget his promises to Abraham. For the Lord will not cast off his people, neither will he forsake his inheritance.
“So He chose David also his servant, and took him from the sheepfolds: From following the ewes great with young he brought him to feed Jacob his people, and Israel his inheritance. So he fed them according to the integrity of his heart; and guided them by the skillfulness of his hands.” (Psalm 70-72).
When David died the kingdom of the Israelis was divided and the inheritance taken by the Assyrians, the Babylonians the Persians and the Romans in turn. Before David died though, after he had defeated all his enemies and settled in a beautiful house, he though it wrong for him to live so lavishly and the Lord had no house of his own. He wanted to build a house for God but God would have none of it. However he promised that David’s kingdom would be established and its reign will never end.
Jesus Christ, the Messiah
The children of God tried to bounce back, building a second temple etc. but they just could not manage, even with the prophets’ support. One of the Prophets named Isaiah, maybe out of deep desire, received a word from the Lord one day and we were pulled into the loop along with the Jews/Israelis.
”And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious. And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall set his hand again the second time to recover the remnant of his people, which shall be left, from Assyria, and from Egypt, and from Pathros, and from Cush, and from Elam, and from Shinar, and from Hamath, and from the islands of the sea.” (Isaiah 11:10-11).
That root is Jesus. The word. Our very inheritance!
“And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified.” (Acts 20:32).