Abraham's Part In God's Plan
Abraham is a multifaceted character study because of the many spiritual truths he lived and represented. One of the most important aspects of his life, however, was the fact that his actions were a physical depiction of a spiritual achievement that God had planned from the beginning of creation. God is omniscient, omnipotent, and capable of doing anything that He desires. However, in this earth realm, He has chosen to limit Himself by the words of His own mouth as described in Numbers 23:19.
Numbers 23:19 (GWT)
God is not like people. He tells no lies. He is not like humans. He doesn’t change his mind. When he says something, he does it. When he makes a promise, he keeps it.
This verse is a pivotal one for our understanding of the relationship that God has established with us. He has declared that He will not change His mind. If God were to go against His own word, He would become a liar, which He cannot be. Otherwise, the legal system that He put into place would be hypocritical and implode.
The concept of legality is very important to the understanding of what transpired during Abraham’s act of obedience in his determination to sacrifice Isaac. God chose to relinquish some degree of authority and tie His own hands when He gave Adam and Eve dominion and authority over the earth realm. He chose to empower them with free will, giving them personal responsibility for their actions and the outcome, as described in Genesis 1:26-28. As a result of God’s choice, He set a legal precedent, which prevented Him from directly intervening in any way that would overrule the free-will authority He had given to humans.
Genesis 1:26-28 (KJV)
And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
The word dominion means domain such as property or lands, supreme authority such as sovereignty, power, or control as in governance or absolute ownership. There are 11 different Hebrew words that are translated as dominion in the King James Version (see IDEOLATRY Appendix, Chapter 13). The Hebrew word found in Genesis 1:26-28 (Strong’s OT:7287) is the most profound and deepest in meaning for humans. This instance is consistent with the concept of total control and authority over the living things of the earth.
“dominion” - Strong’s OT:7287 radah (raw-daw’)
a primitive root; to tread down, i.e. subjugate; specifically, to crumble off: KJV - (come to, make to) have dominion, prevail against, reign, (bear, make to) rule,- r, over), take.
Psalms 115:15-16 further describes the extent of man’s dominion on the earth.
Psalms 115:15-16 (GWT)
You will be blessed by the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth. The highest heaven belongs to the Lord, but he has given the earth to the descendants of Adam.
God made both heaven and earth. He reserved the dominion and authority of the heavens for Himself, but He gave the earth to humans. This is a clear reference to human ownership of the earth. In the garden, God handed this total dominion to Adam and Eve and to all of their offspring. He was entering into a legal contract, witnessed by all of creation, including Satan. In essence, God stated that He would no longer exercise His authority over the Earth because He passed it on to human beings. This is why the deception Satan perpetrated upon Adam and Eve was so destructive. Satan probably enjoyed dominion over the earth before the creation of humans, but he lost it in his rebellious fall. Adam and Eve subjugated themselves to Satan through his deception who stole the dominion of Earth back from them. From that point forward, God had to work His plans for humans to regain and restore their legal title to the Earth through the power of faith.
Abraham demonstrated his willingness to follow God’s direction, not succumbing to doubt and disbelief, regarding the sacrifice of his son. This action of faith legally allowed God to do the same with His Son, Jesus. Abraham’s faith was the pathway toward ushering in salvation through the man, Jesus. The embodiment of God and the descendant of Adam through Abraham, Jesus is the incarnation or the physical representation of the covenant relationship that God established with Abraham. Without the faith of Abraham, the world might still be expecting salvation rather than enjoying the gift of it through Jesus.
May God richly bless you in all that you do! - Dr Rich Masek
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