Genesis 22:18
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18  All the nations of the earth shall bless themselves by your descendants, because you have obeyed My command.”

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יח  וְהִתְבָּרֲכוּ בְזַרְעֲךָ כֹּל גּוֹיֵי הָאָרֶץ עֵקֶב אֲשֶׁר שָׁמַעְתָּ בְּקֹלִי׃

 22:18   All the nations of the earth shall bless themselves by your descendants

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After Avraham demonstrates his unwavering faith in Hashem with the binding of Yitzchak, the Lord repeats His original promise found in Sefer Bereishit (12:3), and assures Avraham that all the nations of the world will be blessed through him. When we look at the many contributions that the State of Israel makes to the entire world even beyond its spiritual message – such as its technological, agricultural and humanitarian innovations – we see that the State of Israel is a fulfillment of this biblical promise.Contemporary Israel has come to be known as the “Start-up Nation,” and there are actually more Israeli companies on the NASDAQ stock exchange than any foreign country besides China. Israel plays an outsized role in the global economy, proving this blessing’s efficacy.

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  • I also have to disagree Shira. 22:3-18, Relates SO MUCH with Jesus at Calvary. Isaac in Abraham's mind would've been dead for the 3 day's, but also Abraham knew God's promise, that thru Isaac would come the people "like the stars", so Abraham's Faith would be that God would resurrect Isaac if need be. Isaac carried the wood on his back, just as Jesus carried His cross. Isaac would've been 25-26, Abraham 130, Isaac could've easily overpowered his dad, but was submissive and Trusted God and his papa, doing the father's will, just as Jesus Trusted The Father and did His will.22:5 Abraham declaring that he AND the boy will return-Abraham's complete Faith in the Promise. 22:8 Do notice and catch; God (Elohim) will provide Himself a lamb. Himself A Lamb, an incredible prophecy easily missed, and just like Isaac could've, Jesus when He tell's Peter; He could call down tens of thousands of angels, He could easily have disobeyed. Remember 1 angel went thru the Assyrian camp and killed 185,000 in one night. Three day's each was dead to the Father, each carried his own " cross", each trusted the Father, and to top of how Incredible God is, the very spot where Abraham erected the altar is the very place Solomon built The Temple & the very spot of Calvary where Jesus of Nazareth was crucified!!! Amazing!!!

    • 22:14 And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovah-jireh( Yahweh Yireh. The King James version renders this name of God as Jehovah-jireh. The Hebrew word rahh( from which yireh or jireh is derived) means "to see". Since God sees the past, present, and future, He is able to anticipate and provide for what is needed. When you pray to Yahweh Yireh, you are praying to the God who sees the situation before hand and who is able to provide for your needs. Moriah, the site of Abraham's thwarted attempt to sacrifice his son, has always been associated with the Temple Mount. And correcting my comment above, Jesus is thought to be crucified just a quarter mile away. It is there that Yahweh Yireh provided the one sacrifice that would make our peace with Him. Let us thank Him for the way He has provided for our deepest need- our need for a Saviour to help us find our way home. Happy Aliyah to ALL who make that trip HOME!!

  • Avraham was indeed a righteous man. And God said, take your son, your only son and sacrifice him as a burnt offering to Me and without question, Abraham saddled his ass the very next morning to accomplish what God had spoken to him. Further, when Isaac questions where is the lamb for the offering, Avraham’s reply offers a very interesting reply, God will supply Himself ….. for a sacrifice. Woah! The wording in all of scripture is so very important to dig into. Praise be His Holy Name.

      • This is a mis-understanding of the verse. When Abraham says in verse 8 ‘God will provide Himself the lamb for a burnt-offering, my son’, it does not mean that God will provide Himself AS the lamb for the burn-offering. Rather, God Himself will provide the lamb.

        • I read the text 'elohim yireh lo haseh leolah' as 'God will see to it, the lamb for the burnt offering', with 'lo' referring to the lamb (him/it) and not God Himself. Is this wrong in your opinion, Shira?

  • Not only with regard to technological contributions but primarily being a light unto the nations in particular being the custodians and bearers of Scripture throughout the whole world. Through the covenant with Israel blessing came to the whole world.

  • If the Gentile nations could expect no more – technological, agricultural and humanitarian contributions – as the results of the promise to Abraham, they would surely very to be pitied!
    And where in the picture does then appear the significance of Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his only son? It should be clear to every upright person that the story tells us far more precious details about Elohim’s purposes.
    Verse 2 is already very revealing:
    “Now take your son, your only son, whom you love, even Isaac, and go into the land of Moriah. Offer him there for a burnt offering on one of the mountains which I will tell you of”.
    Behind this order to the patriarch us is permitted, in a unique way, a glimpse into the personal relationship which exists in the heavens between YHWH Elohim the Father and his ‘only begotten Son’. He truly is Elohim’s dear Son – the beloved, the only begotten divine being who dwells in the bosom of the Father, as his disciple John by inspiration revealed:
    “No one ever saw God; [The] only begotten god, he who is in the bosom of the Father, he has declared him. This is John’s testimony, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem” (John 1:18-19).
    But here, in Genesis 22, we learn already ‘in type’ that the Father would not spare his Son with a view to redeem humanity from its fallen Adamitic state.
    As is explained in detail in the Ebed-prophecy of Isaiah 53.
    We read from verse 6 till the end:
    6 All we like sheep have gone astray; everyone has turned to his own way; and Yahweh has laid on him the iniquity of us all. 7 He was oppressed, yet when he was afflicted he didn’t open his mouth; as a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and as a sheep that before its shearers is mute, so he didn’t open his mouth. 8 By oppression and judgment he was taken away; and as for his generation, who among them considered that he was cut off out of the land of the living for the disobedience of my people to whom the stroke was due? 9 They made his grave with the wicked, and with a rich man in his death; although he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth. 10 Yet it pleased Yahweh to bruise him; he has put him to grief: when you shall make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of Yahweh shall prosper in his hand. 11 He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by the knowledge of himself shall my righteous servant justify many; and he shall bear their iniquities. 12 Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he poured out his soul to death, and was numbered with the transgressors: yet he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.

    • Shalom Yeshurun, I have seen the list of Nobel Prize winners that have come from Israel, and as a Gentile I am in awe at just how Hashem has blessed the nations of the earth through Israel.
      I also take your point re verse 2 – Hashem's plans are above all our finite minds can understand. For now we see in a glass, though dimly but one day face to face we will truly understand and bow in worship and awe.

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