13 For when God made a promise to Abraham, since He had no one greater by whom to swear, He swore by Himself, 14 saying, “Surely I will bless you and multiply you.” 15 And thus Abraham, having patiently waited, obtained the promise. Hebrews 6:13-15
The writer of Hebrews ends Chapter 6 assuring the true believer of his/her salvation and the need to rely on faith.
He begins with God’s main promise to Abraham. It can be found in Genesis 12:1-3,
“The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country,
your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you.
2 “I will make you into a great nation,
and I will bless you;
I will make your name great,
and you will be a blessing.
3 I will bless those who bless you,
and whoever curses you I will curse;
and all peoples on earth
will be blessed through you.”
This promise was a long time coming and along this journey of life Abraham experienced several failures and sin. He lied about his wife being his sister not once, but twice (Genesis 12:11-13, Genesis 20:1-2,5). He and Sarah plotted their own plan for an heir and Ishmael was born (Genesis 16:1-15), both Abraham and Sarah laughed at God and God heard them (Genesis 17:17, Genesis 18:10-12). And yet God did not step away from His promises and Isaac was born.
Many of God’s promises are not based on our getting it right but on His faithfulness. 2 Timothy 2:13 declares, “if we are faithless, he remains faithful— for he cannot deny himself.” I like the Amplified translation, “If we are faithless [do not believe and are untrue to Him], He remains true (faithful to His Word and His righteous character), for He cannot deny Himself.“
We know that later on God gave Abraham these instructions, “Take your son, your only son, whom you love—Isaac—and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you.” The next morning, Abraham packed up and he, two servants, and His only son headed to Mount Moriah.
9 When they reached the place God had told him about, Abraham built an altar there and arranged the wood on it. He bound his son Isaac and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. 10 Then he reached out his hand and took the knife to slay his son. 11 But the angel of the Lord called out to him from heaven, “Abraham! Abraham!” “Here I am,” he replied.
12 “Do not lay a hand on the boy,” he said. “Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son.”
13 Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. 14 So Abraham called that place The Lord Will Provide. And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the Lord it will be provided.”
15 The angel of the Lord called to Abraham from heaven a second time 16 and said, “I swear by myself, declares the Lord, that because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son, 17 I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will take possession of the cities of their enemies, 18 and through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed, because you have obeyed me.”
In verse 15-18 above, God swears to Abraham that He will fulfill all of His promises. God had no one greater by whom to swear, He swore by Himself and since God promises our salvation, we can be assured that no matter the situation, “God is not a man that He should lie, or the son of man that He should repent. Don’t waver, don’t become sluggish, be faithful, wait on the Lord in faith for you shall receive the promise.
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