God’s Promises to Man and the World

The Bible is a Judeo-Christian Book and we should not be surprised when it is a bit negative about the election regarding the Promises of God to what Jesus called “the other sheep not of this sheepfold” (Jn. 10:16). He also made this comment, “I say to you that many will come from the east and the west, and will take their places at the feast of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven. But the subjects of the kingdom will be thrown outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth” (Mt. 8:1-12). These predestined Promises are troubling for the presumed elected. God’s choice or election does not depend on guidelines set by man but His own. Sara and Abraham could keep Ishmael off the Land but not out of heaven. It was Jehovah or the Lord that determined that Ishmael would play a vital role in the managing of the world. The offspring of Ishmael would be just as much apart of cause and effect, as all the other children of men.

God’s Promises to Man and the World

Elohim said to Abram, “As for me, this is my covenant with you: You will be the father of many nations. No longer will you be called Abram; your name will be Abraham, for I have made you a father of many nations. I will make you very fruitful; I will make nations of you, and kings will come from you. I will establish my covenant as an everlasting covenant between me and you and your descendants after you for the generations to come, to be your God and the God of your descendants after you” (Gen. 17:3-7).

God’s Promises to Man and the World

It was after the Mandates of the Promises were made clear and specific that God proceeded to confirm His covenant with Noah and his sons. And again, the sacredness of life was reasserted in the following words of the Lord: "I now establish my covenant with you and your descendants after you and with every living creature that was with you.... Never again will all life be cut off by the waters of a flood, never again will there be a flood to destroy the earth. "This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come: I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth" (Gen. 9:8-17). Please note that is was Noah and not God that cursed Canaan and cut him off from the blessings. Under the Covenant with Noah, saint and sinner prospered.

GOD’S PROMISES TO MAN AND THE WORLD

"The Lord was grieved that he had made man on the earth, and his heart was filled with pain" (Gen. 6 6). Grief and pain were caused by the blatant violations of God's Mandates. Genesis 6 hints at a number of deliberate distortions by man. The creature that bore the image of his Creator and of whom God said, "It is good" had grieved and brought pain to his Maker. In fact, the Creator had given up on man and wanted him destroyed. We read, "My Spirit will not contend with man forever" (Gen. 6:3).

GOD’S PROMISES TO MAN AND THE WORLD

Jehovah asked and then told Cain, “Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door it desires to have you, but you must master it.” Cain succumbed to sin and set a precedent for all of humanity. What Adam did unconsciously, Cain did consciously. He initiated the irreversible principle of “what we sow, that we shall also reap,” or “of cause and effect.” When Cain cut off his brother Abel from God’s Promises, he also cut himself off. God’s Promises continued with Seth instead.