The Priority of the Promise
Sabbath School Lesson 2017 Quarter 3 Lesson 6 Sabbath Afternoon
What does the lesson title mean?
Simply that the promise takes precedence and the promise is the way salvation will be accomplished, not through the imposition of law.
Read Memory Text: “For if the inheritance comes by the law, it no longer comes by promise: but God gave it to Abraham by a promise” (Gal 3:18 ESV).
What was promised? That the seed of the woman would crush the serpent’s head—which was given in Eden, and was renewed to Abraham, that through Abraham’s seed, not seeds, the promise would be realized.
- The promises were spoken to Abraham and to his seed. The Scripture does not say “and to seeds,” meaning many people, but “and to your seed,” meaning one person, who is Christ. Galatians 3:16
- (Gen 12:7, 13:15, 24:7)
What was the promise—to give the land to Abraham’s seed forever—what land? Was it referring to the small speck of acreage in the Middle East, or the entire world?
And who is the seed?
So the plan to restore the earth to human sovereignty was it a plan to be accomplished by the imposition of law or through the promise in a Messiah, a Savior, who would be first descended from Adam and Eve and later through the lineage of Abraham.
What would this Messiah need to do in order to fulfill the promise to restore the earth and save humankind?
Was the problem that after Adam and Eve sinned God was restrained by some law upon His own being that prevented Him from forgiving and saving, until some legal mechanism be instituted to free God to act?
Was the problem that God’s nature of love had become contaminated and God’s heart was filled with anger and wrath and some action needed to be taken in order to drain the anger and wrath from God so God would then act in mercy to save?
Was the problem that Satan had some legal ownership to the earth and Jesus had to come to purchase the earth and humans back from Satan?
Was the problem that the condition of humanity was changed and was out of harmony with God and God’s design for life and without intervention the human species would cease to exist?
So what was needed from the Seed? What was the promise made in Eden and to Abraham?
That Jesus would come and crush the serpent’s head and heal the species providing remedy to all who will accept.
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