Does God Really Keep His Promises?

Posted: September 16, 2015 in Christian
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The church I attend recently began a chronological reading through the Scriptures. This week, the reading included the fifteenth chapter of Genesis. In Genesis 15, we find one of the oldest recorded promises God personally makes to any man.

Chapter 15 of Genesis ends with God making a personal promise to Abram (Abraham). God promises a certain parcel of land to Abram and his descendants. Here is the promise in Genesis 15:18-21.

On the same day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying: “To your descendants I have given this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the River Euphrates—  the Kenites, the Kenezzites, the Kadmonites, the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Rephaim,  the Amorites, the Canaanites, the Girgashites, and the Jebusites.”

That is a very specific description of the land mass promised to Abram’s descendants by God. The “river of Egypt” is the Nile River, near current day Cairo. The great river Euphrates is just east of current day Bagdad, Iraq. If we look to the beginning and end of each of these rivers, we can define the boundaries of the land God promises to Abram and his descendants.

I started thinking; exactly what does the land mass of this promise look like? I googled a map of the Middle Eastern region and marked out the boundaries described in Genesis 15.

The land mass described has the Nile River as its Western boundary, the Euphrates River and Persian Gulf as its East boundary, the Great Sea (current day Mediterranean Sea) to the North and the Arabian Sea to the South. All of this land is promised to Abram’s descendants for as long as Abram has descendants.

This is a tremendous amount of land included in this promise. Today, in 2015, that land mass includes:

  • Part of Egypt
  • Part of Sudan
  • All of Yemen
  • All of Oman
  • Part of Iraq
  • All of Saudi Arabia
  • All of Jordan
  • All of Israel
  • All of Lebanon
  • Part of Syria
  • All of Kuwait
  • All of Qatar
  • All of the United Arab Emirates
  • Part of Turkey
  • All of Eritrea
  • Part of Ethiopia
  • The West Bank
  • The Gaza Strip

That is all or part of sixteen different modern day countries plus two recognized treaty regions.

Looking at this map, with a current day geo-political mindset, we may conclude that these are eighteen different distinct boundaries, with eighteen distinct peoples and cultures.

What about my original question? Does God really keep His promises?

Here is the interesting part of this entire geographic region of the Earth. Each of the people groups, who refer to one of these sixteen countries or two treaty regions as home, traces their ancestry back to one of two people… Ishmael or Isaac, the two sons of Abram.

Does God really keep His promises??? God is still faithfully keeping His promise made to Abram, thousands of years later in modern day 2015.

Does God really keep His promises? Absolutely, He does.

Abram trusted God to keep His promise. We can see, today, God is still keeping His promise.

We can trust Him to keep the promises He has made for us.

Yes!  God really does keep His promises.

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