What is God's Plan? (Part two)
By Pat Robertson
The 700 Club
CBN.com - There are some
people who feel that history has no beginning or end. If you believe in
the Hindu model, for example, history would be sort of like this: It would
be one great series of circles that really wouldn't take you anywhere.
It would be a continuous-- they would call it the karma or the wheel--and
it would just go on and on and on and on. But the Christian view of history
isn't that way.
A Christian View of History
The Christian view of history is much different. The Christian
view says that there is a beginning, a middle and an end. History
is a progression of things moving as part of a plan. This is not aimless
or random, but according to the plan of God. So it's comforting to
understand that the Bible tells us God has a plan, and that he knows
exactly what's going on and what he has planned for us. If you want
to have a fun exercise, go back into Genesis and add up the ages of
all of the various patriarchs and you will find something most interesting.
You will find, from what I could gather, that Adam was still alive
when Noah was born. And so you have those huge spaces of history where
people lived as much as 1,000 years. But from the beginning of Creation,
you have Adam, the first man, and, of course, Eve. And then people
began to grow on the face of the Earth and to seek the Lord. And then,
the Bible says all imagination of their heart was on wickedness. So
it wasn't long before the world became totally wicked before God.
There was utter wickedness in the Earth. And God said, `I repented
that I created man, and I'm going to destroy man.' But he found one,
whose name was Noah, and the Bible says Noah found grace in the eyes
of the Lord.
Now from what I've added, my math may be wrong, Adam was still alive
when Noah was born. So the link between the first man and Noah was
very clear. These patriarchs--their lives overlapped one another.
And you finally get to Methuselah, who was the oldest of all, who
was just short of 1,000 years of age.
Noah: A righteous Man
Now Noah was righteous. And God says, `Look, I'm going to take
your family, but I'm going to destroy the rest of the Earth.' And
so Noah made an ark and there came a flood. And then Noah had three
children. Noah named one Ham, another Shem and the third Japheth.
And these were the three sons of Noah who became the fathers, or the
progenitors, if you will, of all the races on the face of the Earth.
Now from Shem's line, by the way, that's where we get the word
`Semitic.' There was an accusation against the king of Saudi Arabia,
that he was an anti-Semite. And he said, "Well, I'm not in favor of
Israel because I'm an Arab. But you can't call me an anti-Semite because
I am a Semite," because we are all descendants of Shem. But the particular
descendant of Shem that is of great importance was a gentleman whose
name was Abram (pronounced ah-brom) or Abram, and he became known
as Abraham (pronounced ahb-rah-hom) or Abraham. And he was the promise--the
heir of promise for all the Earth. `In your seed shall all of the
nations of the Earth be blessed.'
So God is taking from the seed of Adam, and now from the children
of Noah, one particular person, a descendant of Shem whose name is
Abraham. And God took him from Euratha Caldese and brought him out
into Syria. And then he says, `I'm going to give you the Promised
The Rightful Heir of "The Land"
And, you know, people are still fighting today over the Promised
Land. There's warfare constantly going on between various factions
in relation to Syria and Jordan and Lebanon and the Hezbollah, the
PLO and Hamas and these various groups. There's been almost continuous
fighting over who is the rightful heir of this land. Well, God gave
it to Abraham, and then he gave it to his son Isaac and in turn to
his son, Jacob. It was given to them.
And the revelation of God--you see, there's the land, number one,
and then there's the spiritual promise. And the land was given to
Abraham and the spiritual promise was given to Abraham, that, "From
your seed, all the nations of the Earth will be blessed." Now this
is God's plan. I'll show you more how he's working it out and how
he will work it out in our lives as we continue this series on the
plan of God.
is God's Plan, Part One
is God's Plan, Part Three
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