In our last blog post we saw how Yahweh created the nations that formed the biblical world and how He appointed lesser elohim to rule over those nations. In this blog post we will look at Yahweh’s plan to raise up a nation for Himself and for that nation to be a light to the other nations, in order to draw them to Himself.
and He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed times and the boundaries of their habitation, that they would seek God, if perhaps they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; ~ Acts 17:26-27
At some stage under the influence of the satan the elohim that Yahweh had set over the 70 nations rebelled against Him. These Sons of God wanted to be worshipped rather than directing the nations to worship Yahweh, God most High. (We are not sure exactly when they rebelled.)
Yahweh’s Own Real Estate
Yahweh’s plan was to set aside a people for Himself, to raise them up as His own family and for them to be a showcase to the other nations. This unique nation and people were to re – present Yahweh to the other nations by their culture reflecting his character. The nation of Israel was to exhibit the qualities of Yahweh like love, patience, justice, kindness, faithfulness, goodness, dignity, creativeness and reflect them back to the nations, making Israel unique and set apart.
Please note that it was only after the division of the nations at Babel that Yahweh raised His new family through Abram. That family would be one nation from among all those other nations, where He would be their God.
“For you are a holy people to the LORD your God, and the LORD has chosen you to be a people for His own possession out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth. ~ Deut 14:2 ESV
When the Most High gave to the nations their inheritance, when he divided mankind, he fixed the borders of the peoples according to the number of the sons of God. But the Lord’s portion is his people, Jacob his allotted heritage. ~ Deut 32:8-9 ESV
Deuteronomy 32:8–9 refers back to the event at the Tower of Babel. It was an event that occurred before the call of Abraham, who was the father of the nation of Israel. This means that the nations of the earth were divided at Babel, before Israel even existed as a people. Therefore, when some bible translations state that the sons of God were actually the human sons / children of Israel, it makes no sense at all as there was no Israel at this point in time and it’s totally out of context! Unfortunately church tradition based on the Masoretic Text doesn’t even want to go there and accept that they are not people but other gods.
We now pick up the narrative as Yahweh initiates His plan…
Yahweh Calls Abraham
After the Tower of Babel incident, in the very next chapter in Genesis, Yahweh calls Abram and tells him to “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you”. Yahweh makes a covenant with Abram, promises him that He will make his descendants a great nation and through that nation all the families of the earth (their known world) would be blessed.
The story unfolds …
Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing.I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” Genesis 12:1-3 ESV
Abram settled in the land of Canaan, while Lot settled in the cities of the valley, and moved his tents as far as Sodom. Now the men of Sodom were wicked exceedingly and sinners against the Lord. The Lord said to Abram, after Lot had separated from him, “Now lift up your eyes and look from the place where you are, northward and southward and eastward and westward; for all the land which you see, I will give it to you and to your descendants forever.  ~ Genesis 13: 12-15
Yahweh promises Abram a son
After these things the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision, saying,
“Do not fear, Abram, I am a shield to you; Your reward shall be very great.”
Abram said, “O Lord God, what will You give me, since I am childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?” And Abram said, “Since You have given no offspring to me, one born in my house is my heir.” Then behold, the word of the Lord came to him, saying, “This man will not be your heir; but one who will come forth from your own body, he shall be your heir.” And He took him outside and said, “Now look toward the heavens, and count the stars, if you are able to count them.” And He said to him, “So shall your descendants be.” Then he believed in the Lord; and He reckoned it to him as righteousness. ~ Genesis 15: 1-6
Genesis 17: Abram and Sarai Get A Name Upgrade
“As for Me, behold, My covenant is with you, And you will be the father of a multitude of nations. “No longer shall your name be called Abram, But your name shall be Abraham; For I have made you the father of a multitude of nations. ~ Genesis 17: 1-5
Yahweh promises Sarah a son
Then God said to Abraham, “As for Sarai your wife, you shall not call her name Sarai, but Sarah shall be her name. I will bless her, and indeed I will give you a son by her. Then I will bless her, and she shall be a mother of nations; kings of peoples will come from her.” ~ Genesis 17:15-16
Genesis 17 through 35 records the adventures of Abraham’s son and grandson in the land of Canaan.
Then the Lord took note of Sarah as He had said, and the Lord did for Sarah as He had promised. So Sarah conceived and bore a son to Abraham in his old age, at the appointed time of which God had spoken to him. Abraham called the name of his son who was born to him, whom Sarah bore to him, Isaac. ~ Genesis 21: 1-3
Now these are the records of the generations of Isaac, Abraham’s son: Abraham became the father of Isaac; and Isaac was forty years old when he took Rebekah, the daughter of Bethuel the Aramean of Paddan-aram, the sister of Laban the Aramean, to be his wife. Isaac prayed to the Lord on behalf of his wife, because she was barren; and the Lord answered him and Rebekah his wife conceived. But the children struggled together within her; and she said, “If it is so, why then am I this way?” So she went to inquire of the Lord. The Lord said to her,
“Two nations are in your womb;
And two peoples will be separated from your body;
And one people shall be stronger than the other;
And the older shall serve the younger.”
When her days to be delivered were fulfilled, behold, there were twins in her womb. Now the first came forth red, all over like a hairy garment; and they named him Esau. Afterward his brother came forth with his hand holding on to Esau’s heel, so his name was called Jacob; and Isaac was sixty years old when she gave birth to them. ~ Genesis 25:19-26
Jacob Becomes Israel
Yahweh changes his name to Israel and renews the same covenant that He gave his grandfather, Abraham.
God said to him, “Your name is Jacob;
You shall no longer be called Jacob,
But Israel shall be your name.”
Thus He called him Israel. God also said to him,
“I am God Almighty;
Be fruitful and multiply;
A nation and a company of nations shall come from you,
And kings shall come forth from [o]you.
“The land which I gave to Abraham and Isaac,
I will give it to you,
And I will give the land to your descendants after you.” ~ Genesis 35: 10-12
The Birth of the Twelve Tribes of Israel
Now there were twelve sons of Jacob— the sons of Leah: Reuben, Jacob’s firstborn, then Simeon and Levi and Judah and Issachar and Zebulun; the sons of Rachel: Joseph and Benjamin; and the sons of Bilhah, Rachel’s maid: Dan and Naphtali; and the sons of Zilpah, Leah’s maid: Gad and Asher. These are the sons of Jacob who were born to him in Paddan-aram. ~ Genesis 35: 22-26
The Book of Genesis then details what happens to Jacob’s son, Joseph …
- Joseph is sold into slavery and taken to Egypt.
- Joseph becomes a house slave, is later falsely accused of raping his master’s wife and thrown into jail. But Yahweh is with him and he is eventually released and ends up becoming Pharaoh’s personal advisor and ruling over Egypt.
- There is a famine throughout the land and eventually Joseph is able to bring his father Jacob, his eleven brothers and all their families into the land of Goshen where they thrive. This is the first step to fulfilling Yahweh’s prophesy …
God said to Abram, “Know for certain that your descendants will be strangers in a land that is not theirs, where they will be enslaved and oppressed four hundred years. ~ Genesis 15:13
The stage is now set for the first coordinated attempt by the Sons of God to stop Yahweh from creating His nation.
In our next post we will be looking at how they try to achieve this by enslaving the Hebrews and in an attempt to stop them multiplying they also try to kill the Hebrew offspring through infanticide. Then much later through the oppression of Pharaoh, they will refuse to let them leave Egypt.