II. The Fulfillment of the Promises: It is crucial that we understand the manner in which God fulfilled the promises He made to Abram in Gen. 12. Much false doctrine, especially the false teachings of premillenialism, has their roots in a misinterpretation of these promises, and a failure to recognize their proper fulfillment.
In Genesis 15:1-6 God repeated His promise that Abram would have descendants by comparing them to uncountable stars. Abram expressed faith in God’s Word, which caused God to credit Abrams faith as righteousness. (The apostle Paul quoted this passage in teaching the timeless truth of justification by faith (Romans 4:3; Galatians 3:6).
God's Unforgettable Call of Abraham - God's Call and Promise
The departure of Hagar from the land was not divine displeasure, but divine wisdom and love. They will not possess the land, but they will make it difficult for unbelieving Israel to have it either. The Arabs are not here and numerous just because of Abram’s sin with Hagar; they are here because God has blessed and multiplied them through a son of Abraham. God’s choice of Israel was not favoritism, but the choice solely by grace of one line to be the channel of blessing so that all might be blessed. This includes great blessings for the Arabs, now, and even greater if they come to faith in the only one who can bless people with an eternal identity and inheritance based on the promises to Abraham. Christians must keep a balanced biblical perspective on the people in the land and the grace of God. “Grace” does not mean one group is better than the other--it means in spite of their sin God chose them to be the instrument of his revelation and salvation in the world. Choosing to work through Israel does not mean that all Israelites are automatically saved, and all Arabs are not. Salvation is another matter for the grace of God.
God's Promises to Abraham (Forerunner Commentary)
And now the LORD is laying before Abraham further promises, the fulfillment of which require that he 6) "walk before Me, and be thou perfect." His name is now changed from Abram to "Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made thee." Then God reaffirmed the land promise.
1.6. Genesis: God's Promise to Abraham Fulfilled
The events assured Abraham that his seed should inherit the land promised, and the animals involved provide an intimation of God's future covenant relationship with that seed.
Genesis: God's Promise to Abraham Fulfilled ..
In light of both the meaning and usage of olam, God's promise that Canaan would be given to Abraham's seed for ever, that is, as "an everlasting possession," cannot be understood as meaning that, once given, it would belong to Abraham's fleshly seed for all time, nor even from age to age.
The True Fulfillment of God’s Promise to ..
32:12 shows Jacob claimed to himself, no doubt because he was Abraham's grandson and heir, God's promise that his seed would be made "as the sand of the sea, which cannot be numbered for multitude." God's words to Jacob: "And thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and thou shalt spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the south: and in thee and in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed."--Gen.
The promises to Abraham | The Gospel Truth
In return, he wanted Abraham to promise that he would not try to injure him or his people for Abimelech was well aware of Gods blessing and protection on Abraham.