Genesis 26-Isaac and Abimelech continued the meat of faith and blessing, and Tillich’s manly comments.

For to you and your descendants I will give all these lands and will confirm the oath I swore to your father Abraham. 4 I will make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and will give them all these lands, and through your offspring<sup class="footnote" style="font-size: 0.75em; line-height: 0.5em;" value="[a]”>[a]all nations on earth will be blessed, 5 because Abraham obeyed me and kept my requirements, my commands, my decrees and my laws.” 


The interesting thing that jumped out at me on this passage was a little phrase.  The Lord promised to


1) “give all these lands”  to Isaac and his descendants.
2) “confirm the oath” He swore to Abraham.
3) “make [Isaac’s] descendants as numerous as the stars of the sky.
4) “give [Isaac’s descendants]” all the lands Abharam and Isaac inherited.
5) “bless all nations of the earth” through Isaac’s offspring


and the reason He was going to do all of this???


here is the Phrase that jumped out at me


BECAUSE ABRAHAM OBEYED ME AND KEPT MY REQUIREMENTS, MY COMMANDS, MY DECREES, AND MY LAWS.


wow!!!!


Not because of Isaac’s faith or whatever, but Isaac’s faith in the context of Abraham’s faith.


Because Isaac’s father obeyed and lived the life he lived, God was going to bless Isaac in the above 5 ways.  


I would contend that the attitude of Abraham that rendered all of these things to Isaac was faith (Hebrew 11:6).  “Without faith it is impossible to please God.”


When we believe God, there is a willingness to obey, and through the obedience that is rendered in that faith, the blessings of God flow.  


What blessings?  You name it.  


It’s a matter of faith, trust that God will do as He says.  The explanation of faith is found not in 11:1, since 11:1 tells was faith is.  Rather the second par of verse 6 is what tells us how to operate in faith and thus reap His rewards for us, as confirmed by Matthew 6:33.


because anyone who comes to him must believe that he [is] and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.
(Hebrews 11:6b).


This is a beef I have with some of these translations, when they render for the purposes in terms that are inaccurate.


We must believe that God IS.  Remember, as Tillich said, God does not exist as a being.  Rather God is the foundation and ground for all being,and He is being and existence itself.  He is the reason and purpose for all that exists.  He is.  As He said to Moses, I AM, and in John 8:58, I AM.  




This is one argument about God that Tillich has dead-on.  The concept of God  being beyond being and existence.


This shows due reverence for Him.


I am curious what other metaphysicists, philosophers, and scholars have to say about the subject.


Anyone know what others say about God on this topic???


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