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Abraham believed God.

Abraham believed God and that faith in God was credited to him as righteousness. (Genesis 15 verse 6.)  In the Garden of Eden, the Almighty God made a Covenant with His Word, and spoke it within the hearing of Adam and Eve, even as His Word declared war upon Satan and his corrupting evil forces. I will put enmity between you and the WoMan (Ishshah is the name of Adam's wife in the Garden), and between your seed and her seed; He [that seed of Ishshah] will crush your head, and you will strike His heel. (Genesis 3 verse 15.) The Holy God of Righteousness, would maintain His Covenant Word that He first gave in the Garden of Eden so that in His time He would bring forth the Promised genetic Seed of Ishshah taken from the side of Adam, To Be within an ovary of a future virgin daughter of Abraham.  With the reception of the Word of God delivered by Gabriel, the virgin Mary would conceive by the Spirit of God, and give birth to the genetic Son of the first Adam, and the Last genetic Adam, the Promised Christ of God, would, with His Perfect Love and obedience to His Father God, end the conflict of sin and death, once and for all time to all those who have the obedient faith of Abraham.  The grace of Yahweh God, through the victory of Jesus Christ, would save humanity through Yahweh's gift of restoration faith.  The Love of God within His Son Jesus Christ, as the Son of the first Man/Adam, would overcome and defeat the evil one of sin and death.  All, who would repent and believe in God's Salvation Word, would be saved through their testimony of faith in the Seed of a virgin woman, Who was the incarnate Son of God, crucified to death for our sin, and raised to Life because of God's righteousness. 

Being of the genetic seed of the first Adam, the innocent second Adam, Yeshuah ha Machiah, Jesus the Christ of God, Who knew not any sin in the whole of His Person, was sacrificially crucified to death for all of the guilty of mankind, so that, whosoever should believe in His death and His resurrection into Life, should not perish, but have everlasting life.  God's holy Son is the Truth and the Way and the only Life that restores mankind to his Father God.  Sin and death could not hold the Perfect Love of the Son of Man, Who loved His Father in perfect obedience.  God would preserve His promised Seed of a woman from the genetic seed of Adam, by saving generationally pure Noah, and his immediate family from the flood that was to come. God brought forth the flood in judgment for the destruction of the wickedness of all flesh, that had been genetically and spiritually corrupted through the fallen angelic sons of God. (See Genesis 6.)

Here are the generations of Noah, beginning with his son Shem, his son Arphaxad,  his son Shelah, his son Eber, his son Peleg, his son Reu, his son Serug, his son Nahor, his son Terah, and his son Abram; the same is Abraham.

And God told Abram to leave his country and his father's house, and journey into the land of Canaan that God would give to Abram and his seed.  Abram began to believe and trust in the one God.  Now we see in scripture that because Abram obediently departed his homeland at God's behest, God would reveal to Abram the extent of His Covenant promise in the Garden of Eden, and that He the Creator would extend that Covenant promise to Abraham and his genetic seed.  God would protect His Word and the Covenant of the Seed of the woman, to bring forth His Great Salvation to save mankind from the violence of sin and death, and destroy in His flesh of humanity, those corrupting works of Satan.

The Lord God said unto Abram: I AM the Lord that brought thee out of Ur of the Chaldees, to give thee this land to inherit it.  Abram said, Lord God, whereby shall I know that I shall inherit it?  And the Lord God said unto him: Take Me an heifer of three years old, and a she goat of three years old, and a ram of three years old, and a turtledove, and a young pigeon.  And Abram took unto the Lord all these, and divided them in the midst, and laid each piece one against another: but the birds divided he not.  And when the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram; and, lo, an horror of great darkness fell upon him. And it came to pass, that, when the sun went down, and it was dark, behold a smoking furnace, and a burning lamp that passed between those pieces. (See Genesis 15 verse 1 thru 21.)

The Good News that is the Gospel, is based on a return to God, through a heart of faith, believing in the sacrificial obedient love and faith of God's only begotten and beloved Son Jesus Christ, the Son of Man, born of the Seed of a woman.  That justifying faith is witnessed by the Word of God with Abraham's faith in the Covenant promise of God.  Jesus speaking to the Pharisees says: Your father Abraham rejoiced to see My day: and he saw it, and was glad. (John 8 verse 56.) No doubt you will ask, even as I have pursued this question: When did Abraham see the day of the Lord?  We postulate in the excellencies of hindsight and with a little experience that that day happened when, as Paul says, the Gospel was first preached to Abram, and he became a man enlarged in faith, trusting in God's Promised Word of Redemption from sin and death. (See Galatians 3 verse 8 thru 9.) (Likewise 2nd Chronicles 20 verse 7.)

God put Abram into a deep sleep, and Abram, in the initial horror of that visionary dream state, witnesses the Lord Himself present Himself, as that Covenant security to the promise that He had made to Abram.  Abram's continuing lineage seed of his Shemetic fathers, would bring forth the solitary seed from a woman of like faith, and that ovum would be impregnated with the Genesis Word of the Lord God Almighty.  That incarnate Seed of Yahweh's Messiah, would crush the head and will of Satan, thereby fulfilling not only God's Word given in the garden fall of Adam,  but also through that Holy Seed, God's essential Life promises made to Abram and his offspring that followed in Abraham's faith in God's redemptive promise.  So then, in the horror of the darkness of his sleep, Abram saw the Son of God, Who was speaking to him, becoming in the Almighty's protective and appropriate time, the generational Son of Adam from Abram's generational seed of promise, being crucified to death, and then, in all probability, witnessed his Lord as a lifeless corpse in the grave, only to rejoice in the gospel's good news, of the glorious bodily resurrection of His Lord, the pre-incarnate Christ of God.  The Covenant of Promise is further confirmed in Abram's heart when the Smoking Furnace and the Burning Lamp together pass between the sacrificed animal pieces.  For the sake of lost mankind, the Covenant of Promise is sealed between Father God Almighty (the Smoking Furnace) and the Son of God (the Burning Lamp), Who would represent the Son of Adam as the seed of Abraham.  Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made.  The Lord said not, and to seeds as many; but as of one:  And to thy Seed, Which is Christ, Who was that promised seed of a Woman. (See Galatians 3 verse 16 thru 18.) By the Seed and Word of Christ Jesus alone are we made to be a new genesis of man, created in the image and likeness of God's only begotten Son.

Note: Some theologians have speculated that the smoking furnace, and the burning lamp preformed the figure of infinity ∞, when they passed between the dead carcasses, and that also an oath was sworn at that time by the burning lamp, concerning the promises of faith.  It may have been something to this effect: Let me be as these carcasses, if I do not fulfill the promises of this covenant faith. (See Zechariah's prophecy to Mary in Luke 1 verse 72 thru 73, and then Genesis 12 verse 3.) For when God made promise to Abraham, because He could swear by no greater He swore by Himself.  In the prophecy of Scripture, we witness the Truth speaking: Then said I, in the volume of the book it is written of Me, to do thy will, O God.  In the Garden the Lord God said to Satan: I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her Seed: her Seed shall bruise thy head, and you shall bruise His heel. (See Hebrews 10 verse 4 thru 10, Psalm 40 verse 4 thru 10,Genesis 3 verse 15, and Isaiah 7 verse 14.) Abram, who would become the father of faith, saw the day of Jesus Christ, and rejoiced in His Lord and Savior Who was to come, even through Abram's own genetic seed.  And in the great mystery of God, none of the rulers of this world had known: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. (See 1st Corinthians 2 verse 7 thru 10.) The enemy of sin and death was vanquished in the resurrection of the pure genetic Son of Man, and the pure Eternal Son and Word of God.

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