“For example, there was God’s promise to Abraham. Since there was no one greater to swear by, God took an oath in his own name, saying: “I will certainly bless you, and I will multiply your descendants beyond number.” Then Abraham waited patiently, and he received what God had promised.” Hebrews 6:13-15
I am really not a very patient person. I have learned more patience during this pandemic. I don’t like drive-thru at fast food places, but I have had to use them if I wanted to eat there. Many times, the last couple of months I have sat at a drive thru and told myself, have patience. Patience is a virtue. The ability to wait for something without frustration is a useful skill and a good aspect of one’s personality. I know this and I need more patience and I am working on it. Abraham had patience. He waited years on God’s promise.
The amazing thing about all of this is that Isaac was really just the down payment of the promise. Even the great number of people descending from Abraham was merely one of the blessings that came along with the promise. The real implication of this promise was that through the line of Abraham and Isaac the Messiah would come. “What’s more, the Scriptures looked forward to this time when God would make the Gentiles right in his sight because of their faith. God proclaimed this good news to Abraham long ago when he said, “All nations will be blessed through you.” So all who put their faith in Christ share the same blessing Abraham received because of his faith.” (Galatians 3:8-9)
God promised this to Abraham with an oath. In court, when giving testimony, the witness is sworn in with the Bible, the promise is that they will tell the truth and the object used is the guaranteor of the promise. Scripture says God swore by himself since there was nothing greater to guarantee His promise to Abraham. This pledge was backed by His namesake, His word and His power. This means that it would be fulfilled at all cost. Abraham may have gotten the down payment with Isaac, but we have seen fulfillment in Jesus. Abraham had patience to wait on God’s promise. We need to have patience to wait on God’s promise, because God’s promises will come.