Thursday, October 13, 2016

Acts 7:17 (KJV) God’s Promise Draws Nigh

Acts 7:17 (KJV)
But when the time of the promise drew nigh, which God had sworn to Abraham, the people grew and multiplied in Egypt,
God had sworn to Abraham that his seed would enter into a land where they would be afflicted four hundred years[1]. Stephen makes reference to this passage, calling it a promise, for what God says is as sure as a promise. Stephen speaks of the end of those four hundred years as, “…when the time of the promise drew nigh…”
I note that in that time:
  • Israel grew larger
  • Egypt grew angrier
  • Circumstances grew more volatile
Things didn’t get better  before God delivered Israel from Egypt. They got worse. One might make the case that things did seem to get better for Israel as the time of their deliverance from Babylon drew near. But that doesn’t change my point. The truth is that we may well view the times in which we live, a time when the leaders of the greatest power on earth today care little about faith, as the time when God’s promise of Christ’s return draws nigh.
[1] Genesis 25:13
And he said unto Abram, Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs, and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred years;
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Acts 7:17 (KJV) God’s Promise Draws Nigh

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