God’s Very Great Promises

God’s Promises in the Hebrew Scriptures. Part 1

The disciples experienced God’s promises in the Hebrew Scriptures being referred to and acted upon by Jesus.  

The sermon on the mount Jesus taught: ”Therefore, do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek all these things; and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.” Matthew 6: 31,32

God’s promise of bread – “God will abundantly bless her provisions;  I will satisfy her poor with bread. Psalm 132 : 15.The righteous eat to the satisfying of his soul.”  Proverbs 13: 25. “ Behold my servants shall eat.” Isaiah 65: 13.

Thirst “I will pour water upon him who is thirsty. Isaiah 44: 3. “The Lord shall open unto thee his good treasure, the heaven to give rain.” Deuteronomy 28: 12.

Clothing – “I will clothe thee with raiment.” Zechariah 3: 4. “Their clothes did not wear out and their feet did not swell.” Nehemiah 9: 21. He will keep the feet of the saints.” 1 Samuel: 2: 9.

Jesus said, “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things shall be yours as well.” Matthew 6: 33. Trust in the Lord, and do good; so, you will dwell in the land, and enjoy security.” Psalm 37: 3

Jesus said, “Therefore, do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Let the day’s own trouble be sufficient for the day.” Matthew 6: 34 “Though I walk in the midst of trouble, thou dost preserve my life.” Psalm138: 7 “ Fear not, but let your hands be strong.” Zechariah 8: 13.

The Lord recompense you for what you have done, and a full reward be given to you by the Lord, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge.” Ruth 2: 12.

Jesus sends out his disciples to experience for themselves God’s promises.

Jesus authorised his disciples to preach the gospel, the Kingdom of God and he and gave his authority to cast out demons and power to heal diseases. To take no money with them to pay for lodging or food or extra clothing. (God would provide for their needs.)

 “And he called the twelve together and gave them power and authority over all demons and to cure diseases, and he sent them out to preach the kingdom of God and to heal. And he said to them, “Take nothing for your journey, no staff, nor bag, nor bread, nor money; and do not have two tunics. . . . .And they departed and went through the villages, preaching the gospel and healing everywhere.” Luke 9: 1-3,6.

The promises in the Hebrew Scriptures that became the disciples experience.

The disciple’s message of repentance: ”Who forgives all your iniquities, who heals all your diseases.” Psalm 103: 3. “ I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sins no more.” Jeremiah 31: 34.

The disciples proclaimed the kingdom message: “Thy word is a lamp to my feet and a light  to my path.” Psalm 119: 105. “For  the commandment is a lamp and the teaching a light  and the reproofs of discipline are the way of life.” Proverbs 6: 23. “

The disciples pray for people to be healed: Jesus said, “The words I have spoken to you are Spirit and life.” John 6: 63.   “I am the Lord that health thee.” Exodus 15: 26. “Many are the afflictions of the righteous; but the Lord delivers him out of them all.” Psalm 34: 19

The disciples trusted in the Lord’s provision: Jesus said,Take nothing for  your journey, no staff, nor bag, nor bread, nor money; and do not have two tunics”  Luke 9: 3. “For thou art with me, thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me.” Psalm 23: 4. “Thou preparest a table before me.” Psalm 23: 5. Jehovah Jireh – the Lord will provide” Genesis 22: 14

The New Covenant gives us greater promises as well as these and many more in the Old Testament.

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