Bookends for the Hebrew Story

Abraham is called a “Hebrew” in the Bible (Genesis 14:13). According to Biblical usage of the term, a “Hebrew” is anyone descended from Abraham through Isaac, the child of promise.

The Hebrew Story is the history of Abraham’s descendants through Isaac. This story includes not only the history of literal Israel, but also the history of spiritual Israel – Christianity. Referring to Christians, Paul wrote, “Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham” (Galatians 3:7). He further wrote, “Abraham…is the father of us all” (Romans 4:16).

The Hebrew Story is the feature narrative of the Bible. The books of Genesis and Revelation give the two bookends of this narrative: 1) the story of Abraham, and 2) the entirety of the Revelation of Jesus Christ.

These two bookends match, as they are both Light-lines, and they tell the first and the last narratives, respectively, in the Hebrew Story as a whole.

Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me, Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure. Isaiah 46:9-10.

Special light can be gained from studying the very beginning of the Hebrew Story since God uses the beginning to reveal the end. Also, we know that very special light shines from the end of the Hebrew Story as it is called the “Revelation of Jesus Christ”! At the beginning of the Hebrew Story, we find the history of the first Hebrew, Abraham. At the end, we find the revelation of the last Hebrew, Jesus Christ, Abraham’s “seed” (Galatians 3:16).

The respective narratives of Genesis 11:31 – 25:10 and Revelation as a whole can be taken as the standard, Light-line narratives against which to compare any other Light-line history. Amen.




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