IV. Abraham to Christ
From Abraham to Christ another two thousand years, accounting for 4 days of God's Redemptive
Week. Others place Abraham about 1921 BC and 1996 BC ? The exact date does not change God's pattern
of working six days and resting the seventh. "So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen
generations; and from David until the carrying away into Babylon are fourteen generations; and from the
carrying away into Babylon unto Christ are fourteen generations." (Matt.1-17, Note:v.17)
A. The Question is, "how long is a generation?"
"In the long‐lived patriarchal age a generation seems to have been computed at 100 years
(Genesis 15:16 compare Genesis 15:13 and Exodus 12:40). But subsequently the reckoning was the
same which has been adopted by modern civilized nations, viz. from thirty to forty years (Job 42:16).
(Generation is also used to signify the men of an age or time, as contemporaries (Genesis 6:9; Isaiah
53:8) posterity, especially in legal formulae (Leviticus 3:17 etc.); fathers, or ancestors (Psalm 49:19)"
(Smith's Bible Dictionary / Blue Letter Bible"
It appears that as the life expectancy declined as time went by from Adam to Abraham the
lenght of a generation became shorter from Abraham to the time of David. (70-80 Years Psa.90:10)
B. The pattern of the Passover answers the question
We have a solid scriptural authority to apply the pattern of the Passover Lamb to our "Redemptive
Week," because our what the apostle Paul wrote to the Corinthians. "Purge out therefore the old
leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is
sacrificed for us: Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of
malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth."(1Cor.5:7-8 / Gal.1:11-
12, John.16:12-15, 2Tim.3:16-17)
1. The PassoverLamb was kept for 4 days, then slain at the end of the 4th day
Now it is understood why Israel was to keep the Passover Lamb for 4 days before killing it in the
evening. (Exod.12:1-6) When Adam sinned, Christ our Passover (1 Cor.5:7-8) was taken and kept
4,000 years (4 days) and crucified at the end (i.e. the evening) of the fourth day. He was kept for
4,000 years and "manifest in these last times for you." (1Peter.1:18-20) This confirms for us the 3rd.
and 4th. days of our "Redemptive Week."
In the "beginning" (John.1:1-17) there was "the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost." (1John.5:
7-8) "The Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us...as the only begotten of the Father" Jesus
(John.1:14-18 / Matt.18-25) who was "foreordained before the foundation of the world"
(1Peter.1:18-20) to become the reality of the Passover Lamb. (1Cor.5:7-8)
C. Historically Abraham was 1996-21 BC?? (approx.)
According to historians they place Abraham (Patriarchal Period) between 2348-1706 BC. There is no
need to have exact dates because does not change the truth that God works 6 days and rests the 7th.
That is His "divine nature", this is His work habits.
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