From this man’s seed hath God according to promise brought unto Israel、 a saviour—Jesus:” (Acts 13:23, EMPH)

Part of Paul’s address to the synagogue in Antioch of Pisidia.  He spoke of Hebrew history because the Jews in attendance at the synagogue would have known of Hebrew history and of the Tanakah [Old Testament] and of David, whom Paul refers to here.

What struck me as I read this passage in The Emphasized Bible, was that God brought a Savior to Israel according to promise.  The dictionary says that “promise” means: “a statement telling someone that you will definitely do something or that something will definitely happen.” It’s interesting that every time the Greek word that is translated “promise” is used in the New Testament except one [Acts 23.21] it is used of the promises of God.

So Paul says here that Jesus came to save Israel according to God’s promise, and if a promise is something that will definitely be done, then what can one say of God’s promise?  In relation to man we can call God’s promises “uber-promises.”  God will make good on his promises, and of course the promise that Paul refers to here is the zenith of promises, the promise of the Savior. One [of many] places we see this promise is:

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.” (Isaiah 9:6–7, ESV)

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