Hebrews

Hebrews 11:20-22 The Promise Continues And A Resurrection Hope.

As noted in the previous passage, the promise to Abraham would pass down through the children of promise-Isaac then Jacob, then Moses (Cf. 11:10; Gen. 26:24; 28:13; Ex. 3:6, 15; 4:5; Jn. 14:2; Rev. 21:2). Isaac affirmed covenantal continuity when he “blessed Jacob and Esau concerning things to come” (v. 20). In particular, “Jacob would possess a fruitful land, and have dominion over nations, including the descendants of Esau (Gen, 27:27-29)” (NGSB p. 1952). The full account of this event can be found at Genesis 27:26-40. Then Jacob furthered this covenantal continuity and promise, when just prior to his death he “blessed each of the sons of Joseph,” worshipping the LORD to his last days (v. 21 Cf. Gen. 48). Our author also does not bypass Joseph, since he ordered that his bones should leave with God’s people, as a witness of his belief in the victory over the grave with a resurrection hope-just as with Enoch and Abraham and Isaac (v. 22 Cf. Gen. 50:24-25; Ex. 13:19).

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