Tip of the Day, January 23

23 January

January 23 – The Promise.  God explicitly told Abraham that the promise of his seed would come through the lineage of Isaac.  Gen. 17:19; “And God said, Sarah thy wife shall bear thee a son indeed; and thou shalt call his name Isaac: and I will establish my covenant with him for an everlasting covenant and with his seed after him”. 

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Ishmael is a sign of the works we try to accomplish through our fleshy ways.  Isaac was a sign of the miraculous works God can perform despite us.  Let us not be confused who was who.

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Mormons are led to believe through Joseph Smith’s prophecies in the Doctrine and Covenants that the promises sprang from Hagar and her seed.  In section 132:34 it says; “God commanded Abraham, and Sarah gave Hagar to Abraham to wife.  And why did she do it?  Because this was the law; and from Hagar sprang many people.  This, therefore, was fulfilling, among other things, the promises”.

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