Sand of The Sea Collection

Shalom mishpacha! I wanted to give you guys a little bit of insight on the inspiration for this collection. 

Genesis 32:12 " But you have said, ‘I will surely make you prosper and will make your descendants like the sand of the sea, which cannot be counted.’”

What I absolutely love about Genesis 32 is that Jacob restated Abrahams promise from The Most High in his prayer. He was afraid for his life because of his brother Esau who came to meet his brother with 400 men. Jacob translated that to the worst when he heard from his messenger of what he thought could be a possible attack on him. However, they both made peace in the next chapter weeping and forgiving one another despite what has happened in their complicated sibling relationship. 

Esau also notices in Genesis chapter 33 the abundance of life (people) that followed Jacob when they met.  

Genesis 33:5  "Then Esau looked at the women and children and asked, “Who are these people with you?” “These are the children God has graciously given to me, your servant,” Jacob replied."

The Most High promise or word does not come back void. HalleluYah. Also Jacob thought the worst was going to happen when it didn't. That is a huge lesson that I had to grasp while reading this chapter. We can think of the worst things to happen in our minds but Yah has control over every situation we happen to encounter. Esau came with humility as well as his brother Jacob. Think about how Jacob didn't have to stress or worry about going to war that day but instead doing other wonderful things. We can learn a lot from this.

Now Abraham which is the grandfather of Jacob was promised that his descendants would be as numerous as the sand of the sea in Genesis 22

Genesis 22:17 " I will certainly bless you. I will multiply your descendants beyond number, like the stars in the sky and the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will conquer the cities of their enemies."

Now this blessing was not just given. It was well earned by the testing of Abraham's faith. In that same chapter, He was instructed to go to the land of Moriah and sacrifice his son as a burnt offering. This was Sarah's only son and she was in disbelief in Genesis 18 of bearing a son at such an old age. Yah had to remind her that nothing is impossible for him. 

Genesis 18:13-15 "Then the Lord said to Abraham, Why did Sarah laugh? Why did she say, ‘Can an old woman like me have a baby?’ 14 Is anything too hard for the Lord? I will return about this time next year, and Sarah will have a son.”

 15 Sarah was afraid, so she denied it, saying, “I didn’t laugh.”

But the Lord said, “No, you did laugh.” 

Which in turn his word were indeed fulfilled 

 Genesis 21: 1-6 "The Lord kept his word and did for Sarah exactly what he had promised. She became pregnant, and she gave birth to a son for Abraham in his old age. This happened at just the time God had said it would. And Abraham named their son Isaac. Eight days after Isaac was born, Abraham circumcised him as God had commanded. Abraham was 100 years old when Isaac was born.

And Sarah declared, “God has brought me laughter. All who hear about this will laugh with me. Who would have said to Abraham that Sarah would nurse a baby? Yet I have given Abraham a son in his old age!”

Lastly to add, I found this In Hebrews 11: 8-19 which ties everything together by explaining the faith, test and reward of Sarah and Abraham.

Hebrew 11:8 '"By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going. By faith he made his home in the promised land like a stranger in a foreign country; he lived in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise. 

10 For he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God. 11 And by faith even Sarah, who was past childbearing age, was enabled to bear children because she considered him faithful who had made the promise. 12 And so from this one man, and he as good as dead, came descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as countless as the sand on the seashore.

13 All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance, admitting that they were foreigners and strangers on earth. 14 People who say such things show that they are looking for a country of their own. 15 If they had been thinking of the country they had left, they would have had opportunity to return. 

16 Instead, they were longing for a better country—a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.

17 By faith Abraham, when God tested him, offered Isaac as a sacrifice. He who had embraced the promises was about to sacrifice his one and only son, 18 even though God had said to him, “It is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned.” 19 Abraham reasoned that God could even raise the dead, and so in a manner of speaking he did receive Isaac back from death.

 

Shalom and I hope you enjoy this collection as much as I enjoyed making it :)!

 

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