"O L-RD, Who are my power and my strength and my refuge in the day of trouble, to You nations will come from the ends of the earth and say, 'Only lies have our fathers handed down to us, emptiness in which there is nothing of any avail! Can a man make gods for himself, and they are no gods? 'Therefore, behold I let them know; at this time I will let them know My power and My might, and they shall know that My Name is the L-RD".
Jeremiah 16:19-21
Sophiee Saguy
Many missionary websites list 300 (or some number) of supposed prophecies in the Jewish bible which point to Jesus. None of them do — most are not prophecies, have nothing to do with the messiah — and some (like the one I’m going to discuss here) are total reversals of what the Jewish bible ACTUALLY says. My current post is about #9 on the list of supposed prophecies. It is given as: “Gen. 17:19…….The Seed of Isaac…….Rom. 9:7” Let’s start by quoting the Jewish bible and then the Christian bible. The Jewish bible (T’nach) says: “G-d said, ‘Still, your wife Sarah will give birth to a son. You must name him Isaac. I will keep My covenant with him as an eternal treaty, for his descendants after him.” Genesis (B’rsheit) 17:19.

compare the supposed “prophecy” with its counterpart in the Christian bible: “Nor because they are his descendants are they all Abraham’s children. On the contrary, “It is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned.” Romans 9:7 (NIV translation).

Yet again we have a supposed prophecy in the Jewish bible that does not equal the Christian bible reference. Genesis (B’rsheit) 17:19 clearly says that G-d has made an ETERNAL treaty for the descendants of Isaac. Yet missionaries say that Christians are “grafted in” and replace the ETERNAL covenant G-d speaks of in Genesis (B’rsheit) 17:19! Romans 9:7 may not make the claim that Christians “inherit” the covenant and replace the Jews — but the very next line (lie) in Romans DOES make this claim:

“In other words, it is not the children by physical descent who are G-d’s children, but it is the children of the promise who are regarded as Abraham’s offspring.” Romans 9:8

How does the anonymous author of Romans 9 jump from Isaac’s descendants having an ETERNAL promise from G-d to saying that “no they don’t, anyone who wants to claim they are “children of the promise” (whatever THAT means) are instead. What happened to “do not add to or subtract from” the Torah (Devarim / Deuteronomy 4:2)? The author of Romans is totally reversing the true statement in Genesis 17:19!

And what does this total reversal of Genesis / B’reshit 17:19 have to do with Jesus being the messiah? How is the promise to Abraham about Isaac inheriting the ETERNAL covenant have anything to do with Jesus being the messiah? Not a darn thing!

Genesis (B’rsheit) 17:19 is simply stating that Sarah, Abraham’s wife, will give birth to a son they will name Isaac – and Isaac will inherit the covenant G-d made with Abraham. Very clear. It is not messianic – it has to do with G-d’s contract with Isaac and his descendants (as it clearly states).

Romans 9:7 is a total mis-use of Genesis 17:19 and an attempt by the author to hijack the covenant from the Jews (in direct contrast to what is said in Genesis 17:19). Romans 9 says that the Jews have been rejected and the Christians are somehow the rightful inheritors of the Jewish covenant because of the seed of Isaac. This makes no sense – given that time and again the Jewish bible makes it clear that the covenant G-d has made with the Jews – first with Abraham, then with Isaac, then with Jacob, then with all Jews at Mount Sinai is ETERNAL. This covenant will be renewed in the messianic age – but even the prophet Jeremiah (chapter 31) makes it clear that the covenant is STILL with the Jews (Judah and Israel).

It is a fundamental principle of Judaism that the Torah received at Sinai will never be changed nor become obsolete. This concept is mentioned in the Torah no less than 24 times, with the words:

“This is an eternal law for all generations” (Exodus 12:14, 12:17, 12:43, 27:21, 28:43, Leviticus 3:17, 7:36, 10:9, 16:29, 16:31, 16:34, 17:7, 23:14, 23:21, 23:31, 23:41, 24:3, Numbers 10:8, 15:15, 19:10, 19:21, 18:23, 35:29, Deuteronomy 29:28). The anonymous author of Romans (Paul?) may lie all he likes – but G-d has made it clear that this attempt at hijacking the covenant is untrue.

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