Someone objects that the people of Israel existed before they were God’s firstborn. (Genesis 34:7) This is thought to offer proof that the word “firstborn” in Colossians 1:15 does not mean one brought forth into existence, but that it simply designates Jesus as being preeminent.
Actually Genesis 34:7 does not prove such, because the land of Israel came to be as a result of covenant made with Abraham. (Genesis 26:3; 28:4,13; 35:12; Deuteronomy 34:4; 2 Chronicles 20:7; Isaiah 41:8; Acts 3:25; Romans 9:4) Israel was already considered Yahweh’s son called called out of Egypt, before the law covenant was given. (Exodus 4:22; Hosea 11:1) Regardless, however, Israel was still the first born as a people to Yahweh, and they did have a beginning as nation. Yahweh never recognized any of the nations before as his own. — Amos 3:1,2; Deuteronomy 7:6; 10:15; Psalm 147:19,20.
Throughout the scriptures, however, anyone designated as firstborn is always included in the group of which that one is designated firstborn. In Colossians 1:15, Jesus is included in the group of creation, and is thus the firstborn creature.
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