The Abrahamic Covenant
July 8, 2010
Hello my friends in Christ Jesus.
Our Home Bible Study is skipping this week and we plan to return to this study on: July 14. June and I are looking forward to seeing all of you.
I thought it would be good to present another bonus lesson just to keep us “up to speed” with Abram and this very important covenant from the LORD, thru grace extended to Abram, and then in turn by Abram’s faith in what God had revealed to him.
Faith in God and His revealed word has always been a part of the salvation experience.
It’s a little harder to see and nail down in the Old Testament vs the New; but it’s there.
So, God’s grace did not originate in the New Testament as some would teach. Grace has always played a part in God’s dealings with His creation, starting with Adam back there in the Garden of Eden. Of course, I think the most vivid example of God’s grace in the N.T. is recorded for us in Acts chapter nine where Saul encounters the risen Lord Jesus Christ on that road to Damascus…knocked Saul for a loop it did!
Anyway, let’s go to Genesis chapter fifteen and review the text; and then I’d like to present some of my ideas for your consideration and comments. Perhaps we could use one or both of these principles as a starting point for our conversation period after Les’ lecture.
Abram Journeys to Egypt
1: Now the LORD said to Abram,
“Go forth from your country,
And from your relatives
And from your father’s house,
To the land which I will show you;
2: And I will make you a great nation,
And I will bless you,
And make your name great;
And so you shall be a blessing;
3: And I will bless those who bless you,
And the one who curses you I will curse.
And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed.”
4: So Abram went forth as the LORD had spoken to him; and Lot went with him.
Read these verses once again. Here’s an interesting point. If you remember back to our study of The Tower of Babel, the first dictator/tyrant of Biblical record was Nimrod. It was Nimrod who said, “Come, let us build for ourselves a city, and a tower whose top will reach into the heaven, and let us make for ourselves a name, otherwise we will be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth.” (Genesis 11:4)
Now look again at verse two above. It is God promising Abram that He will make his name great. And hasn’t that happened? You bet it has. The name Abraham is known around the world to this day.
The point is God made this come about not Abraham. See the difference?
Look how many times God makes the statement, “I will.” Clearly, God is promising to fulfill all the items in this covenant. So, if God is going to “make this happen,” what’s Abram’s role? Good question. What God requires from Abram is faith in God and in what He has said He will do.
56: “Your father Abraham rejoiced to see My day, and he saw it and was glad.”
Now we all know that Abraham did not live to see the fulfillment of this Abrahamic Covenant. He passed on many, many years before Jesus’ first advent.
So, what is Jesus saying? Jesus is telling these Jews and us today, that Abraham saw this blessing from God through the eyes of faith. Abraham believed God.
God’s covenant promises were offered to Abram and he received them on trust alone. Abram took God at His word and acted on it. How do we know this?
Go to Genesis chapter twelve. Start at verse four.
4: So Abram went forth as the LORD had spoken to him;
Abram left his home, his people, and his wealth and began his journey and he started walking with the LORD. He said goodbye to all that he left behind and focused his vision to that which lies ahead.
MOVING OUT IN FAITH REQUIRES LEAVING THE WORLD BEHIND.
Or as I have often said to my classes, “Let go of the toilet bowl.” It’s a little blunt, but the meaning is clear.
OUR CHOICES DETERMINE THE EXTENT TO WHICH WE ENJOY GOD’S PROMISES.
These two principles should generate some conversation.
I welcome your comments now or when next we meet.