What is the Abrahamic Covenant?
The Abrahamic Covenant is the promise of hope and salvation to which we hold, in the fulfillment of Jesus Christ. A covenants is an agreements, a word or a bond between two or more people; with either one or both parties having to abide by specific conditions. God's first covenant was with Adam, which ended poorly for mankind. Thereby requiring the need for more and everlasting covenants, which would be solely based on God's ability to perform, not our, as we fail. The Abrahamic covenant is our hope, because it is only based on God's ability. It's based on His holy name, which means that He will fulfill it, so as to bring no shame upon His own name, establishing the credibility of it, which gives Him glory.
The Covenant with Noah. There was a prior covenant with Noah (Genesis 9:1-17), which adds to the basic foundation of our trust in God. God's wrath must be satisfied, as He is Righteous, who must punish transgression, in order to be fair and good. At the time the world's wickedness reached heaven and there was only one righteous man, so God did not relent in judgment, but poured it out at the time of transgression. This enabled man to see the power and will of God, and His mercy interestingly enough. How? Because He made a promise, a covenant, to relent in His anger and wrath, so we can live in His protection for we know the world shall continue as is, until the end (Genesis 8:22). But also, He provided protection here on earth; protection from wild beasts, as they would fear us; and protection from murder, as He instituted capital punishment. So man could live with the general protection from wild beasts, each other and God, until the end. But what about the end?
All for God's Glory. The Lord proclaimed that the whole earth would be filled with His glory (Numbers 14:21) and we are the vessels to shine His glory, which is the reason for all these promises. We could only shine, if we were in right standing with Him. Also, part of the covenants were always to be fruitful, multiply and cover the earth; so we could fill the earth with His glory. Which brings us back to Abraham, almost, with only the detour of the covenant with Moses, the hardest to understand.
The Covenant of Moses. Moses was given the law, which is the 'mind of God,' one might say. It reveals what is right and wrong in God's eyes, but with a dagger, because it contains a condition to obey or suffer His wrath. Oh my, that's terrible, because it is impossible for a mortal to uphold the standards of God, thereby making it a curse for all who are under it (Galatians 3:10-13; Deuteronomy 27:26; Leviticus 18:5). Are you saying that God gave the law to bind people to His wrath (Galatians 3:21-25)? Yes. Why, that sounds terrible? God bound all transgressions together into one violation, sin; and to bind us to Himself, under the curse of the wrath, until He could release us from it. He was going to set us free from the curse of the wrath, which brings us back to the Abrahamic Covenant.
The Abrahamic Covenant. Now that we have a particular problem, of being bound in sin under the curse of the law, God can be the agent to set us free from it (Galatians 3:21-25). He can release the wrath, which must be poured out, for it was only restrained for such a time. But now we are bound to Him, we are in fellowship with Him, which is His ultimate goal. He paid the price and bought us with His blood (1 Corinthians 6:20; 7:23). We are now able to be His people and He is able to be our God (Genesis 17:7; Exodus 6:7; Ezekiel 34:24; 36:28; Jeremiah 7:23; 30:22; 31:33). He is now able to lavish His promise upon us. We are not able to be fruitful, multiply and cover the earth, going forth proclaiming His glory - thereby filling the whole earth with His glory. The Lord is a Master! The Lord is Mighty. He is worthy of all praise, honor, power, authority and dominion forever! AMEN
What is the Abrahamic Covenant?
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