The Abrahamic Covenant
Sabbath School Lesson 2017 Quarter 3 Lesson 10 Monday
What was God’s covenant with Abraham meant to do? To make a great nation from Abraham’s descendants and through one of his descendants bless the entire world.
Was this a new covenant with mankind, or merely a further revelation of the covenant with humanity in Eden, but now God identifies the specific gene pool through which the covenant would be fulfilled? Didn’t God already make this covenant in Genesis 3 when He promised a Savior to crush the serpent’s head?
So now we have God specifically announcing through which family the Savior would come, but the covenant, agreement, is not new.
And what is the agreement, treaty, or promise? It is all a promise of what God will do to save and heal mankind and destroy sin and sinners.
What did God do in order to provide Abram with confidence that God would follow through?
8 But Abram said, “Sovereign Lord, how can I know that I will gain possession of it?” 9 So the Lord said to him, “Bring me a heifer, a goat and a ram, each three years old, along with a dove and a young pigeon.” 10 Abram brought all these to him, cut them in two and arranged the halves opposite each other; the birds, however, he did not cut in half. 11 Then birds of prey came down on the carcasses, but Abram drove them away. 12 As the sun was setting, Abram fell into a deep sleep, and a thick and dreadful darkness came over him. 13 Then the Lord said to him, “Know for certain that for four hundred years your descendants will be strangers in a country not their own and that they will be enslaved and mistreated there. 14 But I will punish the nation they serve as slaves, and afterward they will come out with great possessions.15 You, however, will go to your ancestors in peace and be buried at a good old age. 16 In the fourth generation your descendants will come back here, for the sin of the Amorites has not yet reached its full measure.” 17 When the sun had set and darkness had fallen, a smoking firepot with a blazing torch appeared and passed between the pieces. 18 On that day the Lord made a covenant with Abram and said, “To your descendants I give this land,
He went through a human ritual of cutting animals in half and walking between them, symbolically saying if I break my promise let this happen to me.
What does it say about God that He would be willing to do this?
Do you like a God who is willing to stoop to meet us where we are in order to heal and save? Can you trust a God like this?
Why did Abram need this extra assurance? Abram was 75 years old and apparently doubted his and his wife’s fertility, and this subsequently meant He doubted God could do what He said.
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“What are some areas now where you have to reach out by faith and believe in what seems impossible? How can you learn to keep holding on, no matter what?”
Why does it seem impossible, whatever the issue is? Might it be because we are thinking through the lens of human ability, strength, perspective and limiting God with our understanding?
If we understood more of God, His universe, His methods, principles, His abilities, character, nature etc. would we doubt as much? And would the things He does or ask seem as impossible?
So would our growth in understanding and knowing God undermine or strengthen our faith in God?
So the problem of doubt arises in our ignorance, or misunderstanding about God! And the solution is to know God, just as Jesus taught!
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