Can you remember someone who made you a promise and then broke the promise?
Well, unlike us humans, when God makes a promise, He never breaks it. He's a promise keeper!
We want you to receive all the blessings and promises that God has for you! So let's look at what a covenant is and what promises God made to each of us, Jew or Gentile, through His covenant with Abraham.
The Hebrew word for covenant isBritish, which occurs 284 times in the Tanakh (Old Testament).
This word impliesPact, contract, contractÖHealth insurancebetween two parts and is probably derived from the Hebrew verbKrebs, what it meanscut.
The Abrahamic Covenant is also mentionedbundle of parts (Brit bein HaBetarimor agreement between the parties)in whichDeusappearedin a steaming pot and a flaming torchand went between the halves of the cow, the goat, and the ram that Abraham cut off:
"As the sun went down and darkness fell, a smoldering brazier appeared with a flaming torch and passed through the pieces."(Genesis 15:17)
because the wordBritish(Bund)It is related to the word “cut”, it is associated with blood, so many treaties have been ratified in the region; through the sacrifice of animals or an exchange of blood.
This was an ancient custom that was obligatory throughout Mesopotamia.
Abraham looks at the sacrificevon James Tissot
But in the Abrahamic covenant,only the smoldering, fiery presence of God, passed through the bloodstream.
That covenant depended solely on God to fulfill it.
Humanity has already had a bad record: Adam and Eve, Cain, the sin of Noah's generation, and the list goes on.
Fulfillment of this covenant was imperative for the eternal salvation of mankind.
But God had to find someone he could trust to begin the restoration process.
He found it in a man from the land of Ur named Abram.
“The Lord said to Abram:"Go away from your country and from your kindred and from your father's houseon the ground(Canaan/Israel) that I will show you.
"I'll make you onegreat nation, and I will bless you and magnify your name so that you may be a blessing.
“I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and in you all the families of the earth will be blessed.'”(Genesis 12:3)
the land of Israel
God promised that Abram would be a great name.
But God added the Hebrew letterno (oh)to his name and he didAbraham.
Many believe that God removed the "Hey" from his personal name.YHVH – יהוה, symbol of his close connection with the covenant, which only he will fulfill through Abraham.
God said to Abraham:"I made you the father of many nations."(Genesis 17:5)
But Sarah could not believe that she could conceive at that age, proving once again that the terms of this pact rested with God alone to enforce. God would have to work a miracle in Sarah's barren womb.
Abraham, Sarah and the angel(c. 1500) by Jan Provoost shows the angel confirming that Sarah would be pregnant within a year.(Genesis 18:10).
God said to Abraham:“I will foundMy pact with Isaacwho Sara will give birth to you around this time next year.(Genesis 17:21)
Both Abraham and Sarah laughed at the promise of a natural birth.(Genesis 17:17, 18:12).
But,"Is there anything too wonderful for the Lord?"(Genesis 18:14)
When Abraham was 100 years old and Sarah 90 years old, she gave birth to a son and named himisaak(The laugh).
"Now Sarah said, 'God made me laugh; All who hear it will laugh with me.(Genesis 20:6)
In Genesis 17, just after God changed Abram's name to Abraham, God explained to him the final part of his covenant:
“You must keep my covenant of circumcision, you and your descendants in the generations to come. Every man among you must be circumcised on the eighth day... It will be a sign of the covenant between me and you.(Verse 7,11)
This was certainly referring to the Jewish people as there has historically been only one group of people who circumcised their male children on the eighth day as of today in 2018.
Yesterday a newborn son of one of our cousins on the ministerial staff in Tel Aviv had a brit milah (circumcision).
A Jewish boy on the eighth day of his Brit Milah (circumcision covenant).
Jacob, whose name was changed to Israel
AgainAbrahamand the miraculous birth of her sonisaak, and then the birth of her sonJacoba chosen (created) people of God would set out to become a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.
His job was also to be a light to the world.(Exodus 19:6).
“I chose Abraham to command his children and his house after him to keep the way of the Lord, doing justice and righteousness; that the Lord might do something with AbrahamHe (the Lord) has promised.“(Genesis 18:19)
isaacs sohn jacob, whose name was changed by God to Israel, had 12 sons (the twelve tribes of Israel).
Not standing firmly on God's promises to us
Sometimes, after God has spoken to us about a promise and we don't see it immediately fulfilled, we wonder if God really spoke to us. Many times we lack trust and patience and we do things our way and make mistakes.
In the case of Abraham, you know the story. Before Isaac was born, Abraham had another son.
God appeared to Abraham in his early years in Canaan and said:"Look up at the sky and count the stars if you can count them. Then he said to him, "So shall it be with your descendants."(Genesis 15:5)
Although Abraham believed in the Lord, several years passed without children.
Both he and Sarah lost the patience of God to do this miracle when they were old.
Abraham sees the stars, by Otto Semler
Sarah also lost her faith and told her husband Abraham to marry her handmaid and have a child with her, because Sarah could not give birth.(Genesis 16:3)
Abraham named his son Ishmael, who became the father of the Arab nations.
In fact, Abraham fulfilled God's promise to afather of many nations.
However, God made it clear in Genesis that the covenant promises would be enforcedIsaak, niece of Ishmael.
God promised to give the land to Abraham's descendants
The day God went through the beasts and made a covenant with Abram, He said to Abram:"To their descendants I will give this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river Euphrates...".(Genesis 15:17–21; see also Jeremiah 34:18)
In the Hebrew Scriptures, God repeats this promise and clearly tells us which seed will receive this promise.country promise.
god againpromised to Abraham,"I will give this land to their descendants."(Genesis 12:7)and again in chapter 13:14-18.
God promisedAbrahams Sohn Isaac,"I will give you and your descendants all these lands and fulfill the oath that I swore to your father Abraham."(Genesis 26:3)
God promisedisaacs sohn jacob:“I am the Lord, the God of Abraham your father, and the God of Isaac; The land on which you lie I will give to you and to your descendants after you;(Genesis 28:13)
While many argue that the Land of Israel belongs to the Palestinians, God made oneeternal pactwith Abraham and promised the Jewish people this land as their eternal possession.
Map based on the borders of the nation of Israel established by God in Genesis 15:18-21, including the land from the river Egypt to the river Euphrates. An area much larger than the State of Israel today.(Wikipedia)
God promised that all families on earth would be blessed through Abraham.
The Jewish people have certainly blessed the world in physical and spiritual ways.
Did you know that 22% of all Nobel Prize winners are Jews (they make up only 0.2% of the world's population)?
AIPAC, the US pro-Israel lobby group, claims that Israel has "the world's highest number of published scientists, engineers, startups, and academic papers per capita."
In a landmass where oil dominates natural resources and exports, little Israel stands out in a unique way because its main export is technology across all sectors. His resource is the Jewish people behind the innovations, as illustrated by this map from the CIA Factbook:
Most importantly, abundant spiritual blessings came through the Jewish people.
The Jewish people gave this world both the Tanakh (Old Testament) and the Brit Chadashah (New Testament) through Abraham. Reading God's Word builds faith and nourishes our souls.
The New Covenant came through the Messiah Yeshua (Jesus), descendant of the tribe of Judah, God incarnate(Juan 1:1).
Through Him, salvation was made available to all, including you.
God promised blessings to those who blessed the Jews and curses to those who cursed them.
This is a method God uses to ensure that His covenant with Abraham is fulfilled.
For example, before Isaac was born, the entire nation of Israel could have died, but God intervened.
Twice Abraham took his wife Sarah to a foreign land and told the leaders (first a pharaoh and later a king) that she was his sister.
(This is true because Abraham says in Genesis 20:12 that they both had the same father but different mothers, which was acceptable at that time in history.)
And because Sarah was beautiful, God cursed her every time these guides took her with the intention of having sex with her.
Pharaoh brings Sarah back to Abraham(1640), von Isaac Isaacsz
To get it from the pharaoh in Egypt,„The Lord cursed Pharaohand his house with great plagues because of Sarah Abraham's wife.(Vers. 17)
And Pharaoh gave Sarah back to Abraham.
Then, in the other case, to take it out of the hand of Abimelech king of Gehrer,God came to Abimelech in a dreamand told him“You are dead because of the woman you took; she is a married woman.(Genesis 20:3)
So God closed the wombs of all women on earth. Gehrer's people would die now.(Genesis 20:18)
That isuntil Abraham prayedfor them and God lifted the curse on them.
Many centuries later, when Moses was born, the then pharaoh tried to kill all the Hebrew boys.Eighty years later, God cursed the Egyptianswith ten plagues, including the death of the firstborn Egyptians.
The death of the firstbornby Charles Forster(Pictures from the 1897 Bible and what they teach us)
Over the millennia, the Jewish people have constantly faced annihilation curses.
And God kept fulfillingcurse for curseconditions in His covenant.
Sometimes we don't see these curses fulfilled until much later. One of the most recent examples is Great Britain.
The British government issued the Balfour Declaration in 1917, promising to help the Jewish people establish a Jewish homeland in the Land of Israel.
But after the end of the Holocaust and World War II in 1945, when Jews needed safe passage to the Land of Israel, Britain banned it.Essentially, they cursed the Jews.
Since then, the Great British Empire has declined and never regained its strength!
On the other hand, the United States has supported and been a blessing to Israel and the Jewish people. About six million Jews live in the United States.
Is that why the United States has become the most powerful nation in the world?
This principle ofCurse after curse and blessing after blessingit's not just for the nations. It is for every person who has the opportunity to welcome, comfort and help a Jew.
The Jewish people gather at the Western Wall.
The final fulfillment of the covenant with Abraham
God repeated the promise He made to Abraham to the Jewish prophets of a full restoration of the land of Israel.
While the Jewish people were being brought back to the land of Israel after the Babylonian exile (2,600 years ago) and again in 1948,there are still unfulfilled promises about accepting their Messiah.
The prophet Zechariah reveals how the fulfillment of the Abrahamic covenant will also includea spiritual restorationof the Jewish people when they see Yeshua (Jesus), for He is coming back soon!
“And I will pour out on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and prayer. They will look at me, see him whom they have pierced, and they will mourn for him as one mourns for an only son, and they will mourn bitterly for him as one mourns for a firstborn son.”
Then they are cleansed from their sins:
"In that day a fountain will be opened for the house of David and for the inhabitants of Jerusalem to cleanse them from sin and impurity."
“In this rosary I will pass through the Purifying Fire; I will refine them like silver and test them like gold.
“They will call on my name and I will answer them; I would say,“They are my people,” and they will say, “The Lord is our God.