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THE COVENANT OF GOD

Text: Genesis 15-17

THE COVENANT GIVEN

The Promise of Land Genesis 12:1; 13:14-15, 17; 15:18 The Promise of Descendants

Genesis 12:2; 15:4-5; 17:6

The Promise of Blessing

Genesis 12:3; 14:19; 17:15-16

THE COVENANT BELIEVED

GOD: “I am a shield to you, your reward shall be very great.” (15:1

Abram: “What will you give me?” (15:2 - 3)

GOD: You will have numerous descendants. (15:4 - 5)

Abram: Believed in the Lord (15:6)

THE PROMISE GUARANTEED

God: I will give you This land (15:7)

Abram: How may I know that I will posses it? (15:8)

GOD: “Lay out a sacrifice before Me.” (15:9)

Abram killed the animals, and placed them on display (15:10)

GOD: “Know for certain…” (15:13-16)

Fire passed through the sacrifice (15:17

THE SIGN OF COVENANT PEOPLE

GOD: “I am God Almighty, I will…” (17: 1 - 8

God to Abraham: This will be the sign that you are my covenant people – CIRCUMCISION (17: 9 - 10)

(regarding signs, see also: Exodus 3 – the burning bush, Exodus 13 – led by pillar, Exodus 19 – Lord descended in fire,

Numbers 9 – a pillar of fire over tabernacle, Daniel 7 – His

Throne ablaze with fire, Duet. 4 – God spoke from midst of fire,

Isaiah 66 – the Lord will come in fire, Rev. 19 - His eyes are like blazing fire, 2 Thess. 1 – the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven in blazing fire, Luke 3 – He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire, also Acts 2:3)

COVENANT TRUTHS

GOD’S covenant with ABRAM Was UNCONDITIONAL

It required no action on Abram’s part

GOD PROMISED WHAT HE WILL DO

“Our God is a God who saves; from the Sovereign Lord comes escape from death.” Psalm 68:20

COVENANT REALITIES FOR TODAY

MADE BY GOD’s UNCONDITIONAL GRACE

Abram did nothing to earn God’s blessing

We have done nothing to earn God’s forgiveness

MADE THROUGH BLOOD SACRIFICE

The sacrifice of animals was God expressing His love toward Abram

The sacrifice of Jesus is God expressing His love toward us

SUSTAINED BY HIS FAITHFULNESS

The promises to Abram have been fulfilled with future implications

The promises to us have been fulfilled with future implications

COVENANT APPLICATION

The Lord your God will circumcise your hearts and the hearts of your descendants, so that you may love him with all your heart and with all your soul, and live. Deuteronomy 30:6


 

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