(I) A covenant is an agreement. It also means a contract.
The Call Of Abraham
Abraham was born in Ur of Chaldea, a city in which idols were worshipped. Abraham was not an idol worshipper. He was a believer in the existence of only one God. God called Abraham and told him to leave his home town which was steeped in idolatry, and to go to a land called Canaan in order that he might live apart and worship Him there.
God’s Promise To Abraham
God made a promise to Abraham that ;
• His descendants would be as numberless as the stands of the sea.
• His descendants would be a great nation.
• His descendants would inherit the land of Canaan.
• That through them all nations would be blessed.
God made a convenient with Abraham whereby Abraham and his descendants must be CIRCUMCISED as a sign that they were God’s chosen people. This was to distinguish the seed of Abraham from the Gentiles. Abraham was also told that his descendants should possess the land of Canaan after they had spent 40 years in a foreign land.
SUMMARY OF THE MAIN POINTS
(I) Covenant was the agreement between God and Abraham.
(ii) God promised Israelites many blessings subject to their obedience to God.
(III) Abraham left his home in obedience to God’s instructions.
(it) Circumcision of all Abraham’s descendants was a special sign of God’s covenant with Abraham.
Significance Of the Lesson
• God’s promise will always be fulfilled whether we like it or not