Abraham’s Tale of Two Covenants – Conclusion

Abraham's Tale of Two CovenantsLook at what God says Today we conclude Abraham’s tale of two covenants 4… Abraham has to do and also his descendants. They must agree that male children in the household, all those who are a part of the family and household will be circumcised.

Trusting that everyone understands what circumcision means, I won’t give any details now. This is not the moment that circumcision was invented or established. Circumcision was something that was practiced in ancient cultures even before this time and outside of Israel. What God did instead is to take this practice and give it new meaning according to His purposes. The practice now is required not of only Abraham and his descendants but even to those in the household who are brought in and paid for as servants. And this event must take place on the eighth day of the infant’s life. You can see God’s handiwork by in Creation why we understand it was the eighth day that the infant was to be circumcised. Abraham’s Tale of Two Covenants Continue reading

Abraham’s Tale of Two Covenants 2

Abraham's Tale of Two CovenantsAbraham’s Tale of Two Covenants continues—Abraham was counted righteous based on his faith in God’s promises in the first covenant. Specifically, Abraham believed that God would bring Abraham descendants. His faith was the means by which God brought salvation.

Now Abraham has been told to receive circumcision. This command God gave was to produce a testimony not to produce salvation. There is a big difference. One can be a means to the other but only as God chooses to do so. Continue reading

Abraham’s Tale of Two Covenants 1

Abraham's Tale of Two CovenantsWe stopped last time in the middle in Abraham’s tale of two covenants. Let’s revisit some of the verses we read previously as we continue Abraham’s Tale of Two Covenants…

Genesis 17:7-14 (NKJV)

And I will establish My covenant between Me and you and your descendants after you in their generations, for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and your descendants after you. Also, I give to you and your descendants after you the land in (of your sojournings) which you are a stranger, all the land of Canaan, as an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.”

And God said to Abraham: “As for you, you shall keep My covenant, you and your descendants after you throughout their generations. 10 This is My covenant which you shall keep, between Me and you and your descendants after you: Every male child among you shall be circumcised; 11 and you shall be circumcised in the flesh of your foreskins, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between Me and you. 12 He who is eight days old among you shall be circumcised, every male child in your generations, he who is born in your house or bought with money from any foreigner who is not your descendant. 13 He who is born in your house and he who is bought with your money must be circumcised, and My covenant shall be in your flesh for an everlasting covenant. 14 And the uncircumcised male child, who is not circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin, that person shall be cut off from his people; he has broken My covenant.”   Abraham’s Tale of Two Covenants

God presented Abraham with a new covenant, working in conjunction with the first covenant. And God called this new covenant, Continue reading

Understanding the Two Covenants of Abraham-Part 2

Understanding the Two Covenants of AbrahamWe continue our study on “Understanding the two covenants of Abraham” – God starts by telling Abram He will establish between God and Abram a covenant and multiply him exceedingly. But is this the Abrahamic Covenant?

Genesis 17:2-4 (NKJV)

And I will make My covenant between Me and you, and will multiply you exceedingly.” Then Abram fell on his face, and God talked with him, saying: “As for Me, behold, My covenant is with you, and you shall be a father of many (multitude of) nations.

Now if you are paying close attention to the text you probably noticed something curious in this passage.  God starts by telling Abram He will establish between God and Abram a covenant and multiply him exceedingly. At first glance, if you are familiar with Abrams story, you may have assumed this is the same covenant from earlier in Abrams story beginning in chapter 12. The one God announced in chapter 12, the one God confirmed in chapter 15 and echoed the whole way through. The one that had that ritual, the one that promises he will have many descendants. But when you look closely at the language it isn’t the same covenant. It speaks of a different covenant. First, the language is in the future tense. Not just in English, it is also in the future tense in Hebrew.  He says I WILL establish something with you. So this is something yet to happen. Continue reading