CONSIDER ABRAHAM - NOTES

Living in the Covenant, Part 1

 

A.   GOD MAKES A COVENANT WITH ABRAM

 

Genesis 12:1-3 - The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you.

“I will make you into a great nation,
    and I will bless you;
I will make your name great,
    and you will be a blessing.[a]
I will bless those who bless you,
    and whoever curses you I will curse;
and all peoples on earth
    will be blessed through you.” (NIV)

 

Three Promises:

 

1.      I will make you a great nation

2.      I will bless your nation

3.      I will bless all nations through your nation

 

Genesis 15:1-6 – … the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision:

“Do not be afraid, Abram.
    I am your shield,
    your very great reward.”

But Abram said, “Sovereign Lord, what can you give me since I remain childless and the one who will inherit my estate is Eliezer of Damascus?” And Abram said, “You have given me no children; so a servant in my household will be my heir.”

 Then the word of the Lord came to him: “This man will not be your heir, but a son who is your own flesh and blood will be your heir.” He took him outside and said, “Look up at the sky and count the stars—if indeed you can count them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your offspring be.”

Abram believed the Lord, and he credited it to him as righteousness.

 

Genesis 15:7-12 - He also said to him, “I am the Lord, who brought you out of Ur of the Chaldeans to give you this land to take possession of it.” But Abram said, “Sovereign Lord, how can I know that I will gain possession of it?”  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.”

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.  Then birds of prey came down on the carcasses, but Abram drove them away. As the sun was setting, Abram fell into a deep sleep, and a thick and dreadful darkness came over him. 

 

Genesis 15-17-18 -  When the sun had set and darkness had fallen, a smoking firepot with a blazing torch appeared and passed between the pieces.  On that day the Lord made a covenant with Abram and said, “To your descendants I give this land, from the Wadi of Egypt to the great river, the Euphrates—

 

 

B.   CHARACTERISTICS OF A COVENANT

 

1.      Unbreakable

 

2.      Penalty for breaking covenant

 

Jeremiah 34:18 - Those who have violated my covenant and have not fulfilled the terms of the covenant they made before me, I will treat like the calf they cut in two and then walked between its pieces. (NIV)

 

3.      Mark of being in covenant

 

4.      Exchange of possessions

 

5.      Extends to heirs

 

C.   GOD’S COVENANT IS GROUNDED IN GRACE

 

Genesis 15:6 - Abram believed the Lord, and he credited it to him as righteousness.

 

D.   AND OVER AND OVER, GOD REMEMBERS HIS COVENANT TO ABRAHAM

 

Galatians 3:6-7 - Consider Abraham: “He believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.” Understand, then, that those who believe are children of Abraham.

 

E. GOD’S GRACE APPLIED: DAVID AND MEPHIBOSHETH (2 Samuel 9:1-9)

 

F.    IF YOU ARE A SPIRITUAL CHILD OF ABRAHAM, YOU ARE AN HEIR TO THE COVENANT

 

Galatians 3:29 - If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.

 

Galatians 3:14: He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit. (NIV)