The Covenant Series#5©®
The Scarlet Cord©
The Basket Case©
In the Beginning©
12 Now [in Haran] the Lord said to Abram, Go for yourself [for your own advantage] away from your country, from your relatives and your father’s house, to the land that I will show you.2 And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you [with abundant increase of favors] and make your name famous and distinguished, and you will be a blessing [dispensing good to others].3 And I will bless those who bless you [who confer prosperity or happiness upon you] and [a]curse him who curses or uses insolent language toward you; in you will all the families and kindred of the earth be blessed [and by you they will bless themselves].4 So Abram departed, as the Lord had directed him; and Lot [his nephew] went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he left Haran. 5 Abram took Sarai his wife, and Lot his brother’s son, and all their possessions that they had gathered, and the persons [servants] that they had acquired in Haran, and they went forth to go to the land of Canaan. When they came to the land of Canaan,6 Abram passed through the land to the locality of Shechem, to the oak or terebinth tree of Moreh. And the Canaanite was then in the land.7 Then the Lord appeared to Abram and said, I will give this land to your posterity. So Abram built an altar there to the Lord, Who had appeared to him.8 From there he pulled up [his tent pegs] and departed to the mountain on the east of Bethel and pitched his tent, with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east; and there he built an altar to the Lord and called upon the name of the Lord.9 Abram journeyed on, still going toward the South (the Negeb). (Gen 12:1-10 AMPC).
Now it came to pass, after Noah, his sons, their descendants and Babel; we hear of Abram who had been Terah’s son (see Gen 11:26 AMPC). We understand the Lord’s call had been given to Terah, later it had been passed on to Abram. This instruction had been originally given to Terah. The Lord called the whole family out from Ur of the Chaldees. We trace this call, the Messianic promise given us, back to when Noah blessed his sons. Abram been a descendant of Shem (Semites).
We trace this back through the Biblical root of Noah’s descendants. When checking the genealogy of Messiah, on both Joseph and Mary’s (Miriam’s) ancestral timeline, we find out God’s Planned, Prophetic and Messianic promise as recorded according to Gen 3:15. When reading the Gospels, we find Christ’s genealogy, recorded in both the Gospels of Matthew and Luke.
Although these may not be recorded in the Gospels of Mark and John, it by no means disqualifies the Biblical record, as recorded through out the Scripture. Secular, historical records also affirm, this Biblical Truth. These are literal events which have been recorded throughout history. From the Beginning, we have received God’s Promises, for the restoration of fallen mankind.
Since the fall; our Lord had always been reaching out, reconciling us back with Him. He promised the Seed of the woman, would crush the serpent’s seed. He even demonstrated His Great Love, toward us. He makes all things new. Gradually He gave us clues as to how He would restore us toward Himself. During my previous, earlier posts concerning Abraham’s Seed, I had touched on real sons/children of Abraham, being people of Faith.
After Terah passed, the Word of the Lord came to Abram, instructing him to leave his homeland, kith and kin. The Lord; renewed Abram’s original call, to the Promised Land. In obedience; he acted on the Lord’s instruction. The Lord, gave Abram great, grand, lively promises. On his hearkening to the Lord’s Call, placed upon his life, Abram’s name would eventually be changed by God to Abraham.
When studying Abraham’s life throughout Scripture, we discover God’s Faithfulness toward him. Abraham in turn obeyed, kept trusting, putting his faith in God. Through his (Abraham’s) believing, trusting in God, He accredited, accounted it to him for Righteousness (see Rom 4:1-8; Gen 15:3-7; Gal 3:2-9 & Jas 2:21-25). E’en Rahab’s faith, through her actions, when hiding Joshua’s two spies from the authorities, had been found and justified as righteous before God (Jas 2:24-25).
Originally Sarah had been barren. Obviously it would be humanely and naturally impossible for her to bear children. God’s promises, which He had made to Abram (Abraham) seemed unlikely of being fulfilled. Both Abraham and Sarah had also matured in years. But they never lost sight of their final prize. Therefore both had been recorded in Faith’s, Hall of Fame! When talking of Abraham’s faith, we need to include Sarah as well, seeing she is Abraham’s better half.Abraham and Sarah knew, without any doubt, the Lord is able to do abundantly more than they ever thought, dreamt or e’en imagined. Although they were well advanced in years, Sarah beyond childbearing age, both of them having laughed; thinking it would not be possible. The Lord Lovingly asked them whether anything is too difficult (too wonderful) for the Lord? Thus the Lord fulfilled His promise, toward Abraham & Sarah, concerning their son. God’s promise, which He had given to Abraham, goes way back to when the Lord, had first called them from out of their own company.
Neither Abraham nor Sarah, lost their Faith, Trust in the Lord’s Promise. Both constantly trusted the Lord, believing He would be sure to fulfill His Promise given them. Through their faith in God’s Word given them, they neither wavered nor doubted God’s Word. They knew the Lord, would be able to call those things which be not as tho they were.
Therefore the original Covenant, the promise was made by God between Himself and Abraham’s Seed. Tracing back in Genesis, we see the Lord promising Adam’s descendants, deliverance, reconciliation, restoration and Salvation through the Seed of the woman. When following this Covenant connection, we find the Lord promising Noah, He would establish His Covenant, with him, his descendants after him.
We read further, God’s Pledge would also cover every living creature, the whole earth and all of Creation. He gives the rainbow as a sign, a token; for not destroying the world, all flesh with an universal, world wide deluge again. Treading back, we see another interesting development. Because Noah had been righteous in his age, he made an altar, built before the Lord, giving a sacrifice of thanksgiving unto Him. This sacrifice being pleasing to the Lord!
Due this pleasant sacrificial odour; being pleasing to the Lord; He decided ne’er again to destroy, or curse the ground, all of creation through water because of man’s evil imaginations. He decreed seed-time and harvest; e’en calling cold and heat; summer and winter; day and night into being, which shall ne’er cease. Remember in the beginning all things had originally been created through the Power of His Word.
Paul writing to the Galatians spoke of Abraham’s Seed. Yet if Abraham had not believed, we would have no other alternative, but to seek a different outcome. The Lord promised us; we would be blessed through Abraham’s Seed! Now because he believed it had been accredited to Abraham’s account, for Righteousness Sake. E’en we through believing Christ Jesus, are enabled to become God’s Righteousness, in Him.
15 To speak in terms of human relations, brethren, [if] even a man makes a last will and testament (a merely human covenant), no one sets it aside or makes it void or
adds to it when once it has been drawn up and signed (ratified, confirmed).16 Now
the promises (covenants, agreements) were decreed and made to Abraham and his Seed
(his Offspring, his Heir). He [God] does not say, And to seeds (descendants, heirs), as if referring to many persons, but, And to your Seed (your Descendant, your Heir obviously referring to one individual, Who is [none other than] Christ (the Messiah).17 This is my argument: The Law, which began 430 years after the covenant [concerning the coming Messiah], does not and cannot annul the covenant previously established (ratified) by God, so as to abolish the promise and make it
void. (See Gal 3:15-17 AMPC).
Now God made His Covenant with Abram, the day He called him out from his people. Through his obedience, Abraham received the first part of God’s instruction, given him. The Lord calling him aside, setting him apart from the people of his generation. Abram heeded God’s call upon his life, taking his wife Sarai and Lot (his nephew) with him. When crossing the border, they entered Canaan.
The Lord had given Abraham many great, wondrous and beautiful promises. All which had to with God’s Covenant Mercies. Abram been found to be righteous, before God and man. He has been called God’s friend, o’er millennia. He walked with God, as did Enoch and Noah. Secular records say he had also been a contemporary in Noah’s generation. More than likely a descendant of Shem.
From Shem we are able to trace all his descendants down toward Terah, the father of Abram [high exalted father]. Whom the Lord later called Abraham [father of a multitude], thereby changing his name from Abram to Abraham. The Lord not only changed Abraham’s name, but also changed Sarai’s name to Sarah [princess]. Gradually the Lord leads, directing each one of Abraham’s steps closer to His Promised Covenant.
God’s blessing also increased in Abraham’s life. The Lord gradually, thoroughly fulfilled His Promises, which He made with Abraham. Wherever Abraham went, the Lord blessed and increased him. Because of these God Blessings, our friend of God became extremely wealthy, lacking nothing. The psalmist writes about God’s Goodness and Mercy, following him wherever he went. Abraham experienced these exceeding, great and wonderful promises; throughout his life.
The work which our Lord started in us; He shall complete – – –
Philippians 1:5-7 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC)
5 [I thank my God] for your fellowship(your[a]sympathetic cooperation and contributions and partnership) in advancing the good news (the Gospel) from the first day [you heard it] until now.6 And I am convinced and sure of this very thing, that He Who began a good work in you will continue until the day of Jesus Christ [right up to the time of His return], developing [that good work] and perfecting and bringing it to full completion in you.7 It is right and appropriate for me to have this confidence and feel this way about you all, because [b]you have me in your heart and I hold you in my heart as partakers and sharers, one and all with me, of grace (God’s unmerited favor and spiritual blessing). [This is true] both when I am shut up in prison and when I am out in the defense and confirmation of the good news (the Gospel).
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