Does this suggest that the Abrahamic Alliance is not unconditional? Genesis 17 and the covenant of circumcision would be subject to conditions, as Abraham and his descendants require circumcision (you will probably discuss it later). Finally, would Genesis 17 and the requirement that all the descendants of Abraham follow the rite of circumcision be a bone of contention between the descendants of Ishmael and the descendants of Isaac? As you can see, the Abrahamic Alliance was an important turning point in redemptive history. In this divine covenant, God promised that he would form a people (seed) that would be part of his kingdom (earth) through salvation. And Jesus is at the center of this triple promise. This is why his first recorded words of service were: « Penance, because the Kingdom of God is at hand. » In other words, trust Me (blessing), for I am your king (seed) who has arrived in his kingdom (country). Jesus told Israel that he was the fulfillment of all divine covenants – even the mosaic and Noah. The covenants did not speak of Abraham, Moses, David or even Israel. It was Jesus. In many ways, understanding the Abrahamic Covenant opens up a good understanding of most of the Bible. If you understand what God promises in Genesis 12:1-3, you can really begin to understand what He is doing in the rest of the Old Testament and even in the New Testament. You can better understand genealogies and the importance of people moving inside and outside Palestine.
So take your time and make sure your children realize how wonderful this alliance is. How did you help your children understand the effects of the Abrahamic Alliance? Share your tips in the comments. Here`s more help for executives getting ready for the October 18, 2015 meeting (Unit 2, Session 1) of The Gospel Project for Kids. Brian Dembowczyk is the team leader of The Gospel Project for Kids. He worked for more than 16 years in the local church service before arriving at LifeWay in 2014. Brian acquired an M.Div. from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and a D.Min. from the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Brian, his wife, Tara, and their three children – Joshua, Hannah and Caleb – live in Murfreesboro, TN, where Brian enjoys drinking coffee and teaching 1-3 students at the city church. I like this series about the Bund. In your article of October 17, 2011, « God`s covenant with Abraham, » you wrote: « The most remarkable aspect of the covenant between God and Abraham is that it is God, represented by the « smoking pot of fire » and the « flaming torch » that passed between the pieces.