Friday, 8 March 2013
The Abrahamic Covenant - Part Three
Genesis 12:2: “I will make you a great nation;
I will bless you
And make your name great;
And you shall be a blessing.
These promises set out God’s absolute commitment to his covenant to Abraham. Although Abraham’s obedience to God’s law is far from perfect, God’s commitment to him is certain. Indeed, Abraham wasn’t of his own works perfect before God. One example is when Abraham seeks to deceive the Egyptians. Abraham didn’t want them to think that Sarai was his wife.
Genesis 12:12-13: Therefore it will happen, when the Egyptians see you, that they will say, ‘This is his wife’; and they will kill me, but they will let you live. Please say you are my sister, that it may be well with me for your sake, and that I may live because of you.”
In one sense Sarai was Abraham’s sister; however, he was disobedient by wanting to deceive the Egyptians. Abraham repeats the same mistake again in Genesis 20. Even so, God still came to him with grace. Certainly God’s grace to him reaches beyond his ability to keep God’s law perfectly. We are to look beyond Abraham for an answer to sin. The ultimate fulfilment of this covenant would depend on someone who could fulfil God’s law perfectly? It is through Jesus Christ that the covenant would ultimately be realised.
Link to Part One