In Genesis 12:1-3, God made a vow to Abraham, He promised him 3 things;
- To make him into a great nation which we know today as Israel.
- Make his name famous (you’d agree with me that everyone who is a believer of any of the Abrahamic faiths; Christianity, Judaism or Islam. Knows about Abraham and he is always a constant reference for faith, obedience and blessings from God).
- God also promised to bless those who bless him and curse those who curse him and this vow is still being kept till today as every nation that is a strong ally to Israel benefits massively from that friendship and any nation opposed to them have suffered greatly.
God didn’t just stop there. He made good on His promise and 42 generations later, He came back mightier than He did the first time by bringing Jesus, the messiah of the world through Abraham’s lineage and God was consistent and still is consistent with the vow He made to Abraham.
Now the question becomes, what did a man like Abraham have to do to for God to preserve a bloodline of really great men, each one greater than the last till this day?
The level of commitment that God has kept with Abraham and his descendants up until today is unrivaled yet in all of history and studying this phenomenon, I believe, would really open a door of understanding to all of mankind. Most especially families within the church on how to situate the presence of God amongst us for generations and would teach us a thing or two on passing on covenants to generations unborn.
Deuteronomy 9:5. It is not because of your righteousness or your integrity that you are going in to take possession of their land; but on account of the wickedness of these nations, the LORD your God will drive them out before you, to accomplish what he swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
God had to remind the children of Israel why He will stand by them. This faithfulness to a people even in their rebellion has to be studied.
- ABRAHAM BELIEVED
The first thing I noticed about Abraham is that in a time when knowledge and insight into whom the one true God is and how to please Him was scarce, Abraham found Him and followed Him and pleased Him. Even when his father and fathers before worshipped other gods and idols, Abraham chose Yahweh. His never wavering belief in Yahweh must have been the first thing God saw in him.
His faith was so strong, it broke him out of a belief system and lifestyle of idol worship he had known all his life from birth and lead him into God’s purpose for him.
Now, that is what the bible talks about when it speaks about believing. When you believe in Go, it shouldn’t stop at just your mind but should affect every area of your life, including actions and inactions. It should be the propelling force for your life. Be able to really trust Him and His plans for you.
Nehemiah 9:7 “You are the LORD God, who chose Abram and brought him out of Ur of the Chaldeans and named him Abraham.
Nehemiah 9:8 You found his heart faithful to you, and you made a covenant with him to give to his descendants the land of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Jebusites and Girgashites. You have kept your promise because you are righteous.
- ABRAHAM SUBMITED TOTALLY IN OBEDIENCE.
The second thing I noticed about Abraham is Faith and Obedience.
In Genesis 12:1, God gave Abraham instructions, and then promises, but it takes a man of faith and humility to obey and make a move based on a promise and Genesis 12:4 tells us that Abraham went just as the Lord had told Him.
Few times Abraham showed Faith and Obedience includes;
Romans 4:18-21 – His believe in the promise of a legitimate heir (Isaac) even though he was old already, he still held on to what God had told him.
Genesis 13:14-17 – The seperation between himself and Lot and his believe in God’s promise of giving the land to him.
Genesis 22 – The almost sacrifice of Isaac.
Genesis 12:4 – His obedience to God when asked to leave his father’s house.
- ABRAHAM HONOURED HIS COVENANT WITH GOD AND MADE SURE HIS DESCENDANTS WOULD NOT STRAY FROM IT ALSO.
The third thing I noticed about Abraham is it wasn’t just his faith and obedience because if it was just his own then the covenant would have ended with him but Hebrews 12:13 tells us that all of these generations after Abraham still lived by ‘Faith’ even when they had not received the things promised.
So a key part of continuing the covenant was making sure his descendants were well informed about it and didn’t depart from it. So it is not enough that you have a covenant with God, it is important that your children are introduced to it and kept in it.
In a time when the worship of the one true God, Yahweh, wasn’t as popular amongst men as today and idol worship was rife, God could find a man worthy enough to go into covenant with and start and sustain a faith that has helped mankind know HIim and experience Him better.
Now, the question is; what can God start with you and sustain through your lineage? Can He find you worthy in a time when living a life holy and acceptable unto God sounds weird?
The best thing you can leave for your offspring is a covenanted relationship with God because even after you’re gone you can be sure and certain that God is looking after them.
So let’s do a recap of the things we’ve learnt;
- Abraham found God even when he was born into idol worshipping.
- Abraham had faith in God and obeyed Him even when the odds were against him.
- Abraham kept his covenant with God and even his descendants after him and that is one of the reasons God remains faithful till this day.
Have a great day and God bless you!