The "Abrahamic Covenant"
Now the Lord had said to Abram: "Get out of your country,from your family and from your father's house, to a land that I will show you. I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great; And you shall be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, And I will curse him who curses you; And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed."
In the Noahic Covenant, the desendants of Noah were instructed to be fruitful and multiply. They were given dodminion over animal creation as their predecessors were before. The human race was seen as "one unit" and God had instriucted them to spread out (scatter) and replenish the places where they would travel and eventually settle over the course of the whole earth.
At this point and time in human history, there was neither Jew or Gentile because the entire race all were descnedants of Noah, birthed from 3 sons: Shem, Ham and Japeth. Over the course of time the Noah's descendants became very idolatrous. God had instructed them to replenish the earth, yet the Tower of Babel would became their undoing.
In Genesis 11: 1- 9, ther Bible said the whole world had one language and a common speech. As men moved eastward, Noah's descendants found a plain in Shinarb and settled there. Ignoring Gods's mandate to replenish the whole earth, They said to each other, "Come, let's make bricks and bake them thoroughly." They used brick instead of stone, and tar for mortar. Then they said, "Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves and not be scattered over the face of the whole earth." But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower that the men were building. The Lord said, "If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them. Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other."
So the Lord scattered them from there over all the earth, and they stopped building the city. That is why it was called Babel because there the Lord confused the language of the whole world. From there the Lord scattered them over the face of the whole earth. Now a people no longer united in one language and scattered over the face of the earth by God, confused and still an idolatrous race, God remedied this In Genesis 12:1-3 by calling out a descendant of Shem and from him (Abram) created a "New Nation" and a separated people. Abram, latter named Abraham received the charge and call while living in the land of Ur of the Chaldees, located in Mesopotania. This covenant would not just include Abraham, but would be confirmed in all of his descendants. The covenant would be enlarged in his son Isaac and s well as in Abraham's grandson Jacob, later named Israel.
Conditions of the Abrahamic Covenant:
The Abrahamic contained no special conditions. thsi covenant ushered in a new dispensation called the "Dispensation of The family. Within this "covenant", God made "7 promises" to Abraham
A. "I will make out of you a "Great Nation"
God fulfilled this promise in "2 ways":
1. Through Natural posterity: as "The Dust of the earth" Genesis 13:14-18 Genesis 17:19-21
"The Lord said to Abram after Lot had parted from him, "Lift up your eyes from where you are and look north and south, east and west. All the land that you see I will give to you and your offspringa forever. I will make your offspring like the dust of the earth, so that if anyone could count the dust, then your offspring could be counted. Go, walk through the length and breadth of the land, for I am giving it to you."
Then God said, "Yes, but your wife Sarah will bear you a son, and you will call him Isaac. I will establish my covenant with him as an everlasting covenant for his descendants after him. 20 And as for Ishmael, I have heard you: I will surely bless him; I will make him fruitful and will greatly increase his numbers. He will be the father of twelve rulers, and I will make him into a great nation. But my covenant I will establish with Isaac, whom Sarah will bear to you by this time next year."
God fulfilled this through the descendants of both Isaac and Ishmael.
2, Through Spiritual Posterity:as "The Stars of Heaven" Galatians 3:6-9
Consider Abraham: "He believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness." Understand, then, that those who believe are children of Abraham. The Scripture foresaw that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, and announced the gospel in advance to Abraham: "All nations will be blessed through you." So those who have faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith".
And in Galatians 3:26-29: "You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise".
B. I will bless you (both temporally and spiritually)
Abraham was blessed temporally in Genesis 13:11-18, in Chapter 15:18-21 and in Chapter 24:34-36
So he said, "I am Abraham's servant. The Lord has blessed my master abundantly, and he has become wealthy. He has given him sheep and cattle, silver and gold, menservants and maidservants, and camels and donkeys. My master's wife Sarah has borne him a son in her old age, and he has given him everything he owns.
C. I will make your name great
Comparitively, outside of Jesus Christ and David Abraham is said to be the next outstanding name in the entire Bible.
D. I will make you a blessing
This was fulfilled in the above scriptures:Genesis 13:11-18, in Chapter 15:18-21 and in Chapter 24:34-36 and in Galtians 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. Abraham ws truly a blessing in his own time period in history, as well as through his ancestors through whom the "promised seed" (Jesus Christ)
E. I will bless those who bless You and....
F. I wiil Curse those who curse You:
Individually and collectively, blessings and curses in Abraham's behalf played out and have been fulfiulled in Jewish history and will during the coming 7-year Tribulation period. It is a known fact that throughout history, God has shown favor toward those nations that treated Israel with kindness and every nation that has mistreated Israel has suffered greatly
G. All families on This Earth will be Blessed because of You (Abraham)
Dueteromony 28:8-14 and Isaiah 60: 3-5 and verses 11 and 16
Pertaining to the Jewish Race:
The Lord will send a blessing on your barns and on everything you put your hand to. The Lord your God will bless you in the land he is giving you. The Lord will establish you as his holy people, as he promised you on oath, if you keep the commands of the Lord your God and walk in his ways. Then all the peoples on earth will see that you are called by the name of the Lord , and they will fear you. The Lord will grant you abundant prosperity in the fruit of your womb, the young of your livestock and the crops of your ground in the land he swore to your forefathers to give you.
The Lord will open the heavens, the storehouse of his bounty, to send rain on your land in season and to bless all the work of your hands. You will lend to many nations but will borrow from none. The Lord will make you the head, not the tail. If you pay attention to the commands of the Lord your God that I give you this day and carefully follow them, you will always be at the top, never at the bottom. Do not turn aside from any of the commands I give you today, to the right or to the left, following other gods and serving them.
Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn. "Lift up your eyes and look about you: All assemble and come to you; your sons come from afar, and your daughters are carried on the arm. Then you will look and be radiant, your heart will throb and swell with joy; the wealth on the seas will be brought to you, to you the riches of the nations will come.
Your gates will always stand open, they will never be shut, day or night, so that men may bring you the wealth of the nations their kings led in triumphal procession.
You will drink the milk of nations and be nursed at royal breasts. Then you will know that I, the Lord , am your Savior, your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob.
Note: the 7th promise is fulfilled spiritually in Jesus Christ. It will aso be fulfilled again in toward the Gentile nations in the Millenium through Israel.
Back in history, Abraham's faith was tested in Genesis 22:15-18 when God instructed him to offer up Isaac as a burnt offering. This Covenant was both reaffirmed and confirmed. This is an "everlasting covenant". According to Genesis17: 9-14, the "sign of this covenant is "circumcision"! God instructed Abraham to circumcise every male in his houseold regardless of family status. God siad he would reject and cut off all males in Abraham's household who were not circimcised. this covenant will remain in effect to the "End Times",which will include the "New Earth."
The Abrahamic Covenant is agreement God made with Abraham and concerns the Hebrew Race. Neither the "Adamic or the Noahic " Covenant were done away with nor superceeded by this covenant. Both the Adamic and Noahic covered the entire Gentile world. Also, the dispensations of "Conscience" and "Human Governmen are active today and still apply to the Gentile Races.