WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24
Scripture: Genesis 15:13-18, Genesis 22:1-5
Verse 18 says, “On the same day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying: “To your descendants I have given this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the River Euphrates—…” In our present day, when we look at the Palestinians at war with the Israelites, we ought to be reminded that Israel has owned the land much longer than the Palestinians ever thought about occupying it. And yet, it is stunning how many people seem to think that Israel is occupying someone else’s land. The Bible makes it clear that God gave the land to Israel long before the Palestinians were ever birthed in Ishmael! The Jews own Israel by God’s Covenant with Abraham! Just as Abram asked God, “How shall I know?” the day came when God was willing to ask Abram, “How shall I know?” In Genesis 22, we find God returned the favor, asking Abram for his son. Abram had asked God for a guarantee of a son so he could know. In Blood Covenant, what is yours is mine. Covenant has to be tested to be confirmed. God tested by asking for Abram’s son. By faith Abram had to declare that he would return with the lad. Blood Covenant guarantees that God will perform what He promises. If we accede to God’s requests, Covenant is active when we pass the test. Our choices prove whether or not we will honor His covenant, as Abram did. There is the core issue of covenant. You and I have to prove to God that we will give Him what He wants from us. Then we will know that He will give us what we ask. Abram walked it out and as a result became the father of all them that believe.