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Copyright © Simon G. Harris 2011
Scripture quotations taken from the
HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL
VERSION. Copyright © 19...
The Call
•a living God
•a leaving behind
•a legacy promised

Genesis 12:1-3 1 The
Lord had said to Abram,
"Leave your coun...
The Call
•a living God
•a leaving behind
•a legacy promised

Matthew 1:1 A record of
the genealogy of Jesus Christ
the son...
The Call
•a living God
•a leaving behind
•a legacy promised

Galatians 3:14 He
redeemed us in order that
the blessing give...
The Call
•a living God
•a leaving behind
•a legacy promised
•a ludicrous choice

Genesis 12:1-3 1 The
Lord had said to Abr...
The COVENANT
A covenant:

•two households
became one

•for protection &
provision

•lasted a lifetime

Genesis 14:1-2 At t...
The COVENANT
Protection

•“shield”
Provision

•“reward”

Genesis 15:1 After this,
the word of the Lord came
to Abram in a ...
The COVENANT
Protection

•“shield”
Provision

•“reward”

Genesis 15:2 But Abram
said, "O Sovereign Lord,
what can you give...
The COVENANT
Protection

•“shield”
Provision

•“reward”

Genesis 15:5 He took him
outside and said, "Look up at
the heaven...
The COVENANT
We enter into God’s
promise by FAITH
alone

Genesis 15:6 Abram
believed the Lord, and he
credited it to him a...
The COVENANT
We enter into God’s
promise by FAITH
alone

Romans 4:23-24The
words "it was credited to
him" were written not...
The COVENANT
We enter into God’s
promise by FAITH
alone

Ephesians 2:8For it is by
grace you have been saved,
through fait...
The COVENANT
Genesis 5:9So the Lord
said to him, "Bring me a
heifer, a goat and a ram,
each three years old, along
with a ...
The COVENANT
Genesis 15:10Abram
brought all these to him, cut
them in two and arranged
the halves opposite each
other; the...
The COVENANT
•God was the other
partner!

Genesis 15:17When the
sun had set and darkness had
fallen, a smoking firepot
wit...
The COVENANT
•God was the other
partner!

•God sealed the deal
•God did it all

Genesis 15:17When the
sun had set and dark...
The COVENANT
•God was the other
partner!

•God sealed the deal
•God did it all

Genesis 15:18On that
day the Lord made a
c...
The COVENANT
Two signs

•new names

Genesis 17:5No longer
will you be called Abram;
your name will be Abraham,
for I have ...
The COVENANT
Two signs

•new names
•new scar

Genesis 17:11-12You are
to undergo circumcision, and
it will be the sign of ...
The COVENANT
Just an aside ...

•God’s PACE is different to ours

•God’s PLAN is different to ours
The Consequence
•Abraham was totally
confident in God

Genesis 22:12b" Now I
know that you fear God,
because you have not
...
The Consequence
•Abraham was totally
confident in God

•The old way is over

Genesis 22:12a"Do not
lay a hand on the boy,"...
Grace Notes
•The blood that
sealed the covenant

Ephesians 2:13But now
in Christ Jesus you who once
were far away have bee...
Grace Notes
•The blood that
sealed the covenant

•The way God sealed
the covenant

John 1:14The Word
became flesh and made...
Grace Notes
•The blood that
sealed the covenant

•The way God sealed
the covenant

2 Corinthians 5:21God
made him who had ...
Grace Notes
•The blood that
sealed the covenant

•The way God sealed
the covenant

•The scar

John 20:20After he said
this...
Grace Notes
•The blood that
sealed the covenant

•The way God sealed
the covenant

•The scar
•The lamb provided

John 1:29...
Grace Notes
•The blood that
sealed the covenant

•The way God sealed
the covenant

Luke 23:33When they
came to the place c...
Grace Notes
•The blood that
sealed the covenant

•The way God sealed
the covenant

Hebrews 11:19Abraham
reasoned that God ...
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  1. 1. Copyright © Simon G. Harris 2011 Scripture quotations taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission Abraham: The Covenant
  2. 2. The Call •a living God •a leaving behind •a legacy promised Genesis 12:1-3 1 The Lord had said to Abram, "Leave your country, your people and your father's household and go to the land I will show you. 2 "I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; ...and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you."
  3. 3. The Call •a living God •a leaving behind •a legacy promised Matthew 1:1 A record of the genealogy of Jesus Christ the son of David, the son of Abraham:
  4. 4. The Call •a living God •a leaving behind •a legacy promised Galatians 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.
  5. 5. The Call •a living God •a leaving behind •a legacy promised •a ludicrous choice Genesis 12:1-3 1 The Lord had said to Abram, "Leave your country, your people and your father's household and go to the land I will show you. 2 "I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; ...and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you."
  6. 6. The COVENANT A covenant: •two households became one •for protection & provision •lasted a lifetime Genesis 14:1-2 At this time Amraphel king of Shinar, Arioch king of Ellasar, Kedorlaomer king of Elam and Tidal king of Goiim 2 went to war against Bera king of Sodom, Birsha king of Gomorrah, Shinab king of Admah, Shemeber king of Zeboiim, and the king of Bela (that is, Zoar).
  7. 7. The COVENANT Protection •“shield” Provision •“reward” Genesis 15:1 After this, the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision: "Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your very great reward."
  8. 8. The COVENANT Protection •“shield” Provision •“reward” Genesis 15:2 But Abram said, "O Sovereign Lord, what can you give me since I remain childless and the one who will inherit my estate is Eliezer of Damascus?"
  9. 9. The COVENANT Protection •“shield” Provision •“reward” Genesis 15:5 He took him outside and said, "Look up at the heavens and count the stars--if indeed you can count them." Then he said to him, "So shall your offspring be."
  10. 10. The COVENANT We enter into God’s promise by FAITH alone Genesis 15:6 Abram believed the Lord, and he credited it to him as righteousness.
  11. 11. The COVENANT We enter into God’s promise by FAITH alone Romans 4:23-24The words "it was credited to him" were written not for him alone, 24 but also for us, to whom God will credit righteousness--for us who believe in him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead.
  12. 12. The COVENANT We enter into God’s promise by FAITH alone Ephesians 2:8For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith--and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God--
  13. 13. The COVENANT Genesis 5:9So the Lord said to him, "Bring me a heifer, a goat and a ram, each three years old, along with a dove and a young pigeon."
  14. 14. The COVENANT Genesis 15:10Abram brought all these to him, cut them in two and arranged the halves opposite each other; the birds, however, he did not cut in half.
  15. 15. The COVENANT •God was the other partner! Genesis 15:17When the sun had set and darkness had fallen, a smoking firepot with a blazing torch appeared ....
  16. 16. The COVENANT •God was the other partner! •God sealed the deal •God did it all Genesis 15:17When the sun had set and darkness had fallen, a smoking firepot with a blazing torch appeared and passed between the pieces.
  17. 17. The COVENANT •God was the other partner! •God sealed the deal •God did it all Genesis 15:18On that day the Lord made a covenant with Abram ...
  18. 18. The COVENANT Two signs •new names Genesis 17:5No longer will you be called Abram; your name will be Abraham, for I have made you a father of many nations.
  19. 19. The COVENANT Two signs •new names •new scar Genesis 17:11-12You are to undergo circumcision, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and you. 12 For the generations to come every male among you who is eight days old must be circumcised, including those born in your household or bought with money from a foreigner-those who are not your offspring.
  20. 20. The COVENANT Just an aside ... •God’s PACE is different to ours •God’s PLAN is different to ours
  21. 21. The Consequence •Abraham was totally confident in God Genesis 22:12b" Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son."
  22. 22. The Consequence •Abraham was totally confident in God •The old way is over Genesis 22:12a"Do not lay a hand on the boy," he said. "Do not do anything to him.
  23. 23. Grace Notes •The blood that sealed the covenant Ephesians 2:13But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near through the blood of Christ.
  24. 24. Grace Notes •The blood that sealed the covenant •The way God sealed the covenant John 1:14The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
  25. 25. Grace Notes •The blood that sealed the covenant •The way God sealed the covenant 2 Corinthians 5:21God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
  26. 26. Grace Notes •The blood that sealed the covenant •The way God sealed the covenant •The scar John 20:20After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord.
  27. 27. Grace Notes •The blood that sealed the covenant •The way God sealed the covenant •The scar •The lamb provided John 1:29The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, "Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!
  28. 28. Grace Notes •The blood that sealed the covenant •The way God sealed the covenant Luke 23:33When they came to the place called the Skull, there they crucified him, along with the criminals--one on his right, the other on his left. •The scar •The lamb provided •The place the lamb was found
  29. 29. Grace Notes •The blood that sealed the covenant •The way God sealed the covenant Hebrews 11:19Abraham reasoned that God could raise the dead, and figuratively speaking, he did receive Isaac back from death. •The scar •The resurrection •The lamb provided pondered •The place the lamb was found

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