Hebrews 11:8, states
that: "By faith Abraham,
when he was called to go
out into a place which he
should after receive for
an inheritance, obeyed;
and he went out, not
knowing whether he
Conditions of Ur during Abraham's Time
•When God called Abram he was in a city in
Babylonia, named Ur of the Chaldees. Ur was a very
advanced city and was believed to have been
founded some five hundred years before the time of
• Ur, could be compared to a modern city, having
libraries, schools, a system of law. It was a rich city
and many valuable treasures have been discovered
including elaborate jewelry.
Conditions of Ur during Abraham's Time
Abraham's father, Terah according to Joshua 24:2, worshiped
idols. Jewish tradition refers to Terah as an idol maker. Ur was an
idolatrous city worshiping many different Gods such as the god
of fire, moon, sun and stars. female in the city at some time in
her life would have to take her turn in serving as a priestess
prostitute in the temples.
Halley's Bible Handbook, Henry H. Halley, Zondervan Pub. House,
Grand Rapids, page 95.
The Covenant was fourfold:
• (1) God would make Abraham's descendants a great nation.
• (2) God would bless Abraham materially and make his
• (3) God would protect Abraham by blessing those that
• and cursing those that opposed Abraham.
• (4) God would bless all the families of the earth through
THE ABRAHAMIC COVENANT
God fulfilled his promised to Abraham
(1) Abraham's descendants became the nation of Israel.
Until this very day the child of Abraham, the Jews have remained an
ethnically pure people. They, of all the peoples on earth, are the only
people on earth that can make that claim. It seems it would be impossible
for a people to remain ethnically pure for four thousand years. And in truth
it would be, except that God made an unconditional promise to Abraham.
The continuing fulfillment of that covenant can be seen today. The Jews
have been scattered all over the earth in every continent. Almost every city
in the western world has a population of Jews. For example, many peoples
from all over the world have come and settled in the United States.
However, most immigrants in a generation or two lose their ethnic identity
and become simply "Americans". However, the Jews have remained a pure
people and retained they identity as Jews. Clearly God has done this and is
keeping His promise made to Abraham
• 2) Abraham was richly blessed materially, and also in his
descendants. Although the Jews have suffered great persecutions
throughout their history, they are not know as a poor people. They
have always been powerful in business and had great economic and
political power. Their power in Europe was the cause of Hitler's
great hatred of them. At the heart of his plan for a new Germany
and Europe was the elimination of all Jews and their influence from
Europe. Today, in the United States and Europe, the Jews are very
powerful people. They have great economic and political power.
Although the present day Israel, is one of the smallest countries on
the earth, it is one of the most powerful. Its economic, political and
technological power revels even that the USA and the USSR. Surely
the hand of God is all this.
Further, the name of Abraham is a world
renowned name. He is the father of not only
the Jews, but of Christianity, and all the
Arab world as well. The three great religions
of the world, Judaism, Christianity and Islam
all look to Abraham as their father. Apart
from the Jesus Christ, no name is as well
known as that of Abraham.
(3) God promised to bless those that blessed Israel and curse those
that cursed them. Every government that has persecuted the Jews
has fallen even to modern times. The Russian government, which has
had a national policy of persecution of the Jews, is in shambles.
However, the United States, who has always been the friend of the
nation of Israel, has prospered greatly. No matter how intense has
been the persecution of Israel, God has protected them. In 1967, in
what is called the Six Day War, the tiny nation of Israel utterly
destroyed all the combined efforts the Arab nations which surround
them. It has been called one of the greatest military victories in
history. Against impossible odds they repelled everything the Arab
threw at them. They not only defected these forces, but took great
amounts of land including in the south the Gaza Strip to the Nile
River, the West Bank and all of Jerusalem. Surely God's protecting
hand is upon this small nation.
4) God also promised that all the families of the earth would be
blessed through Abraham. History shows that the coming of the
Messiah, the Lord Jesus Christ, changed the whole world. The history
of western civilization is the history of the spread of Christianity. Even
our calendar dates from the birth of Christ. The moral teaching of
Christ and the New Testament, have shaped to a large degree all of
western nations. The United States Constitution was based on Biblical
standards of morals. Those nations which are identified as
"Christian", have prospered greatly.