God’s Covenant with Abraham: A Call to All People
God’s Covenant with Abraham
God’s enduring covenant with Abraham should be a comfort to the Church. It models God’s heart towards humanity. The famed Abrahamic covenant comes from Genesis 12:1-3. It reads:
“Now the Lord said to Abram, ‘Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”
The Strength of God’s Covenant with Israel
The Lord underscores the impossibility of His covenant being broken in Jeremiah. He says that if we can break His covenant with the day and night so that the sun no longer rises and sets, only then could He reject the house of David (Jer. 33:20-21).
This covenant reminds us that God is a promise-keeper, that He is faithful in our unfaithfulness. That is the basis of what a covenant with God is.
Why did God bless Abraham?
God promised Abraham that He would multiply his descendants as the stars in the sky. He would be their God and give them a specific piece of land forever. Yet even before that, God said He would bless Abraham and his descendants so that all the families of the earth would be blessed (Genesis 12).
Quite simply, God has chosen the Jewish people to demonstrate His own kind and promise-keeping character to the world. And, to bless all the families of the earth!
When it comes to blessing all nations, God keeps his promise to Abraham. He uses Abraham’s family to demonstrate aspects of His character to the rest of the world. God loves His creation, which includes all of us. He does not show favoritism or prefer one people group over another.
What God’s Covenant with Abraham means for Christians
His covenant with Israel is also a call to us.
God’s covenant with Abraham reminds us of something. It is a call for our hearts with what burdens the very heart of God. This is a call to roll up our sleeves and dedicate our lives to His work. He is watching to see His Word fulfilled. God calls us to realize that Israel does not just preserve the past: she is the pulse of God’s present and future activity.
Through Israel God will bless all nations. Therefore, if we want to see the nations revived, it starts with her restoration.
As Jeremiah wrote:
“This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says about the houses in this city and the royal palaces of Judah... I will rebuild them as they were before. I will cleanse them from all sin they have committed against me…
Then this city will bring me renown, joy and praise and honor before all nations on earth that hear of all the good things I do for it; and they will be in awe and will tremble at the abundant prosperity and peace I provide for it” (Jeremiah 33:4&7-9).
3 Ways to get Involved in Israel
So how do we get connected and involved in what God is doing in Israel?
Three main ways are these: pray, tithe and spread the word to heal the breach between Jews and Gentile Christians.
The scriptures are full of verses calling us to pray for Israel, specifically the peace and security of Jerusalem.
1. Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem
King David wrote in Psalm 122, “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: May those who love you be secure. May there be peace within your walls and security within your citadels. For the sake of my family and friends, I will say, “Peace be within you” (vv. 6-8).
We can pray for the Lord to open the eyes of the Jewish people. That is because we want them to see Jesus as their Messiah. And we can pray for their restoration to glory as God promised to Abraham.
Paul shares in Romans 10:1, “Brothers, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for the Israelites is that they may be saved.” The Lord instructs us to give ourselves no rest and give Him no rest until He establishes Jerusalem and makes her the praise of the earth (Isaiah 62:6-7).
Another great way to pray is to follow promptings from ministries and Messianic organizations in Israel. Specifically, a good first step is subscribing to their prayer list. This will shed light on specific areas of prayer. It will keep you connected and informed in how the body of Messiah is moving in the Holy Land.
King David went on to say in Psalm 122, “For the sake of the house of the Lord our God, I will seek your prosperity” (v. 9).
2. Bless Israel Financially
One way to seek the prosperity of Israel is to financially bless the people in the land where God is doing His greatest work.
Fellowship of Israel Related Ministries (FIRM) is a wonderful place to find authentic, trustworthy ministries who are sowing seeds in Jewish hearts and reaping the promised harvest.
In Isaiah 60:5 it says of Israel, “the wealth on the seas will be brought to you, to you the riches of the nations will come.”
It is good for us individually and collectively as church congregations to sow into Israel. We should willingly sow our treasures into God’s work in His land.
3. Share the Truth about Israel
Politics is a controversial subject in general, let alone the sensitive subject of the Arab-Israeli conflict. You may want to focus your perspective on the Bible and your walk of faith. Humbly mention to anyone interested in the subject that God doesn’t save us based on our righteousness.
God has enduring covenant promises for His beloved Israel that He WILL fulfill. For His very name and nature are staked on those promises.
In spite of the repeated failings of Israel, there remains a plan and purpose for this nation. Despite the failings in my life and in your life, there remains a plan and a purpose for each of us. Man’s faithlessness thankfully does not nullify the faithfulness of God (see 2 Timothy 2:13).
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