The particular covenant feature in which Abraham was concerned was that, if he would be obedient to God, the Seed should be born of his line. Abraham was obedient, and he secured the honour of having the Blesser in his line, as proposed. Note that Abraham’s obedience did not secure a blessing for all the families of the earth. This had been determined and expressed long before (Gen. 3: 15), and Abraham’s obedience or disobedience could not alter it, though he did by his faith and obedience secure for himself the honour of being the one through whose line the blessing should come.
Jesus Christ the Promised Seed
It must, always be remembered that the true “Seed” of Abraham, promised to him, was not Isaac, but Jesus. (Gal. 3:16.) Considerable space in Matt. 1 and Luke 3 is used to give the genealogies that show (particularly that in Luke) our Lord to have been the, descendant of Abraham, and of David, and therefore entitled to be considered the heir of the promises made to those worthies. But just as Isaac was obedient so was our Lord tried and tested that He might learn obedience. (Heb. 5:8.) Isaac was received back from the dead “in a figure”; our Lord actually died and was actually received back from the dead. (Heb. 11: 17-19.) Thus was shown the necessity for our Lord’s death, before He, as the “Seed” could fully enter into His exalted office begin the work of blessing, which He did on the Day of Pentecost. (Acts 3: 25-26.)
Those blessed during the Gospel age have the additional privilege of following in His footsteps with a view to becoming joint heirs with Him of His glory, and with Him blessers of the remainder of the families of the earth in the Kingdom age. These, because associated with Him, have also the title, “‘Seed of Abraham. — Gal. 3: 29.
The Abrahamic Covenant may be considered in two parts;
(1″) to the Seed, (2) through the Seed.
It contains in its specifications no provision for the eradication of sin and the destruction of death. As the associates of His “Seed” were to be chosen from the fallen race, some such provision would be absolutely necessary before the gracious design of the Lord could be accomplished. (Gal. 3:16, 29.) The ‘Seed” must be prepared first. The Abrahamic Covenant did nothing more than to indicate that the “Seed” should be of Abraham’s line. How it, should be developed, and how it should get life, so that it might be a blesser indeed, was not expressed in the contract.
Therefore, some other arrangement must be made, so that the promise to Abraham might become effective in both its parts; and at this point enters the Law Covenant, proposing to prepare the ”Seed” for the great work.
- Necessity of a revelation of creation 7 Getting understanding by Word of God 5
- Today’s thought “And he counted it to him for righteousness” (January 12)
- The revival of Israel
- Wilderness Transformed
- Vayikra after its opening word וַיִּקְרָא, which means and He called
- Together tasting a great promise
- Deliverance and establishement of a theocracy