God’s Covenant with Abraham

by Narelle Atkins

In Genesis 12, God made a covenant with Abraham. This covenant was an important part of God’s plan of salvation for the world. A covenant can be defined as a formal agreement between two parties.

Genesis 12:1-3 outlined the three key promises in God’s covenant with Abraham.

God commanded Abram (later known as Abraham) to leave his homeland and father’s household for a new land. God promised to give Abraham and his descendents the land of Canaan.

God promised to make Abraham and his descendents into a great nation. Abraham’s name would be great and his descendents would be more numerous than the stars in the sky.

God promised to bless Abraham. God told Abraham He would bless those who bless Abraham and curse those who curse Abraham. And all the people on earth, every nation, would be blessed through Abraham.

As Abraham’s story unfolds in Genesis 12, we learn why Abraham questions how God will fulfill His covenant promises. Abraham and his wife Sarah (previously called Sarai) are very old and childless, and the land of Canaan is already inhabited by other people.

Ultimately, Jesus’ death and resurrection is the fulfilment of God’s covenant promises to Abraham. In Luke 22:19-20, Jesus shares His Last Supper with his disciples. Jesus tells His disciples that the cup He’s holding is the new covenant in His blood, poured out for them. Jesus establishes a new covenant to replace the old covenant, and He brings salvation and blessing to the world.

May Featured Bible Studies of the Month

Narelle here. We’re excited to announce that we will be featuring four Bible studies in May. We decided to start at the beginning and look at our two studies on Adam and Eve. In mid-May we will look at our two studies on Abraham and Sarah.

The questions for all four Bible studies are currently available on the Studies page on our website. We have packaged these studies together and the leader’s guide (including suggested answers for each question) is available for purchase at Smashwords for US1.99. The eBook includes a leader’s guide that can help your Bible study group explore and discuss answers to each Bible study question.

The studies are available in multiple electronic formats for download, including Kindle, Epub and pdf.

If you’re planning to use our study questions with your group, we hope you will consider investing a few dollars to help your group members get more value out of the studies.

Each month we plan to release a new featured Bible study series on Smashwords and include additional information relating to the studies in our Monday and Wednesday posts. We hope you will find these additional resources helpful.