So, here we go! Though there are several other covenants in Scripture, important on their own merit, there are three that are inextricably necessary:
- Abrahamic Covenant
- Mosaic Covenant
- New Covenant
Each is backed by the character of God, and together they represent a 3-legged stool. If any of the three are taken away, the stool collapses, and God’s character is in jeopardy. That just can’t be!
Thus, let’s examine the Abrahamic Covenant. We have spent time previously on this covenant, but let’s glean specific details that link it to the other two. To refresh, read Genesis 12:1-3. It can be broken down into three parts:
- God’s instruction, which Abraham obeyed (verse 1)
- God’s promises (verses 2-3b)
- God’s purpose (verse 3c)
Notice, it was God (not Abraham) who DECIDED what the covenant would entail. Thus, the Abrahamic Covenant is the covenant of DECISION. In fact, God decided long ago to preach the gospel to Abraham, making his descendants the vehicle of world redemption (Galatians 3:7-8).
As foundational and as important as the Abrahamic Covenant is, though, it is not enough! Yes, God decided long ago to provide a means of salvation to both Jews and Gentiles, yet the world is not convinced we need salvation! Thus, we need instruction and ability!
Tomorrow, we’ll look at the Mosaic Covenant – the covenant of INSTRUCTION! These three covenants fit together, so don’t miss tomorrow’s study!