Abraham and the Covenant
Outline the life of Abraham.
➢ Abram, Son of Tenach lived in the City of Ur, Babylonia as a merchant.
➢ He believed that the entire universe was created to a single God and began to teach this belief to others.
➢ Eventually God called to Abraham. He made him an offer: if Abram would leave his home and family and God would make him a great nation and bless him. Abraham accepted this offer.
➢ Abraham was then subjected to ten tests of faith to prove his worthiness for this covenant. He adopted a nomadic lifestyle travelling through Israel. God promised Israel to Abraham’s descendants.
➢ But Abram was concerned; he was growing old and had no children. So Sarai, Abram’s wife, allowed him to have a child with Hagar, the Pharaoh’s daughter. Their son, Ishmael was believed to be the ancestor of the Arabs.
➢ When Abram was 100 and Sarai 99, Sarai bore Abram a son, Isaac. Isaac was the ancestor of the Jewish people.
Describe the Covenant with the Patriarchs, including the promises of a people and a land.
➢ The Covenant between God and Abraham: God asked Abram to leave his country and take his family to another region, promising that he would make him a great nation and bless him.
➢ Abraham, with his people, travelled until they came to the promised land of Canaan. On this day, the Lord made a covenant with Abram and said: “To your descendants I will give you this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the Euphrates.” (Exodus 15: 18). Thus, the promise of a land was fulfilled.
➢ Following this God made the covenant of circumcision with Abraham: that every Jewish male to be circumcised.
➢ God’s eternal promise to Abraham is to make him the ‘ancestor of a multitude of nations.’
➢ Abram underwent ten tests of faith to prove his fidelity to the covenant. The 10th of these is the most important: Abraham had to sacrifice his son Isaac out of obedience to God’s command. The...