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Our Intimate God

September 22, 2014

My son Josh is a student at International House of Prayer University in Kansas City, and today he is my guest blogger.

 

What does the Abrahamic Covenant tell us about God? There is such a profound message about the person and character of God within the Abrahamic Covenant. First and foremost, God chose to interact with man. Before the law and the blood of sacrifices or the blood of Christ had made a way for man to approach God, God came to man in his sinful state. Why? Because God would see to it that the seed that He had promised in the garden would come forth (Gen. 3). He was choosing a people who He would fulfill His plan through. So right there we see that God comes to us in our sin, brings about a plan of redemption, and partners with weak and broken people to bring about the fulfillment of His plans. We see that He is an intimate, not distant, God who is very involved with the affairs of His creation.

Through the covenant we also see that God is sovereign in that He CHOSE Abraham. It was not because of merit or works that Abraham was chosen. In fact, throughout the Old Testament, God did not choose the oldest or perfectly moral ones to do His will. We must understand that we are all equally broken and that God chooses some and not others, (i.e. Isaac, Jacob, Judah, Joseph, David. etc.). And it is often not based on the works or ministry size of people that God picks people but rather the posture of their heart. But regardless of who God chooses, He is faithful to fulfill His promises to all.

In the Garden of Eden, God Promised that a seed would come forth that would crush the head of the serpent. With Abraham, God established a line through which the promised seed would come. And at the cross, the seed came and the promise was fulfilled. God did not forget His promise to humanity. He would not leave His beloved to their destruction because of their sin. And He knew that we were totally incapable of doing anything about it ourselves.

We have no power within us to right the wrong that happened in the garden and our punishment was death. But God would not let us pay for our own sin. He would not let death and destruction, which was our portion, befall us, “God made Him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.” (2 Cor. 5:21) Thus, when He made the covenant with Abraham and had him divide the animals into halves so that they could pass through, God put Abraham to sleep and passed through alone, “When the sun had set and darkness had fallen, a smoking firepot with a blazing torch appeared and passed between the pieces.” (Gen. 15:17) It was understood that, by passing between the pieces of the animals meant, to break the covenant was punishable by the same fate as that of the animals. But God was the only one who passed between the animals thus taking the consequences completely upon himself and ultimately paying the price for the broken covenant through the cross. It is so amazing that God would promise our redemption to us, to the Israelites, and hold only himself to the requirements of the covenant. And when the covenant was broken, God took the punishment upon himself. He is so loving. The volumes that this speaks about Gods burning commitment to His people is incredible. Even in the face of disobedience, God would not abandon His people or His promise, “Through these He has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.” (2 Pet. 1:4)

Gods’ plans are perfect, He is faithful to complete those plans, He invites us to partner with Him in his plans, and He is willing to take the fall in our failures to have His victorious bride!

 

If you would like to read more of Josh’s blogs, check him out at jorpence.wordpress.com

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One Comment leave one →
  1. September 23, 2014 7:44 am

    Great reminder of God’s amazing love!

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