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Abraham's Journey

2016-11-19

Gen. 12

  • Dividing, electing, and separating.

Gen.12:1-3 Now Yahweh had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will shew thee:
12:2
And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:
12:3
And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.

  • Adam placed in the garden.
  • Shem separated.
  • Shem’s seed separated from Ham’s seed.(Nimrod)
  • Arphaxed selected.
  • Abraham elected.
  • Abraham separated from pagan family.
  • Are we elected, divided and separated.
  • Partial obedience isn’t a little obedience it’s DISobedience.
  • General nature of covenants in bible times.

  • A promise that consists of several parts.
  • Instruction is that Abraham should leave the area he is in (Haran).
  • Go to a place Elohim will show him.
  • To separate himself from his father and brother.
  • Elohim then issues a set of promises that consist of the following.
  • Make Abraham and his descendants into a great nation.
  • A separate nation, one that up to that point didn’t exist.
  • And, if that is to happen, then Abraham and Sarai must have children.
  • Identified with one another, to be counted as a nation.
  • Elohim would bless Abraham and Abraham himself would be a blessing.
  • Elohim will bless those who bless Abraham and Elohim will curse those who curse Abraham.
  • Elohim expects people to recognize that Abraham is chosen of Elohim, and he is to be respected and honored.
  • Elohim has already laid out the pattern for this concept: He divides, He elects, and He separates. Abraham came from the line of Peleg, who was divided and elected from the line of Shem, who was divided and elected from the line of Noach, who was divided and elected from the line of Seth.
  • The RESULT of this Elohim-Process of dividing, selecting, and electing, is what we often hear called.
  • The line of promise”. Typically this line of promise is considered to start with Abraham, but the bible shows us that in reality it goes all the way back to Seth.
  • Elohim will make the name of Abraham great.

  • Abraham is going to be greatly rewarded. And, his name is going to be lifted high among men.
  • Where it says name we really ought to think reputation.
  • 4000 years later, more than half the population of this planet is represented by the 3 great monotheistic religions of Christianity, Judaism, and Islam, in which Abraham is the revered patriarch of each of these.
  • What is a covenant?

  • First and foremost, a covenant was sacred.
  • To sell land.
  • To make alliances.
  • To make war and peace.
  • Even to make provision for the using of a water well by someone other than its owner.
  • A covenant could be by mutual agreement, in which BOTH parties had obligations to fulfill.
  • Or by Elohim Himself.
  • The Hebrew word for covenant is B’rit, which comes from the Hebrew root word Barah, which means to cut or divide.
  • We see both conditional and permanent covenants in the Bible.
  • A permanent covenant cannot be retracted.
  • A conditional covenant can.
  • Another difference is that the penalty for breaking a biblical covenant was usually severe often, death.
  • Once Elohim makes a covenant, it literally becomes a physical law of the universe.
  • Like gravity, or the speed of light.
  • Blood brothers.
  • A different rite appeared, which involved cutting animals, instead of each other.
  • This cutting meant not just slashing an animal to draw blood, but literally killing it and cutting it up…dividing it; either into halves, or into several pieces.
  • The pieces would be laid out on the ground, organized and separated into two groups, and then both participants of the covenant would walk between the pieces, while swearing an oath in the name of their Elohim.
  • The participants eating a meal together upon completion of the covenant was a way of signifying that a new family-type relationship had been formed.
  • The final step of the covenant was SALT.
  • Elohim-ordained practice of sprinkling salt on the sacrifices was to remind Israel that the covenants between Elohim and Israel were everlasting, AND, that the covenants had made peace between Elohim and Israel.
  • Gen.15 Yahweh’s covenant with Abraham.
  • Covenant of Salt also came to mean the specific covenant Elohim made with Abraham.
  • The covenant line of promise that is, which of Abraham’s sons would inherit all the promises contained within the covenant Elohim made with Abraham.
  • Specifically and explicitly went to Isaac. From Isaac it went to Jacob, called Israel. So, everything that was originally given to Abraham was handed down to Israel.
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