Covenant to the Patriarchs


The Chosen People

It wasn't long after the flood, before people again fell into idolatry and rebellion. In the patriarchal line from Shem, God found Abram, a man who held to belief in the true God. Who worshiped only God and was not an idolater. He was able to hear the still small voice of God, and promptly obeyed all His directions.

Abram became Abraham, a man of faith and the \"father of many nations.\" He was hospitable even to dusty travelers who were strangers to him. Abraham kept an orderly camp, he commanded his children after him – and this included almost 1000 persons in his camp. He built altars at which he regularly worshiped the living God of Heaven.

Abram was tested for his faith. God had promised him to have a son, and descendants as numerous as the stars of heaven. But how could this be if he did not have even one son? He tried to \"cooperate\" with God, offering his trusted servant Eliezer to be his heir. God made it plain that it would be only through a natural born son that the covenant would be preserved. Then Abram had an idea, he could have a son by Hagar. It would be his own natural born son. It was common in those days to get children through servants. Soon Ishmael was born.

After about 13 years Isaac was born of Sarah. Hagar and Ishmael had to leave the camp. Now it depended entirely on Isaac.

Then God directed Abraham to offer Isaac, the only begotten son, the one whom he loved, as a burnt offering. Heartbroken, Abraham obeyed, following God's directions. Then God provided a ram for the sacrifice in place of Isaac. From Abraham's willingness to obey, God presented one more time His everlasting covenant, and chose him to be the father of His people, and the eventual progenitor of the Messiah.

God chose Abraham, and his descendants after him, to be His special people.

"If ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed,
and heirs according to the promise" (Galatians 3:29).