Part 4 in the series
By: Tom Casey
We are examining Biblical stewardship in light of the presence of the Kingdom of God. Specifically, we are establishing how the sin of Adam changed the very nature of the relationship between the Kingdom of God and the hearts and lives of men on the earth.
Adam’s willing betrayal of the Kingdom of God was devastating to mankind’s relationship to God and His Kingdom. Not only did mankind willingly replace the rule of the Kingdom of God within his heart and life, replacing it with the rule of the domain of darkness; but the physical, face-to-face presence and rule of God was also removed from the earth. As a result of sin, this undivided, complete and face-to-face relationship was exchanged for a severed, deficient and prophetic relationship between mankind and the Kingdom of God (refer to our definition of prophetic in a previous post). Nevertheless, God had a plan to restore the undivided, complete and face-to-face relationship and interaction between His Kingdom and mankind, while at the same time making it possible for His Kingdom to physically rule on the earth once again.
Yet, from the fall of Adam, the influential impact of the presence, knowledge and rule of the Kingdom of God upon mankind and the earth began to steadily decline. Even though God has never been without a person on the earth whose heart was sensitive to Him and who willingly exercised a level of faith in Him, (i.e., Able, Enoch, Noah); these individuals were very few and far between. In mass, mankind quickly rejected God and pursued the passions and desires of their own evil hearts.
If God was going to restore the rule of His Kingdom to the hearts and lives of men, He must once again directly, yet prophetically reveal His nature, character and activities to mankind. God must find individuals who will enter into such a prophetic relationship with Him and willingly choose to commit to and pursue this relationship with Him. They must willingly receive this ongoing revelation from God prophetically, by faith, and live their lives based on and committed to this prophetic revelation. Finally, they must willingly train their children to live lives based on this same prophetic, revelatory relationship; passing this same faith to each succeeding generation until God is able to accomplish His plan.
We are told that the eyes of God continually search for individuals whose hearts are willing to engage in such a dynamic relationship with Him (2 Chronicles 16:9). We are likewise told that the Lord found such an individual in a man named Abram. In order to secure such a commitment from this man Abram, God established trust and faithfulness with Abram by first revealing His own personal nature and character to him. To prophetically communicate and demonstrate His nature and character, God established with Abram the most demanding and binding relationship known to mankind at that time. He established a Blood Covenant with Abram.
A basic understanding of the nature and significance of God’s blood covenant relationship with Abram is important to us, as we continue to better understand Biblical stewardship in my next post.