Part 5 in the series.
By: Tom Casey
We have been examining Biblical stewardship in light of the presence of the Kingdom of God. Currently, we are focusing on God’s plan to once again directly and prophetically reveal His nature, character and Kingdom activities to mankind, starting with one willing individual named Abram. God’s plan through Abram was to establish a prophetic people who willingly commit to and pursue this same prophetic relationship with Him, and who willingly train their children to live lives committed to this same relationship – instilling this faith in each succeeding generation until God’s plan is accomplished.
When God pursued His relationship with Abram, He appeared to Abram and told him to leave his country, his relatives and his father’s house and go to a land that God would show him. God also promised to bless Abram and to bless all of mankind through Abram, if he would willingly go to the land God would show him. Abram listened to God and set out for this land, not knowing where he was going (Hebrews 11:9). Yet, Abram had no relationship or history with God on which to place his trust and faith for the promises given to him. As a result, God took it upon Himself to make a covenant agreement with Abram that would provide a foundation for his trust and faith, now; even as they established their personal relationship and history over the coming years.
God continued to make promises to Abram about becoming a great nation and entering the land God had promised him. Based on these promises, Abram believed in God. Even though Abram’s heart was still under the rule of the domain of darkness, his faith in God pleased Him. God saw Abram’s active, dynamic faith toward Him and, as a result, God imputed or reckoned righteousness to Abram. God credited righteousness to Abram’s account, as a result of Abram’s faith; knowing that the actual payment for Abram’s righteousness would be made when His promises to Abram came to pass in the person and work of Jesus Christ.
When Abram asked God how he may know that he would possess these promises from Him, God left little doubt in Abram’s mind regarding His desire or ability to fulfill these promises. God established a relationship with Abram known as a blood covenant. At the time, this covenant was the most powerful, binding relationship that individuals could enter into together. Yet, this was not a covenant that God and Abram mutually entered into together. God alone committed Himself to this covenant with Abram, while Abram watched through a prophetic dream initiated and induced by God.
God has begun to reveal His nature and character to Abram by entering into this covenant relationship. Abram understood what God was doing through this covenant agreement and relationship. He was binding Himself and His promises to Abram in such a way that, for God to break these promises, would mean that God ceases to be God, since He will have failed to honor His word – having sworn to fulfill the promises.
This blood covenant is just the beginning of God revealing His nature and character to mankind once more. He is just beginning to establish a relationship with those who would allow Him to accomplish His redemptive and restorative plan. We will continue our quest to better understand Biblical stewardship in my next post.