One of the pivotal events of Scripture is the life of Abram - Abraham.
He is mentioned over 60 times in the New Testament, and his name is
found in 11 of the books of the New Testament. The covenant between
God and Abraham is one of the cornerstones of the Gospel. This
promise, made as a result of Abraham's great faith, established the
Nation of Israel as God's chosen nation. It also made graphically
clear the promise of an inheritance of the Earth as the reward of the
righteous. Abraham is mentioned many times in the Old and the New
Testaments. His example of faith is held up as a pattern for all
others to follow. (See Heb. 11 and Rom. 4). At the time of Abraham's
calling, he lived in a city named Ur, in the land currently called
Kuwait, then called Chaldees. It was a very civilized place for that
time. It would have been much safer and easier to ignore God's
commandment, and stay in Ur. The land of Canaan was comparatively a
It is not clear how rich and powerful Abraham's family was, but there
must have been some financial sacrifice made in the process of
uprooting the family and moving many miles away. Obviously, there was
tremendous sacrifice of comfort, kin and stability. The scriptures
Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for
Another important aspect of the Abrahamic Covenant is the promise of
the Christ. Jesus is emphatically announced as a descendant of Abraham
in the New Testament. This is infinitely easier to understand with a
Biblical view of Jesus: as a man of the nation of Israel, who came
into being by God miraculously causing Mary to be with child while yet
being a virgin. This same Jesus was eventually elevated to a position
of Lord as a result of his perfect obedience. And, due to his lineage
through Mary, as a direct descendant of David and, naturally, of
8 By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he
should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not
knowing whither he went.
9 By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange
country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with
him of the same promise. (KJV)
Promises Given to Abraham
5 Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall
be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made thee.
6 And I will make thee exceeding fruitful, and I will make nations of
thee, and kings shall come out of thee.
7 And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed
after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a
God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee
8 And I will give unto thee, and to thy seed after thee, the land
wherein thou art a stranger, all the land of Canaan, for an
everlasting possession; and I will be their God. [KJV]
11 Through faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive seed,
and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged
him faithful who had promised.
12 Therefore sprang there even of one, and him as good as dead, so
many as the stars of the sky in multitude, and as the sand which is by
the sea shore innumerable. [KJV]
22 For it is written, that Abraham had two sons, the one by a
bondmaid, the other by a freewoman.
23 But he who was of the bondwoman was born after the flesh; but he of
the freewoman was by promise
24 Which things are an allegory; for these are the two covenants; the
one from the mount Sinai, which gendereth to bondage, which is Agar.
25 For this Agar is mount Sinai in Arabia, and answereth to Jerusalem
which now is, and is in bondage with her children.
26 But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us
28 Now we, brethren, as Isaac was are the children of promise.[KJV]
9 And Sarah saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian, which she had born unto
10 Wherefore she said unto Abraham, Cast out this bondwoman and her
son; for the son for the son of this bondwoman shall not be heir with
my son, even with Isaac.
11 And this thing was very grievous in Abraham's sight because of his
12 And God said unto Abraham, Let it not be grievous in thy sight
because of the lad, and because of thy bondwoman;in all that Sarah
hath said unto thee, hearken unto her voice; for in Isaac shall thy
seed be called.
13 And also of the son of the bondwoman will I make a nation, because
he is thy seed.[KJV]
Jesus a Promise to Abraham
16 Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not,
And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed which is
56 Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day; and he saw it and was
58 Jesus said unto them, Verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I
The New Testament & the Abrahamic Covenant
7 Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the
children of Abraham
8 And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen
through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In
thee shall all nations blessed
9 So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham.
1 Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and
from thy fathers house unto a land that I will shew thee. 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.
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.
7 And the LORD appeared unto Abram, and said, Unto thy seed will I
give this land; and there builded he an altar unto the Lord, who
appeared unto him.[KJV]