“And said, By myself have I sworn, saith the LORD, for because thou hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy son, thine only [son]:
17 That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which [is] upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies;
18 And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice.
The Abrahamic covenant was proposed to Abraham by God. It was not Abraham that proposed it to God. God always proposes covenant because He is benevolently rich and generous in mercy, grace, goodness and faithfulness. People may make vows, but God always makes and proposes covenant. The covenant of God is actually the agreement that God reaches with men on His terms as to certain blessings. God loves to propose covenants to people that love and revere Him because He wants to show them His faithfulness and goodness. Covenant is His dominant character. So, in Genesis 17, God cut a covenant with Abraham, to multiply, to increase, and to make him exceedingly fruitful. That was God’s part of the covenant.
Every covenant proposed by God has two parts: First, God’s part; and second, man’s part. It takes two to cut a covenant; many beneficiaries may be involved, but primarily, two sides, or parts, or persons are involved. The Abrahamic covenant is between God and Abraham and his seed (still between God and Abraham, seeing that Abraham’s seed is one with him). Genesis 17:4-7 tells us: “As for me, behold, my covenant is with thee, and thou shalt be a father of many nations… 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.” That’s God’s part of the covenant. Then He says in verses 9-10, “…thou shalt keep my covenant therefore, thou and thy seed after thee in their generations… every man child among you shall be circumcised.” That’s Abraham’s part of the covenant.
Here is how the Abrahamic covenant applies to us in Christ. Everyone who is born again by faith in Christ Jesus is the seed of Abraham (Galatians 3:29). Circumcision is Abraham’s part of the covenant, which is spiritual circumcision in our case, of putting off the foreskin of the old life of unrighteousness, and having a new life of righteousness and true holiness unto the Lord. Philippians 3:3 tells us that we are the circumcision, that worship God in the Spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh. Our circumcision is to God and to us: No confidence in the flesh, which is a life of absolute dependence on God alone for sustenance. Therefore as the seed of Abraham with a circumcision made without hands, inwardly, in the heart or spirit of man, we worship God, rejoice in Him and practice the obedience of faith continually.
Heavenly Father, I thank You because I am the seed of Abraham and a partaker of his blessing; therefore I worship You, rejoice in You, and walk in the obedience of faith daily. Amen.