Part 3 of the Covenant Series
In Part Two, we looked at the groundwork for how the blood covenant came to be understood by man. This was not a “pagan” ritual devised by the hands of men that the God of Israel used; rather, the understanding of the blood covenant was taught by God to man after the events of Genesis 3. Mankind had been given a promise in Genesis 3:15 that from the seed of Eve would come a Serpent Crusher. This idea of the Serpent Crusher, that would somehow overthrow the effects of sin stemming from the serpent, would become the beginning of a golden thread to be weaved throughout the remainder of God’s revelation to man.
As mankind began to multiply in the earth, the effects of sin’s leaven began to be seen more clearly. The destruction of mankind found in the story of Noah shows that man was internally infected with a nature that, left unchecked, would grow an insatiable hunger for depravity. God’s judgment upon mankind showed surviving man that our actions don’t go unanswered. There is a just God in heaven above. Yet the story also shows man that God is loving, sparing a remnant to start over again. God is not finished with man, but He’ll not put up with reckless wickedness. God shows that sin requires judgment, but if a man can “find favor in God’s eyes” (Gen. 6:8), he can be saved from that judgment.
A man named Abram
Many long years after Noah’s flood, the earth had become populated with man again and great empires began to be built. It’s hard for us to picture a time when there was no Israel, no Temple and no chosen people; but that’s what we find in Genesis 11. There is simply mankind growing into powerful governments. These ancient governments were centered in cities that extended influence in the surrounding areas. The more powerful the city–the longer the reach of their influence. The major power player in those days were the . . .