This is the second installment of an article written by Messianic Rabbi Mottel Baleston. In this paper, Mottel is presenting seven results of the unconditional promises made to Abraham, the great patriarch of the Jewish people. If you did not see the first part of this important teaching, read it now!
2. The Abrahamic Covenant establishes a unique bond between Israel and God .
When Isaiah 49:16 says “Behold I have engraved you on the palms of my hands”, his immediate hearers were a Jewish nation that had broken the Mosaic Law as Isaiah so dramatically testified to (Isa. 1:1-4), and were not entitled to the blessing of God (Leviticus 26:14-39) as far as the Mosaic Covenant was concerned. Yet, in the next few verses (Lev. 26:40-42) God does promise to bless them, not because of any obedience to the Mosaic Covenant, but rather because of His relationship to them through the Abrahamic Covenant. It is the Covenant to Abraham that secures the unique bond between God & Israel, not the Mosaic Covenant, as the previous scriptures show. If this fact alone were understood by believers, we would see far less confusion in some sectors of our Messianic movement.
3. The Abrahamic Covenant promises God’s protection for the Jewish people.
Back in my old neighborhood in Brooklyn, there used to be what was known as a “Protection Policy”. If you thought you were going to be ‘bothered’ by the ‘bad guys’, you made an agreement with even ‘badder guys’ to watch your back. Anyone who dared ‘touch’ you, was in turn ‘touched’ by your new friends. Well, God knew that lots of ‘bad guys’ would try to “rub out” (forgive my Brooklynese) the Jewish people. Satan would move nation after nation to try to destroy the Jewish people. Why ? Because it would be through the Jewish people that God would bring the Scriptures and the Messiah, two things that Satan really hates, but can’t fight directly. So, God promised His protection of the Jewish people by saying that He would bless those that bless them, and curse those who curse them. A careful study of history confirms this pattern.
4. The Abrahamic Covenant grants ownership of the Land of Israel to the Jewish People.
Gen. 15:18-21, 17:8
While there is much controversy among the nations of the world regarding ownership of the Land of Israel, the Scriptures above are very clear. The entire Land of Israel, including even more territory than the current State of Israel, encompasses, is given to the Jewish Nation by God. Its capital was, is, and shall always be Jerusalem. At the same time, God does have a concern for the descendants of Abraham through Hagar, Ishmael and his Arab offspring. To them God gives the land east of the land He gives to the Nation of Israel, as is clearly seen in Genesis 16:7-16. The Arab nations currently have that land, a land promised to them. Unfortunately, some among them also seek to unlawfully take Jewish land away from the Jewish people. Current Arab land holdings are over 20 times the size of Israel!
5. The Abrahamic Covenant remains in effect even though the Mosaic Covenant has been broken.
Jeremiah 31:31-33, Galatians 3:15-18.
Because of its unconditional nature, the Abrahamic Covenant cannot be broken by any disobedience on the part of the Jewish people. In contrast to that, Leviticus 26:14-39 and Deuteronomy 28:15-68 clearly present the provisions of the Mosaic Covenant as being dependent upon the full obedience of the nation to all the provisions of the Law of Moses, not just those you choose to obey! See James 2:10 for some clarity on this point. Furthermore, the Jewish prophet Jeremiah presents the Mosaic Covenant as being so broken that it is necessary that a New Covenant being given (Jer. 31:31-33). Rabbi Shaul (Paul) in Galatians 3:15-18 confirms that the Abrahamic Covenant continues in full legal force today even though Mosaic law is no longer ‘binding’ upon believers. While the Mosaic Law is from God and is Good, Holy and Just, we (Jewish people) were completely unable to keep it, which amply demonstrates to us the need for Messiah and the New Covenant.
The final installment in this series will be published next week.
A Note from Disciple Daily:
As Rabbi Baleston is demonstrating, many of the Messianic movement’s dysfunctional issues could be addressed a better understanding of the Abrahamic Covenant was grasped. This is not just true in the Messianic movement, which is just a small part of the overall Body of Messiah. If the whole Church understood the importance of his covenant, there would be greater unity between Jewish and Gentile believers and God would be glorified more by the lives of those who say they are believers. The video below is an example of this.