God’s Covenant with Abraham

By James Jacques Joseph Tissot c. 1896–1902

The second of the six covenants God made with people in the Bible is the covenant He made with Abraham, called the Abrahamic Covenant. This covenant, promised in Genesis 12 and made in multiple stages in Genesis 15, 17, and 22, is the second time the word covenant occurs in the Bible. It gives insight about God’s plans for Abraham, his descendants, the land of Canaan, and the whole of humankind. It also shows God’s sovereignty and grace and lays the foundation for understanding God’s intent to bring salvation to the world through Israel’s Messiah.

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