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Abraham. One of the most influential men who ever lived, does not appear on any list of the hundred most influential men who ever lived. He ruled no empire, commanded no great army, engaged in no spectacular acts of heroism on the battlefield, performed no miracles, proclaimed no prophecy and led no vast throng of followers. Yet today more than half of the world’s population identify themselves as his heirs. His name, of course, is Abraham, held as the founder of faith by the three great monotheisms, Judaism, Christianity and Islam. He is not, like Noah, described as “unique in his generation”. The Bibletells us no tales of his childhood, as it does in the case of Moses. We know next to nothing about his early life. When Godcalls on him to leave his land, his …show more content…
God cut the Covenant with Himself. God Himself walked through the pieces of the body and blood of the animals, in the form of a smoking fire pot and a flaming torch – or we could say, the self-same pillar of cloud and pillar of fire that led the Israelites after they came out of Egypt. Normally both parties would walk through together, to ratify the agreement. In this case Abram had no part in it. God cut the Covenant with Himself, taking the consequences for breaking the Covenant, for both parties, upon Himself. This meant that if any of the conditions of the Covenant were broken by either party, “the Torch/smoking fire pot” had to die just as the animals died. Before this Covenant was cut, God told Abraham that He was his Shield. The Shield referred to the Messiah who would “cover” Abraham’s descendants if they broke the Covenant conditions. This is why Jesus, our Messiah, had to die for us, because He was and is, our Shield, our covering. God made a uni-lateral, eternal Covenant with Himself. It has never been rescinded – God will never break it – it is, an eternal

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