The Book Of
I. Six Keys Unlocking
The Rest Of Scripture (Israel My Glory
- Genesis 12:1 - The
- Genesis 12:2 - The
- Genesis 12:3 - The
- Genesis 13:14-16 -
- Genesis 13:15 -
- Genesis 15:9-18 -
Dr. C. I Scofield, The Biblical Covenants:
The Abrahamic Covenant as formed (Gen 12:1 - 4) and confirmed (Gen 13:14 -
17; 15:1 - 7,18 -21; 17:1 - 8) is in three aspects:
promise of a great nation: "I will make you into a great nation"
(Gen 12:2). This had primary reference to Israel, the descendants of Jacob,
to whom the everlasting possession of the land is promised (Gen 17:8), to
whom the everlasting covenant is given (Gen 17:7), and to whom God said, "I
will be their God" (Gen 17:8). Abraham was also promised that he would
father other nations (cp. Gen 17:6,20), principally fulfilled through
Ishmael and Esau.
(2) Four personal promises are given to
(a) To be the father of numerous descendants (Gen
(b) To receive personal blessing, "I will bless you,"
fulfilled in two ways: temporally (Gen 13:14 -15,17; 15:18; 24:34 - 35); and
spiritually (Gen 15:6; John 8:56).
(c) To receive personal honor,
"and make your name great" (Gen 12:2), fulfilled in recognition by all who
honor the Bible. And (d) to be the channel of blessing, "And you will be a
blessing" (Gen 12:2), fulfilled: in blessings to others through his seed,
Israel, who became the instruments of divine revelation; through Abraham as
an example of pious faith (Rom 4:1 - 22); and pre-eminently through Christ,
Abraham's Seed (Gal 3:16).
(3) Promises to the Gentiles.
(a) "I will bless those who bless you" (Gen 12:3). Those who honor
Abraham will be blessed.
(b) "And whoever curses you I will curse"
(Gen 12:3). This was a warning literally fulfilled in the history of
Israel's persecutions. It has invariably fared ill with the people who have
persecuted the Jew - well with those who have protected him. For a nation to
commit the sin of anti-Semitism brings inevitable judgment. The future will
still more remarkably prove this principle (Deu 30:7; Isa 14:1 - 2; Joel 3:1
- 8; Mic 5:7 - 9; Hag 2:22; Zech 14:1 - 3; Mat 25:40,45).
peoples on earth will be blessed through you" (Gen 12:3). This is the great
evangelic promise fulfilled in Abraham's Seed, Christ, and in all the
spiritual seed of Abraham who, like Abraham, are justified by faith (Rom
4:3; Gal 3:6 - 9,16,29; cp. John 8:56 - 58). It gives added revelation and
confirmation of the promise of the Adamic Covenant concerning the Seed of
the woman (Gen 3:15).
The Abrahamic Covenant reveals the sovereign
purpose of God to fulfill through Abraham His program for Israel, and to
provide in Christ the Savior for all who believe. The ultimate fulfillment
is made to rest upon the divine promise and the power of God rather than
upon human faithfulness.
3. New Scofield
Reference Bible: C. I. Scofield D.D., Editor
Scofield Notes: p.19 "The
Referenced to Genesis 12:1
This dispensation extended from the call of Abram
to the giving of the law at Sinai (Exo 19:3ff.). Its stewardship was based
upon God's covenant with Abram, first cited here, Gen 12:1 - 3, and
confirmed and enlarged in Gen 13:14 - 17; 15:1 - 7; 17:1 - 8,15 - 19; 22:16
- 18; 26:2 - 5,24; 28:13 - 15; 31:13; 35:9 - 12.
(1) the specific
provisions affecting Abram himself (Gen 15:15) and his son and grandson,
Isaac and Jacob (Gen 26:1 - 5; 28:10 - 16), under which individual blessing
depended upon individual obedience (Gen 12:1; cp. 22:18; 26:5).
(2) God made an unconditional promise of
blessings through Abram's seed
(a) to the nation Israel to inherit a
specific territory forever (Gen 12:2; 15:18 - 21; 17:7 - 8);
the Church as in Christ (Gal 3:16,28 - 29); and
(c) to the Gentile
nations (Gen 12:3).
(3) There was a promise of blessing upon
those individuals and nations who bless Abram's descendants, and a curse
laid upon those who persecute the Jews (Gen 12:3; Mat 25:31 - 46).
Consequently this dispensation had varied emphases. To the Gentiles of that
period, there was little direct application other than the test implied by
Gen 12:3 and illustrated by God's blessing or judgment upon individuals
(Pharaoh, Gen 12:17; Abimelech, Gen 20:3,17, etc.), or nations (e.g. Egypt,
Gen 47 - 50; Exo 1 - 15) who treated Abram or his descendants well or ill.
In the continuance through the centuries of
this stewardship of truth, believers of the Church age are called upon to
trust God as Abram did (Rom 4:11,16,23 - 25; Gal 3:6 - 9), and thus enter
into the blessings of the covenant which inaugurated the dispensation of
promises to Abram and his seed certainly did not terminate at Sinai with the
giving of the law (Gal 3:17). Both O.T. and N.T. are full of post-Sinaitic
promises concerning Israel and the land which is to be Israel's everlasting
possession (e.g. Exo 32:13; 33:1 - 3; Lev 23:10; 25:2; 26:6; Deu 6:1 - 23;
8:1 - 18; Josh 1:2,11; 24:13; Acts 7:17; Rom 9:4). But as a specific test of
Israel's stewardship of divine truth, the dispensation of Promise was
superseded, though not annulled, by the law that was given at Sinai (Exo
Other dispensational notes: Innocence (Gen 1:28); Conscience or Moral
Responsibility (Gen 3:7); Human Government (Gen 8:15); Law (Exo 19:1);
Church (Acts 2:1); Kingdom (Rev 20:4).
The events of this
sentence are referred to in chapter 11:27 - 32.
<Separation:> vv. 1 - 5;
Gen 13:9. (Gen 12:1; 2 Cor 6:17)
New Scofield Reference
Bible: C. I. Scofield D.D., Editor
Scofield Notes: p.19 "The Abrahamic Covenant"
Referenced to Genesis 12:1
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