Saturday, March 5, 2016

The Self-Harmony of the Bible - 5 (Part Thirteen)

Was God’s Covenant With Abraham Absolute?
            Citing Genesis 15:18 and 17:7 the skeptic assumes that God unconditionally gave the Promised Land to Abraham’s descendants. Therefore, God’s reminder that if they abandon him (such as is found at Deuteronomy 31:16,16 or Joshua 23:16), he will forsake them is viewed as incompatible. However, the skeptic fails to see that Genesis 17:7 (NWT) says: “And I will keep my covenant between me and you and your offspring after you throughout their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and to your offspring after you.” This shows that the covenant involved action, God was to keep it and he would be God to his people; this implied that he, as their God, had rights as patron of Israel. Such a principle is explicitly shown in Genesis 17:9 (NWT), where God says: “As for you, you are to keep my covenant, you and you your offspring after you.” Therefore, we see obedience was the condition upon which God’s covenant with Abraham was made; there is no contradiction.

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