The Covenant Walk (Genesis 15)

Date: 6/17/2018
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Type: Sunday Sermon
Topic: Covenant
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Introduction – History is an account of God’s actions and interactions with man. God blesses man and man can become sluggish over time. Hardships in an individual’s life can lead to individuals drawing closer to God. Jacob Albright is one such story. This is an account of one man’s reaction to hardship. What is God’s approach to the ultimate hardship of man, sin entering the world and the fall of man from God’s grace.
Genesis 15:1-21 (15:8-18)
Events leading up to Covenant Walk
Melchizedek Genesis 14:18-20
Covenant Walk contains vivid imagery showing God’s interaction with man.
God “lowers himself” to make a covenant with Man.
Verses 4-5 God patiently explains to Abram His plan
Verse 6 Abram believes God
Verses 9-11 Preparation for the Covenant Walk
Verse 12 Deep Sleep falls over Abram
Verses 17-18 God establishes Covenant with Abram and Abram’s descendants while Abram sleeps
How do these events impact us in the modern church? (Hebrews 6:11-20, 8:1-2 &10)
11 And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope until the end, 12 that you do not become [e]sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.
13 For when God made a promise to Abraham, because He could swear by no one greater, He swore by Himself, 14 saying, “Surely blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply you.” 15 And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise. 16 For men indeed swear by the greater, and an oath for confirmation is for them an end of all dispute. 17 Thus God, determining to show more abundantly to the heirs of promise the [f]immutability of His counsel, [g]confirmed it by an oath, 18 that by two [h]immutable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we [i]might have strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold of the hope set before us.
19 This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence behind the veil, 20 where the forerunner has entered for us, even Jesus, having become High Priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek. Hebrews 6:11-20 NKJV
8 Now this is the main point of the things we are saying: We have such a High Priest, who is seated at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens, 2 a Minister of the [a]sanctuary and of the true tabernacle which the Lord erected, and not man…….
10 For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put My laws in their mind and write them on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. Hebrews 8:1-2 &10 NKJV
Conclusions
Access to the Almighty God and Merciful Father, through Jesus the New High Priest from the Order of Melchizedek.
Imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises (do not become sluggish).
Lay hold of the Hope set before us. This hope is an anchor to the soul.
Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.
And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works.

Kevin Kanoff is a ruling elder at All Saints Church (CREC) in the Lancaster, PA area.