Institutional First Baptist Church Weekly Sermon
Delivered By
Dr. E. G. Sherman, Jr
Delivered On
August 31, 2014 at 10:45 AM
Subject
The Abrahamic Covenant: It's Lingering Impact
Description
Dr. E. G. Sherman, Jr. Sunday August 31, 2014
The Abrahamic Covenant: Its’ Lingering Impact
Gen. 17:6-8, and Joshua 1:1-6
Beloved Readers: This lesson was presented at the 5th Sunday Biblical 
Seminar at our church. The topic and its treatment will 
probably engender great difference of opinions. Kindly 
forward responses to the link contact us on this website 
EGSJ 

I. INTRODUCTION 

A. The Middle East is an area of increasing political and religious 
turmoil; there seems to be no prospect for a peaceful resolution 
to this historic struggle. 
B. The origin of this ongoing conflict can be traced back the 
Israelites crossing over Jordan into the land of Canaan; that 
entrance was the culmination of God’s promise to Abraham 
(Gen 17:6-8 ) and fulfilled under the leadership of Joshua 
( Joshua 1:1-6 ) 
C. For the Israelites, the conquest of Canaan was their’s by God’s 
promise to Abraham; however, the people of Canaan viewed the 
action as an invasion, accordingly, they engaged in wars to 
protect their land from the encroachers. 
D. That struggle has extended across the eons of time, with an 
occasional cessation of armed aggression, but the overall 
conflict is yet inevitable. 
E. Students of Mid Eastern history and Bible History know and concur that this struggle is perpetual and will last until the 
end of human existence on this planet. This certainty is based 
on the fact that God’s promises are irrefutable and, yet, its’ 
messages in the Bible faces an adversiable group that neither 
accepts biblical teaching nor has respect for the sanctity of life. 
Hence, the Israeli/ Palestine confrontation is destine to endure. 

II. SELECTIVE HIGHLIGHTS ON THIS ENVIABLE CONFLICT 

A. This study and presentation will be presented in three 
different time periods, namely: Biblical incidents, the late 
19th and 20th Centuries, and Post World War II to 2014. 
B. Owing to the vastness of Israeli/Palestine (Arabs ) encounters 
during Old Testament history, reference will be made to just 
a few of them; the selected ones are: (1) David and Goliath 
( 1st Sam. 17:40-54 ) This success of David caused the 
Philistines to flee but Israel’s troubles would surface many 
times in the future, (2) the twelve tribes were united under 
King David and became known as the United Kingdom. Later, 
the Assyrians would invade the Kingdom and carry ten of the 
tribes away into captivity. Since those tribes never returned 
to the United Kingdom, they became known as the Lost 
Tribes. The remaining tribes of Judah and Benjamin were 
captured by the Babylonians and carried to Babylon where 
they remained for seventy years. The Temple was rebuilt 
after the return from Babylonian captivity but years later 
it was destroyed by the Roman in 70AD. Centuries later 
there occurred two major events: the Jewish Diaspora, the 
Holocaust during World War II and the open hostility between the Jews and Arabs that surfaced in1920 and erupted into 
open hostility in the 1947-48, (3) the Post World War II events: the United Nation’s designed and approved partitioning of land 
establishing the Nation of Israel and the Land of Palestine 
that included Jerusalem, a decision that offended the Jews, 
the six days war out of which Israel took possession of 
Jerusalem and subsequent recurring conflicts have occurred, 
and (4) the highly publicized Carter’s meeting with Begin and Sadat at Camp David in 1978 to broker a permanent peace 
accord between Israel and Palestine that was highly publicized but of 
short duration. Even today, 2014, these groups are in a ‘war’ stance. This reality leads to the final section of this biblical seminar which is - what, if any, is the prospect for the Israelis and Palestinians ever reaching a workable peace treaty? 

Based on the lingering recurrences of open hostility between these two nations along with the ideological differences the separate them with respect to God’s Covenant with Abraham, it seems logical to conclude that these two nations will forever be adversaries rather than reconciled neighbors. This conclusion is undergirded by three facts, namely: their Deities are different, their Sacred Book is different, and their views of Abraham’s covenant is different - to the Israelites, it is occupying the land of promise; to the people of Palestine, it is a land invasion under the egest of a religion that they disregard. 

Hopefully, this study on the Abrahamic Covenant has stimulated 
a desire to gain more knowledge of the struggle between the Nation 
of Israel and its Palestinian neighbors. Our commitment, I submit, is 
to have compassion for those injured, killed, or covered over by 
formally standing structures - irrespective of nationality. Let us 
embrace the poetic utterance of John Donne “Any man’s death diminishes me. For I am involved in mankind”. Lastly, an invitation to ( Christian ) discipleship will now be extended as we stand and sing together. Amen!
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