So Abraham took sheep and oxen and gave them to Abimelech, and the two of them made a covenant. And Abraham set seven ewe lambs of the flock by themselves.
-There are different kinds of covenants & we have already looked at Biblical covenants between God & man. We now focus on Biblical covenants between two or more parties which may be categories into unilateral where one party benefits, bilateral where both parties benefit or multilateral pacts which involve more that two parties. Parties may include: – individuals, organization’s, nations etc.
-Abraham swore a unilateral covenant of peace with Abimelech whose servants had seized his well. Abraham gave Abimelech seven ewe lambs as witnesses that he had dug the well. Seven represents completion or sanctity which calls for obligation & Abraham planted a tamarisk tree as a sign of praise to the Everlasting God. He named the place Beersheba because they had made an oath there. His son Isaac also faced challenges with Abimelech & his men. It was only after Isaac located Beersheba which means well of seven; that he was blessed. The Lord appeared to him there & blessed him. Later, Abimelech came to him as a confirmation that he was blessed for he said to him “we have certainly seen that the Lord is with you & have come to make a covenant with you. You are now the blessed of the Lord ”. They then made a covenant of peace with him just like he had done with his father (Gen 26:28-29).
We thank You Father for we have started a new week in good health. You have done marvelous works for us that we cannot tell it all, we praise Your name. Guide us Father to find our Beersheba that we may live in peace & partake of Your ultimate blessings. Guide all students to excel in their studies & their parents to be able to provide for them. Lead all those who are working to excel in all they do. Impart all preachers & priests by Your Holy Spirit to share truth as per Your guidance. Shepherd all leaders to wait for Your instructions in their decisions. Help all those who are suffering to find comfort in You. Bless us all indeed & expand our territories. Cover us by Your blood that no evil may cause us pain. Amen
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