by Jeff Strite

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A Promise Is a Promise (7 of 7)
Series: The Beginning and the End
Jeff Strite
Genesis 12:1-4

OPEN: When you and I were children, there was a saying we'd often hear. I'm going to say the first half of the saying and let's see if you know the 2nd half:
''Cross my heart and (hope to die)''
What was that child saying?
They were saying they've made a promise, and if they were to break that promise they would expect something bad to happen.

Actually, the original phrase is a little longer:
''Cross my heart and hope to die. Stick a needle in my eye.''

The only thing kids could think of that was worse than dying was sticking needles in their eyes. I would tend to agree.
Kids understand the importance of promises. In fact we parents learn that they need to be very careful what promises we make to our kids. As my kids were growing up I learned that if I told them that…

I was going to do something for them
I was going to take them someplace
I was going get something for them.

and then (for whatever reason) I didn't do that, you know what they'd say to me?

As children we learned that promises are were important and needed to be kept.
And God understands that and so He repeatedly tells us throughout the Bible that if He makes a promise He'll keep it. And in the Bible one of the most significant kind of promises God made were called ''Covenants''.

A covenant was the kind of promise thatt God made with Abram (renamed Abraham). God promised Abraham that if left his home and took his family to a place God would show him THEN God would then bless Him in several significant ways.

There are some people who think that Old Testament covenants are like our modern day contracts. And that's kind of true… but covenants were like contracts on steroids:
Back in Bible days folks talked about ''cutting a covenant''. If you ''cut a covenant'' with someone, you'd go through an elaborate ceremony where you'd cut an animal in two… and the ...

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