Whoever Tends a Fig Tree will Eat its Fruit... Proverbs 27:18
In this teaching we take a closer look at the covenant ratification ceremony between God and Abraham.
The story is told in Genesis 15 and is full of symbolism.
For many Christians - since we do not understand the symbolism of the story - we miss the deep meaning of the ceremony.
Covenants are woven into the fabric of the ancient Near Eastern culture where the Biblical stories take place.
The Bible as a whole is structured around covenants and covenant mediators: Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses, David, and Jesus.
Covenants are a legal mechanism to create a relationship where one did not exist previously. God then uses the cultural concept of covenant to communicate his relationship with his people.
Given the prominence of covenants in the scripture, it is quite helpful for Christians to understand the basics.
The concept of a covenant will help you to deepen your understanding of the Bible.
For further study on this subject an excellent starting point is the book
The Epic of Eden by Dr. Sandra L. Richter. This book is very accessible to non-scholars and provides a solid foundation of the structure of the text.
Scott Broberg - I have (2) credit hours remaining before I complete my Masters of Divinity (MDiv) from Bethel Seminary - San Diego. My focus is Biblical Studies with an emphasis on the Old Testament. My plan was to finish my studies by attending a course in Jerusalem in July 2020 - COVID-19 changed those plans.