Q. I was reading your study on Abraham and Isaac and you say (regarding the covenant that God made with Abraham) that it “required no behavioral standards to remain in force.” Can you elaborate on that, or explain it another way. I’m not quite sure what that means. Thanks
A. When God gave the Promised Land to Abraham, he didn’t establish any conditions that Abraham and /or his descendants would need to meet to keep the covenant in force, except to be circumcised as a sign of the covenant. (Genesis 15:18-21 & 17:1-14). It was unconditional and everlasting. The land is theirs forever.
Later, at the foot of Mt. Sinai, He did establish conditions they would need to meet to dwell there in peace and prosperity. (Exodus 19:5) That’s why they’ve been subjugated several times and even removed from the land altogether on two occasions, but have always been brought back.