God’s Everlasting Covenant with Israel

God’s Everlasting Covenant with Israel

In the Ancient Near East, it was common for two people to make a covenant by cutting animals in half, splitting the halves, and then walking in between the pieces to make an oath. By walking between the split animals, each person was swearing that if they broke their part of the agreement, they would meet the same end as the sacrificed animal.

In Genesis 15, God enacts such a blood covenant with Abram—with one key difference. In this covenant, only One party walks through the pieces: God Himself, in the form of a “smoking oven and a flaming torch” (Genesis 15:17).

What does this mean? It signifies that God alone took responsibility for fulfilling the terms of the covenant. It was as if God made a contract in which He promised certain benefits to Abram – namely, a land, blessing, and descendants – without any stipulations to be upheld by Abram. In other words, God made an unconditional and irrevocable covenant with Himself concerning the Jewish people (c.f. Hebrews 6:13-18).

Our commitment to stand with Israel and the Jewish people is not based on whim or fancy but on the utterly unshakeable faithfulness of God. We stand with Israel because God does.


Israel lives—because He that keepeth Israel neither slumbers nor sleeps! Declare your solidarity with God’s Chosen People at this pivotal moment in their history by sharing this video on social media so your friends can see it too.

To learn more about God’s covenant with Abraham, and why Christians should support Israel, read CUFI’s Fact Sheet: “The Biblical Foundation of Christian Zionism.”