Genesis 17:7-8 speaks of the covenant that God establishes with Abraham and his children as an everlasting one. From this we can infer that God is truly eternal for the one who is ephemeral in essence, cannot promise an eternal (everlasting) covenant. Also, we see that God’s provisions follow the establishment of God’s covenant i.e., only after God establishes his everlasting covenant, does God say that I will give the land and all land of Canaan, as an everlasting possession. But what is this covenant of God about? Verse 7 says that God wanted to be the God of Abraham and his children and verse 8 informs us that God is no longer merely stating, but affirming that God will be the God of Abraham’s descendants eternally. God says, “I will be their God”.
The everlasting covenant of God is not just the physical (the land that was given) but spiritual (which is to be a people of God).
Points to ponder:
God is saying even today, “I will be their God” eternally. God wants to be your God. The question then is, “Do you want to be The people of God?”
Genesis 17:7-8 (KJV)
7 And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee.
8 And I will give unto thee, and to thy seed after thee, the land wherein thou art a stranger, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.