For thou art a holy people unto thy Lord your God.  The Lord God has chosen thee to be a special people unto himself, above all families on the face of the earth.  (Deuteronomy 7:6)
Abraham was selected by God to be the first patriarch of the family of Israel.  Though he wasn't an Israelite himself, (his grandson Jacob was the first Israelite), Genesis 12:1-3 tells us of how it all began:
  "Now the Lord had said unto Abraham, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will shew thee:  And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:  And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed."  

These verses tell of the beginning of the Abrahamic covenant, a never-ending promise that God made with this faithful servant, and his generations to follow.  There are other covenants throughout the Bible, such as the covenant God made with Noah in Genesis 9:11, where He promises Noah to never flood the earth again.  Covenants are either conditional or unconditional.  The Abrahamic covenant was unconditional.  Regardless of the actions of the people that the covenant was made with, the covenant is binding.   Man cannot break this promise.  God has sworn He will not break this promise.  "For when God made promises to Abraham, because he could swear by no greater, he sware by Himself." Hebrews 6:13

We read further of the Abrahamic covenant in Genesis 17:1-9:
  "And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the Lord appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect.  And I will make my covenant between me and thee, and will multiply thee exceedingly.  And Abram fell on his face: and God talked with him, saying,  As for me, behold, my covenant is with thee, and thou shalt be a father of many nations.  Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made thee.  And I will make thee exceedingly fruitful, and I will make nations of thee, and kings shall come out of thee.  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 they seed after thee.  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.  And God said unto Abraham, Thou shalt keep my covenant therefore, thou, and thy seed after thee in their generations."  

The word covenant in Hebrew is Berith or B'rith, and the Hebrew word for man is ish.  Therefore we see the word British as covenant man.  Taking this a step further, the Hebrew word for ian is land, and this makes Britain the covenant land.  This is our first clue as to who Israel is today!

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