The Lord’s Covenant With Abram
15 After this, the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision:
“Do not be afraid, Abram.
I am your shield,
your very great reward.”
2 But Abram said, “Sovereign Lord, what can you give me since I remain childless and the one who will inherit my estate is Eliezer of Damascus?”3 And Abram said, “You have given me no children; so a servant in my household will be my heir.”
4 Then the word of the Lord came to him: “This man will not be your heir, but a son who is your own flesh and blood will be your heir.” 5 He took him outside and said, “Look up at the sky and count the stars—if indeed you can count them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your offspring be.”
6 Abram believed the Lord, and he credited it to him as righteousness.
7 He also said to him, “I am the Lord, who brought you out of Ur of the Chaldeans to give you this land to take possession of it.”
8 But Abram said, “Sovereign Lord, how can I know that I will gain possession of it?”
9 So the Lord said to him, “Bring me a heifer, a goat and a ram, each three years old, along with a dove and a young pigeon.”
10 Abram brought all these to him, cut them in two and arranged the halves opposite each other; the birds, however, he did not cut in half. 11 Then birds of prey came down on the carcasses, but Abram drove them away.
12 As the sun was setting, Abram fell into a deep sleep, and a thick and dreadful darkness came over him. 13 Then the Lord said to him, “Know for certain that for four hundred years your descendants will be strangers in a country not their own and that they will be enslaved and mistreated there.14 But I will punish the nation they serve as slaves, and afterward they will come out with great possessions. 15 You, however, will go to your ancestorsin peace and be buried at a good old age. 16 In the fourth generation your descendants will come back here, for the sin of the Amorites has not yet reached its full measure.”
17 When the sun had set and darkness had fallen, a smoking firepot with a blazing torch appeared and passed between the pieces. 18 On that day the Lord made a covenant with Abram and said, “To your descendants I give this land, from the Wadi of Egypt to the great river, the Euphrates— 19 the land of the Kenites, Kenizzites, Kadmonites, 20 Hittites, Perizzites,Rephaites, 21 Amorites, Canaanites, Girgashites and Jebusites.”
In the midst of getting my verse this morning, my Pandora opened and started playing the song ‘The Blessing’ by Kari Jobe
No coincidences.. perfect timing as we look at the blessings of God upon Abram .. This chapter we see the Lord promising Abram blessings upon blessings.
“Abram believed the Lord. And the Lord accepted Abram’s faith, and that faith made him right with God.”
Genesis 15:6 NCV
God speaks in many ways. Visions and dreams, audibly, by the ministry of angels, the Holy Spirit, prophets, preachers… Sometimes he makes a passage of scripture come to life and plant deep into our soul and heart. God told Abram don’t be afraid of this dream/vision but I want you to understand. I am going to pour blessings upon you…
Stop doubting, start trusting.
We do that sometimes. We question God because we’re frustrated or more importantly we’re impatient. Having an honest conversation with God. We’re not really disbelieving we’re just looking for more strength and faith as we say to God, what is your plan please reveal it to me. Let me be patient in the waiting and rely on you. Give me strength and wisdom to hold onto your promises.
But it’s hard to wait. God will not forget about his promises to us. God said ‘can you count all the stars?’ because that’s how many blessings are gonna be poured upon you for generations. Your descendants will bring the bright morning star.
“I am Jesus! And I am the one who sent my angel to tell all of you these things for the churches. I am David’s Great Descendant, and I am also the bright morning star.”
Revelation 22:16 CEV
God had three promises he gave to Abram. He promised him land, descendants, blessing and redemption.
We need to be expectant for God‘s promises. Be confident. Be bold. Be faithful. Listen for the Holy Spirit because it will speak life into you. We can’t do it all, but we can pray and intercede and let God be God.
Let God Be God!
At the end of the chapter we see God making that agreement with Abram through a smoking fire pot and blazing torch passing between the hands of the dead animals that Abram brought to him. Gods Presence is often revealed by smoke/fire in the Bible.
Those of you that live in the South Jersey area… Go outside and take a whiff this morning. Do you smell the smoke from the Wharton State Park fire ? It is miles and miles away for most of us yet the smell travels reminding us that there’s something going on around us. When you smell the smoke today remember that God is all around us. We can’t see him but his presence and promises are all around us.
So my question to you today is:
Are you leaning and trusting on the promises of God?