After the word of the Lord
came to Abram in a vision,
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?
You have given me no children;
so a servant in my household
will be my heir.”
When I first read this I thought to myself,
“Man - God must be so tired of our doubt!”
Instead of taking God at His word,
We question Him and focus on
what our eyes can see in this dark world.
Then the word of the Lord
came to Abram and said,
“This man will not be your heir,
but a son who is your own flesh and blood
will be your heir.”
God was patient
and answered Abram’s question.
In essence He said,
“I am going to give you a son
who is your very own flesh and blood.”
This means that Abram and his wife Sarai
would conceive a son -
because a marriage covenant is based on
a man and his wife becoming One.
God took Abram outside and said,
“Look up at the sky and count the stars -
if indeed you can count them.
So shall your offspring be.”
Perhaps when the Lord showed Abram
what he had already done
in the earth and the heavenly realm -
Abram believed the Lord -
and this is when the Lord
counted it to Abram as righteousness.
Obviously man has also got this wrong.
God does not focus on our morality,
or what we think is right or wrong.
He does not focus on
the works of the flesh,
but to the one who trusts and believes
that God justifies our wickedness.
“I am the Lord,
who brought you out of Ur of the Chaldeans
to give you this land to take possession of it.”
That means when Abram’s father,
Terah, left the land of Ur, and took Abram, Sarai
and Lot with him, then settled in Haran -
it was all part of God’s divine plan.
But Abram said,
“Sovereign Lord, how can I know
that I will gain possession of it?”
There he goes again!
Doubting God for what He says.
Or maybe, Abram is just looking for
a little confirmation.
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.”
That’s interesting -
instead of God giving Abram
a direct explanation,
He gives him a command
to bring animals to Him.
"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.
Then birds of prey
came down on the carcasses,
but Abram drove them away."
Now, how did Abram know
to bring the animals dead?
We have to go back
to when man first doubted God,
and look at how
God responded to them.
When Adam and Eve had doubted God,
and noticed there, naked they stood -
they tried to use fig leaves to cover their sin.
But their man-made hiding was not that good.
Fig leaves could not cover up
the guilty sinner and make him right with God.
has great compassion for man,
and he chose animal skins
to cover up Adam and Eve.
"And the Lord God made garments of skin
for Adam and his wife, and clothed them."
God was willing to use
animal life blood,
to cover the sin that separated man -
At least until the Lamb of God
Who would be the final sacrifice
for all of mankind.
As the sun was setting,
Abram fell into a deep sleep,
and a thick and dreadful darkness
came over him.
The darkness was not
an evil presence as one would think,
the darkness was the God
sharing a troubling thought.
He gave Abram a brief timeline
of future events.
Then the Lord said to him,
“Know for certain that for 400 years
your descendants will be strangers
in a country not their own
and that they will be enslaved
and mistreated there.
But I will punish the nation
they serve as slaves,
and afterward they will come out
with great possessions.
will go to your ancestors in peace
and be buried at a good old age.
In the fourth generation
will come back here,
for the sin of the Amorites
has not yet reached its full measure.”
Let’s not forget
what we have already learned,
King Og of Bashan, will be
the Amorite King who is called
the last of the Rephaim,
a descendant from the Nephilim -
produced during Genesis 6,
when the sons of God
possessed daughters of men.
The land of Canaan
must not have been
The land of Canaan
was inhabited by evil men,
and God used Abram
to take possession back.
We are either vessels
working for God, or against Him.
Man - God is so good!
In a second,
Holy Spirit unfolds spiritual wisdom!
“When the sun had set
and darkness had fallen,
a smoking firepot
with a blazing torch appeared
and passed between the pieces.
On that day the Lord made
a covenant with Abram
“To your descendants I give this land,
from the Wadi of Egypt
to the great river, the Euphrates -
the land of the Kenites,
Kenizzites, Kadmonites, Hittites,
Perizzites, Rephaites, Amorites,
and Jebusites will be yours.”
Do you remember
what Paul says in Ephesians 3:10
about Gods marvelous plan for the Gentiles?
“I became a servant of this gospel
by the gift of God’s grace
given me through the working
of his power. Although I am less
than the least of all the Lord’s people,
this grace was given me:
to preach to the Gentiles
the boundless riches of Christ,
and to make plain to everyone
the administration of this mystery,
which for ages past
was kept hidden in God,
who created all things.
His intent was that now,
through the church,
the manifold wisdom of God
should be made known
to the rulers and authorities
in the heavenly realms,
according to his eternal purpose
that he accomplished in
Christ Jesus our Lord.
In him and through faith in him
we may approach God
with freedom and confidence.”
God has a plan and purpose
for every single thing!
He made the beginning
with the end in mind.
The scripture is very clear -
We either participate with God
and become a vessel for Him,
or we take things upon ourselves
and remain a vessel of evil
covered by fig leaves.