Genesis 15

Keys

  • 🔑 God promised Abram that he would have a child of his own.
  • 🔑 God told Abram in a dream that his descendants (the Israelites) would serve strangers (the Egyptians) for 400 years.
  • 🔑 After 400 years the strangers would be judged and his descendants would come out of it with great possessions.
  • 🔑 God promised the land of Israel to Abram's descendants.

Passage

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson.

God’s Covenant with Abram

1 After these things the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision, saying, “Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your exceedingly great reward.”

2 But Abram said, “Lord God, what will You give me, seeing I go childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?” 3 Then Abram said, “Look, You have given me no offspring; indeed one born in my house is my heir!”

4 And behold, the word of the Lord came to him, saying, “This one shall not be your heir, but one who will come from your own body shall be your heir.” 5 Then He brought him outside and said, “Look now toward heaven, and count the stars if you are able to number them.” And He said to him, “So shall your descendants be.”

6 And he believed in the Lord, and He accounted it to him for righteousness.

7 Then He said to him, “I am the Lord, who brought you out of Ur of the Chaldeans, to give you this land to inherit it.”

8 And he said, “Lord God, how shall I know that I will inherit it?”

9 So He said to him, “Bring Me a three-year-old heifer, a three-year-old female goat, a three-year-old ram, a turtledove, and a young pigeon.” 10 Then he brought all these to Him and cut them in two, down the middle, and placed each piece opposite the other; but he did not cut the birds in two. 11 And when the vultures came down on the carcasses, Abram drove them away.

12 Now when the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram; and behold, horror and great darkness fell upon him. 13 Then He said to Abram: “Know certainly that your descendants will be strangers in a land that is not theirs, and will serve them, and they will afflict them four hundred years. 14 And also the nation whom they serve I will judge; afterward they shall come out with great possessions. 15 Now as for you, you shall go to your fathers in peace; you shall be buried at a good old age. 16 But in the fourth generation they shall return here, for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet complete.”

17 And it came to pass, when the sun went down and it was dark, that behold, there appeared a smoking oven and a burning torch that passed between those pieces. 18 On the same day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying:

“To your descendants I have given this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the River Euphrates— 19 the Kenites, the Kenezzites, the Kadmonites, 20 the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Rephaim, 21 the Amorites, the Canaanites, the Girgashites, and the Jebusites.”

Notes

Here we see Abram question God about the things He will give him. Abram was promised that he would have inumerable descendants, but yet he had no child of his own. Because of Abram’s obedience, God made a covenant with him that He would inherit that promise.

Wow, so I’m just putting this together in my head. God told Abram in a dark dream that his descendants would be slaves to the Egyptians for 400 years. Then, he says that Egypt will be judged and the Israelites would come out with great possessions. Was God’s plan to put the Israelites in Egypt to help build it into a mighty empire just so they could strip it of it’s wealth? Fascinating prophesy.

It seems that God has a huge emphasis on wealth and prosperity for his chosen people. So much so that he is willing to put his people under worldly leaders in order to strip their wealth from them.

Then God re-promised the land of Israel to the descendants of Abram.


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