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Read Genesis 15:1-12 and 17-18

Tuesday

Read Genesis 15:1-12 and 17-18

15 After this, Abram had a vision and heard the Lord say to him, “Do not be afraid, Abram. I will shield you from danger and give you a great reward.”

2 But Abram answered, “Sovereign Lord, what good will your reward do me, since I have no children? My only heir is Eliezer of Damascus.[a] 3 You have given me no children, and one of my slaves will inherit my property.”

4 Then he heard the Lord speaking to him again: “This slave Eliezer will not inherit your property; your own son will be your heir.” 5 The Lord took him outside and said, “Look at the sky and try to count the stars; you will have as many descendants as that.”

6 Abram put his trust in the Lord, and because of this the Lord was pleased with him and accepted him.

7 Then the Lord said to him, “I am the Lord, who led you out of Ur in Babylonia, to give you this land as your own.”

8 But Abram asked, “Sovereign Lord, how can I know that it will be mine?”

9 He answered, “Bring me a cow, a goat, and a ram, each of them three years old, and a dove and a pigeon.” 10 Abram brought the animals to God, cut them in half, and placed the halves opposite each other in two rows; but he did not cut up the birds. 11 Vultures came down on the bodies, but Abram drove them off.

12 When the sun was going down, Abram fell into a deep sleep, and fear and terror came over him.

17 When the sun had set and it was dark, a smoking fire pot and a flaming torch suddenly appeared and passed between the pieces of the animals. 18 Then and there the Lord made a covenant with Abram. He said, “I promise to give your descendants all this land from the border of Egypt to the Euphrates River,

Good News Translation (GNT)
Copyright © 1992 by American Bible Society

Think

When God made this covenant with Abraham; the faith was still new.  There was no scripture - just God speaking to Abraham and Abraham learning about God’s heart.  God makes Abraham a great big promise - a seemingly impossible promise. Abraham expresses his doubts; he also brings great sacrifices - falls asleep and in his sleep God appears to Abraham as a smoking pot of fire - receiving the sacrifice.

Pray

Abraham receives God’s promise for him - what is God’s promise for you?  Do you doubt it? Are you able to fervently pray and worship and ask God to give you more clarity?


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