Wednesday, September 21, 2016

God's Covenant with Abram

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.”
Genesis 15:12-21, NKJV

God's Covenant with Abram

We reach a pivotal point in Genesis 15 in our story of Abram. God has promised to give to Abram the land in which he is now dwelling. In the verses shown above, we are allowed to peer into a very key moment in the relationship between God and Abram. God, the Ruler of the Universe, has deemed to make a covenant with man. A covenant is generally made between two people of equal status. However, there is no man of equal status with God.

So, in the account given above, God had Abram lay the animals whose blood would seal this covenant out on the ground. Then God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Abram, causing horror and great darkness for Abram. 

Then God said,  “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.”

Notice that God is speaking to Abram of things to come. First He is telling Abram that his descendants will be strangers in a land that is not theirs. In that land, they will be afflicted for four hundred years. To what is God referring? God is referring to the Israelites being in the land of Egypt. We will come to the account of this time period later in the book of Genesis. God's prophecy is fulfilled exactly as God said even to the number of years they resided in Egypt. When the Israelites left the land of Egypt it was on the very day they had been there for 400 years.  

In God's covenant with Abram, what did God promise? 
 
“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.”

One interesting point in God's conversation with Abram is this statement made by God. But in the fourth generation they shall return here, for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet complete.

What is God saying? God is saying that the iniquity or sins of the people who lived in this land would become so great that He would remove them from the land. However, they had not yet reached that point.

Could that happen in our day? Does God rule over the nations? Yes and yes! Does God see the sin of the nations today? Yes! He does. Just as in Abram's day, God sees the sins of the nations as well as the sins of each and every person who is alive today. Though it may seem as though God does not notice and that there are no repercussions for our sins, that is not true. God sees and at the appointed time, God will judge. Whether that judgment comes when one country overpowers another, or whether it will not be dwelt with until the end of time, it will happen.

God in His righteousness and holiness will judge all nations and all people.

Let us think soberly on these accounts as we read through Genesis 15. God of all Gods and our King of all Kings rules this world in justice, righteousness, and holiness. And yet, He is a merciful God, providing salvation for His people through the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Now is the day of salvation! Let us fall before the Lord Jesus Christ, confessing our own sins and unworthiness and cry out for the Lord Jesus to save us.

What an amazing God we serve!

God Bless You,
Linda




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