Lesson No. 574
Genesis Chapter 15
More Promises, Star-Gazing, Visions and Covenant"

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GENESIS CHAPTER 15
 
1 After these things the word of the Lord came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward. 2 And Abram said, Lord God, what wilt thou give me, seeing I go childless, and the steward of my house is this Eliezer of Damascus? 3 And Abram said, Behold, to me thou hast given no seed: and, lo, one born in my house is mine heir. 4 And, behold, the word of the Lord came unto him, saying, This shall not be thine heir; but he that shall come forth out of thine own bowels shall be thine heir. 5 And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be. 6 And he believed in the Lord; and he counted it to him for righteousness. 7 And he said unto him, I am the Lord that brought thee out of Ur of the Chaldees, to give thee this land to inherit it. 8 And he said, Lord God, whereby shall I know that I shall inherit it? 9 And he said unto him, Take me an heifer of three years old, and a she goat of three years old, and a ram of three years old, and a turtledove, and a young pigeon. 10 And he took unto him all these, and divided them in the midst, and laid each piece one against another: but the birds divided he not. 11 And when the fowls came down upon the carcases, Abram drove them away. 12 And when the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram; and, lo, an horror of great darkness fell upon him. 13 And he said unto Abram, Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs, and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred years; 14 and also that nation, whom they shall serve, will I judge: and afterward shall they come out with great substance. 15 And thou shalt go to thy fathers in peace; thou shalt be buried in a good old age. 16 But in the fourth generation they shall come hither again: for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet full. 17 And it came to pass, that, when the sun went down, and it was dark, behold a smoking furnace, and a burning lamp that passed between those pieces. 18 In the same day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates: 19 the Kenites, and the Kenizzites, and the Kadmonites, 20 and the Hittites, and the Perizzites, and the Rephaims, 21 and the Amorites, and the Canaanites, and the Girgashites, and the Jebusites.

Lesson No. 574        “More Promises, Star-Gazing, Visions and Covenant"
Genesis Chapter 15                                                            07/11/2021
 
1)  God speaks to Abram in a vision (verse 1).  What does promise Abram?

2)  Abram doesn’t respond to that promise but rather brings up another subject that is likely been bothering him (verses 2, 3).  How does God respond? (verse 4)

3) As a good teacher, what does God show Abram?  (verse 5)  Did Abram believe God for this promise?  (verse 6)  God counts this to Abram for righteousness!  (meaning morally right and virtuous) Is it OK to doubt God?

4) God goes on then to assure Abram in verse 7.  Then Abram asks another question in verse 8.  Is it OK to question God?

5) How does God answer Abram’s question?  (verse 9)  This is a way that folks ‘sealed’ an agreement in the day.  What does Abram do?  (verse 10 and 11)  What might the birds mean in verse 11?

6) Then Abram falls into a deep sleep has a ‘horror of darkness’ fall upon him (verse 12).  What prophesy is Abram given in verses 13-14.  But Abram dies in peace in verse 15!  That was a sweet thing God did for Abram!

7) Then another prophesy in verse 16!  What prophesy is given in verse 16 regarding Abram’s seed and the Amorites?

8) So how does God make a ‘promise’ on His ‘promise’ to Abram in verse 17 (old custom).  Do you think that Abram is now doubt and question free?!

9) Then…a covenant between God and Abram is spoken in verses 18 and 19.  God defines the boundaries of the land He is giving to Abram and the peoples in that land.

10) Let’s think for a moment about all the covenants God has made that pertain to us and promises in the Bible.  Do we really need to doubt or question the All Mighty God?


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