God's Promise of a Son

Wednesday May 11, 2022
TEXT: Genesis 15:1-21 
The Lord's Covenant Promise to Abram
15 Some time later, the Lord spoke to Abram in a vision and said to him, “Do not be afraid, Abram, for I will protect you, and your reward will be great.”
2 But Abram replied, “O Sovereign Lord, what good are all your blessings when I don’t even have a son? Since you’ve given me no children, Eliezer of Damascus, a servant in my household, will inherit all my wealth. 3 You have given me no descendants of my own, so one of my servants will be my heir.”
4 Then the Lord said to him, “No, your servant will not be your heir, for you will have a son of your own who will be your heir.” 5 Then the Lord took Abram outside and said to him, “Look up into the sky and count the stars if you can. That’s how many descendants you will have!”
6 And Abram believed the Lord, and the Lord counted him as righteous because of his faith.
7 Then the Lord told him, “I am the Lord who brought you out of Ur of the Chaldeans to give you this land as your possession.”
8 But Abram replied, “O Sovereign Lord, how can I be sure that I will actually possess it?”
9 The Lord told 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 So Abram presented all these to him and killed them. Then he cut each animal down the middle and laid the halves side by side; he did not, however, cut the birds in half. 11 Some vultures swooped down to eat the carcasses, but Abram chased them away.
12 As the sun was going down, Abram fell into a deep sleep, and a terrifying darkness came down over him. 13 Then the Lord said to Abram, “You can be sure that your descendants will be strangers in a foreign land, where they will be oppressed as slaves for 400 years. 14 But I will punish the nation that enslaves them, and in the end they will come away with great wealth. 15 (As for you, you will die in peace and be buried at a ripe old age.) 16 After four generations your descendants will return here to this land, for the sins of the Amorites do not yet warrant their destruction.”
17 After the sun went down and darkness fell, Abram saw a smoking firepot and a flaming torch pass between the halves of the carcasses. 18 So the Lord made a covenant with Abram that day and said, “I have given this land to your descendants, all the way from the border of Egypt to the great Euphrates River— 19 the land now occupied by the Kenites, Kenizzites, Kadmonites, 20 Hittites, Perizzites, Rephaites, 21 Amorites, Canaanites, Girgashites, and Jebusites.”

Questions to Consider: 
Q.1: What does the passage teach about God the Father or God the Son or God the Holy Spirit?
Q.2: Is there any example for me to follow or not to follow?
Q.4: Is there any promises for me to believe or hope for?

Topic: God's promise of a Son

What did God promise Abram (v.1)? Abram's concern was to have a son lest his most senior servant becomes his heir. Notice how God responded and what Abram did (vs.5-6). God promised Abram descendants and Abram in turn believed God wholeheartedly (Romans 4:1-3; Hebrews 11:6). The second promise was land (v.7). Abram needed to be clear on how he can know that the land will be his. How does Abram's question in v.8 compare with Mary's in Luke 1:34; Sarah's (Genesis 18:12) and Zechariah's (Luke 1:18)? God entertains honest enquiry but hates doubt and unbelief.

Our God knows and holds the future (vs.13-16). Notice how God confirmed His promise to Abram (vs.9-12 and 17). Passing through the cut animal is similar to saying, 'Let me die like this animal if I fail to fulfil the covenant.! The ten nations listed (vs. 19-21) may be showing the complete expanse of the land space that God will provide for His people. It was not until the time of David and Solomon that the Israelites took possession of this expanse of land (see 2 Chronicles 9:26) but they lost much of it soon after because of their disobedience.

Prayer: Lord, help me to believe what you promise, even if appears impossible.

Further Prayers
The Right Attitude
You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had. Philippians 2:5 
Thank God for:
• Teaching us from His word things that are pure, lovely, commendable and excellent.
• SU that has over time taught us to think of things that will glorify the name of our God
Pray for:
• Leaning on God's direction and leading, as His Spirit continues to help us develop right attitude.
• Grace to constantly seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteous and live a life in the Spirit daily.
• The peace of God that will continue to keep our faith alife no matter what the world is doing.
• The right attitude that will glorify God always.
Pray against
• Exhibiting the wrong attitude thereby scattering the work of SU
• Conforming to the world and using it as a standard in working in SU.

1Samuel 15, 16, Matt. 2

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