#126 🐄 Genesis 15 Abraham Covenant 🐐🐏🕊️🐦
Chapter 15 is a story of God's covenant and Abram's faith, revealing the nature of God's promises. God chose Abram and promised him numerous descendants as the stars in the sky. "Abram believed the Lord, and He credited it to him as righteousness." Thus, God made a future promise to fill His earth with His righteous people through the seed of Abram. However, this is also a spiritual covenant with all people who believe in God to enter His Kingdom. The topic of righteousness is crucial in this chapter to know the character of God and what he expects from us, faithful obedience to be able to impute His righteousness onto us.
God made a great promise to Abram, later known as Abraham, in a vision:
Do not fear, Abram. I am your shield, your exceedingly great reward. Genesis 15:1 MEV.
God comforts Abram after his victorious but hard-fought battle against the nine Kings who had kidnapped his nephew Lot, as told in the last chapter. God assures Abram that He will protect and provide for him.
The first significant battle mentioned in the Bible around the Valley of Siddim in approx. 1833 B.C., A war broke out between the four Mesopotamian Kings of the North against the five Kings Of the South of the Jordon River Valley—the original Game of Thrones.
Despite Abram's faith, he doubts God since he is childless and has no heirs to inherit his wealth. God promises him great descendants that no one can count them.
He brought him outside and said, 'Look up toward heaven and count the stars, if you are able to count them.' And He said to him, 'So will your descendants be.' Genesis 15:5 MEV.
This promise becomes the Abrahamic covenant.
Abram believed the Lord, and He credited it to him as righteousness. Genesis 15:6 MEV.
Through faith, and not by works under the law, makes one righteous under God. Despite Abram's old age and his wife, Sarah's infertility, his belief in God's promise is a testimony of his unwavering faith.
God commands Abram to confirm His covenant with Him by performing a ritual to divide several animals into two halves and making a path between the divided pieces for God to pass through. This spiritual act makes a binding covenant between man and God. God then passes through the smoking oven and burning torch to signify His presence and commitment to fulfill His promise to Abram. The fulfillment of this supernatural contract is solely God's responsibility, as Abram does not pass through the pieces,
God's unilateral and unconditional promise remains in our spiritual covenant with Him today. He promises to be faithful and never abandon us despite our impossible and difficult circumstances. Our faith confirms our part of the contract with God in receiving His blessings. It's not based on our merit or good works but solely on our faith to be credited as righteous.
Thus, this chapter tells us the power of faith and the trustworthiness of God's promises, offering comfort and assurance to all who seek Him.