Bible Study Lesson …. Genesis 15:1-21
This is only one of the many miracles recorded in the Old Testament and Genesis.
Read the commentary below the verses to see how this message can apply to your life today.
Covenant from God to Abram ( Abraham )
And Abram said, “Since You have given no offspring to me, one born in my house is my heir.”
Then behold, the word of the Lord came to him, saying, “This man will not be your heir; but one who will come forth from your own body, he shall be your heir.”
And He took him outside and said, “Now look toward the heavens, and count the stars, if you are able to count them.”
And He said to him, “So shall your descendants be.”
Then he believed in the Lord; and He reckoned it to him as righteousness. – Genesis 15:3-6 NASB
There are many lessons to be pulled from this story and I cannot go into all of them but will try to cover a few key points.
No Medical Science
It is a sad situation not to be able to have children. And, in those days there was no such thing as artificial insemination or pills to help induce pregnancy so Abram was stuck with the hand he was dealt.
Or, was he?
God created the laws of nature so He can provide for any need, even the need for a child if it is in His will.
Importance of Heirs
Abram was a man who had it all; land, riches; a good wife; all the material things we would deem in today’s world as “success”.
But, he didn’t have a son.
In the Hebrew tradition family was all-important as land and wealth were passed on to sons.
No Social Security or Welfare
Also, the son took care of the widowed mother as there were no social services available.
In many cases, the widow had a choice to either beg in the streets or die.
This bit of background is just to let you know how much depended upon a man having a male heir.
Abram’s biggest asset was his unending faith in God.
When God told him that his descendants would outnumber the stars Abram believed Him because of their relationship and his willingness to follow.
We can have a relationship with God as well because of the sacrifice and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Our Direct Line to God
Jesus made it possible for us to communicate directly with God. All we have to do is accept Him as Lord and Savior.
If you have made that commitment then reaffirm it and, if not, will you ask Christ into your life today?
Love in Christ
If you would like to discover the life-changing experience of Jesus Christ, please take a moment to see how to accept Christ.
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New American Standard Bible
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