7 Then He said to him, “I am the Lord, who brought you out of Ur of the Chaldeans, to give you this land to inherit it.”
8 And he said, “Lord God, how shall I know that I will inherit it?”
9 So He said to 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 Then he brought all these to Him and cut them in two, down the middle, and placed each piece opposite the other; but he did not cut the birds in two. 11 And when the vultures came down on the carcasses, Abram drove them away.
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.”
When I read stuff like this in the bible, I get confused. What in the world is God asking for here? After doing some research I learned each one of those animals has a specific type of sin attached to it for atonement. God knew Abram’s sins before he committed them. Just like he knows yours and mine. However, Abram didn’t have the benefit of the bible as we do today. He did, however have a relationship with God and God commanded him to do things that probably didn’t make sense. When we read and study the word of God, we also form a relationship with God. It doesn’t always make sense, but if we follow, it works out. The truth is that relationship is one with Jesus. Jesus is the word of God. John the apostle starts his Gospel with: ” In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it’ (John 1:1-5). A few verses later John writes: ” And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14). Throughout the bible and throughout history, God has been trying to connect with you and me. He loves us more than we could ever know. Probably the most published verse of the bible John 3:16 reads: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. ” The Creator of the universe loves you so much that He would come down in the form of one of us, and give His life. He really wants us to know who He is. If you’re reading this talk to Jesus today. He is there waiting. All you have to do is ask. But if you’re still confused and don’t know what to say….just say Jesus!