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Category: Genesis 15

1-15-2016 Genesis 15:17-21

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17 And it came to pass, when the sun went down and it was dark, that behold, there appeared a smoking oven and a burning torch that passed between those pieces. 18 On the same day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying:

“To your descendants I have given this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the River Euphrates— 19 the Kenites, the Kenezzites, the Kadmonites, 20 the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Rephaim, 21 the Amorites, the Canaanites, the Girgashites, and the Jebusites.”

Here God makes a promise to Abram. Funny thing about promises is that God is the only one who keeps all of His promises.  When I look at our world I see lots of lies, deceit, hatred, anger, etc… We seem to never be good for our word (promise).  We make promises to our friends, family, job, and even our country.  All of us have broken some if not all of these and more.  So why do we even make promises if we know the odds are it will be broken?  I think we need some sort of guarantee even if we know it might not work out.  I believe also we have the need to be trusted, and promises help to create trust.  I believe the promise we need to put in our lives is a promise to follow Jesus to the best of our ability.  We will fall short at times, but He is faithful to forgive us and cleanse us.  The only promise worth anything in our world today is God’s promises.  The truth is we can trust Him.  God  said: “Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.” (Deuteronomy 31:6).  Here in lies the answer to all we seek.  Jesus told us: “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you” (Matthew 6:33). You can count on Him.  Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8).  Just like Abram, we too need to trust in the Lord.  But if you are still confused and don’t know what to say or do…. call out….He’s listening….just say Jesus!

1-14-2016 Genesis 15:7-16

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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!

1-13-2016 Genesis 15:1-6

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After these things the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision, saying, “Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your exceedingly great reward.”

2 But Abram said, “Lord God, what will You give me, seeing I go childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?” 3 Then Abram said, “Look, You have given me no offspring; indeed one born in my house is my heir!”

4 And behold, the word of the Lord came to him, saying, “This one shall not be your heir, but one who will come from your own body shall be your heir.” 5 Then He brought him outside and said, “Look now toward heaven, and count the stars if you are able to number them.” And He said to him, “So shall your descendants be.”

6 And he believed in the Lord, and He accounted it to him for righteousness.

God promised to make Abram great.  He tells him to not be afraid.  He basically lets Abram know “I got your back”, and Abram believed it. Looking back we can understand why Abram should believe God.  God had protected Abram and his family; He provided and always took care of him.  Sounds like you and me…right?  So why do we look elsewhere for our security, protection, food, clothing, shelter…etc..etc..  It comes down to faith.  Although the evidence is there people still don’t believe.  Paul the apostle told us: ” For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse” (Romans 1:20).  God has made Himself known.  So faith should be easy, right?  I think it’s also a choice of what we choose to believe.  Most people believe there is a God, but many don’t know Him or care to.  Most of us (including me), cry out to God for help when things get bad.  But what God really desires is a relationship with each one of us.  This relationship comes through Jesus.  Jesus said: “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me” (Revelation 3:20). So He is knocking all you have to do is answer.  Once we do He has promised us: “If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you” (John 15:7). So if you’re lost, confused, afraid, and don’t know what to say or do….just say Jesus!

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