God’s Covenant With Abram (Genesis 15)

Scripture Text (click to open in a new window):

Genesis 15

In accordance with the accepted custom of the day, the covenanting parties pass between the split carcasses of the animals that have been specifically killed for the ceremony. This covenant is sealed when God Himself passed through the pieces of the slain animals (in the appearance of the blazing torch). God alone passing through the carcasses indicates the unique one-sidedness of this promise.


1. How do you reassure someone your word is good?

2. When was the last time you went stargazing? Describe how you felt.

3. Where in your life do you need God to say, “Do not be afraid, I am your shield, your very great reward”?

4. Where in your life are you longing for some certainty?

Additional Comments: 

“Abraham believed in the Lord” (Genesis 15:6a) This verse is quoted three times in the New Testament to demonstrate that salvation by faith was nothing new (Romans 4:3; Galatians 3:6; James 2:23). Even in the Old Testament, God looked for faith, not a perfect life.


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