WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 1
Scripture: Genesis 15:1-8
Genesis 15:1-8 records a frustrating period in Abraham’s life where he is complaining that God’s promises have not yet come to pass. As we read the first three verses, we can tell that he was almost arguing with God. He made enough of a point that he got an immediate response from the Lord. Abraham had a covenantal relationship with God. God had not only offered to Abram a son, but then He once again, encouraged Abram concerning His promise, purpose and destiny for him to possess the land that the Lord would bring him. In verse 7 the Lord said, “I am the Lord, who brought you out of Ur of the Chaldeans, to give you this land to inherit it.” Abram’s response in verse 8 was, “Lord God, how shall I know that I will inherit it?” Abraham had at that point seen no fulfilment of God’s promise to give him a son. This question or outburst, was Abram asking God for surety – so he could know that what God promised was surely still coming. I suspect he needed to know so he could set his sights and endure whatever God had for him to endure. It is important to understand that the Blood Covenants of the Bible were first requested by man in order to endure the process that was required to gain God’s promises. God’s answer to Abram’s question in verse 8 is the very first Blood Covenant. Blood Covenant was something that Abraham could understand in his culture. God lowered Himself to Abram’s culture and gave him the strongest form of promise available to man in that day, and it was called a Blood Covenant. All of our theology and all of our interaction with God is built on Blood Covenants. Therefore, to really understand and properly walk with God in relationship, it is necessary to understand biblical Blood Covenant. Abram asked God to know that His promises were bound to be fulfilled. When we are in covenant with God, it is good to know the promises are bound by blood to be fulfilled. We all have Abram’s same questions. God never wanted us to guess, He always wanted us to know. Knowing God culminates in the entirety of covenant. It is hard to know God if we do not know the fullness of covenant which includes more than the promises that bring relief to life’s physical circumstances.