13 For when God made [His] promise to Abraham, He swore by Himself, since He had no one greater by whom to swear, 14 Saying, Blessing I certainly will bless you and multiplying I will multiply you. 15 And so it was that he [Abraham], having waited long and endured patiently, realised and obtained [in the birth of Isaac as a pledge of what was to come] what God had promised him. 16 Men indeed swear by a greater [than themselves], and with them in all disputes the oath taken for confirmation is final [ending strife]. 17 Accordingly God also, in His desire to show more convincingly and beyond doubt to those who were to inherit the promise the unchangeableness of His purpose and plan, intervened (mediated) with an oath.(Heb 6:13-17amp).
When our Lord; made His covenant with Abraham; He revealed to him,
(ie Abraham) ; His redemption blueprint for mankind’s salvation. For His will for us is that none should perish, but that all people everywhere would. & should come to repentance.
Abram enquired of the Lord, about the promise of a son; which the Lord had given him. Seeing that he had no seed of inheritance; except for Ebenezer of Damascus.
Until then he had no son. He only had God’s promise for a son. Who would be an heir in his stead. Yet he still trusted, the Lord, with an unwavering faith.
Totally certain, for that which the Lord promised, the Lord would fulfil. Now because he(Abraham) believed, holding firm to the promise which, God had given him, had been accounted to him for righteousness(see Rom 4:22 & Gen 15:6.).
Because of this query;, the Lord required Abraham to bring the following sacrifices:-
• A three year old (3yr) heifer.
• A three year old (3yr) she goat
• A three year old (3yr) ram
• A turtle dove
• A young pigeon
These he divided in half, setting them opposite each other. We are to remember, Abraham knew of the need for sacrifice. We find through out scripture, references to the need for sacrifice.
[In fact] under the Law almost everything is purified by means of blood, and without the shedding of blood there is neither release from sin and its guilt nor the remission of the due and merited punishment for sins.(Heb 9:22amplified).
During this time; Abram fell into a deep sleep and he saw a horror & a great darkness
Therefore during the setting of the sun, about the time of the evening sacrifice; a great darkness came about; that behold, a smoking oven and a flaming torch passed between those pieces. On the same day God made a covenant(promise, pledge) with Abram, saying; “to your descendants I have given this land, from the river of Egypt, to the great river, the River Euphrates——(see Gen 15:9-21).
*God takes Back*
In so doing; He had an opportunity to legally enter; into this world and take back, and restore, to man that which, had been handed over to our enemy.
(To b contd)
Together in the Lord’s Harvest
Ian & Joan Lottering
Dd: 2012 Sept 19