As far as milestones go, this is an extremely important chapter in the Bible. It here that God’s promise to Abram is first made. He is promised that his line will become a great nation, that his name will be great and he will be blessed, and all of the families of the earth will be blessed through him ( a promise of a coming savior through his lineage. For land, he is specifically promised that his people will obtain the land of Canaan. God always keeps His promises, and all have been fulfilled.
Notice that Abram does not trust in God completely yet. Instead, he lies and gets his wife to lie as well – hoping that will protect him from harm. But God does not give up on him. That should encourage us, to know that even thought we are not perfect, God still cares for us. That doesn’t mean that we do not have to do follow His word. God does demand obedience. But He is a forgiving and loving God.
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