Genesis 15 – God’s Covenant with Abram

Genesis 15

The first time someone reads this chapter, they might think “what in the world is going on here?” It is important to remember that in times past many customs that are very strange to us have come and gone. Abram is concerned because for one thing, he is not getting any younger, and he still has no children. God uses a ceremony making a covenant with Abram in the same way as was customary in that place and time. Basically, it meant that “if I do not live up to my end of the bargain, may the same thing be done to me as these animals.” God caused a deep sleep to come over Abram as “the smoking pot and a flaming torch passed between these pieces” (v 17). These are clearly representative of God’s presence.

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