A Covenantal God

God Upholds His Promises. Will you?

Genesis 15

This morning I am moved by the Abrahamic covenant made in Genesis 15. Early in the chapter, God comes to Abram (the name change has not happened yet) and says "Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield; your reward will be very great." But Abram questions God saying "Sovereign Lord, what can you give me since I remain childless and the one who will inherit my estate is Eliezer of Damascus? You have given me no children; so a servant in my household will be my heir." God promised Abram that the number of stars in the sky, "if indeed you can count them", shall be like his offspring. God then requested that a heifer, a goat, and a ram be brought to him and split in half. A dove and a pigeon were also brought but not split. The pieces were put into two rows with room to walk through in the middle. This was basic protocol for a blood covenant that was used to seal promises. Walking through the path was basically saying "If I break this covenant, may this be done to me." Afterward, Abram fell into a deep sleep. "When the sun had set and it was dark, a smoking fire pot and a flaming torch appeared and passed between the divided animals." That day, Abram never walked through the pathway. Instead, The Holy Spirit came through twice in two different forms. I believe God was saying to Abram "If I break this covenant, may this be done to me. If you break this covenant, may this be done to me."

He who is bigger than I does not need my covenant in order to continue to be who He says he is. When I did fall short, His son was sent to die so that this covenant could be honored. How thankful I am to serve a God that will always uphold His promises even when I don't uphold mine. And how especially thankful I am for the New Covenant made in Jesus that the blood sacrifice was already made and I never have to do it myself.

Special thanks to Chloe Lyle for writing today's devotion!

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