God's Covenant with Abram

15: 1-21

Looking at Abram, one would not judge him as a likely candidate to receive great promises from ADONAI. Abram came from a family of idol worshipers (Joshua 24:2). As he pursued his journey, he wasted time at Haran (11:31). He was seventy-five years old when he left Haran (12:4), hardly the typical age for making a major life change. Although the LORD had promised to make a great nation from Abram, he had no son. In fact, his wife Sarai had not been able to bear him any children (11:30). And he was sidetracked in Egypt when he picked up a slave girl named Hagar (12:10-20).

This is the third of seven times that Abraham receives direct revelation from God (12:1-7, 13:14-17, here, 17:1-21, 18:1-33, 21:12-13 and 22:1-18).

It would seem that Abram’s new beginning was off to a rough start – except for one all-important factor: Abram believed ADONAI. He had faith and was willing to obey even though he had no idea where the LORD was directing him.258


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