Gen 15:1 After these things the word of the LORD came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I [am] thy shield, [and] thy exceeding great reward.
Gen 15:2 And Abram said, Lord GOD, what wilt thou give me, seeing I go childless, and the steward of my house [is] this Eliezer of Damascus?
Gen 15:3 And Abram said, Behold, to me thou hast given no seed: and, lo, one born in my house is mine heir.
Gen 15:4 And, behold, the word of the LORD [came] unto him, saying, This shall not be thine heir; but he that shall come forth out of thine own bowels shall be thine heir.
Gen 15:5 And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be.
Gen 15:6 And he believed in the LORD; and he counted it to him for righteousness.
Gen 15:7 And he said unto him, I [am] the LORD that brought thee out of Ur of the Chaldees, to give thee this land to inherit it.

Abram (soon to be Abraham) has expressed to the God  that he doesn’t have an heir to inherit all this blessing that God had so far bestowed upon him. Abraham wants God to know that Eliezer will inherit all his possessions and household if he died. Eliezer was just a servant so Abraham wanted a child of his own. God than gives Abram the promise of children but doubt obviously rose up in Abram seeing Sarai is barren and they are also too old.

Abram asks for a sign of this promise. God goes on in Chapter 15 which we will take a look at to make a Covenant with Abram. Covenant was and is in many countries an unbreakable and honourable contract cut with blood between two parties. The closest thing to Covenant we see now in our western wold is marriage. When we look around though, it surely isn’t something honoured as God first intended it to be. Have you ever wondered why we wear a ring to symbolize our marriage with a person? When marriage covenant was originally cut, a scar which was normal Covenant practice was cut around the finger or usually thumb to scar the marriage partners to recognise this covenant. Often during a Covenant ceremony of any kind the covenant scar would have something rubbed into it to cause the scar to fester and make a more prominent scar. In the case of marriage a ring is now worn. In the case of Abraham the scar was the circumcision which symbolized the covenant made.

A Covenant however was made till death, and if a person broke covenant, the other part to the covenant was bound to kill the one that broke the sacred agreement. Spiritual death is immediate if we leave or break covenant with God. During the cutting of a covenant, blood would be spilled. A life would be taken to seal the covenant agreement. Blood should not be shed for no reason, so depending on the covenant terms laid out during the ceremony a punishment (which was usually death) would be enforced on the person breaking the agreement.

We can see here in Genesis 15 this covenant being made between God and Abram.

Gen 15:9 And he said unto him, Take me an heifer of three years old, and a she goat of three years old, and a ram of three years old, and a turtledove, and a young pigeon.
Gen 15:10 And he took unto him all these, and divided them in the midst, and laid each piece one against another: but the birds divided he not.
Gen 15:11 And when the fowls came down upon the carcases, Abram drove them away.
Gen 15:12 And when the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram; and, lo, an horror of great darkness fell upon him.
Gen 15:13 And he said unto Abram, Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land [that is] not theirs, and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred years;
Gen 15:14 And also that nation, whom they shall serve, will I judge: and afterward shall they come out with great substance.
Gen 15:15 And thou shalt go to thy fathers in peace; thou shalt be buried in a good old age.
Gen 15:16 But in the fourth generation they shall come hither again: for the iniquity of the Amorites [is] not yet full.
Gen 15:17 And it came to pass, that, when the sun went down, and it was dark, behold a smoking furnace, and a burning lamp that passed between those pieces.

We can see Abraham (who already seemed to have knowledge of covenant) preparing the covenant sacrifice. Verse 17 is awesome. In a covenant ceremony the two parties coming into covenant would need to walk through the blood to seal the agreement. Verse 17 God passes through the covenant sacrifice. Praise the Lord. He is not some God a million miles away not caring. Ultimately now Jesus was the sacrifice who came as the sacrifice Himself and permanently sealed the New Covenant with His blood.

In Genesis 15 we see the making of the Abrahamic Covenant. We need to remember we are the seed of Abraham. This is why it’s important to understand what happened here. Our Covenant that we live under now is established off of this one.

Gal 3:7 Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham.
Gal 3:8 And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, [saying], In thee shall all nations be blessed.
Gal 3:9 So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham.

We are the children of Abraham so we are blessed with Abraham. This time however we are under a better covenant with better promises because Jesus finalised it. We have covenant rights and abilities God wants us receiving from. He wants to see us blessed above all the nations of the earth to see them won to Him.

I read my Bible faithfully for many years before even knowing there was a covenant sacrifice made here in Genesis 15. If we don’t get clear understanding of covenant, we cannot understand the Bible. We will read it through law mentality when we should read it with Covenant heart mentality. God making this Covenant with man means He swears to never leave us or forsake us. It means that even if you make a mistake God is required by Covenant promise to fix that mistake. We however also have covenant responsibility back to God. We need to do as he has asked of us, not out of law or rules but through covenant heart and love. We need to make a choice to never leave Him or forsake Him. Praise God for us, that He has enabled us through His Spirit to fulfil our requirements. However we need to be humble and ready to accept the mission.

Covenant is serious. If we are not a part of this Covenant we are cursed. It’s that simple. However when we have entered in, we are blessed above and beyond what the natural mind can think. If we believe. Remember our covenant is based on faith. So believe today in the covenant that was cut.

​Carol Eddington.xx

Published by Carol Eddington