Genesis Lesson 10 Day 2

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Genesis 15:1-6

God’s covenant with Abram

3. Shields, rewards, and promises

Shield:

any protection used to intercept blows, missiles, etc., such as a tough piece of armor carried on the armor any similar protective device (Dictionary.com)

Smith’s Bible Dictionary

In the metaphorical language of the Bible, the shield generally represents the protection of God: e.g. Psalm 3:3; 28:7, but in Psalm 47:9, it is applied to earthly rulers and in Ephesians 6:18 to faith.

Psalms 5:12 calls God Jehovah Megan, Lord my shield. 

Exceedingly Great Rewards

Genesis 15:1 is the first instance of the word reward in the Bible. 

Exceedingly (meh·ode’ in Hebrew)—muchness, force, abundance, exceedingly, greatly, to a great degree. (Strongs) 

Great (rä·vä’ in Hebrew)—most often translated multiply, increase, much, many, fore, great, exceedingly, greater, abundance. (Strongs)

Two Hebrew words similar in meaning used together reinforce and emphasize the point. 

Rewards (mes-tho’s Hebrew)—dues paid for work, wages, hire, rewards which God bestows, or will bestow, upon good deeds and endeavors (Strongs) (The same word is used for good or bad rewards.)

4. God is saying, “I am your King.”

Abram just returned from a battle against four kings with an army larger than his own. He won, but the prospect of future battles or attacks surely concerned him. 

He refused to take the spoils of war, but now God promises to be Abram’s reward.

However, the only reward that meant anything to Abram was an heir. He honestly expressed his doubts to the Lord. He already had great wealth, but what good was it if his estate went to his head servant, Eliezer of Damascus? 

5. a. Abram believes God. Genesis 15:6

God promises Abram that the one born in his house will not be his heir, but he will have a flesh and blood descendant.

Then the Lord took Abram outside and directed his gaze to the countless stars in the sky saying, “That’s how many descendants you will have!”4

And Abram believes him!

One of those descendants—the greatest of his descendants—would be the Bright and Morning Star (Revelation 22:16).1

b. God counted Abram’s belief as righteousness.

Paul quoted Genesis 15:6 in Romans 4:3 and Galatians 3:6. James quoted it in James 2:23 adding, “and he was called the friend of God.”

Abram wasn’t righteous because of good deeds. 

What then will we say that Abraham, our forefather, has found according to the flesh? For if Abraham was justified by works [good deeds], he has something to boast about, but not toward God. For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.” Romans 4:1-3

The faith that made Abram righteous wasn’t so much believing in God (as we usually speak of believing in God), as it was believing God. Those who only believe in God (in the sense of believing He exists) are merely on the same level as demons (James 2:19).1

6. Abram’s encounter with God.

Abram knew he heard God because the encounter was that real.

I’ve been obedient many times, believing it was God. Usually, he doesn’t show me what the outcome will be. I just expect my obedience to produce a visible outcome.

God has made promises to me about my family. I needed the reminder to believe him. 


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2 AWM Living Commentary

3 Spirit Filled Life Bible*

4 New Living Bible Translation*


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