Study Date: 1 Oct 17
Scripture: Genesis 15: 1-21
Biblical Date: 2085 B. C.
Location: Probably Mamre
GOLDEN TEXT: “In the same day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying, unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates.” (Genesis 15: 18)
GUIDING PRINCIPLE: Instead of resting in desperation and going on a downward spiral, believers must find hope in the promises of God.
- To grasp the implications of God’s promise to Abram.
- To understand what God promised Abram in terms of land and posterity.
- To sense the faith Abram needed to believe the promise of God.
- To identify the plight of Abram and Sarai.
- To bear witness of the hope and fulfillment of God for Abram and Sarai.
- To believe the promise of God for us.
RESOURCES FOR THE SEED
Psalm 33: 1-9; Genesis 12: 1-3; Genesis 13: 14-17; Exodus 23: 23-27; 1 Kings 4: 20-25; Romans 4: 1-4.
WORDS TO REMEMBER
Abram—exalted father, the first Jewish patriarch.
Damascus—an ancient Syrian city, a desert oasis.
Eliezer—Abram’s head servant.
Heir—a firstborn son, one to receive an inheritance by kinship.
Lord God—“adonia”, the God who possesses undisputed ownership and absolute authority.
Vision—revelations from God.
BREAKING UP FALLOW GROUND
- What promises do you have and you have made.
- What makes promise true?
- How is it that heart transplants which used to be miracles are now routine?
- Is it a miracle when God puts a new heart into the repentant sinner?
- How is the “new heart” the sign of the covenant?
- How is the new heart like the rainbow, circumcision, and the Sabbath?
- Explain how the new heart is totally of God.
THE SEED GOD’S COVENANT WITH ABRAM/AN AGREEMENT IS MADE GENESIS 15: 1-6; 17-21.
- The predicament of Doubt and Fear (15: 1-3)
- God spoke to Abram through a vision.
- He was told to not fear because God would take care of him.
- Abram responded with a question that included his household.
- Abram complained that God provided him no male child.
- Another born in his house would have to be his heir.
- The Prophetic Announcement and the Stars (5: 4-6)
- God disagreed with Abram and promised him an heir of his own house.
- God is able to provide no matter the circumstance.
- Abram believed the promise of God.
- God credited Abram with righteousness.
- The Promise Confirmed (15: 17-21)
- When the time was right God made His covenant with Abram.
- Abram would have land and offspring or posterity.
God communicates with us with whatever means He sees fit. He wants us to become righteous.
PLANTING THE SEED
- Where did Abram come from originally?
- How did the Lord appear to Abram?
- Discuss how the Lord addressed Abram’s fears.
- Who did Abram think would inherit his property?
- What message was God communicating to Abram by showing him the stars?
- How else did God say the same thing to Abram?
- Why did God count Abrams faith for righteousness?
- How was the covenant make between God and Abram?
- What was Abram told about the land to be given to his progeny?
- Who were the Rephaims?
NURTURING THE SEED
- Why would Eliezer be heir to Abram before a member of his own family?
- In what ways do we try to help God when we are in hopeless situations?
- Name some other than Abram and Sarai who are childless couples.
- How did God use childless couples in The Bible?
- How did God grant Abram righteousness?
- In what way did Abrams’s vision assure him that he would receive Gods’ promise?
FRUIT FROM THE CROP
- God keeps us assured that we have nothing to fear.
- Believers can take our most difficult problems directly to God.
- God‘s plan for your life will not be derailed by any circumstance.
- Not actions but faith is the basis of our relationship with God.
- God’s righteous character and power confirms His covenant with His people.
- Seeing what God has done, gives us confidence in what He will do.
- God is our shield and buckler.
- God can and will make the childless productive.
- The Stars reminds us of the promise of God and His covenant.
- Faith will make you whole.
- Learn what it means to believe God.
- In spite of human impossibilities God keeps His promise.
- Many times God waits to act after human effort is exhausted.