07 February, 2015
Search The Scriptures — Study 10 — Genesis 15
Study 10 of "Search The Scriptures” Is:
1. How are God’s words in verse 1 exactly related to Abram’s circumstances and condition?
2. In utterly hopeless human circumstances (see Gen.11:30; 15:3) how did Abram obtain hope of having descendants? What else did he gain by such response? What principle of the Gospel of Christ does this illustrate? Cf. Rom. 4:2-5, 13-25.
3. What grounds for his faith did God give to Abram? Why did God also make a covenant with Abram? Note the use of a visible token and pledge. Cf. Heb. 6:13-18
Note. Verses 9, 10, 17 describe an ancient ritual used to seal a contract. Cf. Je. 34:18, 19. The smoking pot and flaming torch represent the Lord passing between the divided carcasses, and thus ratifying the covenant.