I hope this email finds you well. This Sunday for our Creation to Consummation reading we’ll be going over Genesis 15:1-6.
“After these things the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision: ‘Fear not, Abram, I am your shield; your reward shall be very great.’ But Abram said, ‘O Lord GOD, what will you give me, for I continue childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?’ And Abram said, ‘Behold, you have given me no offspring, and a member of my household will be my heir.’ And behold, the word of the LORD came to him: ‘This man shall not be your heir; your very own son shall be your heir.’ And he brought him outside and said, ‘Look toward heaven, and number the stars, if you are able to number them.’ Then he said to him, ‘So shall your offspring be.’ And he believed the LORD, and he counted it to him as righteousness.”
This event is monumental within the history of redemption and is a harbinger of the coming Messiah. Abraham and Sarah were past childbearing age, he being about 85 years old and she being about 75 years old, so understandably Abraham is beginning to wonder how God is going to make him into a great nation without children (Gen 12:2). Yet, God makes a promise to Abraham that someday his descendants will be as numerous as the stars, and Abraham simply believes God and it is credited to him as righteousness. God then seals his promise with a covenant staking his very own existence on the fact that he will keep this promise (15:12-21). Sarah eventually and miraculously becomes pregnant and gives birth to a son, just as Mary would one day miraculously become pregnant and give birth to a son—the Son of God who would be a blessing to all nations (Gen 12:3; Gal 3:8). The promise of Genesis 3:15 is gradually coming to fruition. See you Sunday!