Sunday, February 19, 2012

Feb 19: Genesis 15

Today's reading in our daily plan is Genesis 15. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)

  • At the start of this chapter, we read a conversation between God and Abram. Abram is having a difficult time trusting in God’s promise to bless him with children. But God reassured him and Abram made the choice to believe God’s promise.
  • Then, God had Abram kill some animals and make a strange walkway. This is difficult for us to grasp today but it was a religious practice God had with people who followed him before Jesus was on earth. We’re not sure why God demanded animal sacrifices but it’s believed that it’s because the act of sacrificing an animal would impress upon us the significance of our sins and promises to live for God.
  • Abram falls into a deep sleep and God foretells to him how the nation of Israel (Abram’s dependents) will be enslaved by the Egyptians but how God would free them. We read about this later in the Bible.

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)

  • In this chapter, we read about how Abram had to make the decision to have faith in God’s promises. I’ve often had people ask me how I have faith in God. We have to remember that faith in God isn’t something we’re born with; faith is a decision we make because we’re confident in our God.

NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)

  • Do you sometimes have difficulty having faith in God? We all do. But ask God to help you make the decision to have faith in him.