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You must be in fellowship prior to your Bible study, so that the spiritual information you receive can become a source, of blessing to your soul and produce spiritual growth.
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Lesson # Genesis 15:1
Study Material - Genesis 15:1
You must be in fellowship prior to your Bible study, so that the spiritual information you receive can become a source of blessing to your soul and produce spiritual growth.
1 After these things the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision, saying, 'Do not fear, Abram, I am a shield to you; Your reward shall be very great.'
After the events of chapter 14. After the war, brief as it was, with the kings. After the rescue of Lot and others and their possessions. After the offer of the king of Sodom. And after the blessings offered by Melchizedek and of the dividing of the spoils of the war. Things have settled down somewhat after all of this excitement.
The 'Word' of God came to Abram. God spoke to Abram in a vision. In those days this is a common method of communication. It does not occur in our current day because the Word of God has been completed in the form of our Bible, so if you hear voices, its is only someone in the next room, or perhaps you are in need of some medication.
But in Abram's day, this was a legitimate method of the communication of Bible doctrine. A vision is such that the receiver of the communication is detached from the world around him at that moment. Abram's attention is focused on the words God is speaking to Him, and not on anything else that might be going on around him. He may have been asleep at the time, but in that case this would have been a dream. Here it is said to be a vision, so Abram was probably awake when this communication came to him.
It probably startled him a little, because God told him to 'fear not'. This carries several meanings though. Fear not because I am talking to you, of course, and this is God and I am going to reassure you about something that you need to know about. And second, 'fear not', because there are a lot of problems out there in the world, and you need not be afraid of them either. Why?
Because I, God, am your shield, but not a general shield. God is a specific shield to 'you'. A shield constructed specifically for you. Shield, 'magam', is the feminine of 'maginnah', meaning protector, defense, surrounded all about, or shield. A shield which is impenetrable, unyielding, and unfailing.
We have all seen these Sci-fi movies where the space craft has its defense shields which protect it against the enemy fire power. Well we have our shield as well, except our shield is God Himself. When we are behind that shield, or within the protective sphere of Gods shield, then we are safe and beyond the reach of any potential enemy or predator. We generally refer to this shield as being in fellowship. Here we are in a position where God will protect us, but we can lose this shield if we sin or otherwise get away from God and Bible doctrine. The shield is potential. We may be within its protective borders, or we may not. Our attitude and compliance toward Gods commands decides where we reside with respect to this shield. We have discussed fellowship many times before And there is now a lesson on Fellowship, in the Special Studies section on the Index page.
I, God, am your exceeding great reward. Exceeding, 'meod', diligent, speedy, great, fast. Great, 'rabah', abundant, heap, full to overflowing. Reward, 'sakar', payment, compensation, benefit, wages.
Our rewards in this life, in this world, come not from this world, but from God alone. God is our blessing, our reward. He is the source of all that we have or will ever receive. We can never look to the world for our primary benefits. When we study Bible doctrine and advance to spiritual maturity, then God provides us with those things we need, and in abundant quantities, and in the correct time in which He deems that we should have them.
Unbelievers, or even negative believers (those believers out of fellowship certainly), live in the jungle and they look to the jungle for their luck and provisions. The jungle is the world with all its impersonal and unfair attitude toward you. Not caring whether you make it or not. Other people in the jungle will trample over you and never look back. Each person thinks of themselves only while in the jungle, and the jungle rules apply to all without exception.
On the other hand, those who maintain their fellowship status, have received a shield, a sphere of protection which separates them from the jungle. The feminine tense means that God, cares for us as a loving mother cares for those who belong to her, a she bear, who will defend her young from all who threaten them. But God, of course, is far more powerful and far more capable of protecting those who belong to Him, than a mere momma bear.
God protects. God blesses. God does not waste time. God has a plan for each of our lives. It is usually we who get things messed up, by not studying regularly, by not growing up spiritually, by not remaining in fellowship as we should. And each of these conditions are extremely simple and easy to abide by.
But God reassures us through our daily study of His Word, just as He reassured Abram in the vision. God knows each one of us by our first name. God is very intimate with each one of us, knowing us better than our loved ones or even our spouse. God enters the very depths of our soul and resides there through His Word, and there we find strength, peace, and reassurance.
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Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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