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Lesson # Genesis 15:7-11
Study Material - Genesis 15:7-11
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.
7 And He said to him, 'I am the LORD who brought you out of Ur of the Chaldeans, to give you this land to possess it.' 8 And he said, 'O Lord GOD, how may I know that I shall possess it?' 9 So He said to him, 'Bring Me a three year old heifer, and a three year old female goat, and a three year old ram, and a turtledove, and a young pigeon.' 10 Then he brought all these to Him and cut them in two, and laid each half opposite the other; but he did not cut the birds. 11 And the birds of prey came down upon the carcasses, and Abram drove them away.
Abram has been asking about his heir. God has reassured him that he will have a son and, not only that, but that his descendants will be many. Abram believed what God had told him. God went even further, and reminded Abram what He, God, has already done for him. Remember back when Abram was much younger? When Abram and his family left Ur? It was God who led him out of Ur. It was his own dad, who stopped their progress at Haran, only half way to the promised land of Canaan.
But it was God who brought all the right conditions together for Abram's movements from Ur to where he is now. Bringing all this past history to Abram's attention should cause Abram to reflect about his past, as well as to the grace and blessings he has received from God.
When God makes us a promise, do we question it? Abram here questions, but he also wants a sign. He wants something concrete to know for certain that he will indeed get the land. A notarized title of real estate would be nice!!
So God gives him a sign, but not the sign that he thought he was going to get. God instructs Abram to get a 'female' heifer, not a male bull. He instructs Abram to get a she goat, a ram, turtledove and pigeon, and prepare them as an offering.
Abram is well versed in the rules of offerings. Though Moses will not document the offerings for several centuries in the book of Leviticus, still the knowledge of offerings has been around since Adam. Remember, Cain refused to prepare the correct offering, as Abel complied with Gods commands. So the rules for offerings is not new.
There are five basic offerings. The first three require male animals and speak of the work of Christ on the Cross. They are salvation offerings. The last two are fellowship offerings and speak of the forgiveness of unknown sins (the fourth offering) and the confession of known sins (the fifth offering).
Here we have the last of the offerings, the confession of known sins, but this offering is not completed.
Abram prepares the offering and then waits for this sign from God. A sign that he expects, perhaps lightening from heaven or something, which never comes.
Abram waits all day. Still nothing. He drives away the birds who try to take his offering. Then at night he falls to sleep, still waiting. Nothing has happened.
So what is the problem here? The problem here is that Abram has all the information that he needs to be assured that God will do what He says He will do. Abram just does not recognize it. He should have recognized the fellowship offering, but he does not.
This is what happens in life when we get our eyes on things and away from God. God is the source of all that we have. None of us would be here if it were not for the provisions from God. God is faithful. God knows what we need and provides it for us at the proper time.
God has given Abram doctrine. Right in front of him in the form of this offering. It is just that Abram did not finish it, nor did he recognize it. Like wise, the Israelites will forget God and this will get them into slavery for 400 years before they remember what it was they should have learned long before. Abram will be given a snapshot picture of the future.
Abram questioned Gods word, and God demonstrated that when we question, then we have a lot to learn. When we question, then we are lacking knowledge, therefore our life can get us into trouble. When we place priorities on things rather than on our Bible study, then we risk receiving misery in place of blessing.
Abram should have finished the offering and gotten himself back in fellowship and back on track with his Bible study. He did not. Instead he was hustling about driving all the birds from his offering. And God has not designed our lives around hustling about to do Gods work. God can take care of Gods work. If we begin chasing after the birds, waiting for that miracle sign to come, then we have lost track of doctrine. We have become distracted and out of the will of God. That sign is never going to come. Or rather, that sign is always here. Right in front of us in the form of Bible doctrine. We just have to recognize it and get with our daily study program, or we will become like those Israelites. Disinterested, distracted, and pretty soon we wake up years later (maybe), and realize that we have wasted our entire life on chasing wishes or shadows. Things that we will never catch because they are not real.
The offerings mentioned with each different type of animal, speak of the entire financial means of society. Rich and poor alike provide that which they can afford. The wealthier folks provide the heifer. The poorer folks provide the pigeon and so forth. No one is left out of Gods plan. God does not overlook anyone, but also, all peoples are required to obey Gods commands. Whether rich or poor, there is only one way of salvation, Jesus Christ. There is only one means of approaching God, fellowship. All people are on the same playing field. No special favors for the rich, and no exceptions for the poor. Everyone has the same equal opportunity for salvation and spiritual growth. Nothing in this world can prevent your advancement to spiritual maturity, except of course, your own negative attitude. In that we, each one of us, are our own potentially worst enemy and hindrance to advancement in the spiritual life.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
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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