Sunday Pulpit Series
The Power of Truth 9
By Rev. Robert Ampiah-Kwofi
God’s promise to give Abraham the land of Canaan led to the establishment of the Abrahamic covenant.
Genesis 15:7 NKJV
“Then He said to him, “I am the Lord, who brought you out of Ur of the Chaldeans, to give you this land to inherit it.”
This promise was more challenging to Abraham’s faith than the others.
Firstly, it was a promise that God would only fulfill after he was dead.
Secondly, Abraham still had no child.
Thirdly, it would take hundreds of years for his descendants to become a nation that could occupy such a vast land.
Genesis 15:8 NKJV
“And he said, “Lord God, how shall I know that I will inherit it?”
Abraham wanted some guarantees.
Indeed, it would be about 700 years later, before the Israelites, would possess the land.
God decided to make a covenant with Abraham.
Genesis 15:9 NKJV
“So He said to him, “Bring Me a three-year-old heifer, a three-year-old female goat, a three-year-old ram, a turtledove, and a young pigeon.”
Abraham promptly obeyed.
Genesis 15:10 NKJV
“Then he brought all these to Him and cut them in two, down the middle, and placed each piece opposite the other; but he did not cut the birds in two.”
Abraham then waited by his sacrifices and drove away the vultures.
In the evening Abraham fell into a deep sleep and God appeared to him.
Genesis 15:13 NKJV
“Then He said to Abram: “Know certainly that your descendants will be strangers in a land that is not theirs, and will serve them, and they will afflict them four hundred years.”
God promised to bring his descendants out of slavery with great wealth.
Genesis 15:14 NKJV
“And also the nation whom they serve I will judge; afterward they shall come out with great possessions.”
Then God made a covenant with Abraham.
Genesis 15:18 NKJV
“On the same day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying: “To your descendants I have given this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the River Euphrates—”
Abraham rested in this covenant.
God bless you as you go to church.