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God’s covenant with Abraham March 26, 2011

Posted by daniel ayad in Biblical, Science.

It’s interest to see how God made a covenant with Abram (later Abraham) and how Abraham questioned how God could hold up his end of the covenant, especially considering that Abraham experienced a life of being unable to produce a child.

“After these things the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision, saying, “Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your exceedingly great reward.” But Abram said, “Lord God, what will you give me, seeing I go childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?” Then Abram said, “Look, You have given me no offspring; indeed one born in my house is my heir!” …Then He brought him outside and said, “Look now toward heaven, and count the number of stars if you are able to number them.” And He said to him, “So shall your descendants be.” (Gen 15:1-5)


God told Abraham that I am your shield, but despite this Abraham lacked confidence that God really could offer protection. He told God that he has been childless, so how could he receive an exceedingly great reward?


God then brought him outside and said, “Look now toward heaven, and count the stars if you are able to number them.”


Could you imagine Abraham counting the stars…? He probably would have stopped after running out of fingers and toes. It wouldn’t have taken him long to realise the impossibility of the task and he probably would have been frustrated at the attempt. I also think that God would have been laughing at Abraham attempting this task…


It is as if God is saying “Are you questioning me…. do you assume that if I created trillions of stars that I cannot be your shield?” God truly will multiply Abraham’s descendants, just like the number of stars that exist in the universe.


This passage mirrors Psalm 147 “He counts the number of stars; He calls them all by name. Great is our Lord, and mighty in power; His understanding is infinite”.


Don’t assume that God cannot deliver and help you. He is great and powerful. You are limited in your understanding when you look up at the ceiling and lower God. Take a look outside at the night sky and see if you can count the number the stars. Once you do this, you will be like Abraham who “believed in the Lord, and He accounted it to him for righteousness.” (Gen 15: 6)









1. Bish - March 26, 2011

Brilliant Post!

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