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Genesis Chapter 15, vs. 7-19 with Betty

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  7 And he said unto him, I am the Lord that brought thee out of Ur of the Chaldees, to give thee this land to inherit it.

8 And he said, Lord God, whereby shall I know that I shall inherit it?

9 And he said unto him, Take me an heifer of three years old, and a she goat of three years old, and a ram of three years old, and a turtledove, and a young pigeon.

10 And he took unto him all these, and divided them in the midst, and laid each piece one against another: but the birds divided he not.

11 And when the fowls came down upon the carcases, Abram drove them away.

12 And when the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram; and, lo, an horror of great darkness fell upon him.

13 And he said unto Abram, Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs, and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred years;

14 And also that nation, whom they shall serve, will I judge: and afterward shall they come out with great substance.

15 And thou shalt go to thy fathers in peace; thou shalt be buried in a good old age.

16 But in the fourth generation they shall come hither again: for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet full.

17 And it came to pass, that, when the sun went down, and it was dark, behold a smoking furnace, and a burning lamp that passed between those pieces.

18 In the same day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates:

19 The Kenites, and the Kenizzites, and the Kadmonites,

K.J.V. Bible Text

My Thoughts:
After reminding Abram that he would be the father of a nation of countless people, God also reminded him that he brought him out of Ur to inherit the land where he settled. 
Abram asks again for reassurance of his inheritance and the Lord requests from him an offering of a heifer, goat, ram a dove and a pigeon. Adam prepared this and then went into a deep sleep. 
While he slept, the Lord spoke to Abram to tell him his descendants would be enslaved for four hundred years in a country that was not their own, but the Lord also promised that he would  punish the nation where they would be enslaved and the people would come out of that country with great riches. (It would seem this foretold the years the Hebrews would be captive in Egypt.)
  After darkness fell a blazing torch appeared and passed between the pieces of the offering as a sign of the covenant God made with Abram to give the land to his descendants. 
Abram himself is promised that he will die in peace at a good age.
To me it seems natural that Abram needed reassurance from time to time but he continued to follow the Lord’s instructions and earned the right to prosper.

Betty Killebrew

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