Then the word of the LORD came to him: “This man will not be your heir, but a son who is your own flesh will be your heir.” He took him outside and said, “Look up at the sky and count the stars-if indeed you can count them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your offspring be.” Abram believed the LORD, and he credited to him as righteousness. Genesis 15:4-6
Abram has another vision from the LORD, where the LORD tells Abram that He is a shield to him and a great Reward. Abram is wondering, because of his age, how the LORD will bless him. He explains to God that he is old and without an heir, except for a steward in his house, named Eliezer of Damascus.
Then the verse above takes place, where God tells Abram he will have an heir from his own body. He will have children so numerous, that it will be almost impossible to count them. Abram believes God, and is considered righteous.
Sarai, Abram’s wife, doesn’t think she will be able to conceive, and talks Abram into taking her maidservant, Hagar, an Egyptian, for his wife. Abram does have a child with Hagar, Ismael was his name, but God’s covenant is through a son that Sarai will have, almost fourteen years later. Abram will be a hundred years old when his son, Isaac, is born, according to chapter 17. Sarai will be ninety.
God and His messengers keep in touch with Abram through the whole process, visiting him on occasion, and through visions. Abram’s name is changed to Abraham, he is circumcised as a sign of God’s covenant with him and his children.
I see that throughout the Bible, God’s word stands true. The things that are promised happen. I can count on God to save me by His grace, to forgive me, through His Son, and to forever be with me, because He said He would. God’s ways are not my ways. He chose an old man to have a son that would make a nation of people who would bring the knowledge of God, and His Son, Jesus, to the whole world!
This story of Abram is an affirmation of God’s promises, of His love, and that He continues to love us even when we sin. It is one that confirms God’s faithfulness. I urge you to read this story again, as I always see or think of something new revealed to me. Hagar, the Egyptian, was she acquired as a servant in Egypt, when Abram told the lie about Sarai being his sister?
It is an interesting historical record of our Christian heritage. I love the Bible! It helps me recognize my own humanity, and encourages me to keep loving God, knowing that He is slow to anger and abounding in love.
Thank you, Lord, for giving us Your word. Thank you that You forgive and love us, even when we make mistakes. You are an amazing God who does wondrous things!