Sunday School Perspective
by Minnie Malone Cook
I Will Do This
Genesis 15:1-6, 17-21
The study of the lesson is in the book of Genesis Chapter 15: Verses 1-6, 17-21 and it offers study about developing faith to take God at his word.
Key Verse: “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.” Genesis 15:18, KJV: This scripture reveals the covenant God made with Abram.
The lesson topic for Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017 is “I Will Do This” and this lesson endeavors to sense the degree of faith Abram needed to believe God’s covenant.
The objective for students and readers is to realize that with God all things are possible.
Prosperity Promise (Genesis 15:1-3)
The lesson unfolds emphasizing hope and trust in the Lord. In a vision Abram hears the Lord assuring him with his protection and offering him a great reward. Abram quickly questions the Lord knowing that he is childless and has no heir to reap the benefit of a reward. Abram had great doubt of fathering a son at this stage of his life. “After these things the word of the LORD came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward. And Abram said, Lord GOD, what wilt thou give me, seeing I go childless, and the steward of my house is this Eliezer of Damascus? And Abram said, Behold, to me thou hast given no seed: and, lo, one born in my house is mine heir.” (Verses 1-3)
Renewed Promise (Genesis 15:4-6)
These verses clearly explain what was to come to past for Abram and Sara. They would have many heirs. Upon hearing God promise of heirs, Abram believed it would come to pass. No, he could not completely understand, nevertheless, with faith in God all things are possible. “And, behold, the word of the LORD came unto him, saying, this shall not be thine heir; but he that shall come forth out of thine own bowels shall be thine heir. And he brought him forth abroad, and said, look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, so shall thy seed be. And he believed in the LORD; and he counted it to him for righteousness.” (Verse 4-6)
The Promise of Land (Genesis 15:17-21)
These verses reveal clearly the promise of land from the border of Egypt to the great Euphrates River to Abrams’s descendants. Be assured that God has prepared the manner and all that was to come to bless Abram and his seeds. Yes, it all seemed impossible to Abram, yet he believed God’s promises. Each of us must develop Abram’s faith even though it looks impossible. “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. And he said, Lord GOD, whereby shall I know that I shall inherit it? 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. 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. And when the fowls came down upon the carcases, Abram drove them away. And when the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram; and, lo, an horror of great darkness fell upon him. 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; And also that nation, whom they shall serve, will I judge: and afterward shall they come out with great substance. And thou shalt go to thy fathers in peace; thou shalt be buried in a good old age. But in the fourth generation they shall come hither again: for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet full. 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. 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: The Kenites, and the Kenizzites, and the Kadmonites, And the Hittites, and the Perizzites, and the Rephaims, And the Amorites, and the Canaanites, and the Girgashites, and the Jebusites.” (Verse 17-21)
PRAISE THE LORD.