I. God assured Abram of protection and reward 1
15:1 After these things the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision, saying, “Do not fear, Abram, I am a shield to you; Your reward shall be very great.”
A. Protection: it is likely that Abram lived in fear of retaliation by Chedorlaomer
B. Reward: Abram had declined the material rewards of victory in battle, and staked his hope on the promises God had made to him
II. Abram freely expressed his deep concern and disappointment at being childless 2-3
2 Abram said, “O Lord GOD, what will You give me, since I am childless,
A. “I don’t have a child” 2a
• Childless = stripped to nothing
• Heir = son of acquisition = legal heir of Abram’s possessions, livestock, etc.
• Eliezer of Damascus = a servant
B. “Since You have not given me a son, I’ve settled for an adopted heir.” 2b-3
…and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?” 3 And Abram said, “Since You have given no offspring to me, one born in my house is my heir.”
III. The LORD clarified and illustrated His promise of a son to Abram. 4-5
A. Clarification of the Promise 4
4 Then behold, the word of the LORD came to him, saying, “This man will not be your heir; but one who will come forth from your own body, he shall be your heir.”
B. Illustration of the Promise 5
5 And He took him outside and said, “Now look toward the heavens, and count the stars, if you are able to count them.” And He said to him, “So shall your descendants be.”
Restated: Abram LISTENED to the WORD of God, and LOOKED at the WORKS of God—and believed…
IV. Theological Commentary: Abram’s belief in God was counted by God as righteousness 6
6 Then he believed in the LORD; and He reckoned it to him as righteousness.
Conclusion: God still is delighted when we trust Him today…
1. Gen 15:6: THE foundational passage on the possibility of pleasing God apart from works and good deeds…
2. EVERY god/idol has its price for salvation, protection, reward…
A. …these gods all are deceptive and dishonest, though—their full prices are never displayed. Only the promises are made—but the prices are demanded with the ruthless, unbending severity of a Mafia bagman.
B. …their price is always what is more precious to you than the thing they originally offered, and often, their price is your future, and often, your children.
3. …ONLY the LORD God of the Bible is radically, incomparably different:
• He tells the price—a death.
• He pays the price—the death of His Son.
• All that is left is for us to either believe, or not believe—there is no in between.