Get out of your Tent
Faith becomes reaction when the action becomes the promise!
Sometimes our perspective needs to change to clearly see God’s promises for us and when we start seeing what He has done or is doing for us then our reaction will be true in what He has for us.
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS (Genesis 15:1-6)
1. What is the most significant promise you have made? Were you able to keep that promise? Why or why not?
2. What determines whether we believe a promise made to us?
3. What did Abraham have to sacrifice in order to obey God’s call?
4. Why is it often difficult for us to take God at His Word? What does our unbelief say about our view of God’s character and power?
5. Why did Abraham doubt he would ever become a father? What indicates Abraham had given up hope?
6. What does God’s kind response tell us about His character and grace?
What are some ways that your heart is like Abraham’s heart? In what ways are you struggling to surrender trust and control to God?
15:1. Abram’s role as a prophet is shown here. Visions were one of two standard means (the other was dreams) by which the Lord revealed His word to people. The only other patriarch who is said to have received a vision was Jacob. The vision’s content included a command (Do not be afraid), an assurance (I am your shield), and a promise (your very great reward). The Lord would reward him richly.
15:2-3. Neither God’s protection nor His reward seemed important to elderly Abram since all his goods would go to Eliezer of Damascus, a slave born in his house. Engaging in something of a pity party, Abram made seven references to himself (in the Hebrew) in the space of twenty-two Hebrew words and twice utters the complaint that he was childless.
15:4-6. Ignoring Abram’s apparent lack of gratitude, the Lord gave Abram one of the great promises of the Bible; the elderly patriarch would produce an heir from his own body. God then made the breathtaking promise that Abram’s offspring would be as numerous as the stars. Old and childless, Abram believed the Lord, that is, he affirmed that God is dependable. God credited it to him as righteousness, that is, He judged or accounted that Abram measured up to the standard, conformed to the norm. Abram’s faith and God’s gracious response to it served as a paradigm of the Christian experience in three different New Testament books (Rm 4:3; Gal 3:6; Jms 2:23).