By Derek Westmoreland
Senior Pastor, Hopewell Baptist Church, Savannah
So far in our journey through Genesis we have addressed God’s creation, the institution of marriage and family, the first murder, the fall and its repercussions, the flood and its judgment, the scattering of the people and finally God establishing His covenant with Abram. Now we see Abram waiting for the promises of the covenant to be fulfilled.
Abram is impatient (vv. 1-3). Since chapter 12, Abram has experienced financial increase (ch. 13) and military victory (ch. 14). Abram, though victorious in Egypt was shaken by what transpired. His faith was therefore weak so the Lord addressed Abram by way of vision (ch. 12:1). The Lord tells Abram to not fear and then reminds Abram that He would be his shield. Abram had just won battles therefore the Lord used the combat reference (shield) to confirm to Abram that He would protect him and that Abram’s reward would indeed be great. [Read more…]