Think for just a moment about one of the great Old Testament examples we have of walking by faith and not by sight—Abraham.
When God called Abraham out of his homeland, telling him to leave his family and go to a new land, there was no written WORD of God. There wasn’t even an Old Covenant. of the great Old Testament examples we have of walking by faith and not by sight—Abraham. When God called Abraham out of his homeland, telling him to leave his family and go to a new land, there was no written WORD of God. There wasn’t even an Old Covenant. All Abraham had to go on was a spoken promise. “Get thee out of thy country,” God had told him. “And I will make of thee a great nation” (Genesis 12:1-2).
At the time, Abram was 75 years old and married to a barren woman. Yet, he took God at His WORD and left his family and homeland behind. When Abram finally arrived in Canaan, God appeared to him and said, “Unto thy seed will I give this land” (Genesis 12:7). Then, in Genesis 13, God told him, “All the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed for ever. And I will make thy seed as the dust of the earth…” (verses 15-16). The point is, all along the way, God kept speaking the promise and speaking the promise.
But in Genesis 15:2, after God had appeared to him in a vision, Abram asked God, “What wilt thou give me, seeing I go childless?” At this point, Abram had given in to the circumstances. He was 86, and day after day all he had been seeing was a barren wife and no child. He complained even more by saying, “Behold, to me thou hast given no seed” (verse 3).
The truth was God had given Abram seed. He just didn’t realize it. From the very beginning, God had given him His WORD—and the living WORD of God is seed (Mark 4). I will make you a great nation…I will give this land to your seed…I will make your seed as the dust of the earth. God had spoken all that to Abram in the span of 11 years. Still, Abram was having trouble anchoring his faith in God’s WORD. So God gave him a little help.
First, God took Abram out into the night and challenged him to count the stars. So shall thy seed be, He told him. And Abram believed (Genesis 15:5). Then God cut covenant with Abram using animal sacrifices, which was a sign to him that God would keep His promise. This blood covenant was a powerful anchor for Abram’s faith. Yet 13 years later—at the age of 99—Abram still had no child. That’s when God began putting The WORD into Abram’s mouth.
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