The Land (2)
Sung Psalm 105:6-12
Read Genesis 15
Note v19 where God for the first time is called “possessor of heaven and earth”, hence he is the dispenser of it. The geography is delineated─from Wadi-el-Arish? to the Euphrates.
Three great promises of the covenant:
Hence all of grace according to the will of the testator.
God unilaterally and unconditionally makes this covenant and will keep it, on pain of death (cut pieces).
The programme is laid out:
- The people (seed) will be strangers
- They will be slaves
- The nation who enslaves will be judged
- There will be an exodus
- There will be plunder
Why the delay (over 400 years)? Because Abraham’s seed must multiply and the inhabitants of the land must be ripe for judgment. Promise renewed (17:8).
In chapters 18 and 19 Sodom and Gomorrah are ripe for (miraculous) judgment c.f. II Peter 2:6
Lessons from Lot’s departure (from God):
- Left true church (Abraham)
- Loved money
- Fell grievously
- Was chastised severely-lost his family and the children of incest were ancestors of enemies of the church (Moab and Ammon v Israel).