Weekly Lectionary Reading

Second Sunday In Lent
February 28, 2010

1 Some time later, the Lord spoke to Abram in a vision and said to him, “Do not be afraid, Abram, for I will protect you, and your reward will be great.”2 But Abram replied, “O Sovereign Lord, what good are all your blessings when I don’t even have a son? Since you’ve given me no children, Eliezer of Damascus, a servant in my household, will inherit all my wealth. 3 You have given me no descendants of my own, so one of my servants will be my heir.”

4 Then the Lord said to him, “No, your servant will not be your heir, for you will have a son of your own who will be your heir.” 5 Then the Lord took Abram outside and said to him, “Look up into the sky and count the stars if you can. That’s how many descendants you will have!”

6 And Abram believed the Lord, and the Lord counted him as righteous because of his faith.

7 Then the Lord told him, “I am the Lord who brought you out of Ur of the Chaldeans to give you this land as your possession.”

8 But Abram replied, “O Sovereign Lord, how can I be sure that I will actually possess it?”

9 The Lord told him, “Bring me a three-year-old heifer, a three-year-old female goat, a three-year-old ram, a turtledove, and a young pigeon.” 10 So Abram presented all these to him and killed them. Then he cut each animal down the middle and laid the halves side by side; he did not, however, cut the birds in half. 11 Some vultures swooped down to eat the carcasses, but Abram chased them away.

12 As the sun was going down, Abram fell into a deep sleep, and a terrifying darkness came down over him.

17 After the sun went down and darkness fell, Abram saw a smoking firepot and a flaming torch pass between the halves of the carcasses. 18 So the Lord made a covenant with Abram that day and said, “I have given this land to your descendants, all the way from the border of Egypt to the great Euphrates River—

Today we look at the covenant between Abraham and God.  We know that God had already promised Abraham a son, but Abraham remained unconvinced.  God reminds Abraham that he will indeed have his own son and reminds him that his descendants will be be as many as the stars.  This time it appears that Abraham believed God.  We are told here that Abraham was considered righteous because of his faith.  Could the same be said of you?  Abraham does question the Lord and asks for a sign and God reveals the covenant.  God told Abraham that if he lived as commanded to live, his descendants would inherit a large portion of land.  It is easy for us to look at this in hindsight.  After all, hindsight is always 20/20.  We know the “rest of the story.”  Imagine being in Abraham’s place.  Right now, Abraham has to place his trust in God and wait for the answer.  Is there something in your life today that you have to place your trust in God and wait for the answer?  I encourage you to do that.  Trust in God — he is faithful to his promises.

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