Tuesday, February 23

Genesis 15:7-12; 17-18 (ESV)

And he said to him, “I am the Lord who brought you out from Ur of the Chaldeans to give you this land to possess.”  But he said, “O Lord God, how am I to know that I shall possess it?”  He said to him, “Bring me a heifer three years old, a female goat three years old, a ram three years old, a turtledove, and a young pigeon.”  10 And he brought him all these, cut them in half, and laid each half over against the other.  But he did not cut the birds in half.  11 And when birds of prey came down on the carcasses, Abram drove them away.

12 As the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell on Abram.  And behold, dreadful and great darkness fell upon him.

17 When the sun had gone down and it was dark, behold, a smoking fire pot and a flaming torch passed between these pieces.  18 On that day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying, “To your offspring I give this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the river Euphrates,

God promised Abram the land of Canaan.  But Abram asked, “O Lord God, how am I to know that I shall possess it?”  God then instructed Abram to bring before Him the sacrifice of three animals and two birds.  Abram responded in obedience, keeping his offering pure for the Lord.  And on that day the Lord made a covenant with Abram which He sealed with an oath by the sacrifices He accepted from Abram.

God has promised us eternal life.  He made the covenant with us through the blood of Jesus sacrificed at Calvary. But how will we know if we will possess it?  Paul tells us in his letter to the Romans:  If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved (Romans 10:9).

God has made the promise.  And He has made the ultimate sacrifice – His only Son.  What birds of prey will you drive away in order to stay obedient to God?  What sacrifice will you make for Him today?  If we all took an honest, hard look at our lives, we would find ample opportunity to sacrifice something we value – television, social media, video games –  which has no eternal significance, for Jesus, who is the Light of the world, our salvation.  Make a sacrifice to spend more time in His Word, or in prayer.  Drive away any distractions that keep you from spending time with your Savior.

This is God’s promise to us:  to you and your offspring, I give Jesus; that you would have eternal life.  That is what He has done.  How will you respond?

O Lord, our Redeemer: may we be living sacrifices for You, holy and acceptable by the blood of the Lamb.

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