Rev. Samuel Wirgau, pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Harrold & Trinity Lutheran Church in Iowa Park, Texas, studies Genesis 15:1-6 on today’s episode. Rev. Wirgau talks about why God tells Abram to fear not, how God’s promises are a shield for Abram, how we understand all of Abram’s children in light of the Christian church, and what St. Paul draws from verse 6.
“In the Beginning was the Truth” is a mini-series on Sharper Iron featuring a step-by-step walk through the book of Genesis, focusing on the truth of Jesus, the story of salvation found throughout the book, and how we view our lives through the lens of God’s promises.
God’s Covenant with Abram
15 After these things the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision: “Fear not, Abram, I am your shield; your reward shall be very great.”2 But Abram said, “O Lord God, what will you give me, for I continue[a]childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?” 3 And Abram said, “Behold, you have given me no offspring, and a member of my household will be my heir.” 4 And behold, the word of the Lord came to him: “This man shall not be your heir; your very own son[b] shall be your heir.” 5 And he brought him outside and said, “Look toward heaven, and number the stars, if you are able to number them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your offspring be.” 6 And he believed the Lord, and he counted it to him as righteousness.
- Genesis 15:2 Or I shall die
- Genesis 15:4 Hebrew what will come out of your own loins
English Standard Version (ESV)
The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Permanent Text Edition® (2016). Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.