March 12, 2017
Prophets of the Cross: Genesis 15
Genesis 15 is one of the most important, but most overlooked, passages in the entire Bible. This chapter tells of the covenant that God made with Abram (before he was known as Abraham), confirming his promises to give the elderly man both a son and a land. This covenant provides the context by which we can understand the rest of the Old Testament, including many of the more difficult passages about the history of Israel. Genesis 15 shows us that God is not the kind of deity that the New Atheists, for example, claim him to be.
The apostle Paul picked up on one of the themes of this chapter in his teaching, understanding it as a foundational point of the Gospel. When Abram believed God, taking him at his word, regarding the promise of a son, God credited that as righteousness. Paul saw this as the very first instance of, what he called, justification by grace through faith. Abraham was made right with God through faith. In the same way, we are made right with God when we trust in Jesus Christ.
The last two thirds of Genesis 15 provide a powerful example of the love, grace, and mercy of God. Be sure to listen to the message to learn more about this incredible moment in salvation history.