Leading up to Genesis 15, Abram had just won a war against the King of Elam and refused as a reward from the King of Sodom, which was rightfully his share of the treasure obtained during the war. In Genesis 15, God appears to Abram and tells him he will receive a “great reward” because he has been so faithful and demonstrated he was a true believer. However, Abram was expresses to God his frustration that he didn’t have anyone besides a servant to pass on his rewards to. Up until this point, Abram had only received general promises of children and land. However, he had been married to Sarai for several years and they still had no children. Not having children in that time was thought of as a type of curse and having children was thought to be a blessing. Abram was expressing to God his frustration regarding his absence of anyone besides a servant to whom he could pass on his rewards and to be his heir.
God promises Abram and his Sarai they would have children that is his “own flesh and blood” and that he will receive the land of Canaan. God helps Abram to imagine this by telling Abram to “look at the sky and count the starts,” stating that’s how many...
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...ypt refers to the Nile River, while others dispute this. Others believe it refers to a smaller river that was flowing during that time but has since dried up. Today, the Land of Canaan is thought to include all of Israel, and all of the land of the Palestinians (the West Bank and Gaza), plus some of Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Syria. Israel only occupies a small portion of this land. The West Bank and Gaza continue to be a source of dispute between Palestine and Israel because the Israelis believe this land was given to them by God in Genesis 15 and has significant religious meaning to them. Therefore some believe that this part of God’s covenant with Abram has not yet been completely fulfilled. However, these individuals continue to believe that eventually Israel will get control of the West Bank and Gaza, because God always fulfills his promises.
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