"For it is all for your sake, so that as grace extends to more and more people it may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God." — 2 Cor. 4:15

October 15, 2017

But Abram said,
“Sovereign Lord, how can I know…?
GENESIS 15:8

Even a friend of God like Abram, or the highly favored Mary, occasionally need reassurances. (“How will this be, since I am still a virgin?” LUKE 1:34) And what does God do? He responds with assurance.

Surely the Sovereign LORD does nothing
without revealing his plan to his servants the prophets.
AMOS 3:7

The passage that Kenny Clark will be preaching this coming Sunday from Genesis 15 is one of the most remarkable in all of Scripture. Abram, needing a reminder that God has not forgotten His promise, is about to be invited into an ancient covenant ritual that reveals the ultimate plan and purpose of God.

Falling into a deep sleep, a thick and dreadful darkness came over him, and the Lord said to him:

“Know for certain that for four hundred years your descendants will be strangers in a country not their own and that they will be enslaved and mistreated there. But I will punish the nation they serve as slaves, and afterward they will come out with great possessions.

You, however, will go to your ancestors in peace and be buried at a good old age. In the fourth generation your descendants will come back here, for the sin of the Amorites has not yet reached its full measure.” GENESIS 15:16

God has plans for us that are far greater than we could ever imagine or think. We have been drawn into the plans and purposes of God, and as living stones, we make up the house of which Jesus Christ is the chief cornerstone. All of eternity is ours. Let’s rejoice this coming Sunday that as Abraham’s children, we are joyful heirs of the very same promise.

Categories: Sermon Prep (LM)

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