Sunday School Lesson 5 – October 2, 2017
GOD’S COVENANT WITH ABRAM
Bible Basis: Genesis 15:1-6, 17-21
BIBLE TRUTH: Abram based his hope for descendants on the promises of his covenant with the faithful God.
MEMORY VERSE: “In the same day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates:” (Genesis 15:18).
Lesson Aim: By the end of the lesson, we will ANALYZE God’s promise to Abram; EVALUATE Abram and Sara’s plight by reflecting on times of desperation we have experienced; and CHOOSE methods to bear witness to the hope and fulfillment God has brought to us.
Background Scriptures: Nehemiah 9-10; Read and incorporate the insights you gained from the Background Scriptures into your study of the lesson.
Genesis 15:1-6 (KJV)
15 After these things the word of the Lord came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward.
2 And Abram said, Lord God, what wilt thou give me, seeing I go childless, and the steward of my house is this Eliezer of Damascus?
3 And Abram said, Behold, to me thou hast given no seed: and, lo, one born in my house is mine heir.
4 And, behold, the word of the Lord came unto him, saying, This shall not be thine heir; but he that shall come forth out of thine own bowels shall be thine heir.
5 And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be.
6 And he believed in the Lord; and he counted it to him for righteousness.
Genesis 15:17-21 (KJV)
17 And it came to pass, that, when the sun went down, and it was dark, behold a smoking furnace, and a burning lamp that passed between those pieces.
18 In the same day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates:
19 The Kenites, and the Kenizzites, and the Kadmonites,
20 And the Hittites, and the Perizzites, and the Rephaims,
21 And the Amorites, and the Canaanites, and the Girgashites, and the Jebusites.
Abram was known as the father of a multitude, the patriarch of the Jewish nation. His story is mostly chronicled in the book of Genesis. Abram was the epitome of a righteous man because of his stalwart faith. Eventually God chose to change Abram’s name to Abraham to indicate his destiny as the father of many nations. Abraham’s adherence to God’s Word allowed him to become a father even in his old age with the birth of Isaac. He was a heroic figure often referenced throughout the Old and New Testaments.
I. Promise of An Heir (Genesis 15:1-6)
II. The Presence of God (v. 17)
III. Promise of Geographic Inheritance (vv. 18-21)