Have you ever “cut a deal” with someone? Why do we say “cut”? Although some agreements involve splitting hairs or splitting the difference, “cutting a deal” has a much older and much more dramatic origin akin to splitting hares.
When God cut a covenant with Abram God had asked Abram to cut a heifer and a ram and lay them on the ground. During the night a smoking pot and a flaming torch passed between the halves of the sacrifice as the LORD promised Abram that his descendants would have this land from the Nile to the Euphrates. Symbolically God had affirmed this covenant as if saying, “May it happen to me, as we have done with these animals, should I fail to keep my portion of this covenant.” Cutting a deal with someone had personal sacrificial implications.
Although people have broken covenants with God, God keeps his side of the covenant. For example, earlier in the passage God had promised Abram as many descendant as stars in the sky; if one only considers the visible stars, this promise has been many times over.
I will have more to say about Genesis 15:1-18 at Temple Terrace Presbyterian Church at 8:15 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, March 17th.
Robert Shaw, Pastor
A Tip for Parents
Have you played follow the leader with your children?
Paul had urged the Philippians to imitate him in seeking to follow Christ as our Lord and Savior.
This Sunday we will play follow the leader praying, reading the Bible, and end with collecting for 3 cents a meal.