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Genesis 15 - NIV

The Lord’s Covenant With Abram

1 After this, the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision:

“Do not be afraid, Abram.
I am your shield,[a]
your very great reward.[b]

2 But Abram said, “Sovereign Lord, what can you give me since I remain childless and the one who will inherit[c] my estate is Eliezer of Damascus?”

3 And Abram said, “You have given me no children; so a servant in my household will be my heir.”

4 Then the word of the Lord came to him: “This man will not be your heir, but a son who is your own flesh and blood will be your heir.”

5 He took him outside and said, “Look up at the sky and count the stars—if indeed you can count them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your offspring[d] be.”

6 Abram believed the Lord, and he credited it to him as righteousness.

7 He also said to him, “I am the Lord, who brought you out of Ur of the Chaldeans to give you this land to take possession of it.”

8 But Abram said, “Sovereign Lord, how can I know that I will gain possession of it?”

9 So the Lord said to him, “Bring me a heifer, a goat and a ram, each three years old, along with a dove and a young pigeon.”

10 Abram brought all these to him, cut them in two and arranged the halves opposite each other; the birds, however, he did not cut in half.

11 Then birds of prey came down on the carcasses, but Abram drove them away.

12 As the sun was setting, Abram fell into a deep sleep, and a thick and dreadful darkness came over him.

13 Then 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.

14 But I will punish the nation they serve as slaves, and afterward they will come out with great possessions.

15 You, however, will go to your ancestors in peace and be buried at a good old age.

16 In the fourth generation your descendants will come back here, for the sin of the Amorites has not yet reached its full measure.”

17 When the sun had set and darkness had fallen, a smoking firepot with a blazing torch appeared and passed between the pieces.

18 On that day the Lord made a covenant with Abram and said, “To your descendants I give this land, from the Wadi[e] of Egypt to the great river, the Euphrates—

19 the land of the Kenites, Kenizzites, Kadmonites,


a. Genesis 15:1 Or shield;your reward will be very great
b. Genesis 15:1 Or sovereign
c. Genesis 15:2 The meaning of the Hebrew for this phrase is uncertain.
d. Genesis 15:5 Or seed
e. Genesis 15:18 Or river

Sermons on Genesis 15 More sermons: Genesis 15

Daniel Habben avatar
Don't Skip the Tune-ups
Shared by: Daniel Habben on Oct, 2016
Summary: Even Abraham needed regular spiritual tune-ups. Look at how God provided them.
Scripture: Genesis 15:1-21
Denomination: Lutheran
Views: 296
Curtis E. Nester avatar
Redeemed From Poor Choices
Shared by: Curtis E. Nester on Sep, 2016
Summary: Abraham and Sarah became impatient and ran ahead of God. But God overcame their poor choices.
Kevin Ruffcorn avatar
Promises Promises
Shared by: Kevin Ruffcorn on Sep, 2016
Summary: The Lord promises great things to Abraham. Abraham believes and lives in hope.
Series: Pentecost
Scripture: Genesis 15:1-6
Denomination: Lutheran
Views: 109
David Taylor avatar
The Patriarchs The Struggle of Faith
Shared by: David Taylor on Aug, 2016
Summary: The Patriarchs The Struggle of Faith Genesis 15 David Taylor April 10, 2016
Series: Genesis
C. Philip Green avatar
Father Abraham
Shared by: C. Philip Green on Jun, 2016
Summary: Believe and be safe, right, and sure.
Archie Norman avatar
Fear Not
Shared by: Archie Norman on Apr, 2016
Summary: Dealing with Emojis
Scripture: Genesis 15:1-26:24
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 788
David Radcliff avatar
Shared by: David Radcliff on Mar, 2016
Summary: Letting go of our worries and sin.
Scripture: Genesis 15:9-10
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 180
Larry Turner avatar
Time Marches on
Shared by: Larry Turner on Mar, 2016
Summary: This sermon fills in the gap between Lot's rescue and the promised son to Abraham.
Ernie Arnold avatar
God is our Shield
Shared by: Ernie Arnold on Feb, 2016
Summary: Proposition: In Genesis 15:1 - The LORD GOD tells Abraham (and therefore us) that 1. He will be Abraham's Shield 2. He will be Abraham's protector, defender and guard. 3. All Abraham has to do is allow God to lead
based on 1 rating
Scripture: Genesis 15:1-12
Denomination: *other
Views: 1,853
Paul Basehore avatar
Abraham: The Beginning of the Covenant
Shared by: Paul Basehore on Jan, 2016
Summary: God keeps His promises, even when they don’t make sense.
Horace  Wimpey avatar
Standing On The Promises
Shared by: Horace Wimpey on Jun, 2015
Summary: God assures Abram and Us that we can stand on his promises. We can do this by Remembering what He did for us, Relying on his promises, Resting in His deliverance and Remembering that God is in control.
based on 3 ratings
Scripture: Genesis 15:7-16
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 2,055
Horace  Wimpey avatar
Doubting Abram
Shared by: Horace Wimpey on Apr, 2015
Summary: In the roller coaster ride of Abram's faith, we see a time of doubt and God's reassurance that He would be faithful to Abram. WE see that Abrams faith erased his doubt and was what saved him.
Scripture: Genesis 15:1-6
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 475
Rick Pendleton avatar
Shared by: Rick Pendleton on Dec, 2014
Summary: When was it that scripture says, “Abram believed the LORD, and he credited it to him as righteousness" Was it when he was still in Horan? NO It was when Abram had traveled far from home and wandered around for 10 years
Scripture: Genesis 15:12-18
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 763
Nelson Emeonu avatar
Shared by: Nelson Emeonu on Jul, 2014
Summary: God had ordained that you be a prince and one to be a blessing to your generation but the enemy wants you be a servant. These birds want to overrule what God has ordained for you.
Scripture: Genesis 15:7-11
Denomination: Anglican
Views: 874
Tim White avatar
Renewed Promise
Shared by: Tim White on Mar, 2014
Summary: God goes into more detail with His promises to Abram and Abram's faith grows.
Mark A. Barber avatar
The Life of Abraham, Part 6: The Covenant is Cut
Shared by: Mark A. Barber on Feb, 2014
Summary: The first of two covenants between the LORD and Abraham is cut.
Mark A. Barber avatar
The Life of Abraham, Part 5: You're Going to be a Dad
Shared by: Mark A. Barber on Feb, 2014
Summary: Abraham receives a staggering promise from God and believes it. God counts it for Abraham's necessary righteousnedd
John McCormack avatar
Shared by: John McCormack on Feb, 2014
Scripture: Genesis 15:1
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 552
Alexander Richard avatar
Eight Steps To Overcoming Fear in Your life
Shared by: Alexander Richard on Jan, 2014
Summary: Fear is a killer, most of the things we fear don't happen. Fear being an emotion can be overcome when you apply these eight steps.
based on 2 ratings
Scripture: Genesis 15:1
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 1,253
Christopher Holdsworth avatar
The Certainty of the Promise
Shared by: Christopher Holdsworth on Oct, 2013
Summary: God’s delays are not denials. God will not fail to fulfil that which He has promised.
based on 5 ratings
Scripture: Genesis 15:7-21
Views: 532
Rodney Johnson avatar
Shared by: Rodney Johnson on Oct, 2013
Summary: God as our Provider.
Scripture: Genesis 15:5-18
Views: 2,078
Christopher Holdsworth avatar
The LORD Our Shield
Shared by: Christopher Holdsworth on Oct, 2013
Summary: Abraham chose to believe God rather than his own doubts and fears.
based on 4 ratings
Scripture: Genesis 15:1-6
Views: 989
William R. Nabaza avatar
GOD will protect and reward
Shared by: William R. Nabaza on Jul, 2013
Summary: To show that GOD is our Shield and Reward.
Jeff van Wyk avatar
God's Shield
Shared by: Jeff van Wyk on Jul, 2013
Summary: God’s perspective on matters and not the way man looks at things, we can then expect wonderful things to manifest in our lives. There are special rewards for those who seek God’s view rather than the view man takes.
Scripture: Genesis 15:1
Denomination: Charismatic
Views: 390
Victor Ramlall avatar
Shared by: Victor Ramlall on Jun, 2013
Summary: God wants you to use your imagination to solidify His promises to you and to bring glory to His Name.
Scripture: Genesis 15:1-7
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 2,435
John Shearhart avatar
Genesis 15:1-21
Shared by: John Shearhart on Jun, 2013
Summary: God walks the blood path to confirm His covenant with Abraham.
Series: Genesis
Gerald Roberts avatar
Thy Will Be Done
Shared by: Gerald Roberts on Mar, 2013
Summary: Abram was that that type of guy "Thy Will Be Done" it was his concept to do what ever God said. We to should be Thy Will Be Done type of people.
based on 1 rating
Scripture: Genesis 15:1-18
Denomination: United Methodist
Views: 785
Victor Ramlall avatar
Shared by: Victor Ramlall on Feb, 2013
Summary: The new covenant in Christ is the ultimate everlasting covenant God made with all mankind and is ratified by the blood of Jesus Christ through His death on Calvary.
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 1,246
John Gaston avatar
Shared by: John Gaston on Jan, 2013
Summary: This was one of the most significant moments in all human history, when God signed His name on the dotted line of salvation, at least, from our perspective. What is a covenant? What parts of this account are covenantal? What is the smoking firepot and the
based on 10 ratings
Scripture: Genesis 15:5-17
Denomination: Assembly Of God
Views: 8,471
Bill Stonebraker avatar
Grace in Disappointment
Shared by: Bill Stonebraker on Dec, 2012
Summary: Abraham’s faith in the face of his disappointment at being without an heir is met with God’s grace--and becomes a model for all who come to faith after him.
based on 6 ratings
Scripture: Genesis 15:1-6
Denomination: Presbyterian/Reformed
Views: 2,061