Gen 15:1-10 TLB
Afterwards Jehovah spoke to Abram in a vision, and this is what he told him: “Don’t be fearful, Abram, for I will defend you. And I will give you great blessings.” 2-3 But Abram replied, “O Lord Jehovah, what good are all your blessings when I have no son? For without a son, some other member of my household will inherit all my wealth.” 4 Then Jehovah told him, “No, no one else will be your heir, for you will have a son to inherit everything you own.” 5 Then God brought Abram outside beneath the night time sky and told him, “Look up into the heavens and count the stars if you can. Your descendants will be like that-too many to count!” 6 And Abram believed God; then God considered him righteous on account of his faith. 7 And he told him, “I am Jehovah who brought you out of the city of Ur of the Chaldeans, to give you this land.” 8 But Abram replied, “O Lord Jehovah, how can I be sure that you will give it to me?” 9 Then Jehovah told him to take a three-year-old heifer, a three-year-old female goat, a three-year-old ram, a turtledove and a young pigeon, 10 and to slay them and to cut them apart down the middle, and to separate the halves, but not to divide the birds.
Abram received a promise and sought further proof, then God asked him to get animals for sacrifice Genesis 15:8-9. God will fulfil His covenant with or without you, He only needs Him, He just wants you. So get in line if you will and want. A covenant was about to be made between God and Abraham. It was the usual practice at the time of covenants, to cut in half the animal(s) and the 2 parties would walk in the midst of the divided animal pieces. Walking amidst was a seal between the two, that they would not falter. And should either fail, the fate of being cut in half should befall the offender. Truth is, Abram cut the animals in twain, but he never walked in the midst. Only God walked in the midst.
God walked for two, should Abram fail or falter it’s on God, it’s binding on Him to still keep the covenant. While God walked amidst, guess what Abram was up to? – he was fast asleep. It was God who cast a deep sleep upon Abram, God knew what He was getting into. God swore by Himself. The covenant CANNOT be done away with, for God would bear its consequence alone and be divided into two!
Yes, Abram did break the promise (Gen 16), but the covenant still stood. God is faithful when we deny Him, He cannot deny Himself. God cannot deny that He walked through alone by purpose, by choice….knowing how undependable we are!
Yes, even though God had declared believing Abram righteous, He knew how undependable Abram will be at times. Did Abram fail? Yes! Did God abolish the covenant? ‘Lailai’ (No!)
You really think God will rest the responsibility of Christ’s lineage and coming upon mortals? Remember an important part of the promise is that all nations of the earth will be blessed through Abram’s offspring.
Rather than make Abram walk in the midst, God commanded him saying ‘Walk before me’
Gen 17:1 NIV
When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to him and said, “I am God Almighty a; walk before me and be blameless.
Have you failed? Yes! It doesn’t matter, God will keep His promise, and you just GET IN LINE and ‘walk before Him’. And it’s not just that God won’t fail, He CANNOT!
Ps 89:33-35 NLT
33 But I will never stop loving him nor fail to keep my promise to him. 34 No, I will not break my covenant; I will not take back a single word I said. 35 I have sworn an oath to David, and in my holiness I cannot lie:
God’s character remains the same from age to age, never changing, always faithful.
So rest on every promise God has proclaimed for He will surely bring it to pass.