Hope for an Heir


As we continue to look for hope in the lives of those in the Word, we return to the patriarch of our faith, Abram. The genesis of our faith lies in Judaism. My brothers Huey and Thomas, whom I have prayed with for years, spurred on this passage. As we began to pray today, Huey quoted a verse in Genesis 15. “Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your very great reward.” (NIV) or “ Do not fear, Abram, I am a shield to you; Your reward shall be very great.” (NASB).

Abram’s nephew, Lot, had been captured along with all that belonged to Lot. I am sure that lot was hoped he would be rescued. Abram took 318 men defeating the armies of several kings rescuing Lot in the process. On an ordinary day, the defeat of kings and the rescue of Lot would have been great reason for rejoicing and encouragement. It sounds strange for God to tell Abram not to fear especially when in proceeding verses proceeding God had given him a a great victory. Let’s hear the Word in context.

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

“Do not be afraid, Abram.
I am your shield,
your very great reward. ”

But Abram said, “O Sovereign Lord, what can you give me since I remain childless and the one who will inherit[c] my estate is Eliezer of Damascus? ” And Abram said, “You have given me no children; so a servant in my household will be my heir.”

Then the word of the Lord came to him: “This man will not be your heir, but a son coming from your own body will be your heir. ” He took him outside and said, “Look up at the heavens and count the stars —if indeed you can count them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your offspring be.”

 God told Abram not to fear because God was a shield to Him and that Abram’s reward would be great. Fear what though? Abram said that He would be childless and with an heir. Abram’s Hope for an Heir is what he longed for. While he loved Lot, lot was not the answer to the promise of a child that God had made earlier.This Hebrew metaphor may mean either “to live childless” or “to die childless.” Abraham was perplexed, perhaps in part because childlessness was seen as a sign of divine judgment. God knew that He was childless when He promised Abram in Genesis 12. Abram thought the practice of adopting a slave was going to be his only consolation as a parent.
God told Abram that the slave would not be his heir. Hear the word of the Lord, “This man will not be your heir, but a son coming from your own body will be your heir.” God said here is your Hope for an Heir. “Look up at the heavens and count the stars —if indeed you can count them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your offspring be.” As we know, God was not only talking about Isaac but Jesus and all who would believe in Jehovah through Jesus. God’s promise to Abram has been and is currently being fulfilled.
God is our hope. His promises guarantee that. Find God’s promises in the midst of your hardships, but remember, the primary and most prominent promise of Hope is that man will not have to suffer the eternal consequences of his sin through faith in Christ as Savior and Lord. You want Hope for an Heir, trust Jesus.
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