And he said unto him, I am the LORD that brought thee out of Ur of the Chaldees, to give thee this land to inherit it.
And he said, Lord GOD, whereby shall I know that I shall inherit it?
And he said unto him, Take me an heifer of three years old, and a she goat of three years old, and a ram of three years old, and a turtledove, and a young pigeon.
And he took unto him all these, and divided them in the midst, and laid each piece one against another: but the birds divided he not.
And when the fowls came down upon the carcases, Abram drove them away.
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 15:7-11,18 NKJV]
Verses 9-11 in Genesis 15 seem just plain weird to the rational mind. Abram asks how he will know that he will inherit this land? The Lord’s reply is to fetch a heifer, a she-goat, a ram, (all these to be three years old), a turtledove and a young pigeon. The animals are to be divided in two, but not the birds.
What are we to make of that? We know that His ways are not our ways and our thoughts are not His thoughts*, but this one is a doozy. However, The Lord always has a purpose, and the perfect one at that. He gives us a picture, a vision of something we will understand. Here, Abram would understand what is being said in the vision of the three specific animals and two specific birds, because it speaks to what he would know; not about animals and birds, but about people and faith.
We should see that the animals are earthbound creatures; the birds are creatures of the air, and thus we see a picture of those with faith at different stages in their walk with God; taking flight when hearing directly from The Holy Spirit
I am sure there are other ‘pictures’ to be derived from these verses, but what we have is explanation enough for Abram driving away ‘the fowls of the air’; the demonic spirits which gather to destroy the Holy Spirit life.
Unto thy seed have I given this land
After giving Abram a vision of ‘the road map to inheritance’; how He foresaw the outworking of His plan, God revealed the promised land; the land that was His covenanted prize for His people.
* For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. [Isaiah 55:8 NKJV]
** A double-minded man is unstable in all his ways [James 1:8 NKJV]
*** For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. [Hebrews 4.12 NKJV]
A wise man who has built his life in confidence in God will appear a fool when he is among people who are sleek and cunning. The wisdom of God is arrant stupidity to the wisdom of the world, until all of a sudden God makes the wisdom of the world foolish [1 Corinthians 1:23-25].
If you stand true to your faith in God, there will be situations in which you will come across extortioners, cunning crafty people, who use their wits instead of worshipping God, and you will appear a fool.
Are you prepared to appear a fool for Christ’s sake?
[from ‘Still Higher For His Highest’ by Oswald Chambers]
GEORGE and GILL STEWART