The Suffering Call

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Pull up a chair, open your Bible to Genesis 15 and settle in!  Today, we’re looking at the second of the 3-fold call of God upon Abraham.  Yesterday, God’s birthing call was revealed, and today we’ll find “golden nuggets” as we study God’s Word!

In Genesis 15:7-12, we find the account of Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son, Isaac, in obedience to God.  Take a moment to read the passage.

God made an odd request of Abraham to bring specific animals, cut them in half and lay them out a certain way.  But focus on verses 11-12:

The birds of prey came down upon the carcasses, and Abram drove them away.  Now when the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram; and behold, terror and great darkness fell upon him.

Those birds of prey were likely gigantic vultures (common to the area in that day), capable of attacking bears and lions.  They were vicious!  Abraham didn’t just shoo them away…he likely fought for his life.

But what followed was even more dramatic.  Terror and great darkness fell upon him.  It was a great horror!  What in the world happened?

We don’t know for sure, but let’s use a bit of sanctified imagination!  Could it be that God pulled back the curtain and gave Abraham a glimpse of what was in store for his people?  Is it possible Abraham saw the suffering the Jewish people would face?  Did he see:

  • The Babylonian exile?
  • The Roman destruction of Jerusalem?
  • The crusades?
  • The Spanish Inquisition?
  • The Holocaust?
  • The terrorist attacks?

Those birds of prey seem to be representative of demonic forces.  The fallen world hates God and everything He represents, and they know they are ultimately shackled by God and cannot win.  The powers of darkness, such as the constant rocket attackes and fire kites from the Gaza Strip, are attempts to thwart God’s plan.

God’s call was a birthing call and also a suffering call. We continue to see evil perpetrated against Israel.  I just wonder…did Abraham see the darkness that Israel would endure?

Tomorrow we close out the week’s study by looking at the third of the 3-fold call upon Abraham.  It is a priestly call…and we’ll find more “golden nuggets.”  Join us again at the virtual study table tomorrow.  We’ll keep your seat warm!

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