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God promises land to Abraham

Genesis 15:1-20
God promises a land for Abraham and his descendants.
Contributed by René Pfitzner
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Abraham had obeyed God and move to live in the land of Canaan. The Lord said to Abraham, ‘I brought you here from Ur in Chaldea and gave you this land.’ – Slide 1
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Abraham asked, ‘Lord, how can I know the land will be mine?’ – Slide 2
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Then the Lord told him. ‘Bring me a three-year-old heifer … – Slide 3
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‘… a three-year-old goat … – Slide 4
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‘… and a three-year-old ram … – Slide 5
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‘… a dove … – Slide 6
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‘… and a young pigeon.’ – Slide 7
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Abraham obeyed the Lord … – Slide 8
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… then he cut the animals in half … – Slide 9
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… and laid the two halves of each animal opposite each other on the ground, but he did not cut the dove or pigeon in half. – Slide 10
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When birds came down to eat the animals, Abraham chased then away. – Slide 11
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As the sun was setting, Abraham fell into a deep sleep … – Slide 12
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… and everything became dark and frightening. – Slide 13
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Then the Lord said, ‘You will live to an old age and die in peace. – Slide 14
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‘But I do solemnly promise your descendants will live  as foreigners in a land that does not belong to them. – Slide 15
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‘They will be forced into slavery and abused for 400 years. – Slide 16
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‘But I will terribly punish the nation that will enslave them. – Slide 17
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‘And they will leave with many possessions. – Slide 18
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‘Four generations later, your descendants will return here and take this land. – Slide 19
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‘For only then will the people who live here be so sinful that they deserve to be punished. – Slide 20
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Sometime after sunset when it was very dark … – Slide 21
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… a smoking firepot with a blazing torch went between the two halves of each animal. – Slide 22
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At that time God made an agreement with Abraham and told him … – Slide 23
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‘I will give your descendants the land east from the river on the border of Egypt as far as the Euphrates river … – Slide 24
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‘… the land of the Kenites, Kenizzites, Kadmonites, Hittites, Perizzites, Rephaites, Amorites, Canaanites, Girgashites and Jebusites.’ – Slide 25
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