your descendants will be oppressed slaves for 400 years

He said to Abram, “I am the LORD, who brought you out of Ur of the Chaldeans to give you this land as your possession. (Genesis 15:7 CEB)

Do you notice that God makes the covenant with Abram and THEN gives him the bad news? Nice.

If you were offered this deal, would you take it? You will be an ancestor to many, your legacy will be long, but your legacy will also include 400 years of slavery. That’s 16 generations of your progeny.

But here’s the thing. It’s not a deal. God declares it. As those who are in exile try to understand their plight, it is far easier to understand in the tapestry of God’s plan.

Of course, we accept the gift of children knowing their lives will not be cakewalk because we long for family. Of course Abram would take the deal, if it were an option. Because life, like family, however it is lived, is a gift.

Day 7: Genesis 15:1-21

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