Genesis 15:1-12,17-18 (Second Sunday of Lent)

Covenant #1, KPB Stevens, linoprint on amate paper, 2022

Genesis 15:1-12,17-18

After these events, the word of YHWH came to Abram in a vision:

“Fear not, Abram! I am your shield; I will make your reward very great.”

Abram said, “But my Sovereign, My God, what good are these blessings to me, so long as Sarai and I will die in disgrace? My only heir is a foreigner who lives in my household, Eliezer of Damascus. Since you have given me no offspring,” Abram continued, “an attendant in my house will be my heir.”

Then the word of YHWH came to Abram and said, “This person will not be your heir. Your heir will be of your own flesh and blood.” Then God took Abram outside and said, “Look up at the sky and count the stars, if you can! As many as that, you will have for descendants.”Abram believed YHWH, and God accounted it to Abram as righteousness.

YHWH then said to Abram, “I am YHWH who brought you from Ur of the Chaldeans to give you this land as a possession.” Abram asked, “Sovereign God, how am I to know that I will possess it?” God answered Abram, “Bring me a heifer, a goat, and a ram, each three years old, and a turtledove, and a young pigeon.” Abram brought all of these, cut them in half, and placed each half opposite the other—except the birds, which he did not cut up. Birds of prey swooped down on the carcasses, but Abram drove them away. As the sun was about to set, a trance fell over Abram, and a deep, terrifying darkness enveloped him.

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