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The Word of the Lord, Genesis 15:1
Posted on October 2, 2015 by KD Manes under Bible Study
After this, the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision: ‘Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your very great reward.’ – Genesis 15:1
Because there are so many great insights in chapter 15, I am breaking this chapter into four sections/posts.
It’s easy to gloss over Genesis 15:1. But a deeper inspection reveals many great firsts in Scripture. This is the first time the words “vision”, “shield”, and “reward” are used. More importantly, this is the first of the great “I am’s” mentioned. God’s very name is: “I am that I am” (Exodus 3:14). Christ began many of His words with “I am”:
the light of the world
the way, truth and life
the Alpha and Omega
the root and offspring of David, and the bright and morning star
This is also the first time “word” is used. It is significant that this first occurrence of “word” conveys God’s message to man—not man’s message—and communicates a huge claim and promise to Abram.
God considers His word so important that He values it over His name (Psalm 138:2).
Henry Morris (The Genesis Record) writes: “The concept of the Word of God includes both the written Word, Holy Scripture, and the living Word, God the Second Person [Jesus]. . . . He is the sum of all that can be communicated. [His title] “Alpha and Omega” are, of course, the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet, the language chosen by God in which to inscripturate His new covenant with man. This proclamation seals the oneness of the written and living Words.”
Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your very great reward.”