TERMS AND CONDITIONS
Abram brought all these to Him, cut them in two and arranged the halves opposite each other..... When the sun had set and darkness had fallen, a smoking brazier with a blazing torch appeared and passed between the pieces.
In ancient days, agreements were not ratified the way they are today., with documents to acknowledge we agree with the terms and conditions contained within, but the cultures of the ancient near east performed rituals like the one describe in the opening verse.
The parties would produce a heifer, goat, ram, dove and pigeon, which they would sacrifice, cut and arrange is specific ways. After the terms were set both parties would walk through the pooled blood between the animals to confirm their agreement.
To confirm terms that God gave Abraham, He manifested Himself in the form of a blazing torch....and passed between the pieces.
Ten years later, it is as if God was saying to Abraham, Don't bring your agenda to bear on this. Like these animals, you must die to your own agenda, expectations and timetable. Abraham surrendered to the will of God and saw the day of Christ.
In the New Testament we must die to Christ if our lives are to be fruitful.
This means we must die to our own ambitions and ideas. We must die to our need to know the details, consequences and outcome of what God has call us to. We must die to sin and become a new creation in Jesus.
We must allow God to work in our lives as He chooses because He who has set the terms is utterly faithful and totally capable of accomplishing His purposes through us.
Almighty God, keep us from formulating any agenda of our own in accomplishing a work You have called us to do. We trust Your directions and wait upon You to bring it to fruition. Thank You, Lord. Amen
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