God promised to make Abram a great nation. He assured Abram, “In you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” (Gen 12:2-3) The Lord said his offspring would be as numerous as the dust of the earth. Time passed, and Abram still had no sons. He and the Lord engaged in another discussion. This time God brought him outside and said, “Look now toward heaven and count the stars if you are able to number them…so shall your descendants be.” (Gen 15:5) One of those “stars” is the Bright and Morning Star. (Rev. 22:16)
“Abram believed the LORD, and He credited it to him as righteousness.” (V.6 NIV)
It was at this point the Lord arranged a covenant between them. At that time, a contract would be entered into by sacrificing animals, cutting the carcasses in two, and laying them on the ground with a path in the midst. Both parties would then walk through the animal parts together and speak the contractual terms. Per the Lord’s instructions, Abram made these things ready.
When the sun was going down, Abram fell into a deep sleep. Apparently in a dream, the Lord tells Abram of the long affliction awaiting his descendants in Egypt, their misery endured there, and the exodus back to the Promised Land. He assures Abram that prior to this he would die in peace at a good old age. (Vs.12-16)
Later that night, when it was dark, our opening verse above takes place. God Himself, represented by the smoking oven and burning torch passed between the animal parts. Abram did not pass through them. Come morning the contract had only one signature. God signed for both Him and Abram. The covenant was sure because it depended on God alone to fulfill it and not on Abram. God did it all and by faith Abram believed Him.
Another covenant came many years later. In this, the Lord God would pass through the body and blood of Jesus to enact a new covenant. It too has only one signature. God signed for both Him and us. This covenant is also sure for it depends on God alone to fulfill it and not on us. God did it all and by faith we believe Him. “But to him who does not work but believes on Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is accounted for righteousness.” (Rom 4:5)
Have you put your faith in that Bright and Morning Star? The contract is signed, sealed, and assured based on who He is and what He has done, not on who we are and what we have done. Our part is to believe Him and receive Him by faith. Will you do that today?