Episode 002 – God Walks Between the Pieces

Key Passage(s): Genesis 15:1-21

This is a week people celebrate and think about love (Valentine’s Day). It’s also the week that begins the season of Lent that culminates with the death and resurrection of Jesus, whereby God’s immense love for humanity is on display. But God’s extravagant love for humanity is vividly seen much earlier in the Bible. This teaching tackles a monumental moment from Genesis 15, where God does the unthinkable, and demonstrates just how far His love is willing to go.

Discussion Questions

  • What’s your biggest takeaway from the teaching?
  • Are there other stories in the Bible that make more sense now based on what you learned?
  • How does this story confirm or change your perspective of God – both in general and in reference to “God of the Old Testament” vs. “God of the New Testament?”
  • Do you struggle with the idea that God is fundamentally a God of extravagant love? Why or why not?
  • Where is God seeking to expand your understanding of Him?
  • What’s one step you can take in walking out the truths of this story in your life?

For Further Study

  • The Restoration of All Things – this is a 73-minute teaching I did on the entire Bible from Genesis 1 to Revelation 22, providing the over arching narrative and for understanding what the Bible is all about. The timeline graphic that accompanies the teaching can be download at the teaching link.
  • The Epic of Eden by Sandra L. Richter – Chapter 3 addresses Genesis 15 and the idea of “covenant.”

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40 COMMENTS

  1. Thanks for sharing and making this investment into the kingdom! Question: What Mesopotamian deities are represented in the smoking pot and the flaming torch?

      • Hey Brad, I’m just wrestling a little bit with the Mesopotamian deities. I know you said these are from Abram’s culture and God uses them to speak to Abram, but in doing so, is God giving these deities credibility? Is there a reason he chose these two?

        • Hey David, great question. Think about the 1st Commandment in Exodus 20:3, “you shall have no other gods before me.” Or from Exodus 12:12, “and I will bring judgment on all the gods of Egypt.” The Bible gives credibility to these deities – to at least to the fact that people will struggle follow more than just God. As Paul states in Ephesians 6:12, “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” So there are obviously real powers in opposition to God in the world and in the Bible. But more specific to your question/concern is that God is using things that connect for people. This would have immediately connected for Abraham. And whether he believed these deities to be real or not isn’t the reason God is using them. He’s using them precisely because they represented deities, and God is now using this imagery to represent His presence and allow Abraham to make a connection that God is there.

          • That makes a lot of sense. Thanks so much for responding, Brad. I’m actually using some of this content in my message on Sunday and am so grateful for your work on this in providing the context. Such a powerful story, but this website and the tools you have put together are an invaluable resource, so thank you very much! I’ll be a regular!

  2. So grateful for this resource. Praising God for leading you to this point and thanking you, Brad, for being boldly obedient.

  3. Great teaching on an amazing moment for Abram and all of us. I think showing the Restoration of All Things timeline is so helpful in orienting where the passage is in the big picture. Thanks, Brad.

  4. I would rather say that the Akedah (Sacrifice of Isaac) leads to the crucifixion, not the Covenant of the parts. However if you pay attention to the text there is a direct connection between the Covenant of the Parts and the Exodus. And why not, immediately before the Covenant of the parts (Gen 15:7) God said to Abraham: I will give you this land. And what event leads to the receiving of the land? The Exodus.
    Here is a perfect correlation between the Covenant of the parts and the Exodus.

    Abraham cut the animals in two — Moses splits the sea in two

    Abraham placed the pieces opposite to each other — the camp of Israel faced the camp of the Egyptians

    Abraham drove away the vulture — God threw the Egyptian army in confusion

    A burning torch passed between the pieces — pillar of fire
    following the Israelites while they crossed the split sea.

    • Great thoughts on the connections between Gen 15 and the Exodus. I wouldn’t say, however, that the Akedah leads to the crucifixion and Gen 15 does not. They both do! Genesis 22 is really significant in the ongoing narrative and relationship God has with Abraham. Like the Exodus, everything is tied together and will ultimately find their fulfillment in Jesus. So Gen 15, Gen 22, the Exodus, etc. will all lead to the crucifixion.

  5. Great teaching, you make it so we can all understand. Thank you for trusting in God and following his direction in your life. Blessings to you and your family

  6. Brad I think you had to compose yourself a bit when speaking of how great of a length God the Father went to in demonstrating His love and covenant to us by giving His Son to redeem us by His “splitting” wounds of blood and sacrifice. WOW.

  7. This was one of my most favorite teachings of yours. Such a beautiful expression of sacrificial love that literally makes the hairs in my arms stick up.

    I’m so grateful for the teachings about ancient customs and history. It’s been so beneficial in how I understand the Bible.

    Can’t wait for next week.

    One question, does the ebook come in a hard copy?

  8. Thank you for this teaching Brad. I always need to be reminded that God is bigger than I think He is. Well done and I am blessing God.

  9. If the translation is correct the shear audacity of YAHOVAH saying to His creation,
    If I fail to keep My covenant with you you may “cut me in half” and trample My blood like these cut in half animals and replace Me! The ENORMANITY of it! Staggering to ones mind!

  10. Thank you for allowing God to use you in my wife and I’s walk with God the fire is growing with these teachings. One thing you didn’t explain or we didn’t catch was the birds why didn’t he cut them in two? God Bless

  11. Did you hear that, Brad? That was my mind being blown by this teaching. The covenant walk is so impactful to our walk with God. I’m forever grateful that He loves us enough to walk both ways since I’m forever just trying to figure out how to walk period. It explains so much of Abrams dedication to the promise, too!

  12. I am always on the edge of my seat when you teach! I was listening to the podcast this morning, on the way to work (sorry, I’m so late getting to it!) but I was SO BLOWN AWAY that I had to pull over and clear my eyes and just THANK God for my own restoration! God’s plans revealed before my eyes… He has SUCH extravagant love for us! #sograteful I can’t wait to dig into the rest of these episodes. Our Life Group will be taking on Walking the Text with you! I’m SO excited!

  13. Brad, I never grow tired of hearing you relate this story. While reading John I was inspired about how this theme of God’s love passionately reoccurred thru scripture. In John 17 Jesus emphasizes this unparalleled love:
    “I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me.”
    ‭‭John‬ ‭17:23‬ ‭
    Thank you faithfully sharing your passion and insights. Love in Crist, Karl

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