After God promises Abram that He will be his shield and very great reward (Gen. 15:1), Abram voices his concern:
O Sovereign LORD, what can you give me since I remain childless and the one who will inherit my estate is Eliezer of Damascus? . . . .You have given me no children; so a servant in my household will be my heir,” (Gen. 15:2-3).
You may read Genesis 15:1-7 here: Bible Gateway.
The custom in that day held that if Abram died without a son, his oldest servant would become his heir. Even though Abram valued Eliezer, his chief administrator (Gen. 24), he yearned for a son to carry on the family line. And his nephew, Lot—with no record of appreciation for Abram saving his life—had returned to Sodom.
God’s promise of many descendants didn’t align with Abram’s present reality.
But our God—being the God of the impossible—reminded…
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