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."
Read V1-3. What was God’s word to Abram in a vision? Why might he have been afraid? What was the real problem in Abram’s heart? What does this reveal about him?
Read V4-6. What was God’s specific word of promise regarding Abram’s “no son” problem? Why did he take Abram outside and show him the stars? How did Abram respond to this word of promise? What do the words, “(God) credited it to him as righteousness” mean?
Read V7-11. What question regarding God’s promises was in Abram’s mind? Compare with V2. How does this question reflect a change in Abram’s attitude? How did Abram prepare as God instructed him to do?
Read V12-21. What happened to Abram as the sun was setting? What prophecy about the future of Abram and his descendants did God give him? After sunset, when darkness had fallen, what else happened? What does this show about the covenant? What further promise did God give Abram concerning the land?