Preached FCCW, March 17, 2019
Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18
Hooking little fingers together in a “pinky swear” is one of the ways we learn while growing up, the importance of respecting a solemn promise. A pinky swear seems like all fun and games…until you know what it stands for; which is that the consequence of breaking the agreement is to lose your pinky finger! Then, suddenly it all sounds pretty barbaric.
But, still not as barbaric as the way Abram sealed a covenant with God by bisecting a bunch of animals. Let’s face it, any ceremony that includes the necessity of shooing vultures away is not for the faint of heart. Maybe though, it is exactly the faintest of heart who most need promises that come with extreme demonstrations of trust.