November 8, 2019
Genesis 15:7 – 17:6
Abraham would like some kind of reassurance from H’Shem, concerning his inheritance. He asks of H’Shem, “O L-rd G-D, whereby shall I know that I shall inherit it?” (Genesis 15:8). H’Shem’s response is for Abraham to bring an offering; this particular offering made by Abraham is known as “the covenant between the parts” because he divided most of the offerings in half. Then, “when the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram” Genesis 15:12). A feeling of dread fell upon him, wherein he received a vision from H’Shem, concerning the subjugation of his descendants.
“Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs, and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred years.”
Genesis 15:13, JPS 1917 Tanach
Abraham is also told that the nation who enslaves them will be judged; and, Abraham’s descendants will be redeemed. An all encompassing vision, showing how the inheritance of Abraham, received by his descendants, B’nei Yisrael would only be received after a great tsarah (trouble), when they were enslaved in Egypt.