And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if you be able to number them…
I. ABRAM QUESTIONING. He never doubted God. But his faith was tried. His question in ver. 2 is a prayer for more light, as afterwards, in ver. 8, he asks for some token from God to assure him.
II. ABRAM BELIEVING. He believed that nothing was impossible with God, and that God's promise must be true. This faith, then, was simply trusting God's word.
III. ABRAM ASSURED. Abram watched. Abram waited. Then deep sleep fell on him. God's time often comes when His servant's weakness is most felt.
1. God unveils to Abram a glimpse of the future.
2. God allows Abram to see a symbol of the Divine Presence.
(W. S. Smith, B. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be.