- It is said Abraham fell into a deep sleep then God began to speak to him which subsequently led to the making of a covenant
Genesis 15"12 NASB - Now when the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram; and behold, [q]terror and great darkness fell upon him.
- In the earlier narrative God had caused Adam to fall into a deep sleep and during that time had formed Eve whilst he was asleep.
Genesis 15:13-14 NASB 13 Then God said to Abram, “Know for certain that your [r]descendants will be strangers in a land that is not theirs, [s]where they will be enslaved and oppressed for four hundred years. 14 But I will also judge the nation whom they will serve, and afterward they will come out with [t]many possessions.
Genesis 15:17 NASB Now it came about, when the sun had set, that it was very dark, and behold, a smoking oven and a flaming torch appeared which passed between these pieces. 18 On that day the Lord made a covenant with Abram,
Genesis 2:21 NASB So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and he slept; then He took one of his ribs and closed up the flesh at that place.
- There is no record of Adam waking up from his sleep whilst this operation was taking place, neither is there of Abraham also awakening whilst God was speaking to him
Question: So how did God make covenant with Abraham when he was in a deep sleep?