In “the blessing of an unconscious death” Jefferson Vann shows that Abraham’s death would be a blessing to him, because he would be unconscious of his descendants’ centuries of slavery.
Genesis 15:1-13 (JDV)
Genesis 15:1 After these things the word of Yahveh came to Abram in a vision, and this is what he said: “Do not fear the future, Abram, I am your present shield; your future wages will be very great.”
Genesis 15:2 But Abram said, “O Lord Yahveh, what will you give me, for I remain childless, and the heir of my household is Eliezer of Damascus?”
Genesis 15:3 And Abram said, “See, you have given me no offspring, and only a member of my household staff will be my heir.”
Genesis 15:4 And notice, the word of Yahveh came to him, and this is what he said: “This man will not be your heir; your very own son will be your heir.”
Genesis 15:5 And he brought him outside and said, “Look toward the sky, and number the stars, if you are able to number them.” Then he said to him, “So will your offspring be.”
Genesis 15:6 And he believed Yahveh, and Yahveh counted it to him as righteousness.
Genesis 15:7 And he said to him, “I am Yahveh who brought you out from Ur of the Chaldeans to give you this land to possess.”
Genesis 15:8 But he said, “O Lord Yahveh, how am I to know that I will possess it?”
Genesis 15:9 He said to him, “Bring me a heifer three years old, a female goat three years old, a ram three years old, a turtledove, and a young pigeon.”
Genesis 15:10 And he brought him all these, cut them in half, and laid each half over against the other. But he did not cut the birds in half.
Genesis 15:11 And when birds of prey came down on the carcasses, Abram drove them away.
Genesis 15:12 As the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell on Abram. And notice, dreadful and great darkness fell upon him.
Genesis 15:13 Then Yahveh said to Abram, “Know for certain that your offspring will be foreign guests in a land that is not theirs and will be slaves there, and they will be oppressed for four hundred years.
the blessing of an unconscious death
The LORD tells Abram good news and bad news and then more good news. The first good news is that he will have a real heir. The bad news is that all his riches and fame is going to go away for centuries. His descendants are going to be slaves in a foreign land. His deep sleep and experience of great darkness is symbolic of the fact that he will be dead, and unconscious of it.
The sleep of death is a blessing in this dark world. No one wants to watch as all his descendants are oppressed and enslaved. Think of all the pain and sorrow and loss this world has endured over the millennia. God’s heart breaks over such tribulation and distress. Do you think God wants the dead conscious to share all that horror with him?
No, we are blessed by God to be asleep during the intermediate state between our deaths and the resurrection at Christ’s return. When we awake, it will be to enjoy our permanent inheritance.
LORD, thank you for keeping us from seeing the darkness ahead. We trust you to bring us back into the light when your timing is right.