“Birds of prey swooped down on the carcasses, but Abram drove them away.“-Genesis 15:11
As Abram was laying out the animal parts into two groups on the ground in preparation for the covenantal ceremony, it says that carrion or birds of prey swept down in attempt to carry away the dead animal carcasses.
However, Abram shoos them away.
There is some important symbolism here that we should not overlook.
These birds of prey are symbolic of death and evil.
They are symbolic of Satan himself trying to put a stop to this all important covenant that God was about to make with Abram.
This scene is both prophetic and a spiritual lesson for all wholehearted believers who place their faith in the God of Israel.
We are warned in the Scriptures that the devil will try his best to prevent God from blessing us.
However, in order to ward off the devil and his evil ways, in these verses Abram has shown us the proper response.
In other words, we are not to lazily sit on our butts and just “trust God” to take care of everything.
We are to take vigorous action and resist the devil.
We are to be God’s warriors here on earth.