So in chapter 15 of Genesis, we have the somewhat bizarre and slightly graphic scene of God’s covenant ceremony with Abram. I won’t go into detail, but it involved walking through the mutilated halves of animal sacrifices, chasing away carrion birds, and a floating pot and torch. God also reaffirms his promises to Abram, and foretells some of the trials his descendents will endure before they are able to claim those promises.

Throughout the Old Testament, God seems to take interest in ceremonies and celebrations. I wonder if we emphasize those things enough today, or if we have diminished their importance. What do you think?