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1 After these things the word of the LORD came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward.

2 And Abram said, Lord GOD, what wilt thou give me, seeing I go childless, and the steward of my house is this Eliezer of Damascus?

3 And Abram said, Behold, to me thou hast given no seed: and, lo, one born in my house is mine heir.

4 And, behold, the word of the LORD came unto him, saying, This shall not be thine heir; but he that shall come forth out of thine own bowels shall be thine heir.

5 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.

6 And he believed in the LORD; and he counted it to him for righteousness.

7 And he said unto him, I am the LORD that brought thee out of Ur of the Chaldees, to give thee this land to inherit it.

8 And he said, Lord GOD, whereby shall I know that I shall inherit it?

9 And he said unto him, Take me an heifer of three years old, and a she goat of three years old, and a ram of three years old, and a turtledove, and a young pigeon.

10 And he took unto him all these, and divided them in the midst, and laid each piece one against another: but the birds divided he not.

11 And when the fowls came down upon the carcases, Abram drove them away.

12 And when the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram; and, lo, an horror of great darkness fell upon him.

13 And he said unto Abram, Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs, and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred years;

14 And also that nation, whom they shall serve, will I judge: and afterward shall they come out with great substance.

15 And thou shalt go to thy fathers in peace; thou shalt be buried in a good old age.

16 But in the fourth generation they shall come hither again: for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet full.

17 And it came to pass, that, when the sun went down, and it was dark, behold a smoking furnace, and a burning lamp that passed between those pieces.

18 In the same day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates:

19 The Kenites, and the Kenizzites, and the Kadmonites,

20 And the Hittites, and the Perizzites, and the Rephaims,

21 And the Amorites, and the Canaanites, and the Girgashites, and the Jebusites.

 


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Matthew Henry's Genesis Chapter 15 Bible commentary...



God encourages Abram. (1) The Divine promise, Abraham is justified by faith. (2-6) God promises Canaan to Abraham for an inheritance. (7-11) The promise confirmed in a vision. (12-16) The promise confirmed by a sign. (17-21)1 God assured Abram of safety and happiness; that he should for ever be safe. I am thy shield; or, I am a shield to thee, present with thee, actually caring for thee. The consideration that God himself is, and will be a shield to his people, to secure them from all evils, a shield ready to them, and a shield round about them, should silence all perplexing, tormenting fears.

2-6 Though we must never complain of God, yet we have leave to complain to him; and to state all our grievances. It is ease to a burdened spirit, to open its case to a faithful and compassionate friend. Abram's complaint is, that he had no child; that he was never likely to have any; that the want of a son was so great a trouble to him, that it took away all his comfort. If we suppose that Abram looked no further than outward comfort, this complaint was to be blamed. But if we suppose that Abram herein had reference to the promised Seed, his desire was very commendable. Till we have evidence of our interest in Christ, we should not rest satisfied; what will all avail me, if I go Christless? If we continue instant in prayer, yet pray with humble submission to the Divine will, we shall not seek in vain. God gave Abram an express promise of a son. Christians may believe in God with respect to the common concerns of this life; but the faith by which they are justified, always has respect to the person and work of Christ. Abram believed in God as promising Christ; they believe in him as having raised him from the dead, #Ro 4:24|. Through faith in his blood they obtain forgiveness of sins.

7-11 Assurance was given to Abram of the land of Canaan for an inheritance. God never promises more than he is able to perform, as men often do. Abram did as God commanded him. He divided the beasts in the midst, according to the ceremony used in confirming covenants, #Jer 34:18,19|. Having prepared according to God's appointment, he set himself to wait for the sign God might give him. A watch must be kept upon our spiritual sacrifices. When vain thoughts, like these fowls, come down upon our sacrifices, we must drive them away, and seek to attend on God without distraction.

12-16 A deep sleep fell upon Abram; with this sleep a horror of great darkness fell upon him: a sudden change. The children of light do not always walk in the light. Several things were then foretold. 1. The suffering state of Abram's seed for a long time. They shall be strangers. The heirs of heaven are strangers on earth. They shall be servants; but Canaanites serve under a curse, the Hebrews under a blessing. They shall be suffers. Those that are blessed and beloved of God, are often sorely afflicted by wicked men. 2. The judgment of the enemies of Abram's seed. Though God may allow persecutors and oppressors to trample upon his people a great while, he will certainly reckon with them at last. 3. That great event, the deliverance of Abram's seed out of Egypt, is here foretold. 4. Their happy settlement in Canaan. They shall come hither again. The measure of sin fills gradually. Some people's measure of sin fills slowly. The knowledge of future events would seldom add to our comfort. In the most favoured families, and most happy lives, there are so many afflictions, that it is merciful in God to conceal what will befall us and ours.

17-21 The smoking furnace and the burning lamp, probably represented the Israelites' severe trials and joyful deliverance, with their gracious supports in the mean time. It is probable that this furnace and lamp, which passed between the pieces, burned and consumed them, and so completed the sacrifice, and testified God's acceptance of it. So it intimates that God's covenants with man are made by sacrifice, #Ps 50:5|. And we may know that he accepts our sacrifices, if he kindles in our souls pious and devout affections. The bounds of the land granted are stated. Several nations, or tribes, are spoken of, that must be cast out to make room for the seed of Abram. In this chapter we perceive in Abram faith struggling against, and triumphing over, unbelief. Wonder not, believers, if you meet with seasons of darkness and distress. But it is not the will of God that you should be cast down: fear not; for all that he was to Abram he will be to you.

 


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Omotolq's Genesis Chapter 15 comment on 9/17/2014, 8:49pm...

I do believe this word of God to Abraham which he believed was the greatest faith have found in the scripture till now. I know faith is the force that moves God. His love is incomparable and indisputable.

 


Joseph's Genesis Chapter 15 comment on 8/04/2014, 1:50pm...

God alone sees the end from the beginning and nothing can take God by surprise. It is like a film producer who knows how the script will end. If you have never watched the film, you will be 'tensed ' during the film as you do not know the outcome. Not so with God as He is the Omniscient knows all things and works everything out for His Glory. He knew that Israel would be under Egyptian bondage for 400 yrs. He knew that the wicked Hitler will kill over 6 million Jews during the holocaust. He knew that many nations will gather against Israel but HE IS FULLY IN CONTROL and none of His promises for the nation of Israel and for Christians will fail. He does not sleep nor slumber and He alone can kill and make alive I samuel 2 6 . If God wants to use you, He will pass you through fire to purify and cleanse you as He will never share His Glory with man! Today, Egypt cannot match Israel in economic or military power! Let us walk with God and trust Him with our lives as Abraham did.

 


Simangaliso Ndlovu's Genesis Chapter 15 comment about verse 6 on 7/24/2014, 12:53am...

Genesis 15 vs 6 Powerful verse, Abraham believed God, he didn 't question or doubt Him, he looked at the stars and believed God 's promise, that his seed would be as many as the stars, and that touched God, 'and he counted it to him for righteousness this is so heart warming. If we had similar faith or even as small as a mustard seed and believed God, He would still be pleased with us like He did to our father of faith Abraham. Am so encouraged by this verse.

 


WGT's Genesis Chapter 15 comment on 6/20/2014, 11:46am...

Gen.15 12 16 this is possibly why our dreams from God are in part.When we learn what our dream and direction from God means, then we are ready for that season of our life.

 


Salomão's Genesis Chapter 15 comment about verse 21 on 6/07/2014, 10:05pm...

God 's forgiveness is always accompanied with special grace, God confirmed to have given to Abraham and his seed the land of cannan, and when David was forgiven of his sin of numbering the people, God gave him a specific command " Go up, rear an altar unto the LORD in the threshingfloor of Araunah the Jebusite ", Forgiveness and favour!

 


Salomao's Genesis Chapter 15 comment about verse 4 on 5/31/2014, 12:53pm...

I believe God would not find much Joy on Eleazer Abraham 's servant Although Eleazer was a faithful servant to his lord , but God wanted Abraham seed, something that was connected to Abraham his chosen to be his heir. God our fathers served you and you attended their deep fears...Remember me also in Jesus name!

 


Bruce (not almighty)'s Genesis Chapter 15 comment about verse 5 on 4/18/2014, 7:26pm...

OK, I know that Morgan Freeman is Atheist but... picture him when you read the interaction. Abraham isn 't the dimmest bulb on the planet but he 's not the brightest either. Much like Bruce. Give God the credit, and perhaps he had attitude when he said this to Abraham, "You will still be counting when you die before you can count the number of stars or your offspring! " So are we good Abe? See if God, our loving God is truly God then he has surely earned the right to have a little fun and attitude with our dumb asses! My God is an Awesome God and He blows our puny awarenesses away. We will never be able to comprehend the mind of God, we 're not built that way. But the simple things will confound the wise...

 


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