Genesis Chapter 15
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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.
Tarry's Genesis Chapter 15 comment on 5/04/2013, 4:15am...
The Judgement of Nations? Who will suffer Greater, a free country that rejects the Truth, or a country with leaders that reject the Truth. Also Judgement is good when the Truth is sought and those that find it and are directed by it.
Martha Prince's Genesis Chapter 15 comment on 4/23/2013, 6:35am...
If you will read Exodus chapter 6 through chapter 12, you will see the children of Israel were captives and slaves in Egypt for 430 years. Until when God sent Moses to deliver them and bring them to the land He (God) had promised to Abraham!
Mas's Genesis Chapter 15 comment on 4/22/2013, 6:30am...
Here, God is telling the course of things. He is not actually the one sending Abrahamís descendants into captivity, but is just telling what will come next.
The reason God is telling that is because He promised that land to Abrahamís descendants, but could not give it to them unfairly; the actual occupants of the land, the Amorite were sorely misbehaving. However God was not yet in the right to take them off that land, because their iniquity was not yet full (Genesis 15:16).
And God uses no favouritism, because even Israel itself faced same punishment when it disobeyed God.
Pr.K.G.Johnkutty's Genesis Chapter 15 comment about verse 10 on 4/22/2013, 3:42am...
I have a doubt on Genesis 15:13. Why did God say to Abraham that his descendants will be strangers in a land that is not theirs? Kindly clarify the exact reason for this.
Concena's Genesis Chapter 15 comment on 1/08/2013, 3:45am...
For all you smokers and drinkers out there. You all turn and the guy upstairs for alcoholic and drug addict and sex offenderÖ Turn and dedicate your life to the lord. If youíre one of these people the only reason youíre still living is, because God is trying to give second and so face the lord.
Robert's Genesis Chapter 15 comment on 11/20/2012, 12:28am...
In verse 15:13, I donít believe it was a punishment but a course that had to be taken for the people to get what God had promised Abram, such as in our lives today at times we have to go through to get what was already promised, we donít know the exact way God gets us from point a to point b, sometimes we do know that it takes faith and works with obedience to move mountains as the word tells us. Think about it, the faith of the grain of a mustard seed, find a mustard seed and then the grain if that and tell me, this is part of what you need to make things change in life. Be blessed and pray for me as I pray for you.
Thabo Miya's Genesis Chapter 15 comment about verse 15 on 11/05/2012, 5:01am...
It is God commitment to Abram that surely he won't die still Crying for the child, or he will never die childless, He will die and be buried happier and blessed and peaceful because his wish has been granted......!
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