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									Genesis Chapter 15




 Union Church Bible Study
      Genesis 15:1

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.
           “After these things”
• After these things is a transition phrase—what follows
  is a new incident in Abram’s life
• Phrase used as marker
• Used to begin a new subject
• Can be an interesting - the use of this phrase
• Can help with context, intent and insight of
  passage

• Revelation Chapter 4 is a great example
          Rev. 4:1 After these things…

After what things? After the Church Age, Chapters 2
and 3 of Revelation, the letters to the 7 churches.



   After this I looked, and, behold, a
   door was opened in heaven: and the
   first voice which I heard was as it
   were of a trumpet talking with me;
   which said, Come up hither, and I will
   show thee things which must be
   hereafter.
                                   Revelation 4:1
                    Genesis 15:1

• Abrahams fears
• Was worried because
  he had not children of
  his own
• Genesis 15 likely
  shortly after Lot was
  rescued
• Abraham feared
  retribution from the
  Mesopotamian kings he
  had defeated
                     Fear
This is the same word translated “reverend” in
Psalm 111:9 and is where we get the title used by
some pastors.



    He sent redemption unto his
    people: he hath commanded his
    covenant for ever: holy and
    reverend is his name.

                              Psalms 111:9
Yahweh Promises to Reward Abraham

                • Reward was for refusing
                  to accept the King of
                  Sodom’s gifts
                • Yet, Abraham continues
                  to worry, doesn’t easily
                  accept God’s promises
                • Our typical Response is
                  “Yes, Lord…but how?”
       Genesis 15:2-3
2And  Abram said, Lord GOD,
what wilt thou give me, seeing
I go childless, and the steward
of my house is this Eliezer of
Damascus? 3And Abram said,
Behold, to me thou hast given
no seed: and, lo, one born in my
house is mine heir.
  The title “Lord God” (‘adonai YHWH, )

Appears here for the first time. The Hebrew term
‘adonai, meaning “lord,” “master,” or “ruler,” can be
applied to both God and men.
 (cf. 23:6, in which Abram himself is called “lord”).

Abram shows that he did not regard the word “Lord”
as tantamount to “the Name” by combining Lord and
YAHWEH.
      Genesis 15:4

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.
 YAHWEH Promises Abraham an Heir
• An heir was all
  important to men of that
  era
• Believed that they lived-
  on through their son
• The fundamental nature
  of the father was thought
  to continue through his
  heir
• A woman who could not
  produce a son was
  shamed, as that was her
  primary duty
      Genesis 15:5

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.
Now to Abraham and his seed were
the promises made. He saith not, And
to seeds, as of many; but as of one,
And to thy seed, which is Christ.

                        Galatians 3:16
28There  is neither Jew nor Greek, there
is neither bond nor free, there is
neither male nor female: for ye are all
one in Christ Jesus. 29And if ye be
Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed,
and heirs according to the promise.
                          Galatians 3:28-29
1Moreover,   brethren, I declare unto you
the gospel which I preached unto you,
which also ye have received, and
wherein ye stand; 2By which also ye are
saved, if ye keep in memory what I
preached unto you, unless ye have
believed in vain. 3For I delivered unto
you first of all that which I also
received, how that Christ died for our
sins according to the scriptures; 4And
that he was buried, and that he rose
again the third day according to the
scriptures:
                     1 Corinthians 15:1-4
     Genesis 15:6

And he believed in the
LORD; and he counted it to
him for righteousness.
   “…he believed God, and God
credited it to him as righteousness”

                  • Yahweh tells Abraham
                    his descendants will be as
                    numerous as the stars
                  • Eliezer (his servant) will
                    not have to be his heir
                  • Being credited with
                    righteousness is the
                    essence of Grace
                  • Grace was the hope for
                    Adam, Noah, Abraham,
                    Moses, and now for us!
    Genesis 15:7-8

7And   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. 8And he said, Lord GOD,
whereby shall I know that I
shall inherit it?
                       • Abraham may be
“…how am I to know       faithful, but he’s a
                         skeptic
  I will possess the   • God tells Abraham
        land?”           that the whole
                         reason He brought
                         him here, was to
                         give him the land!
                       • In every era,
                         promises had
                         structure
                       • In Abraham’s era
                         there was a
                         standard way in
                         which promises
                         were sealed, and it
                         had not been done.
        Genesis 15:9-11
9And  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. 10And 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. 11And when the fowls
came down upon the carcases,
Abram drove them away.
   Birds of Prey =
   Death and Evil

• Satan will always try to
  steal the promises of
  God from us!
• We must not be passive!
• We are Yahweh’s
  warriors on Earth
• We must take risks
  James: “resist the devil
  and he will flee from
  you”
3And   he spake many things unto them in parables,
saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow; 4And
when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side,
and the fowls came and devoured them up: 5Some
fell upon stony places, where they had not much
earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they
had no deepness of earth: 6And when the sun was
up, they were scorched; and because they had no
root, they withered away. 7And some fell among
thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked
them: 8But other fell into good ground, and
brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some
sixtyfold, some thirtyfold.
                            Mathew 13:3-8
31Another    parable put he forth unto them,
saying, The kingdom of heaven is like to a
grain of mustard seed, which a man took,
and sowed in his field: 32Which indeed is the
least of all seeds: but when it is grown, it is
the greatest among herbs, and becometh a
tree, so that the birds of the air come and
lodge in the branches thereof.
                                 Mathew 13:31-32
        Genesis 15:12-13

12And  when the sun was going
down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram;
and, lo, an horror of great darkness
fell upon him. 13And 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;
• Dark dread =
  chashekah                 Horror - Dread
• Root word is Choshek
  speaks of darkness,
  blindness, evil, death,
  fear
• Abraham’s
  descendants to be
  oppressed in a foreign
  land
• Foreigners will be
  punished, and the
  oppressed will be
  released
• Place will be Egypt
• People will be Israel
              How Long Was Israel in Egypt?
• Genesis 15 says 4 generations
• Other places say 400 years
• Ex 12:40 says 430 years
• Rabbinical tradition: 400 years begins with birth of Isaac
  …430 year period begins with covenant with Abraham
• Using Rabbinical tradition numbers = 210 years in Egypt
• Samaritan Pentateuch says 430 years
• Obvious disagreements in the Bible as to exact time
       Genesis 15:14

And also that nation, whom they
shall serve, will I judge: and
afterward shall they come out
with great substance.
    Genesis 15:15-16

15And  thou shalt go to thy
fathers in peace; thou shalt be
buried in a good old age. 16But in
the fourth generation they shall
come hither again: for the
iniquity of the Amorites is not
yet full.
What’s a “Generation”?
         • Generation = dor
         • It can mean:
           1. span of life between
              birth of children and
              parent
           2. a complete life-span
           3. all people living during
              the time of an event
           4. how long a “life-span” is
              varies a great deal
         Generation can mean
         different things at different
         times in the Bible
                 Generation

Matthew Chapter 1         Luke Chapter 3

42 Generations            77 Generations
2160 Years                3998 Years

Generation = 51.5 Years   Generation = 51.5 Years

      51.5                      51.5
 42 2160                   77 3998
      Iniquity of
     The Amorites
• Means some time at
   which Amorites’
   wickedness has crossed
   over some line in God’s
   eyes
• A time He pre-knows
• Then Israel will be given
   the land of Canaan
• At some point
  “Canaanite” and
  “Amorite” were general
  terms referring to the
  people of the Land of
  Canaan
9Yet destroyed I the Amorite before
them, whose height was like the
height of the cedars, and he was
strong as the oaks; yet I destroyed his
fruit from above, and his roots from
beneath. 10Also I brought you up
from the land of Egypt, and led you
forty years through the wilderness,
to possess the land of the Amorite.

                       Amos 2:9-10
        Genesis 15:17-18
17And  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. 18In 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:
• Covenant makers
  pass through the
  animal pieces
• Only God passes
  through!
• This was a uni-
  lateral promise
  Unconditional!
• God recites the terms
  of the covenant
• The boundaries of
  the land given to
  Abraham
Israel reached its
peak size during
the reigns of
David and
Solomon (1000
BC to 925 BC)
 Covenant
Land Grant
Genesis 15:18
    Genesis 15:19-21

19TheKenites, and the
Kenizzites, and the
Kadmonites, 20And the Hittites,
and the Perizzites, and the
Rephaims, 21And the Amorites,
and the Canaanites, and the
Girgashites, and the Jebusites.
 Genesis 15


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Chapter 15

								
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