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Verses of Genesis 15

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Genesis 15:1 Commentary - Charles Simeon's Horae Homileticae (Old and New Testaments)

DISCOURSE: 23
ENCOURAGEMENT TO THE FEARFUL

Gen 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. [Note: This is only a slight sketch, given extemporaneously to a friend.] WE may here observe,

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The most eminent saints need encouragement—

They are apt at times to feel discouragement,

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From a review of past difficulties—

[Persons under the immediate pressure of their trials are often not aware of their greatness. God mercifully conceals it from them, lest their energies should be weakened. But when they see, in their calmer moments, what difficulties they have had to encounter, they are amazed at themselves: I had almost said, They are amazed at God: and they tremble, lest there should be a recurrence of similar trials; apprehending nothing but a failure under them. This was the special case with Abram at this time.]

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From a prospect of augmented trials—

[Trials in prospect are always formidable; and the imagination often paints them in the deepest colours. A sense of weakness gives rise to fears; and the most eminent saints are apt to be appalled.]

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From an apprehension of disappointed hopes–

[Confidence in a time of ease is apt to fail when the hour of trial comes: e. g. Peter, on the waves; and Moses [Note: Exo 5:22-23.] ; and Joshua [Note: Jos 7:7-9.]. And you too, my brethren, who have hoped that sin should be entirely slain, are apt to be discouraged when you find it still working in you.]

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The encouragement which God affords them—

God affords them the richest encouragement:

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He assures them of protection—

[He provides armour for his people: and that armour shall be effectual. But he himself is in the place of armour: and our enemies must break through him, to reach us. He is “a wall of fire,” that devours the assailants. See how this is represented by St. Paul (Col 3:3): “Your life is hid with Christ in God.” Who can fear, that has such a protection as this? The weakest may laugh all his enemies to scorn.]

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He gives himself to them, as their portion—

[Happiness too, as well as protection, will he afford them: happiness here; happiness hereafter. Conceive of all the glory of heaven—how rich a reward! But heaven is nothing in comparison of the reward provided: it is the God of heaven that is our portion. See him in all his perfections, in all his glory, in all his blessedness: he is yours; that is yours, for ever—your eternal portion, your indefeasible inheritance. Say, fearful saint, whether here is not sufficient encouragement?]

And now, is there here a timid saint?

[Come with me, and survey your enemies. Who are they? what are they? They are “crushed before the moth.” And look at your Friend: survey him, his power, his goodness, his fidelity. Have you now any cause for fear? Be strong: fear not. See 1Ti 4:10.]

To the careless unbeliever let me also speak—

[Tell me, Have not you cause to fear? Think of the danger to which you are exposed. And where will you find “a shield?” Think of the recompence that awaits you: how different from that of the believing soul! Exceeding bitter will be “thy reward” — — — O that I could awaken you to fear! The world and the devil say, “Fear not.” But I say, “Fear, and tremble.” Yet will I say, that Abram’s God may still be thine: he was once an idolater, as thou art: the sovereign grace that elected him, may fix on thee: the covenant made with him is open to thee; and all the blessings of it will be thine, if, like him, thou wilt be “strong in faith, giving glory to God.” The seed for whom he waited, is come: the blessings, to which he looked forward, are poured out upon all the families of the earth. Look to the Lord Jesus Christ, and they shall all be thine.]


Verses of Genesis 15

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Consult other comments:

Genesis 15:1 - Albert Barnes' Notes on the Bible

Genesis 15:1 - Joseph Benson’s Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

Genesis 15:1 - Calvin's Complete Commentary

Genesis 15:1 - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

Genesis 15:1 - B.H. Carroll's An Interpretation of the English Bible

Genesis 15:1 - Through the Bible Commentary

Genesis 15:1 - Adam Clarke's Commentary and Critical Notes on the Bible

Genesis 15:1 - Commentary on the Holy Bible by Thomas Coke

Genesis 15:1 - College Press Bible Study Textbook Series

Genesis 15:1 - Companion Bible Notes, Appendices and Graphics

Genesis 15:1 - Expository Notes of Dr. Constable (Old and New Testaments)

Genesis 15:1 - Expositors Bible Commentary

Genesis 15:1 - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

Genesis 15:1 - Everett's Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures

Genesis 15:1 - Expositor's Dictionary of Text by Robertson

Genesis 15:1 - F.B. Meyer's Through the Bible Commentary

Genesis 15:1 - Discovering Christ In Selected Books of the Bible

Genesis 15:1 - Gaebelein's Annotated Bible (Commentary)

Genesis 15:1 - Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary

Genesis 15:1 - Gary Hampton Commentary on Selected Books

Genesis 15:1 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Genesis 15:1 - Grant's Commentary on the Bible

Genesis 15:1 - Hawker's Poor Man's Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

Genesis 15:1 - Matthew Henry's Whole Bible Commentary

Genesis 15:1 - Charles Simeon's Horae Homileticae (Old and New Testaments)

Genesis 15:1 - Biblical Illustrator Edited by Joseph S. Exell

Genesis 15:1 - Jamieson, Fausset and Brown's Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

Genesis 15:1 - Keil & Delitzsch Commentary on the Old Testament

Genesis 15:1 - The Popular Commentary on the Bible by Kretzmann

Genesis 15:1 - A Commentary on the Holy Scriptures, Critical, Doctrinal, and Homiletical by Lange

Genesis 15:1 - Neighbour's Wells of Living Water

Genesis 15:1 - Mackintosh's Notes on the Pentateuch

Genesis 15:1 - Expositions Of Holy Scripture by Alexander MacLaren

Genesis 15:1 - An Exposition on the Whole Bible

Genesis 15:1 - Church Pulpit Commentary

Genesis 15:1 - The People's Bible by Joseph Parker

Genesis 15:1 - Peake's Commentary on the Bible

Genesis 15:1 - Commentary Series on the Bible by Peter Pett

Genesis 15:1 - English Annotations on the Holy Bible by Matthew Poole

Genesis 15:1 - The Preacher's Complete Homiletical Commentary Edited by Joseph S. Exell

Genesis 15:1 - The Complete Pulpit Commentary

Genesis 15:1 - The Bible of the Expositor and the Evangelist by Riley

Genesis 15:1 - The Sermon Bible

Genesis 15:1 - Spurgeon's Verse Expositions of the Bible

Genesis 15:1 - Sutcliffe's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

Genesis 15:1 - John Trapp's Complete Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

Genesis 15:1 - The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Genesis 15:1 - You Can Understand the Bible: Study Guide Commentary Series by Bob Utley

Genesis 15:1 - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

Charles Simeon's Horae Homileticae (Old and New Testaments)