Reading Through the Geneva Bible in One Year - click here for intro. In which I post from It's Notes a few of those which I marked of particular interest with sporadic comments.
I was very much surprised that there was no note on Gen 15:6 which is a very oft referred to passage in the Pauline episitles and elsewhere. Very central to the gospel - Very surprised. see: Rom 4:3-6, Rom 4:9, Rom 4:20-25, Gal 3:6-14, Jam 2:23, Rom 4:11
Gen 15:2 And Abram said, (1) O Lord God, what wilt thou give me, seeing I go childless, and the steward of mine house is this Elizer of Damascus?
(1) His fear was not only lest he should not have children, but lest the promise of the blessed seed should not be accomplished in him.
This note reminding me to keep my thoughts also on the BIG PICTURE and PURPOSE. There is a promise of the blessed seed which is Christ. So the Geneva Note-Makers ascribe a fear less the promise wont' happen IN HIM to Abram's questions.
Gen 15:10 So he took all these unto him, and (1) divided them in the midst, and laid every pice one against another: but the birds divided he not.
(1) This was the old custom in making covenants, (Jer 39:18), to which God added these conditions, that Abram's posterity would be as torn in pieces, but after they would be rejoined: also that it would be assaulted, but yet delivered.
It just always puzzled me as to the dividing of sacrifice, I was happy to see some explanation.
GENESIS 15:13 - number of years until they are delivered from Egypt.
Gen 15:13 Then he said to Abram, Know for a surety, that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not their, (1) four hundred years, and shall serve them: and they entreat them evil.
(1) four hundred years;
Counting from the birth of Isaac to their departure of Egypt: Which declares that God will allow his to be afflicted in this world.
IMPORTANT VERSE and More prophetic words follow in Gen 15:14-16