15:1-21 The Covenant Made
The Seed and The Land
Genesis 15 provides much Spiritual Meat and the foundation for many things in Father's Word. It is within this Chapter that we witness YHVH changing Abram's name to Abraham, The Covenant made and Father telling Abraham that He will make him a father of many Nations but first He will cause Abraham's descendants to go into captivity to the Egyptians for four hundred years. Why? We'll let Father explain that.
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" refers to the last Chapter Genesis 14, where Abram was fresh from returning from rescuing his nephew Lot, and being greeted by Melchizedek - Jesus. Did you know that it was Jesus that greeted Abram? Look at How Melchizedek greeted Abram: (Genesis 14:18 And Melchizedek King of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the Most High God. -> What is it that Melchizedek presents to Abram? Bread and Wine - the same meal as the Last Supper of Christ with His disciples - the body and the blood of Christ.
Paul, in the New Testament, in Hebrews 7, also talks of Melchisedec and this meeting of Abram. He further goes into detail explaining how Melchisedec is Christ.
Notice the Parenthetical Clause (14:18-14:20) which interrupts to interpret.
Genesis 14:19 And He blessed him, and said, "Blessed be Abram of the MOST HIGH GOD, possessor of heaven and earth: -> "Most HIGH GOD" in the Hebrew manuscripts, in the Strong's Concordance is EL ELYON - EL being The ALMIGHTY, and ELYON is EL and ELOHIM (Creator of All Things), not as the Powerful Creator but, as the Possessor of heaven and earth. ELYON is also the possessor of the earth "Who divides the Nations their inheritance;" is "over all the earth;" and is The Dispenser of Father's Blessings in the earth. Genesis 14:20 And blessed be the MOST HIGH GOD, Which hath delivered thine enemies into thine hand." And he gave him tithes of all.) -> Abram gave tithes to Melchizedek another indicator that He is Christ.
Abram in the Hebrew manuscripts, in the Strong's Concordance is Hebrew word number H87 - 'abrâm, pronounced - ab-rawm', and means: Contracted from H48; high father; Abram, the original name of Abraham: - Abram.
So anyway, after "these things," Abram has a vision and Father says to him: "I AM thy shield and thy reward." In this we read of Father's name 'ehyeh 'asher 'ehyeh - I AM THAT I AM. And then we also see "I am Thy shield" The Incarnate Christ Faith's shield of Ephesians 6:16.
In Ezekiel 44 we are told that the reward and inheritance of the elect, the Zadok, in the Millennium Age and beyond, is Father. We become joint heirs with Christ, and reign with Him in the Kingdom of Jesus Christ, - His Kingdom. We will be with Him all through eternity.
Genesis 15:2 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?" -> Abram at this stage in his life is approximately 90 years old, and is married to Sarai who also is quite old - though young for these times as compared to our times today. It won't be until Genesis 17 that Father will change their names to Abraham and Sarah; name their coming son's name; and repeat the Covenant that Father with Abram.
But at present, Abram and Sarai are without the child that Father had previously promised them in Genesis 13:15 For all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed for ever. -> It is here in Genesis 13:15 that Father makes the promise to Abram of coming offspring - thy seed. Genesis 13:16 And I will make thy seed as the dust of the earth: so that if a man can number the dust of the earth, then shall thy seed also be numbered. -> Not just a singular son but multitudes of offspring, this doesn't mean his own children for they, Abram and Sarai will have only one son, but from, and in that one son, we get the name that Father will change Abram's name from and to. In Genesis 17 Father will change it from Abram to Abraham: H85 - 'abrâhâm, pronounced - ab-raw-hawm', and means: Contracted from H1 and an unused root (probably meaning to be populous); father of a multitude; Abraham, the later name of Abram: - Abraham., or "father of many nations." Genesis 13:17 Arise, walk through the land in the length of it and in the breadth of it; for I will give it unto thee. -> Father is telling Abram to look all around him, as far as his eye can see, all this land will Father give to Abram's offspring. Genesis 13:18 Then Abram removed his tent, and came and dwelt in the plain of Mamre, which is in Hebron, and built there an altar unto the LORD. -> Abram is so pleased and thankful to Father that the first thing he does is build an altar, offer tithes and worship Father.
And Abram says to Father that it is only he and Sarai and their steward - Eliezer. Though he is from Damascus and is not of the Adamic lineage, we will see when we read Genesis 24 that he will worship Father.
We can compare Eliezer with a name which sounds similar and should be familiar to you - Eleazar - Aaron's third son. We can see another similarity in the names Eliezer and Eleazar: Eliezer - God of help; and Eleazar - God (is) helper.
Genesis 15:3 And Abram said, "Behold, to me Thou hast given no seed: and, lo, one born in mine house is mine heir." -> In the laws before Sinai - 400 plus hundred years before Father gave the 10 commandments to Moses and the Israelites, the law of the land was the "Code of Khammurabi," in Code 191 of this law, is, - the Law of Adoption, which, with Abram and Sarai without child, it would have made Eliezer Abram's heir. And here in this verse, Abram is reminding Father of this fact.
This "Code of Khammurabi" (Amraphel) was dug up in Susa (Iraq) in 1901 A.D., by M. J. de Morgan; and was written, according to the latest dating process, in 2139 B.C. These tablets are now stored in the British Museum in London.
The discovery of this code overthrew two main tenets used by the higher critics, - the kenites who distort the truth. The first tenet was that a legal system of moral law did not exist, or at least was unknown, prior to the time of Moses; and the second tenet was that a legal code was impossible to exist before the Jewish Kings. So we see the finding of this "Code of Amraphel" [Khammurabi] did all sorts of damage to their false teaching and ideas.
Abram knew what the purpose of the "heir" or first born, was, it was to extend the wealth of a person to the next generation, and down through his bloodline. God had promised Abram that the Messiah would come through his seedline - his offspring.
It is for this reason that Father "hates" Esau. Esau despised his heritage - his birthright, and sold it to his brother Jacob, for a bowl of red pottage in Genesis 25. But is goes further than that, it goes back to the first earth Age, and what Esau did there. We know this by what can be read in Romans 9:10-13 "...for the children being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil...Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated."
This "one born in mine house is mine heir" is in reference to His mix breed son - Ishmael, born of his wife, Sarai's Egyptian handmaid - Hagar. This son cannot be a rightful heir to the promise. And since we're on this subject, let's discuss it in detail. The premise today, of everybody being descendants of Adam and Eve, just does not hold water when thinking of the Promised Seed. Why? For several reasons: (1) If everybody descended from Adam and Eve, they how do we get\have all the races of peoples that we have today? - We wouldn't and couldn't, it is genetically impossible. Also, DNA does not support this premise; (2) Father tells the children of Israel to not mix with the other races and this is because He needs the seedline to stay pure until His birth - He needs that lineage "perfect" - meaning in pedigree.
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." -> Father is guaranteeing Abram that he shall have a son, not just a child, but a son to whom he can pass on his heritage and his possessions.
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." -> Any body that looks at that tiny Nation of Israel today and thinks that Father's promise to Abram has been fulfilled, or thinks that down through the years, the number of offspring descended to Abram that stayed in the "middle east" fulfills this promise, misses some major counting of peoples. In II Kings 17, between the years 613-611 BC, Father first sent into captivity to the Assyrians and then later scattered, the House of Israel - the ten tribes, not including the House of Judah which is in Israel today. The House of Israel is still scattered to this day - 2011, and will not be brought back to be one complete House until Christ's Millennium, as can be read in Ezekiel 37. This is all traceable if one cares to look, but, using Peter's words, most are willingly ignorant to this fact and don't even care to trace it out, rather, just accepting Israel as both Houses; completely disregarding the two baskets of Figs of Jeremiah 24.
But, in the promise of this verse, Father guarantees Abram that his offspring will fill the earth.
Genesis 15:6 And he believed in the LORD; and He counted it to him for righteousness. -> Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. -> This is exactly what Abram has right now and Father is very pleased and counted it for his good. Abram had Strong faith and believed the Lord. How is your faith? Do you believe these promises are the Biblically accurate and historically factual events that have came, and are coming to pass? If you do not believe this - Father's Word, and think His Word has not come to pass exactly as written, then you are saying that Father simply doesn't keep his Word, nor can He be trusted. It also means that you then believe the lies of satan's children - the kenites, and man's traditions.
When we repent and accept Christ Jesus as our Savior, He becomes our shield, and in control of our lives; just as He has control over all events concerning Abram and all promises, and that is "belief." Abram believed that Father would do exactly as He promised, and this faith in Father was counted Abram as righteousness. Positive imputed righteousness because Abram believed that the promised Messiah would come through his seed.
Genesis 15:7 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." -> Father brought Abram out of Ur when his father, Terah, came out back in Genesis 11:31 And Terah took Abram his son, and Lot the son of Haran his son's son, and Sarai his daughter in law, his son Abram's wife; and they went forth with them from Ur of the Chaldees, to go into the land of Canaan; and they came unto Haran, and dwelt there.
Genesis 15:8 And he said, "Lord GOD, whereby shall I know that I shall inherit it?" [15:9] 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 pigeon" -> "Take Me" i.e. take for me an offering and all these animals are animals used in sacrifice. And this is what Father is showing Abram here, to make sacrifice to Him. There are some that focus on the age of the animals - three years old. The focus on such and try to compare the age of three years to the length of time of Jesus' ministry on earth - three years.
Genesis 15:10 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. -> "All these" - three animals and two birds - five, the Biblical number of Grace, and Father's Covenant with man is unconditional. This does not take away every if that Father issues in His Word. Divided in the midst - Abram split them in half, except for the birds, which he left whole.
Genesis 15:11 And when the fowls came down upon the carcases, Abram drove them away. -> These sacrifices were to Father and therefore became His property. Abram laid them out to be placed upon the altar, where they would have been burnt and then consumed by Father. Hawks, vultures or other birds of prey had come down on the sacrifice to devour them, so Abram drove them away.
Our sacrifice to Father today, is the circumcision of our hearts - our love to Him, and to His Word. It is also for us to likewise drive away the birds who like to prey upon Father's Word to distort it and therefore falsely preach it. If you see these vultures moving in to destroy that sacrifice, do you likewise fight to drive them away? Or, do you allow them to feed upon his sheep? When Father opens your eyes to a Truth in His Word and gives you an understanding of part of His Word, do you allow some false prophet, some "man of the cloth" pushing traditions of men, to discredit the precious seed of understanding given by the Spirit of God. It is high time we protect our sacrifice to God, for that property must come first in our lives.
We must follow Abram's example, for, because of his faith and works, he set a good pattern for our lives.
Genesis 15:12 And when the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram; and, lo, an horror of great darkness fell upon him. -> Don't be frightened or otherwise confused by this phrase "an horror of great darkness." In the Hebrew manuscripts is states that a deep sleep or trance came upon Abram, and Father did this to show us that Abram had no part in the sleep or the Covenant process - meaning - The Covenant was by YHVH to Abram and was unconditional. YHVH was and is the contracting or issuing party, and as such it comes from YHVH.
Genesis 15:13 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; -> The four hundred years in reality became four hundred thirty years. The difference of the 430 years comes in here: 430 to the exodus - Exodus 12:40 from Genesis 12:4, when Abram was 75 years old: it would be 25 years until Isaac's birth; and now, 5 to his recognition as the seed, thus equaling 30 years, and then when the Israelites went down into Egypt because of the famine, they were there 400 years bringing to total 430.
"thy seed" - Isaac and then all Abram's descendants.
Stephen gives a wonderful accounting of this incident in Genesis 15 to the counsels in Acts 7.
Sharpen up for me, the upcoming verse tells us why Father will send Abram's descendants down to Egypt.
Genesis 15:14 And also that nation, whom they shall serve, will I judge: and afterward shall they come out with great substance. -> Father wanted to judge the Egyptians. Why? Because they were serving other gods - lower case "g."
The gods they were serving can be seen in the plagues that Father brought upon the Egyptians just prior to the exodus - insects, animals, water, pestilence, etc., there is also another reason, and we'll read of it when we come to v15:16.
Genesis 15:15 And thou shalt go to thy fathers in peace; thou shalt be buried in a good old age. -> Father promises Abram a long life and he fulfills that promise as Abram lived to be 175 years old.
Sharpen up for me again, the next verse is extremely important as to why Father sent them down to Egypt.
Genesis 15:16 But in the fourth generation they shall come hither again: for the iniquity of the Amorite is not yet full." -> Father wanted Abram's descendants - Isaac's son Jacob (later named Israel - The Prince that prevails with God, by Father) and his children - the Israelites out of this land, Canaan - The Promised Land, in order for the Amorites to continue what they were doing - "the iniquity of the Amorites." What was their iniquity, what is it that they were doing? They was messing with, and mating with, the fallen angels which had come back after the flood of Noah's time which we can read of in Genesis 6.
This mating produced hybrid offspring - the "mighty men" or the gibbor - the giants. The same as Goliath and Og to name two, but there were many more - Goliath's brother had six fingers on each hand and six toes on each foot. For more references and reading on these fallen angels and their hybrid offspring, follow the links: Companion Bible Appendix 23 - "The sons of God", and Companion Bible Appendix 25 - "The nephilim of Genesis 6".
These Amorites were of the Adamic seedline - the seedline through which Father Himself would be born as His Son Emmanuel - God with us - Jesus Christ. Therefore, He was not about to let this mixing continue for too long, just long enough for Abram's descendants to grow in number and strength, so that He could bring them back to utterly destroy these people and the hybrid offspring. Sadly, most people have no knowledge why Father would tell the Israelites to utterly destroy these people - man, woman and child - but they accept the fact that He said to do so.
Genesis 15:17 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. -> Our Father, as Paul tells us in Hebrews 12:29 For our God is a consuming fire.. Yes, He is that consuming fire that here in this verse, consumed this sacrifice by Abram. He didn't need to put on a show to make Abram believe, Verse Genesis 15:6 And he believed in the LORD; and He counted it for righteousness.. Unlike in I Kings 18, where Elijah built the altar so that Father could get the people's attention: I Kings 18:30 And Elijah said unto all the people, Come near unto me. And all the people came near unto him. And he repaired the altar of the LORD that was broken down. -> What was going on here in this Book, Chapter and verse? Elijah had brought all the House of Israel, including king Ahab and his wife, Jezebel's baal priests – 400, and prophets - 450, and told these priests to build an altar to baal. See, he challenged these priests of baal to show the people Who is God by building two altars – one to baal and one to YHVH, and The God that came down and consumed the Sacrifice by fire – that is God.
The baal priests and prophets have already had their opportunity to see if baal would come down and consume their sacrifice, they waited all day, going to many lengths and measures to bring baal down to consume their sacrifice- all to no avail because there is no baal. Now it is Elijah's turn to build an altar to YHVH.
I Kings 18:31 And Elijah took twelve stones, according to the number of the tribes of the sons of Jacob, unto whom the word of the LORD came, saying, Israel shall be thy name: -> One large stone for each of the twelve tribes, even though at this point the two Houses are split – House Of Israel and House of Judah.
I Kings 18:32 And with the stones he built an altar in the name of the LORD: and he made a trench about the altar, as great as would contain two measures of seed. -> Elijah not only built and altar, he carved a trench or moat around this altar. Why? Let's see:
I Kings 18:33 And he put the wood in order, and cut the bullock in pieces, and laid him on the wood, and said, Fill four barrels with water, and pour it on the burnt sacrifice, and on the wood. -> Elijah carved the moat to allow the baal priests and prophets to pour water onto the altar; the wood; the sacrifice; and that water flowed into the moat.
Remember, all the people are standing around watching this whole scene.
Four barrels - Four in Biblical numerics is the number for earth.
I Kings 18:34 And he said, Do it the second time. And they did it the second time. And he said, Do it the third time. And they did it the third time. -> Three times they pour four barrels of water onto the altar to YHVH. Twelve barrels of water, like the stones, one for each tribe.
I Kings 18:35 And the water ran round about the altar; and he filled the trench also with water. -> After pouring twelve barrels of water onto the altar and sacrifice, Elijah now tells them to also fill the trench with water. There is so much water on this altar and in the moat that even if they had a blowtorch back then, this would not light.
Elijah is doing this to prove Who is God and how powerful He is, all by Father's design to get their attention so that they will know that I am God, and to stop worshipping false gods.
I Kings 18:36 And it came to pass at the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that Elijah the prophet came near, and said, LORD God of Abraham, Isaac, and of Israel, let it be known this day that thou art God in Israel, and that I am thy servant, and that I have done all these things at thy word. -> Elijah followed YHVH'S commandment to the letter, he called the people, the baal priests and prophets, he told them to build their altar to baal and set the sacrifice out and allowed all day long for baal to come and consume the sacrifice to baal – to no avail. Now, YHVH, Your altar is built, the stones laid, the wood laid, the sacrifice set, and as per Your instructions, water even poured onto the altar and into the moat. Show the people that You are YHVH – The Covenant God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, ELOHIM – The Creator of all and all things.
I Kings 18:37 Hear me, O LORD, hear me, that this people may know that thou art the LORD God, and that thou hast turned their heart back again. -> Show these nonbelievers that You and You alone are God so that they might return to love and worship You.
I Kings 18:38 Then the fire of the LORD fell, and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood, and the stones, and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench. -> Our God is a consuming fire! He consumed everything that was about that altar, the stones, the wood, the sacrifice, even the water and the dust of the ground – gone.
I Kings 18:39 And when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces: and they said, The LORD, he is the God; the LORD, he is the God. -> This is what He wants and wants to hear and see. YHVH He is ELOHIM: His children – His creation, worshiping and loving Him.
Genesis 15:18 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: -> Father is now going to tell Abram and us just who it is that currently inhabits these lands that He will bring Abram's descendants back to, to "utterly destroy."
Genesis 15:19 The Kenites, and the Kenizzites, and the Kadmonites, -> The kenites are the descendants of Cain whose father was satan and mother was Eve, we know this by taking the word back to the Hebrew H7014 – qayin, pronounced - kah'-yin, and means: The same as H7013 (with a play upon the affinity to H7069); Kajin, the name of the first child, also of a place in Palestine, and of an Oriental tribe: - Cain, Kenite (-s)..
What does Father say concerning these kenites? He used Balaam to prophesy against them in: Numbers 24:21 And he looked on the Kenites, and took up his parable, and said, Strong is thy dwellingplace, and thou puttest thy nest in a rock. -> Notice the lower case "r" in rock. Numbers 24:22 Nevertheless the Kenite shall be wasted, until Asshur shall carry thee away captive. [24:23] And he took up his parable, and said, Alas, who shall live when God doeth this! -> Yeah, when Father utterly destroys something, who can withstand it? No one, and that includes at the end, during the Great White Throne Judgment.
The kenizzites - Caleb (one of only the two spies that went and checked this land of Canaan when Father brought them up out of Egypt, that came back with a True report - the other being Joshua) and his father Jephunneh, were of the tribe of the kenizzites.
The kadmonites - this is the only place in Father's Word that these people are mentioned.
Genesis 15:20 And the Hittites, and the Perizzites, and the Rephaims, -> The Hittites; twenty two times in Father's Word are they mentioned - and Father wanted them destroyed! Did the Israelites destroy them? Sadly no. We read in Joshua 9 that the inhabitants of Gibeon - the Hittites, came to Joshua and the elders of Israel - dressed as thought they had been on a long journey, - clothing, worn and torn, sandals all variegated and held on by threads, old sacks on their donkeys, wine skins rent and bound and their food dry and moldy - all to fool the Israelites so that they would not kill them as they heard the Israelites did to all the other inhabitants of the land.
So after not utterly destroying these hittites, sadly and foolishly the Israelites made them drawers of water and hewers of wood for the altar of Father - all against Father's Will.
The perizzites - just about every time you read of the hittites, you also see the tribe of the perizzites - again, Father wanted them utterly destroyed.
The rephaims - H7497 - râphâ' or râphâh, pronounced - raw-faw', or raw-faw' and means: From H7495 in the sense of invigorating; a giant: - giant, Rapha, Rephaim (-s). See also H1051. - Wherever we see (in Father's Word - and there are twenty times that they are mentioned in His Word) the word Giants, we know that it is referring also to these rephaims. H1051 - Bethrapha means - "house of the giants." - Deuteronomy 2:11 and Deuteronomy 2:20 give us good knowledgeable information on these rephaims: Deuteronomy 2:11 Which also were accounted giants, as the Anakims; but the Moabites call them Emims. -> , and Deuteronomy 2:20 (That also was accounted a land of giants: giants dwelt therein in old time; and the Ammonites call them Zamzummims; -> These emims and zamzummims, again are the giants.
Genesis 15:21 And the Amorites, and the Canaanites, and the Girgashites and the Jebusites. -> The amorites - lived in Gilead on the east side of the Jordan river, the land that the Reubenites, Gadites, and half the tribe of Manassites received for an inheritance, because they asked for this land for their cattle and flocks. The amorites, like the rephaims were the giants, and we learn in Judges that it will take the Israelites 18 years to defeat the Amorites: Judges 10:8 And that year they vexed and oppressed the children of Israel: eighteen years, all the children of Israel that were on the other side Jordan in the land of the Amorites, which is in Gilead..
The canaanites - let's look at this word canaanite - H3669 - kena‛anı̂y, pronounced - ken-ah-an-ee' ad means: Patrial from H3667; a Kenaanite or inhabitant of Kenaan; by implication a pedlar (the Cananites standing for their neighbors the Ishmaelites, who conducted mercantile caravans): - Canaanite, merchant, trafficker. - This canaanite is obviously different from the kenite and we can never confuse the two however, they both were\are merchants - even to this day.
The Girgashites - were of the seven nations that Father wanted utterly destroyed.
The jebusites - the jebusties live in jebus which is in Canaan, they were another one of the seven nations Father wanted the Israelites to utterly destroy.
Jebus is the epicenter of everything within Christianity. It is where Solomon built the Temple to Father, in the future to this Chapter in Genesis 15; it is also the land that Father will take to Him as His wife by throwing His skirt over her in Ezekiel 16 and it His most favorite spot in the universe; it is also sadly, the place where He divorces in Jeremiah 3; it is where Christ will be crucified Matthew 27, Mark 15, Luke 23 and John 19; where He will ascend up into heaven Acts 1; and also where He will return to when He returns on The Lord's Day Zechariah 14 and Acts 1 and other places. It is also, where satan will appear when he comes in his role as antichrist claiming to be the christ II Thessalonians 2.