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On the 15th Chapter of the Book of Genesis.
(Continued from p. 437.)
The 15th Chapter of Genesis gives the history of a fresh assurance to Abram, that iris seed should be in number, as the stars of heaven, and should inherit the land of Canaan; an assurance graciously confirmed to Abraham by a solemn covenant.
Verse 1st. "Fear not.V SjesT, Jfhe chapter introduces the merciful Lord addressing Abram in words of consolation .ai)d encouragement, "fear not;" violence and oppression,may surround thee, unkindness and ingratitude may be thy portion; doubts and difficulties may beset thee; yet "fear not,—I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward." . ' .
Thus encouraged, Abram, in the 2d and 3d verses, poors out his heart before God, and shews what doubts and troubles afflict his mind; he seems to fear that God had forgotten his promise, and that, to all appearance, one born in his house, (either Eliezer of Damascus, or his seed) would be his heir. God had promised that a great nation should spring from Abraham; and Abraham had then no children, and apparently no prospect of any; and thus was this servant of God tempted to doubt the faithfulness of Him that promised. Doubts will sometimes arise, even in the minds of the most faithful servants of God. Jf we
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