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What we have studied
Adam and Eve
The Fall
Cain and Abel
Right sacrifice, giving God your best
Increasing corruption on the Earth
Man trying to make a name for himself, build up to heaven. God dispersed them.
Now lets look at another pivotal person in the OT.
Genesis 11:27–30 ESV
Now these are the generations of Terah. Terah fathered Abram, Nahor, and Haran; and Haran fathered Lot. Haran died in the presence of his father Terah in the land of his kindred, in Ur of the Chaldeans. And Abram and Nahor took wives. The name of Abram’s wife was Sarai, and the name of Nahor’s wife, Milcah, the daughter of Haran the father of Milcah and Iscah. Now Sarai was barren; she had no child.
We have a couple of people here
Terah’s sons
Abram, Nahor and Haran
Haran died but not before having a son named Lot.
Abram married Sarai and she was not able to have children.
Q: What else do we know about Abram so far?
Genesis 12:1–3 ESV
Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”
Q: We know of two other brothers before and here we see similarly that one of them was called.
Why was Nahor, Abram’s brother not called?
Maybe he was he didnt answer or maybe he wasnt because God knew that he wouldnt respond.
Q: We see that God immediately blesses Abram. What did Abram do to earn this blessing from God?
Also God may have blessed him because he already showed signs of obedience, lets see.
Genesis 12:4–9 ESV
So Abram went, as the Lord had told him, and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran. And Abram took Sarai his wife, and Lot his brother’s son, and all their possessions that they had gathered, and the people that they had acquired in Haran, and they set out to go to the land of Canaan. When they came to the land of Canaan, Abram passed through the land to the place at Shechem, to the oak of Moreh. At that time the Canaanites were in the land. Then the Lord appeared to Abram and said, “To your offspring I will give this land.” So he built there an altar to the Lord, who had appeared to him. From there he moved to the hill country on the east of Bethel and pitched his tent, with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east. And there he built an altar to the Lord and called upon the name of the Lord. And Abram journeyed on, still going toward the Negeb.
Q: How did Abram respond to God’s call to go?
What did he take with him?
He uprooted his entire life and took everything.
We spoke about priorities this past Sunday in connection. What was Abram’s number 1 priority?
Genesis 12:7 ESV
Then the Lord appeared to Abram and said, “To your offspring I will give this land.” So he built there an altar to the Lord, who had appeared to him.
God made a promise. To your offspring, not to you will God give this land. Not a promise that he will be able to see or verify.
Even then how did he respond?
Built an altar.
Hebrews 11:8–10 ESV
By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place that he was to receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. By faith he went to live in the land of promise, as in a foreign land, living in tents with Isaac and Jacob, heirs with him of the same promise. For he was looking forward to the city that has foundations, whose designer and builder is God.
What does this say about Abram?
Called out to receive an inheritance
Not knowing where he was going
By faith lived in a land, as a foreigner
He was looking forward to what God would do
Q: How do we know that Abram wasn't living for himself?
Q: Anyone ever travel somewhere far away? How do you feel?
Feel unwelcomed
Want to go back home to what I know and where I am known.
Q: Which one of us would take someone at their promise to bless their children and grandchildren after them?
Q: What kind of special ability did Abram have?
Was he super smart
He was really wealthy, but so was Lot and Im guessing Nahor Abram’s brother was too.
Why was he picked?
Because he had faith.
Why would God pick any of us? Not because of anything special
1 Samuel 16:7 ESV
But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.”
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