Abram’s earthly relationships
Abram belongs to Shem’s family tree 1. Abram’s father was Terah 2. Terah was about 70 years old when he had Abram. Abram’s wife was Sarai 3. Terah took Abram and Sarai out of Ur of the Chaldeans in order to enter the land of Canaan. They went as far as Haran and settled there 4. Terah lived 205 years and died in Haran 5.
The LORD initiates an encounter with Abram
While Abram and Sarai are in Haran, the LORD initiates an encounter with Abram.
1Now the LORD said to Abram, “Go forth from your country, And from your relatives, And from your father’s house, To the land which I will show you; 2And I will make you a great nation, And I will bless you, And make your name great; And so you shall be a blessing; 3And I will bless those who bless you, And the one who curses you I will curse. And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed.”6
The LORD said to walk away from life as Abram knew it
So the LORD came to Abram, and essentially told him to walk away from everything and everyone he was familiar with, and trust God to show him where He wants him to go. Leave your country and all family relationships (except for his wife Sarai of course). Would you walk away from your country, your relatives, and your father’s house and trust God to show you where He wants you to go?
The LORD didn’t expect Abram to obey him for nothing
Of course the LORD did not expect Abram to walk away from life as he knew it and begin a relationship with God for nothing. God promised Abram some things for his obedience to what He spoke. The same holds just as true for us today.
Abram heard God and obeyed
I have wondered about what Abram realized about God when the LORD spoke these words to him. There is no record in the Word of Abram ever having an encounter with the LORD before this one. Abram had to have had some revelation and/or understanding of Who was speaking to him, because the next verse in Genesis 12 tells us Abram’s response to the LORD’s words.
Scripture quotations taken from the NASB.
- Genesis 11:10-29 [return]
- Terah lived seventy years, and became the father of Abram, Nahor, and Haran. Genesis 11:26 [return]
- Abram and Nahor took wives for themselves. The name of Abram’s wife was Sarai; Genesis 11:29 [return]
- Terah took Abram his son, and Lot the son of Haran, his grandson, and Sarai his daughter-in-law, his son Abram’s wife: and they went out together from Ur of the Chaldeans in order to enter the land of Canaan; and they went as far as Haran, and settled there. Genesis 11:31 [return]
- The days of Terah were two hundred and five years; and Terah died in Haran. Genesis 11:32 [return]
- Genesis 12:1-3 [return]