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Abraham’s Long Journey to Canaan, Trusting God:

Has God ever taken you on the long route to a promised blessing or leading?  You could see a faster way, but instead off you went in almost the opposite direction. Maybe you are in the middle of one now.

Below is a quick summary of Abraham’s long-way-round journey from Ur to Canaan.

Let us know about your long journey (or journeys) in a comment, please.

The 11th chapter of Genesis tells us the story of the Tower of Babel and the journey of Terah along with his son Abraham with his wife Sarai and Terah’s grandson Lot . For reasons not specified in Genesis Chapter 11 of the Bible , they set out from Ur of the Chaldeans (present-day southern Iraq) to Canaan on the Mediterranean coast. We can only speculate as to why Terah did this but a peek at the location and political situation in Mesopotamia at that time would give us clues why he would take his family elsewhere.  (For a better picture of Bible events and location, refer to the Holy Land Map in conjunction with this article.)

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Ur was a place of upheavals and it was under constant attack from hostile neighbors during the time of the patriarchs, so leaving the city for a more peaceful land would have been a more feasible choice for Terah and his family. Another possibility is that Terah may have recognized and worshiped the true God while Ur was a city full of people who were devoted to the Sumerian moon god Nanna (or Sin in Akkadian). We can see a problem in their beliefs if this is the case which may have driven Terah and his family to leave Ur.

Shorter Desert Route versus Longer River Route

Whatever the reason, Terah never reached his original destination of Canaan and they settled instead in Haran (present-day southern Turkey) where he died.

If we look at the map of modern day Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Jordan, and Israel , a journey from east to west through the Arabian desert would have been the shorter route. Terah and his family, however, took the longer route by following the Euphrates river upstream towards Haran. This makes more sense rather than making the journey across a perilous desert.

External factors that may put their life at risk during the desert journey include a lack of reliable sources of water, intense heat, constant temperature changes, and unpredictable sandstorms. Lack of food can also be a problem in a sparsely vegetated land while dangerous insects and animals also pose a threat. Bandits preying on passing vulnerable caravans also endangered their lives. There may have also been established routes throughout Mesopotamia that followed the Euphrates, so northwards to Haran is the better and safer choice.


Onward to Canaan

Abraham’s family settled in Haran for many years until Terah died at the age of 205, then God called Abraham to go and continue the journey to Canaan. We can only surmise as to what drove their family to settle in Haran temporarily (whether it’s the town’s prosperity or relative peace), but to uproot himself and his family from a familiar land to live in another which was inhabited by people whose customs and gods differ from his can be unsettling.

He was 75 years old at that time and moving was not an easy task especially in his age. But this time, the command to move to Canaan came with a blessing explicitly stated in Genesis 12:2-3. So he packed all their belongings and journeyed again, reaching Shechem in Canaan first, then the hills of Bethel, and finally south to the Negev.

Our Own Long River Route

Abraham was often held as one whose faith and obedience shined brightly among the other characters in the Bible. The material and spiritual blessings that followed his obedience were well-documented, and he is recognized as someone Christians should emulate in faith.

We also take journeys, literally and spiritually (just like Abraham) and make hard decisions that will significantly impact our lives. Making the right choices (such as who to marry or whether to move to another city to pursue a leading) takes a lot of faith in God. The question is do we trust God enough to lead us out of our Ur of the Chaldeans and take us to a better place which He promised us? Do we take the shorter yet perilous desert route or do we have the patience to take the longer river route? Do we trust in our own intelligence or do we seek God first for His word in our decision-making process?

In your life, has God led you to the longer river route and how did it become a blessing?  Comment below, please.

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I’ve always felt a pull towards God. But instead I injured my back and got addicted to pain killers I lost my family and everything I hold dear in my life . That consumed me for 18 years. After living on the streets and hitting my rock bottom. I immediately went into treatment. I then had a friend that asked me to an Alpha course. Where I did the best thing. I asked Jesus into my life. I’ve been clean for almost three years. And my heart is in the Lord praise be to there.

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Wow ! What a testimony. Praise GOD! Trust that GOD who has pulled you out of the pit of addiction will continue to LIFT you UP day by day and you will be VICTORIOUS in YESHUA! Shalom, David, Perth, WA.

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My Dear Brother Defnitely you will be see Miracles if youstay for god still

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Thanks for your testimony. You are God’s child, and He will do anything to save you. Sometimes we choose the path which appears shorter, but it is indeed longer and we wonder why we have to struggle so much. But God never left us. He’s was always there waiting on us to follow Him for the blessings. Please continue in the faith and may the lives of many be touched by your post. God bless you Sir.

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After submitting to God I knew I had a lot to learn. I didn’t have to go far like Abram, but the lessons I learn about myself was something I would not wish on even the worst of mine enemies. Of course hind sight is 20/20. I didn’t realize how selfish I was throughout my youth and how my sins didn’t go unnoticed by God like I had thought. It had to be ,like Abraham, that I should trust God and now life is so much better. We should all be as Abram and go forward in faith, for God does provide and equip those who hear his ” STILL SMALL VOICE”.

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Good news. God bless you.

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Was saved at 10 years old and then led into the wilderness of the world for 40 years. At age 50, the Lord called me out of the world and then out of the church. The Lord allowed me to loose everything and ended up.living in a van and traveling the country for 18 months on His provision alone. Broken ball joints, blown tires, weeks without food and then onto where I am now…awaiting direction for the next leg. Patience and truat…trust in the unbelievable have been the lessons so far.

You’re right on. Every believer has to go through the fire when trusting God. Then we have a good witness.

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Abram was called out of Ur to go to a land he did not know according to Acts 7:2. Perhaps when he told his father, Terah, that the One true God had called him, his father took the reins and led them out of Ur. Terah was worshipping many gods at that time so it’s possible that he thought this was one of those many gods. We don’t know why God waited until Terah died to call Abram again but perhaps it was because Terah did not believe in the One True God. Abram is called a second time after his father dies in Harlan with promises of blessing given.

I have always been making choices on my own, and notice that I keep making the same mistakes. However, regardless of my mistakes I have always felt that God has a special place in His heart for me. He always catches me when I’m about to fall. In October 2016 I decided to let go and let God, and I notice that I’m getting closer to the blessings He has for me. Following God’s instructions is indeed the safest and surest way to His blessings.

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God led me to retire early from my job. We were then forced to move from our hometown to an hour away. These 2 changes were some of the hardest things I’ve done in my entire life but God has definitely been in them. We’ve been here 4 years now and even though I still miss living at our old place, God is accomplishing incredible stuff in my life. We attend a great church, good friends and good fellowship. Now if covid would just end.

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In May 2020 on a Saturday morning I was getting into my car to go to the liquor store and I heard someone telling into my ears…DONT DRINK..GO HOME.The 4 words made me U turn..Was stunned,.clueless ..whats going on me..I’m a daily consumer alcohol last 54 years and suffering from parkinson and anxiety attacks which led me suicidal attempts few times.I did not drink that day and called my friend next day and explained also I said I’ve no cravings towards alcohol now.He said the holy spirit in you and you will never consume alcohol anymore.As he said I’m clean from that day onwards and my parkinson and anxiety attacks gone.Now I can write even draw paintings and helping people suffering from anxiety.Thanks Jesus my saviour.I ask jesus to teach me patience, humble,love and forgive others. I spend 2-3 hrs.with jesus daily praying and singing.Its a great joy. I regret wasted 54 years Thanks for giving me an opportunity to give my testimony. ….Glory to the father who has created me…Glory to the son who has Redeemed me…Glory to the Holy Spirit who has sanctified me………….Thanks in Jesus

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Abraham, often referred to as the father of many nations, stands as a towering figure in the pages of history and the annals of faith. His extraordinary journey, recorded in the Bible, is marked by unwavering trust in God, remarkable encounters, and the fulfillment of divine promises. In this blog post, we will embark on a captivating exploration of Abraham’s life, delving into his faith, his relationship with God, and the profound lessons we can glean from his remarkable journey.

1. The Call to Leave: A Step of Faith

“ 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.'” (Genesis 12:1)

Abraham’s journey begins with a divine call to leave his homeland, family, and everything familiar. In obedience, he sets out on a journey into the unknown, guided solely by his faith in God’s promises. This teaches us the importance of stepping out in faith, even when the path ahead seems uncertain.

2. Covenant and Promise: A Father of Many Nations

“ 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.” (Genesis 12:2)

God establishes a covenant with Abraham, promising to bless him and make him the father of many nations. Despite Abraham’s old age and his wife Sarah’s barrenness, he clings to the promise, unwavering in his faith. This reminds us of the power of trusting in God’s faithfulness, even when circumstances seem impossible.

3. The Test of Sacrifice: Offering Isaac

“He said, ‘Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.'” (Genesis 22:2)

One of the most profound tests of Abraham’s faith comes when God asks him to sacrifice his beloved son, Isaac. Abraham’s willingness to obey, even in the face of unimaginable pain, showcases his remarkable faith and complete surrender to God’s will. This challenges us to examine our own willingness to trust and obey God, even when it requires sacrifice.

4. Interceding for Sodom and Gomorrah: The Power of Prayer

“Then Abraham drew near and said, ‘Will you indeed sweep away the righteous with the wicked?'” (Genesis 18:23)

When God reveals His plan to destroy the wicked cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, Abraham boldly intercedes on behalf of the righteous. Through his fervent prayers, he demonstrates the power of standing in the gap and pleading for God’s mercy. Abraham’s example inspires us to be fervent intercessors, praying for the well-being and salvation of others.

5. Hospitality and Generosity: Welcoming Strangers

“He lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, three men were standing in front of him. When he saw them, he ran from the tent door to meet them and bowed himself to the earth.” (Genesis 18:2)

Abraham’s heart of hospitality shines brightly in the biblical account. He generously welcomes three strangers, who turn out to be divine messengers, into his home.

This act of hospitality not only demonstrates Abraham’s generosity but also leads to a significant revelation and blessing. As the story unfolds, we read how these divine messengers inform Abraham and Sarah of the forthcoming birth of their long-awaited son, Isaac. Abraham’s hospitality not only provided physical refreshment to the visitors but also opened the door to a profound encounter with God’s promises.

“Then one said, ‘I will surely return to you about this time next year, and Sarah your wife shall have a son.'” (Genesis 18:10)

As we journey through the remarkable life of Abraham, we witness his unwavering faith, his willingness to step out in obedience, his intercession for others, and his hospitality towards strangers. These lessons, are timeless truths of the Bible and continue to inspire and guide us in our own lives.

Through Abraham’s story, we learn the importance of trusting in God’s promises, even when circumstances seem impossible. We are challenged to obediently follow God’s leading, even when it requires sacrifice and stepping into the unknown. Abraham’s example also reminds us of the power of prayer, as he boldly interceded for the righteous. Moreover, his hospitality teaches us to extend kindness and generosity to others, as it can lead to remarkable blessings and divine encounters.

May the life of Abraham serve as an inspiration for us to deepen our faith, embrace God’s promises, intercede for others, and exhibit hospitality in our interactions. Let us learn from his journey and apply these timeless lessons to our own lives, trusting that God’s faithfulness endures through every generation.

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1. abraham took a leap of faith.

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2. Abraham persevered in The Face of Challenges

3. he honored his commitment to god.

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4. He Listened to God’s Divine Guidance

5. abraham learned from his mistakes, 6. he embraced diverse cultures .

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7. He saw Family as a Foundation

8. abraham trusted in god’s timing.

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9. He was a Great Model of Hospitality

10. he had a passionate intercessory power.

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11. Abraham Left a legacy in Christianity and Judaism

12. he is the father of monotheism.

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13. Abraham learned the Value of Patience

14. he was willing to sacrifice isaac.

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15. Abraham cultivated a Spirit of Generosity

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Abraham’s Journey: Tracing the Path from Ur to Canaan

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Embark on a remarkable journey through history as we trace the path of Abraham , a central figure in the Abrahamic religions, and his voyage from Ur to Canaan. This transformative journey is vividly depicted in the " Journey of Abraham Map ," offering a visual narrative of his travels. As a pivotal figure in the Book of Genesis , Abraham's story is deeply intertwined with his faith and obedience to a divine call.

The " Map of Abraham's Travels " provides a comprehensive portrayal of his arduous journey from the city of Ur , located in modern-day Iraq, to the land of Canaan , which holds significant religious and historical importance. This epic voyage is not just a geographical movement but a spiritual odyssey, symbolizing faith, trust, and obedience to a higher calling.

By exploring this map, we gain insights into the challenges and triumphs that shaped Abraham's character and faith. His journey from Ur to Canaan marks a pivotal moment in the narrative of monotheistic religions , as well as a testament to the enduring power of faith and the enduring legacy of a man who became known as the father of many nations.

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Abraham’s Obedience: Lessons in Trusting God

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Abraham, often referred to as the "father of faith," is a key figure in the biblical narrative renowned for his unwavering obedience to God's commands. His journey, marked by moments of trial and divine promises, provides profound lessons in trusting God even when faced with seemingly impossible circumstances. Let's delve into the narrative of Abraham's obedience, exploring the lessons it imparts about faith, surrender, and the transformative power of trusting in the Almighty.

  • Abraham's journey of obedience begins with God's call to leave his homeland and go to a land that God would show him. This initial act of obedience sets the foundation for Abraham's remarkable faith journey.
  • Despite being childless and advanced in age, God promises Abraham descendants as numerous as the stars. Abraham's obedience is tested as he navigates years of waiting for the fulfillment of this divine pledge.
  • One of the most challenging tests of Abraham's obedience comes with the command to sacrifice his son, Isaac. Abraham's willingness to obey, even in the face of profound personal sacrifice, showcases the depth of his trust in God.
  • Abraham's obedience teaches a crucial lesson about faith that transcends circumstances. Even when faced with the seemingly impossible—like having a child in old age or sacrificing his beloved son—Abraham remains steadfast in trusting God's promises.
  • God establishes a covenant with Abraham, promising him land, descendants, and a special relationship. The act of circumcision becomes a physical sign of this covenant, highlighting Abraham's commitment to obeying God's commandments.
  • In the complexity of Abraham's journey, the birth of Ishmael through Hagar presents a situation where obedience and trust are tested. Abraham's actions and God's responses reveal the intricate interplay between human decisions and divine sovereignty.
  • Abraham's obedience extends to intercessory prayers on behalf of Sodom and Gomorrah. His bold yet humble appeals to God showcase a relationship marked by both obedience and a deep understanding of God's character.
  • Abraham's obedience leaves an enduring legacy of faith and trust in God. He becomes a model for future generations, referenced in the New Testament as an example of righteousness through faith.
  • Abraham's obedience holds contemporary relevance, urging believers to trust God's promises, navigate challenges with faith, and surrender even the most cherished aspects of life to the divine will.

Abraham's obedience offers timeless lessons in trusting God through faith, surrender, and unwavering commitment to divine commands. His journey becomes a testament to the transformative power of obedience, leading to a legacy of faith that continues to inspire and guide believers today.

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A Story of Faith: Abraham's Journey

The story of Abraham, found in the book of Genesis, is a remarkable testament to faith, trust, and obedience. Abraham's journey serves as an inspiring example for believers today, highlighting the rewards that come from wholeheartedly following God's call.

Abraham's story begins with God's command to leave his homeland and set out for a land that God would show him. Without hesitation, Abraham, then known as Abram, obediently embarked on a journey of faith, trusting in the promise of God's blessings.

As the years passed, God reaffirmed His covenant with Abraham, promising him descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky. However, Abraham and his wife Sarah faced the challenge of infertility and advanced age. Despite the seemingly impossible circumstances, Abraham remained steadfast in his faith, believing that God would fulfill His promise.

In a defining moment, Abraham demonstrated his unwavering trust in God when he was asked to offer his beloved son, Isaac, as a sacrifice. Though it was a test of immense proportions, Abraham obediently prepared to carry out God's command. At the last moment, God provided a ram for the sacrifice, affirming Abraham's faith and rewarding his obedience.

Abraham's faith journey offers profound lessons for believers today. First and foremost, it underscores the importance of trust in God's promises. Despite the obstacles and uncertainties that Abraham faced, he continued to trust in God's faithfulness. His example encourages us to place our confidence in God's character, knowing that He is always true to His word.

The story of Abraham also teaches us about the obedience that stems from faith. Abraham's willingness to leave his homeland and later offer his son Isaac as a sacrifice demonstrates his complete submission to God's will. It challenges us to examine our own lives and consider the level of obedience and surrender we exhibit in response to God's calling.

Moreover, Abraham's story exemplifies the faithfulness and provision of God. Throughout his journey, God remained faithful to His promises, guiding and blessing Abraham every step of the way. This reminds us that God's plans for our lives are never in vain. Even when circumstances seem impossible, He is fully capable of bringing about His purposes and fulfilling His promises.

In conclusion, the faith of Abraham serves as an enduring example of trust, obedience, and the rewards that come from following God wholeheartedly. His journey encourages us to place our faith in God's promises, obey His commands, and remain steadfast in our trust even when faced with challenges. May we, like Abraham, embark on a faith journey that deepens our relationship with God and allows His purposes to unfold in our lives.

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Abraham's Journey of Faith Begins -- a study of Genesis 12 and 13

Updated: Feb 4

There is always a first step when we step out in faith.

Bible Study Ideas and Commentary for Genesis 12 and 13

In this most important of passages in Genesis, we begin to learn God's plan to undo the curse of Adam -- it involves a man from Mesopotamia named Abram. This story would have been critical to the early Hebrews in learning about the Promised Land, but it's equally critical to Christians today in learning what it means to have faith in God.

16 I will make your offspring like the dust of the earth.

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When We Studied This Passage in 2015

I covered a lot of topics in my 2015 post that I'm only going to hint at this week:

God's Call to Abraham - a study of Genesis 12 ( fbcthomson.org )

Getting out of our comfort zone.

The world of the Patriarchs.

Religions in ancient Canaan.

Is polygamy okay?

Has Christianity "progressed"?

I cover so much else below that I don't really have the space to repeat much. If you're interested in any of those topics, please skim through that 2015 post.

Getting Started: Things to Think About

The most influential person in history..

As you might guess, somebody has written a book on this topic.

The 100: A Ranking of the Most Influential Persons in History - Wikipedia

That book was controversial for putting Jesus third on the list behind Muhammad and Isaac Newton. And yes, even if you have an axe to grind, ranking Jesus anywhere other than the most influential person in history is objectively dumb. But setting that aside, I think it's a fun topic to consider.

You might have to give yourself a boundary like who is the most influential person who has lived in the last 100 years?

Anyway, the point would be to set us up to appreciate the incredible influence of Abraham, a man claimed as a pillar of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Just astounding.

Stepping Out in Faith

This might be a time to share some testimonies. Shelly and I felt the call to ministry/missions not long after we got married. Then we found out that Shelly was pregnant -- and Micah was due about a week before seminary classes were going to begin. So, that was exciting. It never crossed our mind that we should consider waiting a year or two before quitting our jobs and moving to seminary, so we went anyway. And that first year was difficult on many levels. But we never went hungry, and we never lacked for friends. That process repeated itself when I felt the call to go back to school in Fort Worth, and again when we considered the call to come to Thomson.

How about you? What are times you had to exercise a great deal of faith in making a decision ? Were you ever tempted to turn back after you had made it?

When Googling this topic, I found this incredible post title:

HOW TO EASILY STEP OUT IN FAITH||10 Best Tips|| » Micheala Y Goba ( mickeygblogs.com )

I don't have anything against Mickey, and I understand that you do what you can to get eyeballs on your blog (it worked on me!), but let me be clear that if there are tips to make stepping out in faith easy, then it's not faith. "Faith" is what we will read out this week -- God calling Abraham to follow Him but not saying where.

There's nothing easy about stepping out in faith. This week's passage is going to encourage us to do it anyway -- not because it's easy, but because we have faith in God.

Side Note : This Week's "Big Idea" is going to be a deeper look into God's promise to Abraham, but I'm going to cover that in the lesson itself.

Where We Are in Genesis

Chapter 12 begins a new major section in Genesis where the focus shifts to a single family. This will be of great interest to Moses' original audience -- it's the story of where they came from! These chapters tell the early Hebrews some very critical things:

Why they're traveling to Canaan;

Why it's called the "Promised Land";

Why they're divided into twelve tribes;

How they became slaves in Egypt.

It's truly foundational knowledge for the Hebrew people.

Here's the always-useful summary of the book from the Bible Project.

For my part, their "Torah Series" video on Genesis 12-50 makes the major themes easier to see and understand:

Genesis Outline:

Early History (1:1-11:26)

Focus on Abraham (11:27-25:18)

Focus on Isaac (25:19-36:43)

Focus on Joseph (37:1-50:26)

All of our February lessons focus on Abraham. And in fact, I'm going to punt on some of the topics we will see this week because they will be covered more thoroughly in one of these upcoming lessons.

Introducing Abraham

We meet Abraham (called "Abram" at this point in the story; "Abram" means "exalted father" and "Abraham" means "father of many") by way of his father, Terah, who was a descendant of Shem. Terah lived in Ur, where Abraham heard a call from God. Genesis 11 makes it seem as if Terah was the one who set out for Canaan but died along the way in Haran, but Stephen (in his sermon before the Sanhedrin) clarifies what happened.

2 “Brothers and fathers,” he replied, “listen: The God of glory appeared to our father Abraham when he was in Mesopotamia, before he settled in Haran, 3 and said to him: Leave your country and relatives, and come to the land that I will show you. (Acts 7)

Even if it were Terah's suggestion, God told Abraham to go -- this would become very important when Terah died and Abraham might be tempted to stay or even go back.

Why put things in this order in Genesis? Out of respect for the patriarchy -- Moses brought Terah's story to completion before turning the focus to Abraham.

[Aside: a fun language fact -- Abraham took a wife whose name was Sarai, meaning "princess". His brother Nahor took a wife whose name was Milcah, meaning "Queen". (I'm going to guess that this was an occasional sore spot.) Local gods also had names related to the words for "Princess" and "Queen", but that doesn't really have anything to do with anything, so don't get sidetracked if you discover that in your research.]

This map shows what they call the "traditional route" for Abraham's journey, and it also shows a common point of debate: where was "Ur of the Chaldeans"? As far as archeologists know, Chaldeans didn't exist as a defined people group before ~1,000 BC. Abraham lived ~2,000 BC. The most common explanation or this is that Jewish scribes added this phrase when recompiling the Torah in order to clarify which Ur Abraham came from.

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Terah's family was clearly wealthy -- possessing flocks and herds and servants. Is that why God chose Abraham? Because he was wealthy? Clearly not -- we will talk about Abraham's desire for righteousness in the weeks to come. However, this led some Jews to associate wealth with God's favor (and even righteousness), a problem that Jesus had to confront.

Part 1: A Call to Step Out in Faith (Genesis 12:1-5a)

The Lord said to Abram: Go from your land, your relatives, and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. 2  I will make you into a great nation, I will bless you, I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. 3  I will bless those who bless you, I will curse anyone who treats you with contempt, and all the peoples on earth will be blessed through you. 4  So Abram went, as the Lord had told him, and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he left Haran. 5  He took his wife, Sarai, his nephew Lot, all the possessions they had accumulated, and the people they had acquired in Haran, and they set out for the land of Canaan.

As many biblical scholars have said, it would be impossible to overstate the importance of these verses for all of human history. This is where we finally begin to see God's rescue plan for humanity play out.

This is very similar to something God said in the hearing of Moses' audience:

The Lord spoke to Moses: “Go up from here, you and the people you brought up from the land of Egypt, to the land I promised to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, saying: I will give it to your offspring. (Ex 33:1)

What's the difference between Gen 12:1 and Ex 33:1? God told Moses where they were going. God didn't tell Abraham where he was going. That's what makes this such a powerful illustration of faith .

Think about that for a moment. Abraham clearly didn't know a whole lot about God when God called him. God had to teach Abraham just about everything. And Abraham chose to listen and believe what God said -- leave his home, not know where he was going. This might be where you have your "stepping out in faith" discussion.

God only makes the one demand of Abraham: "go" -- everything else is a promise.

The Lifeway material has a good summary of covenants in the Ancient Near East as well as God's covenant with Abraham. Covenants were a common social and diplomatic tool in the region, used to mediate disputes, strengthen ties, or govern peoples. The covenant with Abraham is often classified a "suzerainty treaty" -- made between a king and his subjects (what the king would do for the people, and what the people were expected to do for the king). New kings commonly initiated such a covenant in a region.

God's covenants with His people were unique in that God made far more promises than demands of the people. (Plus, as God, His promises far exceeded anything made in other treaties.) Let's dive into those promises.

The Old Testament contains repeated promises of what He will give:

A land / home

A people / nation / family

A God / blessing / identity

Compare this with what God said to Moses a few hundred years later:

6 “Therefore tell the Israelites: I am the Lord, and I will bring you out from the forced labor of the Egyptians and rescue you from slavery to them. I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and great acts of judgment. 7 I will take you as my people, and I will be your God. You will know that I am the Lord your God, who brought you out from the forced labor of the Egyptians. 8 I will bring you to the land that I swore to give to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and I will give it to you as a possession. I am the Lord.” 9 Moses told this to the Israelites, but they did not listen to him because of their broken spirit and hard labor. (Ex 6)

We will go into much more details about God's covenant with Abraham in a few weeks when we study chapter 17 . For now, let's just focus on God's promises in Gen 12:2-3:

2  I will make you into a great nation, I will bless you, I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. 3  I will bless those who bless you, I will curse anyone who treats you with contempt, and all the peoples on earth will be blessed through you.

Great Nation, Great Name . This would have certainly had an impact on Moses' original audience -- God was talking about them! God was going to take them to a land and turn them into a great nation. What a promise to hear! But we can also pull the curtain of history back even further to see that three major groups of people -- Jews, Muslims, and Christians -- all trace themselves to Abraham. God fulfilled this promise to Abraham in ways unimaginable to Abraham.

The bigger thing to catch is the "great name" comment. Let's go back to last week:

Come, let’s build ourselves a city and a tower with its top in the sky. Let’s make a name for ourselves; otherwise, we will be scattered throughout the earth. (Gen 11:4)

I wonder if you noticed this: Genesis is stuffed full of names. There is only one story in, well, all of Genesis that doesn't have any names in it . The story of the tower of Babel.

Let me quote my 2015 post:

What I find most amazing about these words is the explicit rejection of everything “Babel”. What did they want? To stay together, find safety in family, and work together to create something that will make them famous. What did God actually want of them? To focus on Him, trust and rely on Him, and allow God to make their name great.

I Will Bless You. You Will Be a Blessing . Once again, we have to look back. What did Adam awaken to? God placed him in a beautiful garden. God gave him a wife and the blessing to be fruitful. And God gave him dominion over everything around him. And then Adam blew it. So with Abraham, we have a resetting of this blessing: God will give Abraham a wonderful home, descendants beyond count, and an exalted name among the nations.

The bigger question is what it means for Abraham to "be a blessing". My NET Bible points out the syntactical parallels with Zechariah 8:13 --

13 As you have been a curse among the nations, house of Judah and house of Israel, so I will save you, and you will be a blessing.

God didn't curse the world through Judah; rather, Judah served to the world an example of what it meant to be cursed by God. Likewise, to "be a blessing" would mean that Judah would serve to the world as an example of what it meant to be blessed by God. I think that's what's going on in Genesis 12:2 -- Abraham (and his descendants) would show the world what it looks like to be in right relationship with God . Moses used this idea when he encouraged the Jews to remain faithful to God in the future. We studied that back in 2020 when we studied Deuteronomy .

And what great nation has righteous statutes and ordinances like this entire law I set before you today? (Deut 4:8)

The Hebrew nation would show the world the One True God, and through their witness, the rest of the world would desire also to be in right relationship with Him. (They also blew it, but let's set that aside for the moment.) And I think that's what we're supposed to understand the most controversial part of this promise to mean.

Bless Those Who Bless You (?). I don't have to tell you that this passage has somehow become a major diplomatic driver for America's relationship with the nation of Israel. I personally believe very strongly that America should support Israel in its struggle for continued existence -- but I don't point to this verse as a reason why. Many people treat this verse as a kind of causal manipulation ("if we do this, then God must do that"); I shouldn't have to tell that that that's not how God works.

Rather, we should see this in the context of Abraham being a blessing to the world by demonstrating how people can be in a right relationship with God. That actually makes this illustration rather straightforward:

Those who enrich Abraham or desire a relationship with him will by extension share in God's blessings to Abraham.

Those who downplay Abraham's favored status (the word for "curse" more literally means "treat lightly") by definition want nothing to do with God's favor.

So, this has less to do with Abraham than it does Abraham's God . Those who reject Abraham are actually rejecting God, and they will never share in God's blessings.

Here's the wrinkle for us -- in the New Covenant, Christians are now the "spiritual heirs" of Abraham through faith in Christ . ("There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth in that place, when you see Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, but yourselves thrown out." Luke 13:28)

13 For the promise to Abraham or to his descendants that he would inherit the world was not through the law, but through the righteousness that comes by faith. 14 If those who are of the law are heirs, faith is made empty and the promise nullified, 15 because the law produces wrath. And where there is no law, there is no transgression.
16 This is why the promise is by faith, so that it may be according to grace, to guarantee it to all the descendants—not only to the one who is of the law but also to the one who is of Abraham’s faith. He is the father of us all . 17 As it is written: I have made you the father of many nations—in the presence of the God in whom he believed, the one who gives life to the dead and calls things into existence that do not exist. (Rom 4:13-17)

(Whatever you do, don't let the song "Father Abraham" get stuck in your head.)

Paul makes it clear that God still has plans for the Jews -- but even that shouldn't have to be the "reason" to desire to help the people of Israel exercise their right to exist. I think the more appropriate application of this passage would be to help defend persecuted Christians around the world. American doesn't have the cleanest record with that. Nigeria comes to mind --

The US State Department’s Outrageous Betrayal of Nigeria’s Suffering Christians | Hudson

So, yes, this topic can potentially become very political, and I will leave it to your group to be responsible enough to keep the focus on this week's passage. Pull statecraft out of it: what does this mean to you on an individual level ?

All the Peoples on Earth will be Blessed through You . With that clarification of what it means to "be a blessing", this should now make good sense. It's not that the peoples will be "blessed vicariously " through Abraham. But rather, through Abraham, the peoples will learn how they can be rightly related to God.

Let's use the parent-child illustration . A parent being a Christian doesn't make a child a Christian. "My mom is a Christian" will not get anyone into heaven, so to speak. But a parent raising a child in a Christian home exposes that child to the truth of the gospel and puts that child in a better place to choose for themself to follow Jesus.

Abraham is the man whom God decided to reveal to the world His plan to rescue them from the eternal consequences of their sin. And more fully, God chose Abraham's family to be the one into which He would send His Son Jesus .

Nothing more important has ever been announced in human history.

Abraham believed God, and he took his family to Canaan.

[ Current Events Aside : I've talked about the conflict in the Middle East multiple times in the past few months, so I don't know about bringing it up yet again, but that conflict can more or less be traced back to this passage.]

In the Meantime

We skip over a depressing but very important passage. Abraham ends up in Egypt where he lies to Pharaoh in order to save his own skin. This is some very important foreshadowing on many levels, not the least of which is the fallibility of God's chosen people.

If you have time, I'd love for you list all of the parallels between Abraham's family's trip to Egypt (12:10-20) and Jacob's family's extended trip to Egypt.

One parallel (spoilers) is that Abraham came out of Egypt far greater than when he entered. This became a problem when his entourage made it back to Canaan. 13:7 sets up the problem:

7  and there was quarreling between the herdsmen of Abram’s livestock and the herdsmen of Lot’s livestock. (At that time the Canaanites and the Perizzites were living in the land.)

Because Abraham was bringing a large group into an already-populated region, space and resources were a bit tight. The mention of the Canaanites was also intended to set off alarm bells in Moses' audience -- if Abraham and Lot started causing too much trouble for each other, they would be vulnerable to easy pickings from their aggressive neighbors.

Part 2: Trouble Foreshadowed (Genesis 13:11-13)

11 So Lot chose the entire plain of the Jordan for himself. Then Lot journeyed eastward, and they separated from each other. 12 Abram lived in the land of Canaan, but Lot lived in the cities on the plain and set up his tent near Sodom. 13 (Now the men of Sodom were evil, sinning immensely against the Lord.)

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If you've ever wondered what a peppy children's song about Abraham and Lot would sound like, wonder no longer! In my opinion, Lifeway reached "peak VBS music status" in the early 2000s. One of their songs in 2003's "Great Kingdom Caper" was about Abraham and Lot. A very quirky song, and I can't find it on YouTube. But Apple Music still has the album available for purchase. The free preview of the song " H 'n G " has the verse in question:

‎The Great Kingdom Caper: Cracking the Character Code (LifeWay's VBS 2003) - EP - Album by LifeWay Kids Worship - Apple Music

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Lot chose to go east into the region of the Jordan River valley, a lush place. I'm too lazy to create my own map, so here's a map from online that has a common interpretation of where the two men went. To be clear, historians disagree about the location of Sodom. Some put it on the north side of the Dead Sea. (And note that this would have been before the Dead Sea died.) The point is that Lot chose to settle near the town of Sodom -- a place filled with very wicked people .

We will talk more about Sodom in a few weeks!

This was not a problem for Abraham -- God promised him the land of Canaan, and God would bless Abraham wherever he settled.

I think your discussion here is about choices. How do you choose between multiple options ? This might be what job do I take? what church do I join? what city do I move to? what school do I attend?

What are the clues that might warn us away from the wrong choice ?

What are the clues that might steer us toward the right choice ?

To be sure, there's not often an obvious qualifier like "the men of Sodom were evil". But Lot was also taken in by the fact that the region was so lush that it made him think of the Garden of Eden. Does the blessing outweigh the curse?

But furthermore, there's not always a "right or wrong" choice. Sometimes both choices would be fine! How do you know when that's the case?

Part 3: God's Promise to Abraham (Genesis 13:14-18)

14 After Lot had separated from him, the Lord said to Abram, “Look from the place where you are. Look north and south, east and west, 15 for I will give you and your offspring forever all the land that you see. 16 I will make your offspring like the dust of the earth, so that if anyone could count the dust of the earth, then your offspring could be counted. 17 Get up and walk around the land, through its length and width, for I will give it to you.” 18 So Abram moved his tent and went to live near the oaks of Mamre at Hebron, where he built an altar to the Lord.

One of my favorite songs as a new Christian in the late 90s was Rich Mullins's "Sometimes by Step" -- ("O God, You are my God and I will ever praise You")

Such a wonderfully earnest song. The second verse is most germane --

Sometimes I think of Abraham, How one star he saw had been lit for me. He was a stranger in this land, And I am that, no less than he. And on this road to righteousness, Sometimes the climb can be so steep; I may falter in my steps, But never beyond Your reach.

We will get into the "star" imagery in next week's passage, but for my part, I want us to be thinking about the "falter in my steps" image. You might have used the "step out in faith" idea as a discussion topic. For all of the journeying Abraham has already done, we're still closer to the beginning of this journey than the end. There has already been some faltering, and there will be much more to come .

And yet with all of the failures in Abraham's future, we still have the rest of what Paul wrote in Romans 4:

18 He believed, hoping against hope, so that he became the father of many nations according to what had been spoken: So will your descendants be. 19 He did not weaken in faith when he considered his own body to be already dead (since he was about a hundred years old) and also the deadness of Sarah’s womb. 20 He did not waver in unbelief at God’s promise but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, 21 because he was fully convinced that what God had promised, he was also able to do. 22 Therefore, it was credited to him for righteousness. 23 Now it was credited to him was not written for Abraham alone, 24 but also for us. It will be credited to us who believe in him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead. 25 He was delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification.

If this is true for Abraham, how much more will it be true for us ?

In our journey with God, even when we have stepped out in faith, we have faltered in our steps many times. But never have we faltered beyond His reach -- His mercy, His grace, and His forgiveness. That's not based on our worthiness of such mercy, but because we believe in Him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead. It all comes back to Jesus.

Abraham believed in God's promise because He trusted God. And so do we. I hope this is a great encouragement to you this week!

Back to the passage.

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This map moves Sodom further west (showing yet another possible location). What I like about the map is how it shows the elevation of Hebron -- a pretty good vantage point of the region. The Promised Land extends far to the north, and God instructed Abraham to walk through it all.

Abraham settled at a place called "Mamre" which is a short distance north of the traditional site of Hebron. Mamre was famous for its great oaks.

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Here's a picture from Wikipedia taken in 1912 of a tree called "Abraham's Oak". It was ancient in 1912, and as you can imagine it's dead now, suffering from more than a little human interference. No, it could not have been from Abraham's day, but that was a popular story in the area.

Now it's important to remember this fact: Sarah was barren . Abraham was already 75 when he buried Terah in Haran. According to Genesis 11, the men became first-time fathers when they were in their early 30s. This is a double whammy against God's promise that Abraham's descendants would be like the dust of the earth. How is Abraham continuing to believe this promise?

Well, we talk more about that next week.

What are the promises from God you're having a hard time believing right now ? How might Abraham's experience help you?

God told Abraham to "walk through the land" that He had promised him. And everywhere Abraham walked, he would build an altar to the Lord. I this is a little more abstract, but how might that exercise help you with whatever promise you're having trouble believing?

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One of the beautiful things about the Bible is that it does not present epic figures who never fell. Rather, it presents us with authentic human beings who struggled and eventually “got there.” As an example, I was talking the other day with someone who remarked, “Too bad we can’t all be strong in faith like Abraham.” Ah, Abraham, the paragon of faith! Well that was true eventually, but Abraham had some very bad moments in his journey that we ought not to overlook. Surely he became strong in faith, but only after some pretty bad falls along the way. Consider some of Abraham’s struggles.

  • Imperfect Initiation – Abram (God called Abraham later on) was told, “Leave your country, your people, and your father’s household and go to the land I will show you” (Gen 12:1). And he does. On one level this is remarkable because God didn’t give him any directions; He just said, go, and Abram went, trusting that God would direct him. Notice a little detail, though, that I would argue amounts to a lack of total obedience: So Abram left, as the LORD had told him; and Lot went with him (Gen 12:4). How did his nephew Lot get included? Some may argue that this is no big deal, but for the record, God did not mention Lot in His instructions to Abram. Sure enough, Lot’s presence causes trouble later on. There is always trouble lurking when we do not obey God completely.
  • Wayward Wanderer – Abram gets to the Holy Land and God shows him its beauty. He reconnoiters the land and eventually pitches his tent near Bethel, a name that means “house of God.” So there he is right where he ought to be: in the House of God, on the Land God showed him ( cf Gen 12:5-9). There is only one problem: there is a famine in the land. Will Abram trust God, who called him to this land? No! He goes off to Egypt (Gen 12:10), trusting Pharaoh—not God—to feed him. God never said, “Go to Egypt.” It is quite ironic that Abram leaves a place called Bethel (house of God) to go to the house of Pharaoh.
  • Fearful Foolishness – In Egypt, Abram does something awful. His wife Sarai (only called Sarah later in the narrative) is very beautiful; Abram is worried that men will want her and thus kill him, her husband, so that they can have her. Abram lies and claims that Sarai is his sister; he convinces her to say the same (Gen 12:11-13). Abram even goes so far as to allow her to be placed in Pharaoh’s harem (Gen 12:14-16). This is all to protect his own hide and to gain influence. Let’s just make it plain: he “pimps out” his own wife! Pharaoh eventually discovers the lie and, suffering its consequences (severe plagues), denounces Abram (Gen 12:17-19). In effect, Pharaoh fears God more than he does Abram. It takes Pharaoh to get Abram to go back to where he belongs. Abram returns to the Holy Land, to Bethel, not because of his faith but because of Pharaoh’s threats (Gen 12:19-20).
  • Confusing Consequences – At least Abram is back where he needs to be, in Bethel, right? Well, now the Lot mistake manifests itself. Abram and Lot actually did quite well in Egypt; they with flocks so large that the land cannot sustain them both together (Gen 13:1-8). Notice that Holy Land could sustain Abram, but not Abram and Lot together. This hearkens back to the original disobedience of Abram in bringing Lot in the first place. Lot and Abram agree to part company and Lot picks the choicer part of the land (where the Dead Sea is now) (Gen 13:8-12). Problem solved, right? Not exactly. The text says that Lot pitched his tent toward Sodom (Gen 13:12). You know where all that is going to lead! In the end, it will be another distraction for Abram, who brought Lot along when he shouldn’t have. Lot shows bad judgement; he shouldn’t be associating with the wicked in Sodom and Gomorrah. All of this draws Lot into a big mess in which his family is corrupted. Lot’s wife cannot turn her back on Sodom and is killed; his daughters later trick him into impregnating them (Gen 19:30 ff) . All of this is a distraction for Abram, who should never have brought Lot along in the first place.
  • Faltering Faith – God promises Abram and Sarai many descendants, but both of them falter in faith several times with regards this. Abraham’s first struggle comes when, after many years of promises from God, no child has yet been born. Abram says “… what good will your gifts be, if I keep on being childless and have as my heir the steward of my house, Eliezer? … [Y]ou have given me no offspring, and so one of my servants will be my heir.” God responds, “No, that one shall not be your heir; your own issue shall be your heir” (Gen 15:1-4). Later, Sarah, also despairing that God can ever deliver on His promise, suggests adultery to Abraham, and proposes that he sexually exploit Hagar, her slave girl, and have a child by her. And he does! (Gen 16:1-4) Hagar gives birth to Ishmael, setting off ugliness between Hagar and Sarah (imagine that!) (Gen 16:4-6). God once again has to rebuke Abraham and remind him of His promises. Later, Sarah, paranoid over Hagar’s exalted position as the mother of Abraham’s first born child demands that Abraham commit an act of great injustice and to drive Hagar and Ishmael into the desert (Gen 21:9-14). And he does!
  • Derisive Doubt – God renews His promises to Abram and Sarai and changes their names (to Abraham and Sarah) by entering into a covenant with them (Gen 17:1-15). As God renews His promises for many descendants, Abraham prostrates himself and laughs (Gen 17:17). Later, Sarah laughs at the promise as well (Gen 18:12). Finally, Sarah gives birth to Isaac (a name that means “He laughs”), which commemorates the struggle of Abraham and Sarah to believe what God told them.

Do you see? Abraham’s journey was marred by some pretty ugly setbacks, but ultimately Abraham did come to believe God. He receives the fruit of faith in his son Isaac. God prepares one final test to strengthen Abraham’s faith (Gen 22). He tells him to offer his son as a sacrifice. This time, Abraham does not hesitate. He sets out for Moriah, determined to obey God. Isaac asks, Where is the lamb for sacrifice? (Gen 22:7) Abraham has finally made it to faith; he simply responds, God himself will provide the lamb for the sacrifice (Gen 22:8). Abraham has arrived. He has come to trust God and knows that obeying Him will not be without its reward. And God did provide the lamb, as you well know.

Abraham didn’t simply “have faith.” He had to get there through years of struggle, setbacks, and hard lessons. He had to learn that to obey God brings blessings, but to disobey God brings trouble. Abraham learned that God means exactly what He says and that he should trust Him in all things. If Abraham, the great hero of faith, had to go through all of this to arrive at faith, maybe there is hope for us! We, too, are summoned to learn of faith and grow in it. We are called to obey more and more perfectly and to stop trying to improve on God’s plan. Abraham’s example isn’t just a relief for us who struggle; it is also a road map, telling us what we must do. Faith has to grow and we have to let it.

Here’s an old gospel song that says, “A saint is just a sinner who fell down and got up.” Maybe there is hope for us, too—provided we get back up.

4 Replies to “The Journey of Abraham – Hope for the Rest of Us!”

Hello, I used to wonder why Sarai would propose the arrangement with Hagar. Then I read a translation of the Code of Hammurabi. It was, apparently, a pagan practice.

144. If a man takes a wife and this wife gives her husband a maid-servant for the purpose of bearing children, which she is herself unable to provide, and the maidservant then bears him children, but this man wishes to take another wife, this shall not be permitted; he shall not be allowed to take a second wife.

145. If a man takes a wife, and she bears him no children, and he intends to take another wife: if he takes this second wife, and brings her into the house, this second wife shall not be allowed equality with his first wife.

Hammurabi’s Code of Laws (Trans. by I. W. King; http://iws.collin.edu/mbailey/hammurabi%27s%20laws.htm )

Oops. Forgot this:

146. If a man takes a wife and she gives this man a maid-servant as a childbearer and the maid-servant does bear him children, then this maid assumes equality with the wife; because she has borne him children, her master shall not sell her for money, but he may keep her as a slave, reckoning her among the maid-servants.

Msgr. Pope,thanks for opening my eyes to Abraham’s struggles with faith. God is so merciful and kind, but he does let us follow our own map instead of his.

Thank you Msgr. Pope! Love the liturgical dance movements too!!

Q: Do you think that the Father-son patterns that begin in Genesis, keep building throughout scripture to teach us the power of Hope in God and his promise to send a redeemer-son. HIS plan to restore us back to the original family relationship, before sin, in the Garden?

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