The Patriarchs-Abram

In Uncategorized on April 28, 2009 at 2:22 pm

The Patriarchs month of April:



Abram his call, through the birth if Isaac:

Background passages: Genesis 12-23

Chapter 12: We see Abram called by God to leave his country, family and friends to follow the call of God to a desolate foreign land promised to him. The main message is Go the requirement is trust and obey. God was revealed in his Glory to Abram and he went from polytheism to monotheism after his encounter with the living God. Some basis for this is found by the names they used and his father’s occupation. Then names of his family suggest they were named after the moon, or the moon god, or his associates. Abram’s father was an idol maker and he was probably around 40 something when the tower of Babel was started.

(Gen 12:1-2 HCSB)  The LORD said to Abram: Go out from your land, your relatives, and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. I will make you into a great nation, I will bless you, I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing.


(Act 7:2 HCSB)  “Brothers and fathers,” he said, “listen: The God of glory appeared to our father Abraham when he was in Mesopotamia, before he settled in Haran,


This encounter and calling was one of the most pivotal moments in history, when a polytheist and idol worshipper was redeemed. We see the rebirth of monotheism in very corrupt and perverse culture. After the flood Nimrod was establishing Babel the mother of harlots. He carried on his oppression and violence in defiance of God himself, daring Heaven with his impieties, as if he and his huntsmen could out-brave the Almighty, and were a match for the Lord of hosts and all his armies. As if it were a small thing to weary men, he thinks to weary my God also, Isa_7:13. (Matthew Henry)


We see God choosing to bless Abram soon to be called Abraham with a blessing that reaches through time to today’s believers and Israel.


(Gen 12:3 HCSB)  I will bless those who bless you, I will curse those who treat you with contempt, and all the peoples on earth will be blessed through you.


What do you see as a blessing in your life in your life?


How can you bless others with that blessing?


One of the biggest lessens we learn early on about Abraham is his obedience to God’s call. Even as he had several personal failings just like us, he persevered and obeyed till it was judged as righteous.


(Heb 11:8 HCSB)  By faith Abraham, when he was called, obeyed and went out to a place he was going to receive as an inheritance; he went out, not knowing where he was going.


God is calling all of us to leave our familiar spiritual routines, and comfort zones, and every hint of mediocrity and go to a place He will show us. When we settle and stop the journey we miss out on God’s ultimate blessing, an intimate relationship with Him.


After Abram had reached Canaan the land that God had promised a severe famine started and God had Abram keep going to the Negev. A desert located in the southern part of Israel. To recap God called Abram from somewhere around the Persian gulf he traveled north to southern Turkey then south to Canaan, where God promised him all the land he had set foot on  and then a major famine sends him to the desert then eventually to Egypt.


(Gen 12:10 HCSB)  There was a famine in the land, so Abram went down to Egypt to live there for a while because the famine in the land was severe.


We see Jesus also sent to the desert after his baptism and the Holy Spirit came upon him and God proclaimed him.


(Mat 4:1 HCSB)  Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the Devil.


Paul after his Damascus road salvation and having his sight restored spent 3 years in the desert.


(Gal 1:17-18 HCSB)  I did not go up to Jerusalem to those who had become apostles before me; instead I went to Arabia and came back to Damascus. Then after three years I did go up to Jerusalem to get to know Cephas, and I stayed with him 15 days.


 Have you ever found yourself in a “desert” after following God in obedience to a promise?


Take a moment and write about it.


To quote Beth Moore” The weaknesses of God’s children do not strain the strength of God”. We see Abram telling Sarai to claim she is his sister instead of his wife to save his life from his own perceived threat instead of trusting God for his protection. Abram panicked all he could imagine was destruction instead of God’s protection.


Have you ever discovered that decisions made in panic, fear or self protection mode can have undesirable consequences?


God rescued Sarai even if Abram didn’t.


(Gen 12:16-17 HCSB)  He treated Abram well because of her, and Abram acquired flocks and herds, male and female donkeys, male and female slaves, and camels. But the LORD struck Pharaoh and his house with severe plagues because of Abram’s wife Sarai.


Those who choose to abuse or harm God’s children walk in dangerous ground, wither in this life or the next. God’s providence is to protect his children and to administer justice to those who seek our destruction. We tend to think in the moment and He takes the eternal view. With comfort and without fear we can rely on God in every situation. If you think God forget he didn’t, if you think he doesn’t understand he does! If you try to negotiate with him you assume he needs more information, or lacks a clear view of the problem, or worse he forgot something that you happened to remember. (Are you kidding?) God is sovereign, always present, always watching, never sleeping, always vigilant, always on time and always right. If there is a question in your heart or mind seek his word, his Spirit and his comfort.


As time and opportunity move forward remember Lot his nephew who is traveling with him on this sojourn. Their flocks have grown the need for food and water has out a strain on man and land, they are now out of Egypt and in the Promised Land.


(Gen 13:5-7 HCSB)  Now Lot, who was traveling with Abram, also had flocks, herds, and tents.   But the land was unable to support them as long as they stayed together, for they had so many possessions that they could not stay together, 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.


Proverbs speaks to quarreling especially in our close relationships.


(Pro 13:10 HCSB)  Arrogance leads to nothing but strife, but wisdom is gained by those who take advice.


If all were perfect there should be no pride, jealousy, and rivalry especially in our close relationships. Sometimes it seems we get along better with those we know the least and keep at a distance. We rob ourselves of intimate friendship when we keep people at arm’s length son to speak. Just for the record the definition of intimate is more closely aligned to friendship than with physical sexual involvements. We tend to be more crass and base in our understandings on occasion. In the text we see quarreling between Abram and Lot’s clans to settle the matter Abram shows his wisdom and understanding in this matter with Lot.


(Gen 13:8-9 HCSB)  Then Abram said to Lot, “Please, let’s not have quarreling between you and me, or between your herdsmen and my herdsmen, since we are relatives. Isn’t the whole land before you? Separate from me: if you go to the left, I will go to the right; if you go to the right, I will go to the left.”


How did Abram show his wisdom in this matter? (VS. 8-9)


(Gen 13:10-11 HCSB)  Lot looked out and saw that the entire Jordan Valley as far as Zoar was well-watered everywhere like the LORD’s garden and the land of Egypt. This was before God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah. So Lot chose the entire Jordan Valley for himself. Then Lot journeyed eastward, and they separated from each other.


How did Lot choose his portion?


Abram gave the Lot the choice of the land and, Lot chooses what appeared to be the best property. Those who earnestly desire to please God (and therefore place others first) may sometimes think humility turns out badly. We can sometimes turn humility into victimhood thinking the more pitiful we are the more piety we have. Not only untrue, but the underlying behavior is anything but humble. God wants to bless us; it’s in his nature he can’t help himself. We are to obedient and He will always prove to be good! When we are motivated by selfishness, what appears to be a good move may very well have us pitching out tents next to Sodom? We don’t earn God’s favor we already have it. We don’t earn his love he already proved it. True love is defined in the Scriptures our choice is to simply love others as Christ loves us. Love should be a verb not a noun. Love isn’t what I say it’s what I do.


Col 1:21-22 And you were once alienated and hostile in mind because of your evil actions. But now He has reconciled you by His physical body through His death, to present you holy, faultless, and blameless before Him—


(Joh 3:16 HCSB)  “For God loved the world in this way: He gave His One and Only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.


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