Saturday January 14, 2012, 9:00am
- God tells Abram to leave his country, people and father’s household. How difficult could it have been for him? It seems that God took that from him in order to bless him with more. (12:1)
- God tells Abram to go to the land that ‘I will show you’. Hadn’t he told Abram exactly where he was going yet? Why does God like us to follow Him in faith?
- More poetry:
I will make you into a great nation
And I will bless you
I will make your name great
And you will be a blessing
I will bless those who bless you
And whoever curses you I will curse
And all peoples on earth
Will be blessed through you (12: 2, 3)
- Abram was 75 years old at this time and he was already a very rich man (12:4,5)
- Abram was talking to God. That seems worth noting.
- The tree of Moreh in Shechem noted. A landmark, some detail in this account. (12:6)
- God promised to give the land of Sehchem to Abram’s descendants, not Abraham. Why (and this might sound rather self-centered) should this make Abram happy? Afterall, he might not live to see it.
- His journey is described in some detail. Places and geography are mentioned and directions are given (12:8,9). Whoever wrote this had knowledge of the geography of the area (if, in fact, the description is correct).
- Now, Abram and Sarah get to Egypt. Sarah was a beautiful woman (at 65). She was so beautiful, that Abram was afraid that the Egyptians would kill him in order to take her.
- The Pharoah did take her and God punished him because of “Abram’s wife Sarai”, not because of Abram. Interesting.