THE BOOK OF GENESIS
11:26 - 12:8
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So, youíre back to find out what happened after God mixed up
everyoneís language and scattered the people after the Tower of Babel
incident huh? Good
... I missed ya. Let's go see what occurred next.
The descendants of Shem are spreading out through Persia,
Arabia, and Syria. At the same time, the descendants of Ham are spreading
out in Canaan, Egypt and Africa. And the descendants of Japheth are
spreading northward through what is now Turkey. So each of Noah's sons
took their families and went different ways. Did you know that your family
tree traces back to one of these three sons? If your family is from anywhere
in Europe, you are from Japheth and if your family are from the Middle East,
you are from Shem and if they are from Africa and Egypt area ... You are
from Ham. Pretty cool huh?
Now in the ninth generation of Shemís descendants, a man named
Abram was born. His family was from a land called Ur of the Chaldees
which is about 150 miles southeast of Babylon which is now called Iraq where
all the problems are.
Abramís wife was Sarai and she
was barren and had never had a child. Abram also had a
brother who died and left a son, Abramís nephew, named Lot. Abramís dad
took Abram, Sarai, and Lot and intended to move to Canaan, but when they
came to Haran, which is a couple hundred miles north of Canaan, they settled
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Abram was just an ordinary person. He wasnít famous for
anything that we know of up to this point in his life. But one day when
Abram was 75 years old, the Lord came to him and told him to leave his fatherís
house and go to a special land that He would show him.
yourself in Abramís sandals for a moment. Weíre not talking about
scheduling the movers to come and pack while you fill out the address change
form at the post office, then hop on a plane with the family and meet the
movers at your new home. Weíre talking about gathering up the tent,
the flocks, the herds, the camels, food, clothing, furniture, and any other
possessions you may own and hiking it hundreds of miles across unfamiliar
territory. By the way, there are no restaurants on the way, and you donít
even know where the destination is. All you know is this invisible God said ďGo unto a land that I
will show thee.Ē
Well, God added a couple of HUGE blessings along with the deal.
He said that He would make a great nation out of Abram which meant that he
was saying that Abram would have children despite his wife being barren and He would make his
name great and that he would be a blessing. And for the icing on the cake,
God said, And I will bless them that bless you, and curse him that curses
you, and in you all the families of the earth will be blessed.
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great news for a 75 year old man who has no children! See, in those
times, having many children was very important to people who were godly,
because it was Godís commandment to ďbe fruitful and multiply, and replenish
the earth." Not to mention having someone to carry on YOUR bloodline. At
either rate it was a request from God which took loads of faith to take you
and your family across the wilderness into the unknown. But He did and God
honored him for his faith.
Before we go on through the adventures of Abram, letís see if
youíve been putting this all together. God created mankind and chooses
certain individuals in the bloodline. He calls them His peculiar treasure.
He chose Adam, Enoch, Noah and Abraham so far and chooses many more
throughout history. Be sure to
come back for more Daily Bread to find out what happens along Abram's
journey into the wilderness of faith.