I am giving it to you.” - Genesis 13:14-17. The Christian Fight (Part Seven). Paul first draws attention to the fact that, when God called Abram, as he was called then, he obeyed without knowing where he was to go. There was no reason for God to choose him, yet God chose him. And, most important, I can find hope for a person like myself. First, the emphasis of Hebrews 11 is on faith. Abram died at the ripe old age of 175 (25:7-8), a much shorter time than Shem (11:10-11) or Arpachshad (11:12-13). - Hebrews 11:8 It would be many years before Abram would fully grasp that this heir that God had promised would come from the union of he and Sarai. 139 “. A look at a map of the ancient world of patriarchal times would indicate that Abram traveled the well-trodden roads of his day.135 This route was that commonly traveled by those who engaged in the commerce of those days. Stephen clearly states that God called Abraham before he dwelt in Haran, but Genesis 12:1 shows God then moved him from Haran after his father died. When you stop to think about it, Abram had no concrete, tangible proof that a life of blessing lay ahead, outside of Ur, away from his family. The text indicates that God’s appearance to Abraham was a deciding factor in his choosing to worship Him. While the exact meaning of the expression, ‘called upon the name of the Lord’ may not be known, worship is surely described. It is critical to a correct understanding of Bible prophecy. At least two things must be said in response to this question. - Hebrews 11:8. At the time of the call, Abram did not know where this land was. Abraham went back up to Hebron to purchase a burial place for his wife and then he returned back to Beer-Sheba where he died. God’s promises are awesome, and they are ALWAYS for your good (Romans 8:28). When the Sun Sets: Jacob Meets God (Gen. 27:41-28:22), Jacob: When God Turns Darkness into Dawn (Expository Sermons On O.T. He did it even though he didn't know where he was going. We must never forget that Abraham was a special case; he is the prototype who set a vivid, overall example for all his spiritual children to follow to some degree. God called him to go to a place he would later receive as his own. “God loves each of us as if there were only one of us"- Augustine, Copyright © 2010-2020 Telling Ministries LLC. In our best moments, our faith is vibrant and vital, but in the moments of testing, it is weak and wanting. Key Verse: Abraham had faith. The more stuff you have to move, the harder it is! God called him in Ur, but Abram did not leave his father’s house or his relatives. Abram was secure and comfortable in Ur, a great city. This land never belonged to Abram in his lifetime, even as God had said (15:13-16). It also reveals God's patience in dealing with us, as well as how little control we sometimes exercise over some circumstances. So he obeyed God. Email. John 14:1-3). The first recorded time that God spoke to Moses is described in Exodus 3:1-6. God did not want Terah's direct influence in what He was establishing through Abraham. This means that there was very little food, and the people were hungry. Is this inconsistent with the words of the writer to the Hebrews? Say: Remember Abram was 75 years old when God told him to move. This is a very important lesson to remember: God ALWAYS keeps His promises. Lot made a very poor choice. When you dig into His word, you will find His promises and your faith will grow. And then Abraham returned to Beer-sheba. Abraham no doubt deferred to his father in this decision, but this was not God's will. But he had no children - YET! . When he is commanded to sacrifice Isaac, he must obey with a willing heart of love, yet somehow see through to balance the command with the promise of the seed of a nation and leave the outcome to God and to find in God all sufficiency. In these days, families always stayed and moved together.