The last post on prayer ended the Ark and Noah 2-part series. It was a very exciting and enlightening time of discovery and learning about Noah and his little family and all the animals. It was quite amazing what they went through. The best discovery to me was the symbolism of the Ark and Jesus Christ. If you haven’t read the two posts about the Ark here are the links – The Ark and Noah and The Ark and Noah 2. Now on to the next person in the Prayer series… Abram later known as Abraham.
To begin let me explain a little about where Abram (later to be called Abraham) came from and who his great, great, great, etc. grandfather was. Abram is a descendant of Shem (10 generations) which is Noah’s eldest son.
The following quote is from a Jewish website that I found. The author has written the story of Abram. The website is called Chabad.org. It is most interesting. I am not educated on much Jewish literature or websites and all I really know of the Jewish story is from the Holy Word of God – The Bible. Now I feel certain that there are other written stories from when Noah, Shem and Abraham walked on the earth other than what is in the Bible. These may or may not be fact. I do not know and have not studied them to prove one way or the other. I do know that there is a lot about Abram’s early years (later called Abraham) that is not in the Bible here in this website and article/story.
Quote from Chabad.org
“Abraham was the tenth generation removed from Noah, being a direct descendant of Shem, (Noah’s son), the father of all the “Semitic” peoples. When Abraham was born, Shem was 390 years Old, and his father Noah was 892 years old, Abraham was 58 years old when Noah died, and 110 years old when Shem died. These are important facts, for, as we shall see later, Abraham spent many years in the house of Noah and Shem, and received instruction from them. Thus he learned all the details about the Flood from the very men who built the Ark and survived the Flood. (Noah knew Methuselah for many hundreds of years, who in turn knew Adam for many hundreds of years, which means that Abraham received first hand information about everything that happened since the very first day of Creation!).”
Now, like I said, I did not research this information to know for sure if all the information in the story on the Jewish website is fact. The Bible doesn’t say anything about the early years of Abram, except that he was born to Terah. Here is the scripture:
27 This is the genealogy of Terah: Terah begot Abram, Nahor, and Haran. Haran begot Lot. 28 And Haran died before his father Terah in his native land, in Ur of the Chaldeans. 29 Then Abram and Nahor took wives: the name of Abram’s wife was Sarai, and the name of Nahor’s wife, Milcah, the daughter of Haran the father of Milcah and the father of Iscah. 30 But Sarai was barren; she had no child.
31 And Terah took his son Abram and his grandson Lot, the son of Haran, and his daughter-in-law Sarai, his son Abram’s wife, and they went out with them from Ur of the Chaldeans to go to the land of Canaan; and they came to Haran and dwelt there. 32 So the days of Terah were two hundred and five years, and Terah died in Haran.
Quote from Ray Steadman
“Abram was commanded to do three things; leave his country, his kindred, and his father’s house. This is exactly the command that comes to every person who hears the call of the gospel today: We are called to leave our country — the place where we have been living, our residence since birth. That is not, of course, our physical residence, but rather the old life with all its ambitions, its loyalties, its worship of money and fame and power, its imagined independence which is really slavery — all that we have been by nature since birth. There comes a command in the gospel to leave our country. This is clearly a picture of the world — organized society with its satanic philosophies and value systems.”
Genesis 12:1-3 explains what happens when God calls to Abram.
Now the Lord had said to Abram:
“Get out of your country,
From your family
And from your father’s house,
To a land that I will show you.
2 I will make you a great nation;
I will bless you
And make your name great;
And you shall be a blessing.
3 I will bless those who bless you,
And I will curse him who curses you;
And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”
The next verse is great! It showed a definite trust and belief that God had a perfect plan and Abram followed God’s instruction. Abram was 75 years old when he left his comfortableness and set out for Caanan.
4 So Abram departed as the Lord had spoken to him, and Lot went with him. And Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran.
How many times has the Lord spoken to your heart and you do just as the Lord commands? I can tell you there are a few times for me. God calls us to various things throughout our journey on this old earth. When God calls us to something, we need not shrug it off or ignore it totally. We must respond with an exhilarating YES GOD! Now I don’t really know how exhilarated Abram was before he “…departed as the Lord had spoken to him…” because it only says he did it. That says a lot right there, just like Noah. Noah did as the Lord commanded without question… as far as the scriptures say.
This is the first time I can find that there was any kind of conversation between God and Abram. Actually, it is pretty one-sided. God spoke, Abram listened. Maybe we need to “listen” more often instead of talking. There had to be some fear and uncertainty when Abram accepted God’s calling. That is a normal human thing, I think. However, remember God has ONLY the best in store for each of us. Abram believed this. Can we believe it too? God’s plan is perfect! God will have wonderful things to share. I know that first hand!
11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.
That is where I will leave it for now. We will continue this tomorrow. Abram, Sarai and Lot, his nephew. This particular journey with Abram, Sarai and Lot will be an interesting one. One you don’t want to miss. God has a lot of good stuff in store!
The Song – Thou O Lord – The Prestonwood Choir