Bible Study Lessons from Genesis 12:1-9
At this time Noah’s ordeal is over and God has separated the languages at the tower of Babel.
Now God sets His covenant with Abram and promises him the land of Canaan. The story is one of obedience.
The Promise from God and the Obedience of Abram
Now the Lord said to Abram,
“Go forth from your country,
And from your relatives
And from your father’s house,
To the land which I will show you;
And I will make you a great nation,
And I will bless you,
And make your name great;
And so you shall be a blessing;
And I will bless those who bless you,
And the one who curses you I will curse.
And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed.”
So Abram went forth as the Lord had spoken to him; and Lot went with him. Now Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran. – Genesis 12:1-4 NASB
Is It Abram or Abraham?
A quick note. Sometimes we take for granted that everyone knows Abram later becomes Abraham. I was confused at one time too!
God Calls – Abram Answers
Abram heard God call him to pick up his belongings and move to another land; a land of strangers if you will.
Verse four simply says “Abram left” in a very matter-of-fact way. In fact his leaving is almost a footnote in the message. This shows how much faith Abram had (which would later be tested) but, this time he obeyed without a word.
Abram’s faith is a far cry from what we’ll see in Exodus as Israel complains in the desert for lack of faith. But that’s another story.
How Far is Canaan?
This was no small journey. By a loose calculation on the map, the indirect route Abram followed (in order to avoid the desert) took him somewhere between 600-800 miles. Quite a distance on foot.
Such a long journey but Abram took it. Why? Because God asked him to.
Obedience to God
You see, Abram had such faith in God that he did not question when God gave directions. He simply followed. He obeyed.
God’s covenant (promise) to Abram was that the land of Canaan would be given to his descendants and he would start a new nation; a nation which would become great: The nation of Israel. This is the promised land.
Abram’s Part of the Covenant
All God asked of Abram was that he obey God and follow His plan – for this Abram would receive an even greater blessing.
The Family Line
From Abram’s foundation and descendants came Jesus Christ who was born to save the world from sin.
God saw into the future when He asked Abram to travel to Canaan. Abram obeyed even though it meant leaving everything he knew to travel into unknown territory.
How About Us?
If we take it upon ourselves to obey God I’m sure He has a plan for you and me just as He did with Abram.
Love in Christ
If you would like to learn more about the love and life-changing experience of Jesus Christ, please take a moment to read John 3:16 for more information.
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