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Abram – God Starts All Over Again - Gen 11:27-12:7 PDF Print E-mail
Written by John Tsang   
Thursday, 22 June 2017 08:28


We have reached a pivotal moment in our study of Genesis. Chapter 1-11 is the primeval history of the human race. Chapter 12-50 is the story of Israel; beginning with the calling of Abram in Chapter 12. Here is a short clip from The Bible Project that gives a very creative way to understand Gen 1-11, Genesis Ch. 1-11.


At the end of Gen 10 and 11, we see the list of nations and humanity’s attempt to make their name great by building a tower. Gen 12 opens with these promises to Abram:

“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.

3 I will bless those who bless you,

and whoever curses you I will curse;

and all peoples on earth

will be blessed through you.”


The calling of Abraham is God’s answer to the problem of spiralling sin in humanity. God will establish a special relationship (covenant) with Abraham and his descendants, bless them by giving them instruction and the law; and through them, God will bless all peoples on earth. This becomes the overriding plot of the Old Testament, the principles of which, extend to the New Testament.


Not only is this story theologically important but when we read it devotionally, it resonates with many of us. Abram’s journey is a parallel of the Christian life in which the lifelong lesson is to learn to have faith and trust in God as He leads us, often to an uncertain future. When Abram arrived at Canaan after a long journey, he finds that Canaan was occupied. So Abram waited and built an altar to the Lord. Abram travelled some more toward Bethel and Ai and once again, he marked the moment with an altar as he called on the name of the Lord.


If Abram’s story is our story, what might the Lord be asking you to leave behind to venture forth to experience his promise? What fears do you have? How many more ‘big moves’, geographically or internally, do you think you have left in your life?


Peace and grace, John

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