God Calls Abram
After the flood the world gradually became full
of people again, but they were still wicked and did not obey
God. There was one man, however, who was different. His name
was Abram and he believed in and trusted the One True God.
Abram lived in Ur of the Chaldees, a fine city
situated on the banks of the River Euphrates. Many sailing
vessels came to Ur bringing goods from distant lands and rich
and wealthy citizens like Abram lived in large comfortable
But the people were idolatrous - they worshipped
many false gods - and Abram was surrounded by wickedness in
his family as well as in the city.
One day God gave Abram a special message. He
told Abram to leave the country he lived in, to leave his
home, friends and family, and to go to another land far away
- a place God would show him. Abram did not know where this
land was but he trusted God would be with him and show him
the way. He had faith in god.
So Abram, his wife Sarai, his father Terah and
his nephew Lot, with their many servants, flocks and herds,
set out on the long journey. They probably followed the course
of the River Euphrates as they travelled northwest, eventually
arriving at a place called Haran where Terah died.
Abram then set off again with Sarai and Lot,
travelling slowly with their many flocks and herds, servants
and herdsmen, always moving nearer to the land of Canaan.
At last they reached a place called Shechem and here God spoke
to Abram again. This was the land, God told him, that He promised
to give him. One day it would belong to Abram and to his family
and it would belong to them forever.
And that wasn't all. God also promised Abram
that He would
1) make Abram a great nation
2) bless him and make his name great
3) bless those who blessed him and curse those who cursed
4) bless all the nations of the earth through Abram, and
5) give the land to his descendants.
What a wonderful promise! Of course, the land
does not yet belong to Abram forever, but God does not break
His promises and when He sends Jesus back to the earth, Abram
will be raised from the dead and be given the land as God
had promised him.