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Genesis 12

Abram the Ramblin' Man

Now the LORD said to Abram, "Go from your country and your kindred and your father's house to the land that I will show you. 2 I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. 3 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 shall be blessed." 4 So Abram went, as the LORD had told him; and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran. 5 Abram took his wife Sarai and his brother's son Lot, and all the possessions that they had gathered, and the persons whom they had acquired in Haran; and they set forth to go to the land of Canaan. When they had come to the land of Canaan, 6 Abram passed through the land to the place at Shechem, to the oak of Moreh. At that time the Canaanites were in the land. 7 Then the LORD appeared to Abram, and said, "To your offspring I will give this land." So he built there an altar to the LORD, who had appeared to him. 8 From there he moved on to the hill country on the east of Bethel, and pitched his tent, with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east; and there he built an altar to the LORD and invoked the name of the LORD. 9 And Abram journeyed on by stages toward the Negeb.

Perhaps They Asked Him to Leave?

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Musings

This is the real beginning for the nation of Israel and the Hebrew people. It is God's covenant with Abram that begins the journey to nationhood and as a people. The main thing here is that Abram receive's God's call and in a tremendous act of faith (at 75 years old) sets out to the land of Canaan. God's promise to give all of the land to Abram and Sarai's offspring immediately sets up the story for some tension, as they don't have any children and are really too old to have any - or so they thought.


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