Genesis Lesson 8 Day 3

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Genesis 12:1-3

God’s call to Abram

6. a. God’s call and promises

God called Abram to leave his native country, his relatives, and family but didn’t tell him where he was sending him.

In the place of his homeland, God promised to make him a great nation. This promise meant Abram and Sarai would have a child and descendants.

God also promised to make him famous, to bless him, and make him a blessing.

All who bless Abram, God will bless. Those who curse him, God will curse. 

God promised, “I will bless every family on earth through you.”

b. Acts 7:2-4

In the previous lesson, we referenced Acts 7:2-4 in which God revealed through Stephen that the Lord made this promise to Abram before they left Ur in Mesopotamia. Genesis 12:1-3 repeats the call and promise.

God repeated the promise now that his father was dead and Abram was compelled to a more complete obedience.1

It’s easy to imagine how this partial obedience may have happened. Perhaps when Abram mentioned to Terah that God called him to leave with Sarai, Terah tried to talk him out of it saying “you can’t make it on your own” or “how will I make it if you leave?” Or perhaps Abram was nervous about making a move without his family. 

7. God’s promises if we live by faith

To those chosen by God, He says, don’t be afraid or discouraged because He won’t discard us. He will give us strength and uphold us. (Isaiah 41:8-10)

When Jesus said to His new disciples, “Follow me, and I will show you how to fish for people!” they dropped everything and went. (Matthew 4:18-22)

Love the following passage! It applies to me right now in so many ways. Thank you, Lord, for the reminder:

And everyone who has given up houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or property, for my sake, will receive a hundred times as much in return and will inherit [everlasting] life. But many who are the greatest now will be least important then, and those who seem least important now will be the greatest then. Matthew 19:29-30 NLT4

To be a loyal follower of Jesus, we must truly follow Him completely. Losing our life for His sake is how we save it. What benefit is it to gain the entire world, but lose our own soul? (Mark 8:34-36, paraphrased)

If we love Him and keep His commandments, He will ask the Father to give us the Counselor, the Spirit of truth to be in us so He will be with us forever. He won’t leave us as orphans. Because He lives, we will live also. (John 14:15-20 paraphrased)

8. a. Our call

This year, we sold our house and moved two states away, leaving behind family, all our furniture, and many of our other belongings. We’re still sort of camping out in temporary quarters. Many of our belongings are still in boxes. (Long story)

Our call didn’t begin with a clear word from God. It began when we concluded it made little sense to stay where we were, but we didn’t have a plan. Eventually, after much prayer and exploring options, we did ultimately receive explicit confirmation.

If you’ve followed these lessons for several years, you may recall when I asked myself, “Why did I become curator of my parents’ and grandparents’ stuff?” I asked myself, but the revelation came from God.

That day began a long, painful process of selling and donating. 

After three months, we still don’t know specifically why we are here, but we know we heard correctly. Holy Spirit reassures us with his abiding presence. 


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2 AWM Living Commentary

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