Monday, January 4, 2010

Moving on

Genesis 12:1-2, 4

The Lord had said to Abram, "Leave your native country, your relatives, your father's family, and go to the land that I will show you. I will make you into a great nation. I will bless you and make you famous, and you will be a blessing to others.

So Abram departed as the Lord instructed,…

Place yourself in this situation. The Lord instructs you to pack up and move your home, leave behind your relatives, even distant relatives and go to this land that you don't know, but God will show you. God in turn promises you that He will make a great nation out of you, He will bless you and make you famous and that you will be blessing to others. So you pick up and leave immediately, right?

Abram did! He picked up and departed as the Lord instructed. Imagine, the faith shown in this act. I don't know if it's being a woman that makes this so difficult to comprehend. I don't know if it is because I think of all the stuff, now I know we probably have more stuff in this day and age, but they did have a home. They did have family and they were leaving them behind as well.

We like familiar. We like for things to be planned and it doesn't look like Abram got a lot of planning time. He didn't have a lot of time to prepare his to do list…The Lord instructed and Abram departed.

What faith is shown by Abram! The original words mean go away, get out leave behind your family..The original word for famous meant powerful and that you will be a present to others and that you would help others to praise God. A present to others don't you like that? Abram was a gift!

Think about it Abram's family was blessed. Abram's name is definitely great. His name is great and famous to all Christians and other faiths. Also, because of Abram's faith a lot of people saw spiritual light and believed and for this people were and are praising God. Wow,…

So, listen for your instructions and be like Abram and be ready to go.

I must move to another passage that catches my attention and I still don't get…Why does Abram tell Sarai to pretend to be his sister? After all, Abram just packed up, left everything and every one behind and yet he tells his wife to pretend to be his sister. Then the pharaoh took her as his wife. Does anybody else have any thoughts on this part of the scripture? Last year, I wrote why and again this year I write why…we were just told of Abram's call and his faith in doing. Why this action?

Sweet blessings,




debbie said...

I was in the bathtub and The Spirit nudged me with this thought..Abram this man of great faith fell short in believing and trusting during this time period with asking Sarai to pretend..

Frankie said...

Debbie, that is so awesome that you got an answer to your question so quickly. I think what we find with these great men and women of faith in the Bible, is that they are just like us. They are flawed and find themselves trying to take matters into their own hands instead of trusting in God. Oh boy, do I relate to that.

On another note, I was struck by Genesis 11:1-9, that what the people feared(being scattered all over the world) would happen to them if they didn't build the tower and city, did happened to them by the hand of God.