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Genesis 11:27-32

Lesson # Genesis 11:27-32
Study Material - Genesis 11:27-32

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Gen. 11:27-32

27 Now these are the records of the generations of Terah. Terah became the father of Abram, Nahor and Haran; and Haran became the father of Lot. 28 And Haran died in the presence of his father Terah in the land of his birth, in Ur of the Chaldeans. 29 And Abram and Nahor took wives for themselves. The name of Abram's wife was Sarai; and the name of Nahor's wife was Milcah, the daughter of Haran, the father of Milcah and Iscah. 30 And Sarai was barren; she had no child. 31 And Terah took Abram his son, and Lot the son of Haran, his grandson, and Sarai his daughter-in-law, his son Abram's wife; and they went out together from Ur of the Chaldeans in order to enter the land of Canaan; and they went as far as Haran, and settled there. 32 And the days of Terah were two hundred and five years; and Terah died in Haran.

About 222 years after the flood, Terah was born and Abraham was born 292 years after the flood. See the generations chart on the index page. This verse begins, 'Now these are the records', just as verse 10 began with, 'These are the records'. An increment in history has occurred. Man originally began to define history on his own terms at Babel with one race, one language, one route to God via the tower. Which was not in accordance with Gods plans for the human race. God had designed man to break up into several nations, several languages, and disperse across the countryside, which has occurred over the last couple of hundred years. The Greeks were just in their beginnings of small tribes, the Egyptians were forming as were the areas in the north and far east. Gods designs happened despite mans plans. So in this first three hundred years after the flood, the basics of the civilizations of the world, developed.

Terah was a follower of idols, Josh. 24:2. God moved him and his family from beyond the river and into the land of Canaan, as Joshua states. Though Terah migrated from Ur to Haran which was half way to Canaan. Terah also had multiple wives, or at least he sired children by more than one woman, Gen. 20:12, Abraham confesses that his wife Sarai was his step sister with the same father as Abraham, but a different mother.

The Bible makes special mention about Haran dying while still in Ur where he was born. Perhaps Haran was the eldest son and no move would have been made while he was still alive. Or perhaps he was the favorite son. Either way, after he had a son, Lot, and after he died in Ur, then the move was made toward Canaan by the family of Terah, but they only went half way. It will not be until after the death of Terah, that Abraham will continue to where God had instructed him to go. Those instructions will be given in chapter 12.

The promised land was Canaan, but they only went half way. This would have been the decision of Terah, to stop and not go the remaining distance. He preferred his idols verses God. He preferred the choices available in the land of Haran verses the choices that God gives us. The promised land represents a land of milk and honey, of prosperity, of peace or rest in our life, of freedom from the burdens of live, of allowing God through doctrine, to take the burdens we have and deal with them.

Some people go half way. They get turned to doctrine but don't follow through. They are sort of luke warm or cool toward Bible doctrine. They are aware that the Bible is there, that God has information to teach us and that we should learn, but some just don't accept the importance of it. They get caught up in their daily lives of work, or social activities, or whatever the busy schedules in their life provides. Bible study is just not important enough to bother with. Who ever heard of getting ahead by studying the Bible? Obviously you have to get through a reputable school, get credentials, get a good resume', hustle through the competition of your career ladder. If you are a certain color, you're screwed. If you are poor, you're screwed. We can always find an excuse for our failure to advance in society. But this is all human viewpoint, not Divine viewpoint.

Terah chose the offerings of the world and did not advance to Canaan and the offerings of God. Study your Bible daily and stay in fellowship. Advance in your spiritual life to maturity and keep advancing without letting up. Make your Bible study a priority in your life. Of course you go to school, you study, you do your job the best you can. God will advance and promote you in His own good time and in His own way. And when He does, you will be ready for whatever it is that God wants you to do. God leads us in many ways. You will not hear His voice in the night, nor dream dreams, or have vision revelations from God. You simply study His word daily and the natural course of your unique history will unfold before you And most probably in hindsight you will discover Gods hand in your life.

Terah had an opportunity to become the Father of many nations, but he went only half way. Now Abraham received that title because he will go all the way with God. History is set in its stage. Sarai is barren. The civilizations of the world are developing. Terah is said to have 'taken his family' and moved. But he stopped. In the next chapter it will be Abraham who will 'take his family' and complete the journey.

We all have opportunity in our lives and the greatest opportunity comes from spiritual growth through your daily intake of Bible doctrine. You can grasp that opportunity, or you can ignore it. Opportunities lost never produce a profit.

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