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Genesis 12:1-3

Lesson # Genesis 12:1-3
Study Material - Genesis 12:1-3

You must be in fellowship prior to your Bible study, so that the spiritual information you receive can become a source of blessing to your soul and produce spiritual growth.

Gen. 12:1-3

1 Now the LORD said to Abram, 'Go forth from your country, And from your relatives And from your father's house, To the land which I will show you; 2 And I will make you a great nation, And I will bless you, And make your name great; And so you shall be a blessing; 3 And 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.'

Abraham gets the call to move on to Canaan. We have already seen that he moved from Ur to Haran, but he stopped there with his family. In Acts 4:7 we find out that Abraham really received the call to move when he was back in Ur, and now he again receives the call to move out.

His father did not receive the call to move, but the son Abram received the call from God. Not only did he receive the call to move, but he was commanded to leave his family, his relatives and the home that he had established in Haran. Probably he received the same call in Ur, but everyone moved at the same time. Like dragging bad baggage along, you can't make it to your destination when you are overloaded with baggage. Abraham was weighed down with family. Probably their attitude of not wanting to go on to Canaan. Haran looked fine. Nice fields and such. Why move on? But the family was holding Abraham back.

Adam and Eve had the same command, to leave the parents in marriage and move out on their own. O course they had no parents, but the principle applied to them as well as Abraham. And the doctrine of moving out on ones own when you are old enough to make your own living, had existed since Adam. Abraham was just being reminded about it.

We all have this call. To get away from family. But more important, to get away from the baggage which prevents us from advancing in our spiritual life. And our baggage is generally our attitude toward Bible doctrine, or the distractions which prevent us from our study. Family can be one distraction. Social life can be another, and the list of possible distractions can go on forever I suppose.

God tells Abraham, that he will be made a great nation, and be blessed, and that he himself will be a blessing (The line of Christ through him), that all who bless him will be blessed, and all that curse him will be cursed. Sound familiar from the psalms and proverbs?

Everything in the Old Testament is a pattern for us to follow. or not follow as the case might be. Abraham was told to get out of his comfort zone and get away from the baggage which was holding him back. We will see throughout the scriptures that we too need to examine our lives and determine if there are any distractions, and baggage in our respective lives which might be holding us back from our advancement in our spiritual lives. To not advance means disaster. But here the emphasis is on blessing. Following Gods commands, means blessing. Blessing to ourselves, to others around us, to the world at large. Our very presence here on planet earth, preserves the existence of this planet. We are the salt of the earth, and by us it is preserved. Better put, by means of the doctrine in us, the earth and mankind is preserved. Remember that at the rapture when all believers are removed from this earth, only unbelievers will remain and as we will see in Revelation, the deterioration of the planet begins to escalate and rapidly. Four angels are commanded to hold off the disaster to allow history to continue.

Here we by our existence as believers, are a blessing to the peoples of this earth, even though the vast majority do not know it nor do they appreciate it. All negative people are against God, therefore against us. Abraham was protected by God from adversaries. Here we have the infamous anti-Semitism warnings, but they apply to all believers advancing in their spiritual lives. And to a certain extent to all believers regardless of their spiritual status.

God chose Abraham and subsequently the nation of Israel, but later we will see that all Israel is not Israel. The spiritual side is emphasized, not the physical aspect. Belief in the savior is the issue for unbelievers, then attitude toward doctrine follows as the issue for believers.

God promises to bless Abraham, and all believers, and especially those who adhere to His doctrines. All of humanity was blessed through Abraham, because of the line of Christ which went through Abraham. Abraham had that promise when he had no children. Therefore, obviously he would have children. Obviously he would have blessing.

This applies to us as well. If we keep with out Bible study, and do not let anything get in our way, then blessing will follow. Gods promise. Abraham had the promise and later the blessing. We too have the promise, and sooner or later, depending on our attitude, blessing will follow.

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