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Genesis 12:4-5

Lesson # Genesis 12:4-5
Study Material - Genesis 12:4-5

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Gen. 12:4-5

4 So Abram went forth as the LORD had spoken to him; and Lot went with him. Now Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran. 5 And Abram took Sarai his wife and Lot his nephew, and all their possessions which they had accumulated, and the persons which they had acquired in Haran, and they set out for the land of Canaan; thus they came to the land of Canaan.

As we saw in yesterdays lesson, the quote mentioned in Acts 7, indicates that Abram was called to go to the land of Canaan while in Mesopotamia, and his father moved as far as Haran from Ur. So we know that Ur was in Mesopotamia. Mesopotamia refers to the 'land between the rivers', which rivers were the Tigris and Euphrates rivers which come out of Turkey and travel south generally, to the Persian gulf.

They went as far as Haran, which is in the general vicinity of Syria. Family held Abram back. But now that his father is dead, there was no longer a hold on Abram. God repeated the command, to leave the family, leave the comforts of Haran, and go to the land promised. God is patient. Often times we do not do what we are supposed to do. God repeats to us through His Word, to study, study, study. Grow up and be mature. We get distracted, we get comfortable, we get picky as to what we will study or not study, what we will believe or not believe. If we are in prosperity, or otherwise have no pressures on us, then we tend to get arrogant and subjective in our discernment of doctrine, rather than objective in our discernment. We get into a rut.

Now Abram was 75 years old. His life should have been established by now, but he is just beginning. He obeys and packs up everything, family, relatives, servants, tents, and so forth, leaving nothing behind in Haran, nothing to go back to, and moves to Canaan.

When we are advancing in our spiritual life we will face rough roads, most of which are of our own making because of our own bad decisions. The road ahead looks difficult and it is easy to choose what appears to be the easy road, to go back to the life without God. To go back to the life of not studying everyday. The life of just working day in and out, paying the bills, remembering the good times, which were not really good times, but we convince ourselves that there were good times. Because as we start out in our spiritual life, as immature believers, things seem difficult. Things do not happen as quickly as we would like them to happen. Abram is still 25 years from his blessing of a son, with a lot of tests and adventures in between.

God does not give us a certificate upon completion of our Bible study, and then we go to the bank to cash it. We should be advancing in our responsibility not only as believers, but as people as well. We still live in this world, with its mixture of people their personalities and attitudes, with the cancers, the DNA defects, the employment or business problems, with storms, with family or neighbors, with things we buy that break down. We still have to deal with all of this. But with doctrine you have an edge. God is on your side and he makes your path easier when you comply with His commands. The negative believer has the jungle to deal with, and you cannot see very far in the jungle, and the jungle is not very friendly.

God has a better life planned for each of us. Abram heard the command to move out, and this time he obeyed. He left Haran and went to Canaan, where he saw what it was that God was going to give him and his descendants.

God shows us Bible doctrine, this is our Canaan, our promised land, the land flowing with milk and honey. This is the place of spiritual maturity, which God shows us all from the source of the scriptures and we get to peek at it, but we do not receive it, until we advance to maturity. Even when we get to maturity, we are still in this world. We get to taste the blessings here, but the real blessings come to us in eternity, when we actually will receive our promised land. But even in eternity not all will receive the same blessings.

Those who are hot for doctrine and advance to maturity, apply doctrine to their lives and otherwise remain in fellowship with God as commanded, to those believers, there are tremendous rewards. The Apostle Paul will spell this out and we will see some of the details in the first three chapters of Revelation.

Remember that all believers go to heaven. All believers get their resurrection bodies, but beyond that there are even more rewards and blessings that God has stored up for us in eternity. Some will receive all those rewards. Some will receive less. Some will receive little of those extra blessings.

Abram received the call, the call that was repeated, and he went to Canaan. Lot did not receive the call, but tagged along anyway. Many people have knowledge of doctrine but they just are not interested in it. They never make time in their lives for doctrine. They have one excuse after another. They criticize doctrine, or those who follow it. Or they simply ignore God and stick their heads in the sand, pretending that life is something other than what God says it is.

Sarai, Abram's wife went with him. Who was she? Sarai, 'saray', means self made, dominative, head person, captain, chief. She was an opinionated woman, strong willed. May have given Abram some flack about moving, but she did go with him. Abram had to persuade her to go. A strong willed woman cannot be ordered around. She has to be convinced, and then make the decision on her own. Sarai did so and followed Abram. Later we will see the change in Sarai, when her name is changed by God to Sarah, feminine, mistress, noble lady, chief. Still running her household, but with a softer and more enlightened approach.

Doctrine does this to us all. A wimp can become courageous. A stubborn person can become tolerant.

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