Desiring God


Abraham didn’t know where he was going. He didn’t know how it was going to end up. He just said, Abraham, I want you to leave everything that you’re comfortable with, everything that you’re used to, and everything that you’re familiar with. I want you to leave all of that and go with me where I’ll show you.

How many are going to trust God when he calls you out of that life into a new life, and you don’t know what it’s going to be like. Mt. Carmel Illinois Church That’s the invitation that God’s giving us. Trust the gut. Why? Because we’re not trying to go to an end result. Here’s what we do. Here’s what I do. I’ll say it about myself. I say, God, I’ll go where you want me to go if you show me what it’s going to look like, but I get there.

If you’ll show me how it’s going to play out, I’ll trust you, man. If you’ll show me how the connection is going to be made and man where I’m going to live and how the house is going to be, or what the job’s going to be like, man, I’ll trust you. Show me what’s going to be like, because we want to give God our stamp of approval on his plan.

I got it. If you just make it really plain to me, I’ll leave. I trust, I will leave God. I will leave all this behind. I trust. I guarantee if you’ll just show me everything I’m going to, he said, oh, just trust me. So now are what we’re going to is not the thing, it’s him. Mt. Carmel Illinois Church When we choose him, then we’ll go wherever he wants to go. That’s the difference. Too many times we’re wanting what God will do for us instead of God himself.

He says, trust me. So he’s pulling us out on this journey and he doesn’t tell us where we’re going. So now is this, when did God speak this to Abram? Well in verse one it says right there. No, actually I believe it was earlier because look at verse one of chapter 12 it says, the Lord had said, had said. It’s past tense, Mt. Carmel Illinois Church

The Lord had said to Abraham, so go in chapter 11 and go back to verse 27 maybe you’re close by. Maybe you just scroll up. Whatever you do, I want to give you this. This is the genealogy of Terah. Verse 27 Terah begot Nahor and Heron. Heron begot Lot and Haran died before his father Terah in his native land Ur of the Chaldeans. Pay attention to verse 28 you’ll need this. So Abraham had three sons, sorry.


Abraham’s Journey


Terah had three sons, Abraham Nahor and Haran. Haran was the father of Lot, but Haran died before his father Terah and his native land. Okay, so that’s it, Haran died before his father. Then Abraham and Nahor took wives. The name of Abram’s wife was Sarai. Nahor’s Wife was Milcah, the daughter of Haran, the father of Milcah and the father of Iscah. But Sarah was barren and she had no child.

Now I do better with pictures and so I brought up the slides. I want to give you the family tree here for what happened. So here’s Terah, come a little pointer here. So Terah had three sons, Abraham listed here, but it was originally Abram. Abraham, Nahor and Haran. Now it would look like on this and in the text, it might make you think that Abraham was the oldest.

But I’m telling you, what I’ve studied and figured out, is that Abraham was actually the youngest and Horan was the oldest. There’s a lot of ways that we can explain that, but Haran, so then it says died back in Ur of the Chaldeans. So Haran died, he had Lot and he had Milcah, Mt. Carmel Illinois Church.

Well then the Bible tells us that Nahor married Milcah. Yeah, so, Nahor married his niece. We don’t do this anymore. This is just different times. So Nahor married Milcah so Haran was the oldest, and remember we’ll find out that Terah lived to be 205 years old.

So these guys could have been decades apart in age. So we think about every two years spitting out a kid, but that’s not necessarily what they did back then. It may have been every 20 years. So anyway, Haran had Lot. So Haran was the oldest one, Mt. Carmel Illinois Church.

He died, he had a daughter Milcah, Mt. Carmel Illinois Church. And so now who knows how old she was. She could actually been the same age as Nahor. We don’t know, that’s not the significant part of this story. But anyways, so that’s the family tree. All right.  Then Abraham, if you know this, to Abraham also, I’ll throw this in for free.

Remember that Abraham married Sarai. Sarai was actually his half-sister. They had the same father but different mother. I know it’s weird, but it’s just the way it was back then. So Sarai and Abraham had an age difference. We know there, what their age difference was just from scripture.

But again, Mt. Carmel Illinois Church that’s not important. I just wanted to throw that in there. So now here’s the family. So he looks up in verse 31 and Terah took his son Haran. Now wait a minute. In chapter 12 who did God speak to, to get out of his country? To get out of his family and to get out of his father’s house? He spoke to Abraham, right? So he said, get out of your father’s house. Now go to verse 31 of chapter 11 and Terah took his son, Abraham and his grandson Lot, the son of Haran.


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