His daughter-in-law survived, and his son, Abram’s wife, and they went out with them from Ur, to go to the land of Canaan. The holdup is Abrams supposed to leave all of his family at his father’s house and who’s going along on this journey with him? He’s got his daddy with him. He’s got his nephew with him and he survived. He says, fine bring your wife with you, but he’s supposed to leave his father’s house. He’s supposed to leave his family and he’s got to come along with him to experience, Mt. Carmel Illinois Church.
He’s supposed to leave them behind, but said they went out to go to the land. So all of them are leaving together and they had great intentions. Mt. Carmel Illinois Church They were intended to go to the land of Canaan, but they were supposed to leave these people behind. Abram was willing to walk away from his country. He was willing to walk away from his homeland, but he’s not willing to walk away from his immediate family.
He was not willing to walk away from his daddy for whatever reason, but they didn’t detach. Here’s what I’m going to submit to you. What we’re not willing to walk away from can become the very thing that prevents us from experiencing what God has for us, church.
Come on. Come on now. Well, I’m not walking away from my daddy. Well, what if your daddy is the one thing? I know nobody’s bringing that down, but Jesus even said this, he who loves father and mother more than me is not worthy of me. He was the same because he didn’t love his mama and did love his daddy. That wasn’t the issue. It’s an evaluation process of, and it’s who is the most important? Jesus has to be first that uses us, church.
Partial Obedience is still Disobedience
The thing that we will not walk away from can be the thing that holds us back. Everything has to be on the table. When you’re in your relationship with Jesus, you can’t hold anything back and say, well, I’ll give everything to God except this, this, and this. Mt. Carmel Illinois Church Those simple things could be the very thing that holds you back. Remember, this partial obedience is still disobedience.
Well, I’m mostly serving God. I know we’re all mostly serving God to a certain aspect, but ask King Saul, how partial obedience works. Partial obedience is still disobedience. So this is why we have to understand we’re giving up everything.
They had good intentions. They’re going to go to Canaan’s. I’ve got dad with me and I’ve got Lot with me, but we’re still going to the land of Canaan. But then the next part says, and they came to Haran and dwelt there. The word dwelt means to set down, to remain, to settle in, and to take up residence. I’ve got another map here I want to show you. This gives you a little idea of the journey. So they went on this journey early in modern day Iraq.
This is where they lived, or this was the Promised Land where they’re trying to get, you’d think shortest distance between two points. That’s where we need to go. No, but see this on here. Yeah, I can just do it right here in the middle. That way people in life to see it. So you go from over there, but this is all desert land. You’re not going to travel there, church.
You see this as what they call the fertile area so the Fertile Crescent, and the Euphrates River. So if you’re going to make a journey from here to here, you have to go on this route. So this is where they started way down there. And remember they’re not traveling by airplane and we’re not traveling by train. They’re not traveling by car. They’re traveling either by animal or just walking. They’re hoofing it.
So, they got to go all the way from earth to the land that God will show them, which is here, but along the journey, remember that somewhere God will show them. God didn’t have this map in front of them. Would it be helpful if God gave us a map? Have you ever been in those stores and they have that big map and it says you are here. You’re like, that’s where I want to go, Mt. Carmel Illinois Church.
Here’s where I am. Okay. Now I know where I need to go. That’s what I want in my life. I want to know. This is where I am. God, this is where you’re taking me. Yeah, this one is just make that decision to do that, but that’s not what happened. He said, I want you to start leaving. I want you to leave here and just go where I show you, church.
Well, it could’ve been here. They didn’t know where they’re going. It says they came to Haran and they dwelt there. They stopped. Why did they stop there? Notice the name Haran. Does that ring a bell? Terah had three sons. What was the name of the first one?
Haran. And what did it say about him? Haran died before his father. Haran died back here. Now evidently he stayed back with the family farm. We don’t know what happened to him, but we know that Terah took Abraham and they came to Haran and they dwelt there. And here’s the problem. Here’s what I felt like happened. They settled into Haran. They settled for something. It wasn’t God’s best. On a long journey of hope can cause us the temptation to settle in places where we’re supposed to pass through.
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