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What Came Before:
NOT FAR FROM THE CITY of Babylon, where they began to
build the tower of Babel, was another city, called Ur of the Chaldees. The
Chaldees were the people who lived in the country which was called Chaldea,
where the two rivers Euphrates and Tigris come together. Among these people, at
Ur, was living a man named Abram. Abram was a good man, for he prayed to the
Lord God, and tried always to do God's will.
But the people who lived in Ur, Abram's home, did not pray to God. They prayed
to idols, images made of wood and stone. They thought that these images were
gods, and that they could hear their prayers and could help them. And as these
people who worshipped idols did not call on God, they did not know his will, and
they did many wicked things.
The Lord God saw that Abram was good and faithful, though wicked people were
living all around him. And God did not wish to have Abram's family grow up in
such a place, for then they too might become wicked. So the Lord spoke to
Abraham and Lot
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József Molnár 1880
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Now the LORD had said to Abram:
“Get out of your country,
From your family
And from your father’s house,
To a land that I will show you.
I will make you a great nation;
I will bless you
And make your name great;
And you shall be a blessing.
I will bless those who bless you,
And I will curse him who curses you;
And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”
Abram did not know just what this blessing meant that God promised to him. But
we know that Abram's family grew after many years into the Israelite people, out
of whom came Jesus, the Savior of the world, for Jesus was a descendant of
Abram: that is. Jesus came a long time afterward from the family of which Abram
was the father; and thus Abram's family became a blessing to all the world by
giving to the world a Savior.
Although Abram did not know just what the blessing was to be that God promised
to give him, and although he did not know where the land lay, to which God was
sending him, he obeyed God's word. He took all his family, and with them his
father Terah, who was very old, and his wife, whose name was Sarai; and his
brother Nahor and his wife, and another brother's son whose name was Lot; for
Lot's father, Haran, who was the younger brother of Abram, had died before this
time. And Abram took all that he had, his tents, and his flocks of sheep, and
herds of cattle, and went forth on a long journey, to a land of which he did not
even know the name.
He journeyed far up
the great river Euphrates to the mountain region, until he came to a
place called Haran, in a country called Mesopotamia. The word
Mesopotamia means " between the rivers"; and this country was between
the two great rivers Tigris and Euphrates.
Map of Ancient-Palestine
Journey of the Family of Abraham
Giovanni Benedetto, c 1664
|At Haran they all stayed for a time. Perhaps
they stopped there because Terah, the father of Abram, was too old to travel
further; for they stayed at Haran until Terah died.
After the death of Terah, his father, Abram again went on his journey, and Lot,
his brother's son, went with him; but Nahor, Abram's brother, stayed in Haran,
and his family, and children, and children's children, whom they call "his
descendants," lived at Haran for many years.
From Haran, Abram and Lot turned toward the southwest, and journeyed for a long
time, having the mountains on their right hand .and the great desert on their
left. They crossed over rivers, and climbed the hills, and at last they came
into the land of Canaan, which was the land of which God had spoken to Abram.
Tower of Babel
This land was called Canaan, because the people who were living in it were the
descendants, or children's children, of a man who had lived long before, whose
name was Canaan. A long time after this it was called "the Land of Israel," from
the people who lived in it; and because in that same land the Lord Jesus lived
many years afterward; we now call it "The Holy Land."
When Abram came into the land of Canaan, he found in it a few cities and
villages of the Canaanites. But Abram and his people did not go into the towns
to live. They lived in tents, out in the open fields, where they could find
grass for their sheep and cattle. Not far from a city called Shechem, Abram set
up his tent under an oak tree on the plain. There the Lord came to Abram, and
"I will give this land to your children, and to their children, and this shall
be their land forever."
And Abram built there an altar, and made an offering, and worshipped the Lord.
Wherever Abram set up his tent, there he built his altar and prayed to God; for
Abram loved God, and served God, and believed God's promises.
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