Daily Reading: 04 April – The Call of Abraham – Genesis 12 – going without knowing

Monday of Second Week of Easter

+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!

“It was by faith that Abraham obeyed when God called him to leave home and go to another land that God would give him as his inheritance. He went without knowing where he was going.” (Hebrews 11:8 NLT)

E100:2.a Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob:
The Call of Abraham – Genesis 12 (NLT)

The Call of Abraham

1 The Lord had said to Abram, “Leave your native country, your relatives, and your father’s family, and go to the land that I will show you. 2 I will make you into a great nation. I will bless you and make you famous, and you will be a blessing to others. 3 I will bless those who bless you and curse those who treat you with contempt. All the families on earth will be blessed through you.”

Abraham's Journey from Ur to Canaan József Molnár, 1850 Hungarian National Gallery, Budapest

Abraham’s Journey from Ur to Canaan
József Molnár, 1850
Hungarian National Gallery, Budapest

4 So Abram departed as the Lord had instructed, and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he left Haran. 5 He took his wife, Sarai, his nephew Lot, and all his wealth—his livestock and all the people he had taken into his household at Haran—and headed for the land of Canaan. When they arrived in Canaan, 6 Abram traveled through the land as far as Shechem. There he set up camp beside the oak of Moreh. At that time, the area was inhabited by Canaanites.

7 Then the Lord appeared to Abram and said, “I will give this land to your descendants.” And Abram built an altar there and dedicated it to the Lord, who had appeared to him. 8 After that, Abram traveled south and set up camp in the hill country, with Bethel to the west and Ai to the east. There he built another altar and dedicated it to the Lord, and he worshiped the Lord. 9 Then Abram continued traveling south by stages toward the Negev.

Abram and Sarai in Egypt

10 At that time a severe famine struck the land of Canaan, forcing Abram to go down to Egypt, where he lived as a foreigner. 11 As he was approaching the border of Egypt, Abram said to his wife, Sarai, “Look, you are a very beautiful woman. 12 When the Egyptians see you, they will say, ‘This is his wife. Let’s kill him; then we can have her!’ 13 So please tell them you are my sister. Then they will spare my life and treat me well because of their interest in you.”

14 And sure enough, when Abram arrived in Egypt, everyone noticed Sarai’s beauty. 15 When the palace officials saw her, they sang her praises to Pharaoh, their king, and Sarai was taken into his palace. 16 Then Pharaoh gave Abram many gifts because of her—sheep, goats, cattle, male and female donkeys, male and female servants, and camels.

17 But the Lord sent terrible plagues upon Pharaoh and his household because of Sarai, Abram’s wife. 18 So Pharaoh summoned Abram and accused him sharply. “What have you done to me?” he demanded. “Why didn’t you tell me she was your wife? 19 Why did you say, ‘She is my sister,’ and allow me to take her as my wife? Now then, here is your wife. Take her and get out of here!” 20 Pharaoh ordered some of his men to escort them, and he sent Abram out of the country, along with his wife and all his possessions.

Christian Missions: I Will Go

Prayer

Heavenly Father: you told Abraham to leave everything and go to a faraway place he had never seen, and knew nothing about. And, by faith, Abraham did just that. Thank you for the blessings that have been passed on to me through the faithfulness of Abraham and his descendants.

+ Lord, give me ears to hear when you call me in the still of the night, or the tumult of the storm.
+ Lord, give me the courage to leave behind the familiar and adventure into the unknown when your call.
+ Lord, give me a vision of your promised blessings, whether they are realized in my lifetime or not.

Heavenly Father: you have raised me to new life with Christ. Keep my mind fixed on the realities of heaven, rather than the things of this earth. And when Christ is revealed to the whole world, may I share in all his glory. Through Jesus Christ, your son, who with the Holy Spirit, reigns with you, one God forever. Amen.

Closing Sentence

“(May you) grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.” (2 Peter 3:18)

+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!



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