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Published on March 8, 2014

Author: danmaynes

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The call and the commissioning of Abram later to be called Abraham.
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Catholic Lectionary. 2009. Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

Abram’s Call “Now the Lord said to Abram, …” When had the Lord said this? Abram was 75 years old. Imagine being 75, picking up everything, and leaving behind family, friends, a business and a political position to move, to an unknown place, now that’s commitment. Abram had done pretty well for himself, by virtue of the fact that he lived in the city of Ur the “hot spot” of the day. Ur was also the place where bathtubs were first invented. In addition to riches, Abram was a respected leader of the community and also had beautiful wife.

Abram was also a man with a deeply religious faith in God so the Lord had reached down and spoke to him. When God said, “Leave your country, leave your family, and follow Me,” Abram had a choice. He could either hold on to his worldly possessions, his riches and respectability or he could do what God asked. Abram chose to listen to God, by so doing, he became the father of faith, to a new nation. The covenant with Abram had three parts, or three promises: 1. to make Abraham a great nation (see Genesis 12:1) which established a national identity an identity we now refer to as Israel.

Messiah to give him a great name (12:2); an important kingdom with security derived from its association with God and 3. to make Abraham the source of blessing for all the world (12:3), predominance, primacy among nations. But why? The Jews were to become the spiritual light to the Gentile world. The Jews became the guardians of the Old Testament Scriptures. The Messiah was to come through the Jewish people and that is why through the Jewish people, all other peoples would be blessed. 2.

Babel Isn’t it interesting that those were the very same three things people had wanted when they attempted to build the Tower of Babel. “let us build ourselves a city, and a tower with its top in the heavens (Gn. 11:4) (primacy); and let us make a name for ourselves, (national identity), lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.” (national security). Aren’t our goals, our desires are same today? We want something meaningful to do in life—primacy, an importance. We want to discover who we are— a personal and national identity. We need security, in our relationships, as a nation and in our finances. Jesus said, “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things shall be yours as well.” (Mt. 6:33).

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