By: Ely Lagajino
Abram believed the LORD, and because of this faith the Lord accepted him as one who has done what is right. Genesis 15:6 (ERV)
Language confusion and people migration did not stop the Babel builders from worshipping idols. The Lord chose Abram and finally left the hardened transgressors that followed their evil ways (PP p.107).
Abram, a believer of the true God was born in Ur of Chaldeans whose majority dweller’s worshipped idols. Abram’s father Terah an idolater took his name from the pagan moon god (Bible Application NIV p.30). Later in life God changed his name to Abraham, “Father of a great multitude”
While in Ur of the Chaldees, God called Abram to go to Canaan to train him for the great work as the guardian of the sacred truth and the descendant of the coming Messiah (PP p.108). Later Abram’s father and family joined him in worshipping the true God (PP p. 109).
Terah and family left Ur to go to Canaan but they established their home in Haran which is part of Mesopotamia, instead. It may have been because of his poor health (Bible Application NIV p.30). He had respected his father’s leadership but when his father died God called Abram for the second time. “Leave your country, your people and your father’s household and go to the land I will show you. I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing” (Genesis 12:1, 2).
He would lead a Patriarchal system of government as God’s law keeper where the father was the ruler and priest of his own family, and over his descendants in “both religious and secular matters” (PP p.131).
Abram with his wife Sarai, his nephew Lot, and their servants left Haran and proceeded to the Land of Canaan. They reached Shechem and stayed for a while. He built an altar for the Lord and promised Him perpetual obedience, as the Lord appeared to him (PP p.111}.
Abram, “the friend of God” set us a good example of obedience, and a life of dependence, trust, and faith in God.