Last week it was discussed how God called Abraham to faith and upon Abraham’s faith God separated him unto Himself. That same process occurs with Christians today. God calls us to faith by the Holy Spirit and His Word. At the moment we come to faith God separates us from the world to Himself as He did Abraham. This is all of God’s grace.
It was noted in the introduction (Day 1) that the act of separation required two: God and the believer or Christian. We have seen God’s part in Abraham’s separation now we will learn of the separation that Abraham performed. In Genesis 12:1 God issued a set of demands to Abraham which, if Abraham followed, he would separate himself unto God.
FIRST DEMAND: “Get thee out of thy country…” Abraham lived in the city of Ur on the Euphrates River in the land of the Chaldees in Mesopotamia. The present day location of Ur would be in the Southeastern area of Iraq.
Why would God direct Abraham to leave his country? Well, I think one reason could have been the population was heathen – they worshipped false gods. One reference source said the moon god was the chief god of Abraham’s city of Ur.
Secondly, we can say that God had a better country waiting for Abraham. The Bible tells us that Canaan was fat with good provisions. Do you recall Moses sending the twelve spies into Canaan to assess the land? They found abundant fruit never before seen.
“And they came unto the brook of Eshcol, and cut down from thence a branch with one cluster of grapes, and they bare it between two upon a staff; and they brought of the pomegranates, and of the figs.” Numbers 13:23
Many times throughout the O.T. Canaan was described as a land “flowing with milk and honey.” The first such mention is Exodus 3:8. Plus there was abundant grazing land for cattle to produce the food staple milk. Then there was the sweet blessing of a plentiful number of bees which produce the much desired honey.
Honey was a scarce food in the desert areas but Canaan had much honey due to the abundance of bees. Honey was a symbol of pleasant things. The Psalmist described God’s judgments as “sweeter also than honey and honeycomb.” Psalm 19:9-10
Yes, God had a better country waiting for Abraham. More importantly God had a miraculous plan for Abraham in that better country. We will learn more about that as we progress.
What we should glean from Genesis 12:1 is that God gave Abraham a set of demands for separation. The first demand was “…get thee out of thy country…” God’s second demand to Abraham will be our subject tomorrow. Until then may GOD BLESS