We continue our study of Godâ€™s demands which He gave to Abraham in Genesis 12:1.Â Thus far we have looked at the first two demands:Â (1) Get thee from thy country and (2) Get theeâ€¦from thy kindred.Â Demand number three is our subject today.
Â Â Â Â DEMAND 3:Â â€œGet theeâ€¦from thy fatherâ€™s house, unto a land that I will show you.â€Â Â I see this as a two part command.
PART 1Â Â Â Â â€œGet theeâ€¦from thy fatherâ€™s houseâ€Â
Â Â Â Â Why did God require Abraham to leave his fatherâ€™s house?Â I theorize this could have been Godâ€™s way of eliminating conflict of authority for Abraham.Â In those days paternal authority was not to be dismissed or contended.Â The family was ruled, provided for and protected by the father.Â It was his right and responsibility.Â Once separated from his father Abraham would not be subject to his fatherâ€™s authority.
Â Â Â Â God had a plan for Abraham which excluded his ungodly family, even his father.Â Knowing that a family was guided by a fatherâ€™s authority God moved to remove Abraham from his fatherâ€™s authority.Â By demanding Abraham to move away from his father he would then be subject to Godâ€˜s authority alone.Â That is the situation God desires for Christians – that they keep themselves subject to Godâ€™s authority above all other.
Â Â Â Â We live in days where children rebel against and run away from home to escape parental authority.Â More often than not this spells ruination of their lives.Â No doubt some readers, like me, have experienced this Satanic rebellion of children.Â Admittedly the children get much assistance from the godless propaganda machines of the world like public schools.
Â Â Â Â Christians also can and do reject or resist Godâ€™s authority.Â Rebellious Christians become spiritual wrecks until they return to Godâ€™s authority.Â The Apostle Paul cited two such Christians in I Timothy 1:19-20.Â Hymenaeus and Alexander made themselves spiritual shipwrecks, according to Paul, because they strayed from the faith.Â They left Godâ€™s Word of authority.Â I fear there are many Hymenaeuses and Alexanders these days who are not abiding in Godâ€™s authority.
Â Â Â Â Can we not conclude that a Christian will not be happy or useful to God as long as they spurn Godâ€™s authority?Â When we reject Godâ€™s authority we are left with manâ€™s authority which is a failing substitute.
Â Â Â Â God told Abraham â€œGet theeâ€¦from thy fatherâ€™s house.â€Â This was done, possibly partly, to free Abraham from conflict of authority.Â Following his departure from his father Abraham had another thing to do.Â Tomorrow we will go there.Â Until tomorrow may GOD BLESS YOU