Abram Departed

Genesis 12:4  

So Abram departed as the Lord had spoken to him, and Lot went with him. And Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran.

Recently we saw that Abraham left Ur of the Chaldeans because of God’s command that he leave his homeland and journey to “a land I will show you” (Genesis 12:1). His caravan stopped and stayed in Haran for a number of years. After the death of Abraham’s father, Terah, Abraham left Haran to continue his journey to the land to which God was leading him—Canaan.

We should not read over the simple statement “Abram departed.”

This was an act of great faith and obedience. At the age of 75, Abraham was well-established in life, yet he was willing to relocate to a land completely unknown to him with God’s promise that he would become the father of a great nation of descendants. This alone, if viewed physically, would seem impossible. Abraham and his wife had no children, and the Scripture explains that Sarah was “barren” (unable to have children—Genesis 11:30).

Put yourself in Abraham’s shoes. What if you were told to leave your familiar surroundings to travel to an unknown destination with no knowledge of where you were going and what you would encounter along the way?

The book of Hebrews describes Abraham’s amazing example of faith this way: “By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going” (Hebrews 11:8).

To learn more about the faith demonstrated by this great man, read “The Faith of Abraham.”

Tomorrow on the Daily Bible Verse Blog: “A Fruitful Vine.”

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