The Call of Abram

International Sunday School September 4 2022 Fall #1

Lesson Scriptures

Genesis 12:1-7 ESV  Now the LORD said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you.  (2)  And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing.  (3)  I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”  (4)  So Abram went, as the LORD had told him, and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran.  (5)  And Abram took Sarai his wife, and Lot his brother’s son, and all their possessions that they had gathered, and the people that they had acquired in Haran, and they set out to go to the land of Canaan. When they came to the land of Canaan,  (6)  Abram passed through the land to the place at Shechem, to the oak of Moreh. At that time the Canaanites were in the land.  (7)  Then the LORD appeared to Abram and said, “To your offspring I will give this land.” So he built there an altar to the LORD, who had appeared to him.

Genesis 12:1-7 ESV

Genesis 15:1-7 ESV  After these things the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision: “Fear not, Abram, I am your shield; your reward shall be very great.”  (2)  But Abram said, “O Lord GOD, what will you give me, for I continue childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?”  (3)  And Abram said, “Behold, you have given me no offspring, and a member of my household will be my heir.”  (4)  And behold, the word of the LORD came to him: “This man shall not be your heir; your very own son shall be your heir.”  (5)  And he brought him outside and said, “Look toward heaven, and number the stars, if you are able to number them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your offspring be.”  (6)  And he believed the LORD, and he counted it to him as righteousness.  (7)  And he said to him, “I am the LORD who brought you out from Ur of the Chaldeans to give you this land to possess.”

Genesis 15:1-7 ESV 

Notes

Call of Abram Gen 12:1-3

  • Joshua 24:2 (ESV) And Joshua said to all the people, “Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, ‘Long ago, your fathers lived beyond the Euphrates, Terah, the father of Abraham and of Nahor; and they served other gods.
  • Enter world to be blessed by the Messiah and this gives the world the opportunity to be be blessed by accepting Jesus as our personnel Savior.

Abram Obeys Gen 12:4-6

  • People lived a lot longer in that day. Abraham 175 when he died so this was middle-age for him.
  • Hebrews 11:8-9 (ESV) By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place that he was to receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. [9] By faith he went to live in the land of promise, as in a foreign land, living in tents with Isaac and Jacob, heirs with him of the same promise.

Promise and Alter Gen 12:7

  • The first mention of a theophany in the Bible.
  • But Abram did not see God the Father. He saw the pre-existent Son of God. See John 1:18 NIV  “No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known.”

Fear Not Gen 15:1

  • This happened right after Abraham rescued Lot from the attack and capture of the multiple Kings.
  • This was a night vision, not a dream.
  • Psalms 27:1 (ESV) Of David. The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

Abram Childless Gen 15:2-4

  • The first use of LORD God (Adonai Jehovah) in combination in the Bible.
  • According to the Code of Hammurabi, Eliezer, his steward, Abram’s head servant would inherit if Abram did not have a child.

Faith Counted as Righteousness Gen 15:5-7

  • Hebrews 11:11-12 (ESV) By faith Sarah herself received power to conceive, even when she was past the age, since she considered him faithful who had promised. [12] Therefore from one man, and him as good as dead, were born descendants as many as the stars of heaven and as many as the innumerable grains of sand by the seashore.
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