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Genesis 12:1-7 (05.12.19)

Genesis 12:1-7 NIV
The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you. [2] “I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. [3] I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you. ” [4] So Abram went, as the Lord had told him; and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he set out from Harran. Genesis 12:5-7 NIV
He took his wife Sarai, his nephew Lot, all the possessions they had accumulated and the people they had acquired in Harran, and they set out for the land of Canaan, and they arrived there. [6] Abram traveled through the land as far as the site of the great tree of Moreh at Shechem. At that time the Canaanites were in the land. [7] The Lord appeared to Abram and said, “To your offspring I will give this land. ” So he built an altar there to the Lord, who had appeared to him.

As we move through the Old Testament, God’s promise gradually develops and takes shape. To Abram (Abraham) he makes a three fold promise: offspring who will become a great nation, with their own land, and who will bless the world. Abram’s part in this? To go and follow – doesn’t this sound just like Jesus’ instruction to his disciples, ‘Come, follow me’?

Spirit, give me the faith to hear Jesus’ the call to go and the courage to follow.

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