Read Genesis 12-13
Now that the people of Babel could no longer talk with each other, they spread out over the whole earth. Genesis 10 tells us that seventy different nations were formed, each with its own language. God selects one man out from among them to establish his covenant to save the nations—Abram.
Abram will later be renamed by the Lord to be called Abraham, meaning: “Father of many nations.” See the promise of rewards and blessings of Christ upon Abraham: a new land, to become a new nation, to be given blessing, a great name, to become a source of blessing to others, to have God’s promise of protection from man’s curse and attacks. The greatest promise of all is that the nations of the earth will be blessed through him. God has redemption in mind for a fallen world. God’s covenant with Abram points to his Seed which will be Jesus Christ. Through Christ anyone from any scattered nation, can be blessed with salvation.
Think about it: Whatever your nationality: “…if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.” (Galatians 3:29, NKJV)
Pray about it: Pray with faith, believing the blessings upon Abraham are yours in Christ.
Genesis 12:1, Luke 5:1-11
See the call of Christ upon Abram. “Get out of your country, from your family…” Abram came from a land of idolatry in Haran. Ancient Jewish sources tell us that Abram’s father Terah was an idolater, that he even made and sold idols. What a break the call of Christ has upon our lives. Jesus called his disciples and they left everything to follow him. And that included families and the businesses they ran. In Peter, there was nothing bad and everything right about a good fishing company with his partners James, John and their father Zebedee. But like Abram, whatever our life was, Christ will evict us from it. Abram was stirred and pushed: “Get out” of the life you are living. He obeyed and went. Some of us can say, “I would have never experienced the myriad of blessings these many years had I not got up and out of that old country I left so long ago.”
Think about it: There is something more that God will show us if we will leave the life we are comfortable with, the life we know, the predictable and the safe.
Pray: “Direct my steps by Your word, And let no iniquity have dominion over me.” (Psalm 119:133)
Read: Genesis 12:1 & John 8:39-56
Abram became a worshipper of the one True God. The world was filled with nations of men from the Tower of Babel who were hell-bent on de-throning the God of the universe. They made and worshipped many gods to their own liking. But Abram had an encounter with Jehovah that made a believer out of him. When Paul, in the New Testament, had an encounter with Jesus Christ who was risen from the grave, it shattered his theology and changed his life. Genesis 12:1 tells us that God spoke to Abram. Stephen in the New Testament says that he not only spoke to him, but that he appeared to him. “Brethren and fathers, listen: The God of glory appeared to our father Abraham when he was in Mesopotamia…Acts 7:2 Abraham, like Paul, didn’t have a blind faith. God showed Himself to him. Jesus himself said: “Your father Abraham rejoiced to see My day, and he saw it and was glad.”” (John 8:56)
Think about it: God has the power through Jesus Christ to make a believer of anyone. (Matthew 16:17)
Pray about it: Remember and rejoice with God on how He revealed Himself to you.
Read Genesis 12:7-8, Genesis 13:4, Genesis 13:18 & Romans 10:9-10
Like Abel and Noah long before him, Abram participates in the altar of Christ. See Abram the altar builder who calls on the name of the Lord. We are told who the Lord is in Romans 10:9-10: “Jesus is Lord” and “whoever calls on the name of the Lord will be saved”. Each of these men, as early worshippers of the Triune God, looked ahead to the sacrifice of Christ who would save them. These men are worshippers of the God who will atone for their sins. They offer sacrifices of animals in the shedding of blood. One day Christ will come and shed blood once and for all. These men of old made it a natural duty to seek the Lord. They called upon His Name and along with their worship we see a Christ-filled sacrifice. From this sacrifice, the sweet aroma of life in Christ reaches God the Father on their behalf. In the same way, when we look to Christ, life is ours as well.
Think about it: Be an “altar-builder” everywhere you go and then, like Abram, go forward.
Pray about it: Pray for God to help you to true spiritual progress through the finished work of Christ upon the cross.
This is the day where we look at a Psalm or one of the Prophets in the Old Testament to see what we can learn about Christ and His place in our weekly reading.
See how Christ called Abram from a lost place. “Look to the rock from which you were cut.” This man was from an idolatrous family in Haran. The Lord broke him off from his history and created a new future for him as a new people. Years later, his people Israel would find themselves in the rock quarries of Egypt as slaves. God powerfully cut them from their bondage and brought them back to the Promised Land. “Look to the hole of the pit from which you were dug.” It is good for a people who have had a new birth to remember their lives from their first birth: conceived in sin and trouble. We were like Lazarus, in the grave hole and stinking. Christ stood upon the grave and commanded our lives as a trophy. The picture of Christ’s redemptive power is true to Abraham and prophetic to the future. Jesus saves.
Think about it: One may be reduced to smallness. But remember, Abraham was one man. God blessed him and made him many.
Pray about it: Look to God. Trust God for his promises. Have strong faith.