Step by step, God initiated – Abraham responded.
Lesson 26 from The HOPE Study Guide
Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go forth from your country, And from your relatives And from your father’s house, To the land which I will show you; and I will make you a great nation, And I will bless you, And make your name great; And so you shall be a blessing; And I will bless those who bless you, And the one who curses you I will curse. And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”
– Genesis 12:1–3
By faith Abraham, when he was called, obeyed by going out to a place which he was to receive for an inheritance; and he went out, not knowing where he was going.
– Hebrews 11:8
From among the nations of the earth God called out a man, who is known to us as Abraham. God told Abraham to leave his home and go to a land He would show him. Abraham did as God said, taking all his people and possessions. God promised that Abraham would possess this land, and become the father a great nation. And through him, all the nations of the earth would be blessed. It was a peculiar promise, for Abraham and his wife, Sarah, had no children of their own. But Abraham obeyed God just the same, and led his people to the land of Canaan.
– The HOPE, Chapter 5
OBSERVE & CONSIDER
In the previous lesson we saw how God brought about the nations of the world. We also learned that God’s plan will ultimately bring unity and blessing to the nations and glory to God. In this lesson we will consider an event that marks a very significant step toward that end.
From among all the nations God called out one man named Abraham. We can only imagine how it went when Abraham told his wife, Sarah, what he heard from God.
Abraham: We’re going to pack up and leave our home.
Sarah: Why would we do that?
Abraham: Because God said so.
Sarah: Why would He do that?
Abraham: Because God is going to make me the father of a great nation, and He is going to bless all the nations through me.
Sarah: But we don’t even have children.
Abraham: I know.
Sarah: And neither of us is young.
Abraham: I know.
Sarah: So where are we going?
Abraham: I don’t know.
Abraham had nothing on which to base his actions…nothing but his faith in God. But he took the step that God told him to take. And today, Abraham is known as the father of three of the world’s major religions: Christianity, Islam, and Judaism.1 He is without question one of the most significant figures in all of history. His name appears in the Bible over 260 times, often as an example of a man of great faith. Continue reading