Lesson Scriptures: Genesis 12:1-8
Key Lesson Theme: “The Basis For Confidence”
Today's Lesson: Tuesday, October 12
1 The Lord said to Abram: Go from your land, your relatives, and your father’s house to the land that I will show you.
2 I will make you into a great nation, I will bless you, I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing.
3 I will bless those who bless you, I will curse anyone who treats you with contempt, and all the peoples on earth will be blessed through you.
God’s call was not only personal, it was simple and direct. “Go.” The Lord issued a call to action filled with demand. The act included walking away from everything Abram held dear. As all people of his day, he was attached to the land (country), his tribal heritage (kindred), and his family (father’s house), which represented a place of responsibility and leadership. “Go from your country, your people, and your father’s household” (NIV). “Go out from your land, your relatives, and your father’s house” (CSB). The call to move away from the land, heritage, and family he knew included a call to go to a land that I will show you. Abram wouldn’t know where he was going until he got there. Even in this statement of call we see the ongoing assurance of the Lord’s direction. Abraham may not have known where he was headed but the Lord did. He always does.
Typically, the Lord reveals His plan for our lives progressively rather than all at once. If we saw it all, we would likely be frightened by what we saw. Moreover, if we obeyed only because we knew it all, that would be acting on knowledge. The Lord wants a people who trust Him and will act by faith. It is one thing to be called out by God to dwell and serve Him in the familiar settings of life. It is another thing to be called to give up everything to follow God into the unknown.
The Lord’s call and promise to Abram included seven elements, each based on something the Lord Himself would do. I will make you into a great nation, I will bless you, I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, I will curse anyone who treats you with contempt, and all the peoples on earth will be blessed through you.
What are some lasting truths from Genesis 12:1-3?
· God took the initiative in calling out a people unto Himself.
· To be the people of God, we may well be asked to leave our comfort zones to follow Him.
· Even though the Lord calls us to be His people, He does not always reveal all the details of His plan.
· God’s call to be His people is accompanied by His promises of blessing.
· The call and promise of the Lord to be blessed includes the responsibility to be a blessing to others.
Until tomorrow Saints...
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