1.6 Genesis 12-14

Stephen Van Bueren

January 6

Genesis 12-14

Summarize what you read in one paragraph:  Genesis 12-14 details God’s call of Abram (Abraham) and His initial promise to Abram that He would make him into a great nation. To be honest, there are stories that leave you scratching your head – like Abram forcing his wife Sarai (Sarah) to pretend to be his sister??? This section of chapters includes the introduction of Lot, Abram’s nephew. As they go their separate ways, Lot chooses an area of land that from a distance looked appealing to the eye, however, as we later read, Lot settled near Sodom – underscoring that the “grass is not always greener on the other side.” It concludes with Abram’s rescue mission, after Lot has been captured – and the blessing he received from Melchizedek.

What is one key verse? 

“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’…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.”

Genesis 12:1,4 

Abram (Abraham) became known as the “father of faith” and though it wasn’t until chapter 15:6 that it says that his faith in God was credited to him as righteousness – I believe that is was here, in Genesis 12:1-4 that Abram’s faithfulness was born. The sister passage to this is found in Hebrews 11:8, where it says, “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.” 

How does what you read change your vision of God?  I think that from what I read, God is more interested in our faithfulness to Him and what He may ask of us, than He is in our comfort. Abram (Abraham) at this point in time, was established in his life. He was married, had his extended family around, had done what could be assumed as fairly well in life that he had accumulated a lot of “stuff.” And it was at this point that God called Abram to give up those securities and comforts to follow Him into what would be so far better.

How does what you read change your vision of yourself or others?  The change for me personally is the call for me to be willing to follow God into the unknown – while being faithful that whatever or wherever He is calling me to, it will be far better than the “comforts” of staying put in “Haran.”

How will you Go With God because of this reading? (What is an action step?)  I want to be faithful to do the best I can, with what I have, where I am at – but then be willing to follow the Holy Spirit’s guidance – even if I don’t know exactly where that may lead me.

Where did you see Jesus in these chapters? (What made you think about Jesus?)  I have always been blown away by Abram’s faith to leave and go, even though he didn’t know where he was going. However, in my time of pondering these passages, I have realized that Jesus obeyed and left what was far more “comfortable” and “secure” when he chose to leave heaven to come down to earth to be with us.

7 Replies to “1.6 Genesis 12-14”

  1. The heart that trusts God without knowing the outcome, so inspiring. I think the challenge is recognizing even the “good” things in my life that I allow to become securities or comforts deterring me from this heart of faith. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Great point about Jesus leaving comfort to come to earth and live among us. Another thing to consider is that when he was on earth, he had little to no possessions and did not live a comfortable life even by human standards. We serve a selfless savior!

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  3. Gensis 12:1-4 is incredibly inspiring, because I feel like it continues a pattern that God started with Noah and continues to this day. God seems to call people in each generation to have radical faith and follow Him wherever He takes them. Sometimes people obey the call, and sometimes they don’t – but God seems to always be looking for people of faith. This reminds me of Jesus calling the first disciples. Like God calling Abram, Jesus called the first disciples to leave their settled lives to go on an adventure with Him. I love how consistent God’s character is throughout the story of the Bible!

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  4. Very encouraging, Stephen! I still have a hard time wrapping my head around how Abram had so much faith and commitment that he was willing to drop everything and GO! Very inspiring, frightening, exciting, and holy!

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  5. Your statement “God is more interested in our faithfulness to Him and what He may ask of us, than He is in our comfort” really helped me examine all of the changes in my life in the last year or so. Specifically, a big job shift after 13 years in one place. It was not an easy or comfortable transition, and I was almost forced to be faithful. But everything has worked out amazingly! My husband and I can really see the paths that God is putting before us and the doors that He is opening for us now that we’ve been faithful in me switching jobs.

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