The story of Abraham comes from the portion of the Hebrew Scriptures called the Torah or the Law. The Torah was completed during a time a crisis for the Hebrew people. They were held as captives in the Babylonian Empire: modern day Iran and Iraq.
Please read Genesis 11:26 - 12:3 and Genesis 17: 1-7
God called Abraham by name asking him to move from Ur to Haran and finally to Canaan. Abraham's family moved from the places where the peple were in captivity to Israel. This was the reverse journey of the captives.
Abraham and his wife Sarah were also 75 years of age and had no children. God told Abraham if he would follow God, God would make his family a great nation. He would bless this nation so they could be a blessing to the world.
When we put this passage in the context; a passage that was written during the exile, a time of great crisis, we begin to see what God was promising. God was giving hope to the people in captivity. They would return home. They would once again become a great nation filled with people. Captivity was not the end for Israel.
When looking at any story we can ask ourselves three questions.
Why was this written the way it is?
What is this telling us about God, us and our connection to God?
What does this mean for me today?
God called Abraham to give him hope. If he followed God he would have children and his family would have a future. The people in exile could follow God, return home and have a future.
Questions for us to consider:
How does God call or speak to us today?
How are our lives as followers of Jesus a witness to others of the promise of God's covenant?
How do our lives show others the hope that comes with following Jesus?
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