Thursday, July 6, 2017
This chapter begins a new era of God's dealing with humanity. He called one man named Abram and instructed him to go to the land that God will show him. The Lord told him that He will cause him to become the father of a great nation. God will bless him and make his name famous, and he will be a blessing to many nations. God's formula of blessing is important: "I will bless those who bless you and curse those who curse you; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed" (v3). So Abraham obeyed God and went to Canaan, together with Sarai, Lot, and all his servants with their possessions. They saw that the Canaanites were living in the promised land. Abram built an altar unto the Lord to worship and celebrate His goodness to his family (v7). Then famine struck the entire land, so that Abram and Sarai went to Egypt, the most powerful and prosperous kingdom at the time. But the Lord protected them from possible threat and malicious spirit. It shows that God's people are secured in His Hand wherever we go. He is our Help and Protector in time of troubles and harassments. God bless.
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