"Father Abraham": "Father Abraham" Genesis 11:27-12:3: Genesis 11:27-12:3 "Now the LORD had said to Abram, Get you out of your country, and from your kindred, and from your father's house, to a land that I will show you." PowerPoint Presentation: "Get out of town. Away from your family." Is that the beginning of witness protection? No, that's the gist of the beginning of God's conversation with Abraham in the Bible, Genesis 12:1 The Blessings of Abraham Genesis 12 : The Blessings of Abraham Genesis 12 Now the Lord had said to Abram: “Get out of your country, From your family And from your father’s house, To a land that I will show you. I will make you a great nation; I will bless you And make your name great; And you shall be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, And I will curse him who curses you; And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” Blessings of Abraham by Donald Lawrence: Blessings of Abraham by Donald Lawrence [Verse 1:] I am the Lord who health thee. Oh that you only trust in Me You are the seed my faith recieve the blessings of Abraham the blessings of Abraham [Chorus:] It?s your inheritance get your inheritance you are the seed my faith recieve the blessings of Abraham the blessings of Abraham [Repeat all of that again] [ Verse 2:] Whatever you are wherever you go, whatever you touch anointed to grow you are the seed by faith receive the blessings of Abraham the blessings of Abraham [Chorus:] It?s your inheritance get your inheritance (both hands) you are the seed my faith receive the blessings of Abraham the blessings of Abraham PowerPoint Presentation: It?s yours it?s yours get your inhertance the head not the tail above not beneath a lender (both hands) not a barrower Get your inheritance Get your inheritance [repeat til ready to end the song ] [Ending:] you are the seed my faith receive the blessings of Abraham the blessings of Abraham (both hands) you are the seed my faith receive the blessings of Abraham the blessings of Abraham ammmm get your inheritance PowerPoint Presentation: The story begins with God asking Abraham to move to a new land. At 75 years old God asks Abraham to move to "a land that I will show you .“ He doesn't tell him where . . . just to go. There are no maps, no Triple-A Trip Tickets, no brochures. God pointed west and said, "Go." Abraham's family is in Ur. His business is in Ur. His friends are in Ur. But God's direction was clear. And Abraham packs up and moves out. Hebrews 11:8-10) : Hebrews 11:8-10) "By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whether he went." UR: UR When God called Abram he was in a city in Babylonia, named Ur of the Chaldees . Ur was a very advanced city and was believed to have been founded some five hundred years before the time of Abraham. Ur, could be compared to a modern city, having libraries, schools, a system of law It was a rich city and many valuable treasures have been discovered including elaborate jewelry. The false religion of astrology which was begun at Babel was practiced there as it was in all Babylonia. Abraham's father, Terah according to Joshua 24:2, worshiped idols . Jewish tradition refers to Terah as an idol maker. Ur was an idolatrous city worshiping many different Gods such as the god of fire, moon, sun and stars. Sin was the name of the chief idol deity of Ur. Ningal , was the wife of the moon-god, Sin, and was worshiped as a mother God in many other cities. Ur was a evil and sinful city as can be seen in the worship practices of the moon-goddess, Ningal . Every female in the city at some time in her life would have to take her turn in serving as a priestess prostitute in the temples. (1) PowerPoint Presentation: With a father who worshiped idols and a city dedicated to wickedness, Abraham was not raised in the best of environments . Yet, when God called, Abraham believed God and by faith followed God's instructions PowerPoint Presentation: GOD IS THE INITIATOR IN OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH HIM The first thing we notice about the call of Abraham is that it is initiated by God. There is no record here that God chose Abraham because he was godly. There is nothing that says Abraham was a man who was walking with God. We read about Abraham's faith in the book of Hebrews but you need to realize that the faith came after God first called Abraham and made these wonderful promises to him. God's action was first . . . Abraham's was in response to God's action. In fact, as we paste together Abraham's background we see that Abraham was an unlikely candidate for God's favor. Listen to these words from Joshua 24:2 Joshua said to all the people, “This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: ‘Long ago your forefathers, including Terah the father of Abraham and Nahor , lived beyond the River and worshipped other gods." Abraham grew up in a home that practiced idolatry. It is likely that Abraham had no real "faith" until God chose him to be the Father of the faithful. PowerPoint Presentation: Listen to these words God speaks to the church, (1 Cor. 1:26-31) Brothers, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him. It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. Therefore, as it is written: “Let him who boasts boast in the Lord.” OBEDIENCE IS THE ROAD TO BLESSING God extends a tremendous promise to Abraham (which we will see shortly) but he asks Abraham to do something. He must leave his home, business and family. We must not get confused. Abraham is not blessed because of his obedience . . . he is blessed IN his obedience. Think about it in terms of children. We don't love our children BECAUSE they do well. We love them because we love them. But, when our children are obedient and follow our directions they enjoy the expressions and benefits of that love more regularly.