By Derek Westmoreland
Senior Pastor, Hopewell Baptist Church, Savannah
As chapter 12 begins, we find Abram who was introduced in chapter 11 (v. 26) pushed to the forefront of the story. In verses 1-9 Abram is called to leave his place of comfort for the land God promises to give to him and his descendants. It is the spiritual picture of one leaving their old way of life and beginning a new life by faith.
I. God calls. In verse 1, the Lord (Yahweh) commands Abram to leave behind his familiar surroundings. First, he is to leave his land. Second, Abram is called to leave behind his relatives. Third, the Lord calls Abram to leave behind his father’s house which is to leave behind his reputation (social clout). Specifically, Abram was leaving behind his well-known and well-respected name to go to a land where he would be unknown. His reputation would not go with him. The obedient act of faith would demonstrate that Abram desired to find his community, security, and identity, not in the things of the world; but in the Lord. [Read more…]