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Oct 14, 2018
Abram and thePromise
I cannot even begin to explain theimportance of a study on a person who has touched more peoples lives than almost anyone who has ever lived.
Without Abram where would this world be? The atheist would say, "Good riddance, we would be better off if he had never been born," but not the student of the word of God, because it is through Abram'sseedthat redemption is made available to every member of Adam's race.
Atheists have been thumbing their noses at God during their youth, and during their struggles, but many have later discarded their unwarranted bitterness towardsGod and have received mercy from Himin return.
Remember friend, God is longsuffering, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
For any Pagans reading this you have a lot in common with Abram because Joshua 24 tells us that Abram's family were also idol worshippers before God got ahold of him:
Joshua 24:2 And Joshua said unto all the people, Thus saith the Lord God of Israel, Your fathers dwelt on the other side of the flood in old time, even Terah, the father of Abraham, and the father of Nachor:and they served other gods.
The Early Years
To find the story of Abram we must go to the eleventh chapter of the book of Genesis. But to understand the whole story we must go back even further.
We must go back through the story of creation, through the fall of man, and through the flood by way ofthe ark of faithbefore we can begin to fully understand the significance of Abram's life.
Which brings us to the place where we are now, back in Ur of the Chaldees (modern day Iraq). It is interesting to note that the Bible begins in a Garden of Eden and it also ends in a Paradise.
The Bible then proceeds from Eden to Babylon and it culminates with MysteryBabylon just prior toa Kingdom on this Earth in the Last Days ruled by Christ himself.
It is also interesting to note that today the focus of the world is once more directed towards the place of Abram's birth, especially with ISIS threatening the world.
The story of Abram begins with his Father Terah, who was living in Ur of the Chaldees when his firstborn son Haran is born unto him.
Although Abram's name is mentioned first in verse twenty-six, he is not the firstborn son as many would suppose, he was most likely born second for reasons I will share with you later in this chapter.
26 And Terah lived seventy years, and begatAbram,Nahor, andHaran.
The three brothers were not triplets as you might suppose at first glance, but it was at the age of seventy that Terah had the first of his three sons.
Abram is mentioned first because of his preeminence over the other two, as is often seen throughout the Scriptures.
27 Now thesearethe generations of Terah: Terah begatAbram, Nahor, and Haran; and Haran begat Lot.
This verse initially leads us to believe that Haran is most likely the oldest of the three because he is the first to have a son.
28 And Haran died before his father Terah in the land of his nativity, in Ur of the Chaldees.
How or why Haran died is not the story here, Abram is. All too often we waste God's time and our own by asking questions that God never intended for us to know the answers to.
We do know that Haran's death was especially hard on his father Terah because as we shall see later that Terah names a city after his firstborn son and stays there until his own death. (Some say Terah named his Son after the city which is also possible).
It is most likely that Haran's wife was dead by this time as well because it was customary to have the oldest surviving brother marry his deceased brothers wife to raise up seed unto his brother, but this, as we shall see, does not happen.
29 And Abram and Nahor took them wives: the name of Abrams wifewasSarai; and the name of Nahors wife, Milcah,the daughter of Haran, the father of Milcah, and the father of Iscah.
Notice that Nahor takes his brother Haran's daughter as his wife. This implies a considerable age difference between the two siblings.
Nothing is mentioned ever again aboutIscahor his fate. He may have lived out his days in Ur of the Chaldees with his Uncle Nahor. Nothing is recorded in Scripture to substantiate that Iscah made the trip to Haran with Abram.
30 But Sarai was barren; shehadno child.
God withheld Sarai from having a son for many years for His own glory. Sarai did not become bitter during this trial as many through the ages have, but she allowed God to work through her during this time to prepare her for a much greater task later, to be the mother of a great nation.
God would have Abram's heir and the future heir of the promise that would soon be made to Abramborn in the land of promise, not in the Pagan cities of Ur or Haran.
31 And Terah took Abram his son, and Lot the son of Haran his sons son, and Sarai his daughter in law, his son Abrams wife; and they went forth with them from Ur of the Chaldees, to go into the land of Canaan; and they came unto Haran, and dwelt there.
Terah took his son Abram and his grandson Lot to go to the land of Canaan but for some reason stopped short (halfway) and ended up either establishing a city named after his firstborn son Haran or sojourning in the very city named after Haran.
We have a clearer understanding from chapter twelve and in other places that it was Abram alone that God called to leave that area. Terah, I believe,just decided to tag along, most likely not wanting to be separated from Abram, his second son.
32 And the days of Terah were two hundred and five years: and Terah died in Haran.
Now we come to the death of Abram's father in the city named after his older brother and we learn a little more about the ages of Haran and his much younger brother Abram.
If Terah was seventy years old when he begat Haran, and two hundred and five years old when he died, that would mean that Haran, if he would have lived, would have been one hundred thirty-five years old at the time of his father's death.
And if Abram was his older brother he would have been older than that, but the Bible records thatAbram was only seventy-five years old when he left his fathers grave in Haran. That would make Abram sixty years younger than his older brother Haran.
If the age difference is too much of a gap for you to swallow I suggest you go back to Genesis chapters one through eleven and re-read them by faith, for in them you find men living up to nine hundred and sixty-nine years, as was the case with Methuselah.
If you don't believe that then this book is just another book of fairy tales to you and it is hardly worth your time.
But if you want to believe the Bible and are struggling with it, remember this: God, who is all powerful, created man to live forever and mankind fell into sin and the Bible records that the wages of sin is death.
Ezekiel 18:20 The soul that sinneth it shall die.
God warned Adam thatinthe Daythat you eat thereof you shall surely die. Adam died spiritually, as most believe, but he also died physicallyin that same Day.
A Day is with the Lord as a thousand years and a thousand years as a Day. 2 Peter 3:8
Adam died in the same spiritual day that he disobeyed God which was prior to his reaching a thousand years on man's time clock.Adam died at 930 years of age according to Genesis 5:5.
Psalm 90:4 For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night.
A New Dispensation(Economy)would now begin
God was now going to operate differently than he had in the past with mankind. A new dispensation,or economy, was beginning between God and mankind.
It would be through the person of Abram and his descendants that would come to be called Israel who would make up a future Kingdom that would one day rule and reign here on the Earth with the Messiah as a nation of Kings and Priests.
The word dispensation comes from the Greek word: Oikonomiah or Economy. The word is used of the Apostle Paul four times in his epistles, three of those times he refers to the dispensation, or economy, of grace that was given to him: 1 Corinthians 9:17, Ephesians 3:2 and Colossians 1:25.
It bears record that if a dispensation was given to Paul during the latter part of his life then there must have been other dispensations that came before the one God gave specifically to him.
Paul also mentions the worddispensationregarding a future dispensation calledthe dispensation of the fullness of times, so from just these four times in Pauls Epistles we learn that God is a dispensationalist, or God works differently with mankind at various times.
God also uses the Greek word Oikonomiah three more times in the Gospel of Luke which spoke to Israel just prior to the dispensation/economy of grace that was given to Paul to give to us in the body of Christ today.
Those three timesare all found in Luke 16:2-4, and the word Oikonomiah is here translated as the word, Stewardship. We are to be stewards or the stewardship we have been entrusted with from the Apostle Paul today just like any steward of any other dispensation.
Luke 16:2 And he called him, and said unto him, How is it that I hear this of thee? give an account ofthy stewardship; for thou mayest be no longer steward. 3 Then the steward said within himself, What shall I do? for my lord taketh away from methe stewardship: I cannot dig; to beg I am ashamed. 4 I am resolved what to do, that, when I am put out ofthe stewardship, they may receive me into their houses.
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