The Call of Abraham

The Call

Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you.
I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you;
I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing.
I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse;
and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.
(Genesis 12: 1-3)

The Patriarch

Abraham’s legacy is arguably one of the greatest ever. Three major world religions point to Abraham as its patriarch: Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. The followers of Mohammed trace their ancestry back to Ishmael, Abraham’s illegitimate son. Christianity and Judaism trace back through Isaac, the son God promised to Abraham and his wife, Sarah.

God’s Call of Repentance

An inference can be made that Abraham probably worshiped false gods before God appeared to him in his native land east of the Euphrates Rive.

Long ago your ancestors, including Terah the father of Abraham and Nahor, lived beyond the Euphrates River and worshiped other gods.
(Joshua 24:2)

God required Abraham to leave his lifestyle of idol worship and follow the one true God. A few points can be made here. First, God’s promises (which I will enumerate in the next section) likely hung on Abraham repenting and obeying God’s call to travel west towards Canaan. Second, Abraham did nothing to merit God’s favor. There is no indication that Abraham was meditating and seeking after the Lord. God, out of His own desire and for His own purpose, choose to call Abraham. Calvinists use this narrative (among others) to make a strong case for the doctrine of election.

God’s Promises

The promises that God made to Abraham were threefold:

  1. Land
  2. Descendants
  3. Blessings

These promises were preceded by God’s requirement for Abraham to “go from your country, your people and your father’s household.” While the promises in Genesis chapter 12 were unique to Abraham, God promises all believers certain things, provided that the person repent and believe God through faith. Some of the many promises are:

  1. Eternal inheritance (Eph 1:13-14)
  2. Endure temptation (1 Cor 10:13)
  3. Empowered life (Rom 8: 1-4)

Have you accepted God’s call of repentance? Is God calling you now? What is holding you back? Repent and believe so that you may enjoy the promises of God. Who knows? Maybe God has a legacy in store for you.

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