Gen. 12 Abram is chosen/ called by God
Gen. 12 Abram is choosing to believe
Gen. 12 Abram is concealing his identity
Gen. 13 Abram consults with Lot
Gen. 14 Abram is conquering kings
Gen. 14 Abram encounters Christ-figure
Gen. 15 God covenants with Abram
Genesis 12. The calling of Abram was specific to him but affected others greatly. His being chosen forced him to make some choices about their lives that affected everything else about their lives. Choices are important and we must make them carefully. However it is always wise and best to choose the Lord even if we don’t understand everything that is being said or told to us. Abram left not knowing all the details. We too must walk by faith. We will not always have all the information needed to make a “good decision” but really all that is required is the assurance that God has called us and promised to be with us.
Just because Abram was chosen/called doesn’t mean he was perfect. He lies and conceals his identity for fear of being killed. Did he not trust the covenant God made with him? Did he not believe God was greater than these kings? How often do we take matters into our own hands and try to work things out? This will be a challenge for Abram and Sarai throughout. They often try to assist God is fulfilling His promises to them.God doesn’t need our help. We need to fully trust and rely on the Lord for He will always keep His promises.
In Genesis 13 Abram and his nephew consult with each other because they have both been so blessed that they cannot sustain their flocks and cattle in the same areas. Their blessings lead their helpers to be in conflict. To preserve their relationship, they decided to part ways. In order to thrive sometimes we must part ways with people we know and love. Blessings come with their on set of burdens and hard choices must be made.
Lot chooses to move toward Sodom. This choice proves to be very detrimental to him as we will see later. Suffice it to say now that when making choices be sure to take note of where that choice could ultimately lead you. Lot most likely never planned to end up in Sodom. Most of the time, we don’t plan to end up in sin.
Lot is taken captive and Abram comes to his rescue. This is a great picture of family stepping in during a dire need. Even though Lot is out on his own when Abram hears of the plight of his nephew, he loves to rescue him. It is important for family to stick together and whenever possible to intervene in dire situations.
Genesis 14 Abram has a strange encounter with the King of Salem. This king was also a priest, which is worth noting. This king blesses Abram and God and they share what seems like a foreshadowing of Jesus and His Last Supper with the disciples. Could this Melchizedek be a pre-incarnation picture of Jesus? Read Hebrews 7 for more interesting information! Abram offers Melchizedek a “tithe”, which is also a picture of worship.
In Genesis 15 God enters into a specific covenant with Abram promising him a son from which allPeoples will be blessed. When God makes this covenant with Abram, Abram is asleep. Abram brought the animals for the sacrifice and prepared them but it was God who passed through the divided parts. Abram never passed through them. This is important because it is God Who is saying He would keep this promise. It was not contingent upon Abram.
In this picture, I see God making His promises to us and keeping them because of Who He is. Regardless of how many times I make promises I still break them. I still fall short of all my good intentions. Yet God is faithful!
A few other interesting things I see:
1) Even though Abram is called and chosen, he still makes mistakes. His calling doesn’t keep him from suffering consequences of his choices.
2) Abram still has to work even though he has been chosen. He has to walk the land, he has to move and he has to be obedient to God. The point being that blessings do not absolve us of working toward the goal with God and being responsible people.
3) Abram has faith and that is what is credited to him for righteousness. Like us, people in the OT needed to live by faith.
4) God seeks to fulfill His first command given to Adam and Eve, which was also given to Noah and now given to Abram: be fruitful and multiply. God has always wanted to have a people who were His being fruitful and multiplying.