Terah’s Descendants 27 Now these are the generations of Terah. Terah fathered Abram, Nahor, and Haran; and Haran fathered Lot. 28 Haran died in the presence of his father Terah in the land of his kindred, in Ur of the Chaldeans. 29 And Abram and Nahor took wives. The name of Abram’s wife was i Sarai, and the name of Nahor’s wife, j Milcah, the daughter of Haran the father of Milcah and Iscah. 30 Now Sarai was barren; she had no child. 31 Terah k took Abram his son and Lot the son of Haran, his grandson, and Sarai his daughter-in-law, his son Abram’s wife, and they went forth together l from Ur of the Chaldeans to go into the land of Canaan, but when they came to Haran, they settled there. 32 The days of Terah were 205 years, and Terah died in Haran. The Call of Abram 12 1 Now m the Lord said 1 to Abram, “Go from your country 2 and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. 2 n And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. 3 o I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and p in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” 1 4 So Abram went, as the Lord had told him, and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from q Haran. 5 And Abram took Sarai his wife, and Lot his brother’s son, and all their possessions that they had gathered, and the people that they had acquired in Haran, and they set out to go to the land of Canaan. When they came to the land of Canaan, 6 Abram r passed through the land to the place at Shechem, to s the oak 1 of t Moreh. At that time u the Canaanites were in the land. 7 Then the Lord appeared to Abram and said, v “To your offspring I will give this land.” So he built there an altar to the Lord , who had appeared to him. 8 From there he moved to the hill country on the east of w Bethel and pitched his tent, with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east. And there he built an altar to the Lord and called upon the name of the Lord . 9 And Abram journeyed on, still going toward the Negeb.
27 וְאֵ֙לֶּה֙ תּוֹלְדֹ֣ת תֶּ֔רַח תֶּ֚רַח הוֹלִ֣יד אֶת ־ אַבְרָ֔ם אֶת ־ נָח֖וֹר וְאֶת ־ הָרָ֑ן וְהָרָ֖ן הוֹלִ֥יד אֶת ־ לֽוֹט ׃ 28 וַיָּ֣מָת הָרָ֔ן עַל ־ פְּנֵ֖י תֶּ֣רַח אָבִ֑יו בְּאֶ֥רֶץ מוֹלַדְתּ֖וֹ בְּא֥וּר כַּשְׂדִּֽים ׃ 29 וַיִּקַּ֨ח אַבְרָ֧ם וְנָח֛וֹר לָהֶ֖ם נָשִׁ֑ים שֵׁ֤ם אֵֽשֶׁת ־ אַבְרָם֙ שָׂרָ֔י וְשֵׁ֤ם אֵֽשֶׁת ־ נָחוֹר֙ מִלְכָּ֔ה בַּת ־ הָרָ֥ן אֲבִֽי ־ מִלְכָּ֖ה וַֽאֲבִ֥י יִסְכָּֽה ׃ 30 וַתְּהִ֥י שָׂרַ֖י עֲקָרָ֑ה אֵ֥ין לָ֖הּ וָלָֽד ׃ 31 וַיִּקַּ֨ח תֶּ֜רַח אֶת ־ אַבְרָ֣ם בְּנ֗וֹ וְאֶת ־ ל֤וֹט בֶּן ־ הָרָן֙ בֶּן ־ בְּנ֔וֹ וְאֵת֙ שָׂרַ֣י כַּלָּת֔וֹ אֵ֖שֶׁת אַבְרָ֣ם בְּנ֑וֹ וַיֵּצְא֨וּ אִתָּ֜ם מֵא֣וּר כַּשְׂדִּ֗ים לָלֶ֙כֶת֙ אַ֣רְצָה כְּנַ֔עַן וַיָּבֹ֥אוּ עַד ־ חָרָ֖ן וַיֵּ֥שְׁבוּ שָֽׁם ׃ 32 וַיִּהְי֣וּ יְמֵי ־ תֶ֔רַח חָמֵ֥שׁ שָׁנִ֖ים וּמָאתַ֣יִם שָׁנָ֑ה וַיָּ֥מָת תֶּ֖רַח בְּחָרָֽן ׃ ס 12 1 וַיֹּ֤אמֶר יְהוָה֙ אֶל ־ אַבְרָ֔ם לֶךְ ־ לְךָ֛ מֵאַרְצְךָ֥ וּמִמּֽוֹלַדְתְּךָ֖ וּמִבֵּ֣ית אָבִ֑יךָ אֶל ־ הָאָ֖רֶץ אֲשֶׁ֥ר אַרְאֶֽךָּ ׃ 2 וְאֶֽעֶשְׂךָ֙ לְג֣וֹי גָּד֔וֹל וַאֲבָ֣רֶכְךָ֔ וַאֲגַדְּלָ֖ה שְׁמֶ֑ךָ וֶהְיֵ֖ה בְּרָכָֽה ׃ 3 וַאֲבָֽרֲכָה֙ מְבָ֣רְכֶ֔יךָ וּמְקַלֶּלְךָ֖ אָאֹ֑ר וְנִבְרְכ֣וּ בְךָ֔ כֹּ֖ל מִשְׁפְּחֹ֥ת הָאֲדָמָֽה ׃ 4 וַיֵּ֣לֶךְ אַבְרָ֗ם כַּאֲשֶׁ֨ר דִּבֶּ֤ר אֵלָיו֙ יְהוָ֔ה וַיֵּ֥לֶךְ אִתּ֖וֹ ל֑וֹט וְאַבְרָ֗ם בֶּן ־ חָמֵ֤שׁ שָׁנִים֙ וְשִׁבְעִ֣ים שָׁנָ֔ה בְּצֵאת֖וֹ מֵחָרָֽן ׃ 5 וַיִּקַּ֣ח אַבְרָם֩ אֶת ־ שָׂרַ֨י אִשְׁתּ֜וֹ וְאֶת ־ ל֣וֹט בֶּן ־ אָחִ֗יו וְאֶת ־ כָּל ־ רְכוּשָׁם֙ אֲשֶׁ֣ר רָכָ֔שׁוּ וְאֶת ־ הַנֶּ֖פֶשׁ אֲשֶׁר ־ עָשׂ֣וּ בְחָרָ֑ן וַיֵּצְא֗וּ לָלֶ֙כֶת֙ אַ֣רְצָה כְּנַ֔עַן וַיָּבֹ֖אוּ אַ֥רְצָה כְּנָֽעַן ׃ 6 וַיַּעֲבֹ֤ר אַבְרָם֙ בָּאָ֔רֶץ עַ֚ד מְק֣וֹם שְׁכֶ֔ם עַ֖ד אֵל֣וֹן מוֹרֶ֑ה וְהַֽכְּנַעֲנִ֖י אָ֥ז בָּאָֽרֶץ ׃ 7 וַיֵּרָ֤א יְהוָה֙ אֶל ־ אַבְרָ֔ם וַיֹּ֕אמֶר לְזַ֨רְעֲךָ֔ אֶתֵּ֖ן אֶת ־ הָאָ֣רֶץ הַזֹּ֑את וַיִּ֤בֶן שָׁם֙ מִזְבֵּ֔חַ לַיהוָ֖ה הַנִּרְאֶ֥ה אֵלָֽיו ׃ 8 וַיַּעְתֵּ֨ק מִשָּׁ֜ם הָהָ֗רָה מִקֶּ֛דֶם לְבֵֽית ־ אֵ֖ל וַיֵּ֣ט אָהֳלֹ֑ה 1 בֵּֽית ־ אֵ֤ל מִיָּם֙ וְהָעַ֣י מִקֶּ֔דֶם וַיִּֽבֶן ־ שָׁ֤ם מִזְבֵּ֙חַ֙ לַֽיהוָ֔ה וַיִּקְרָ֖א בְּשֵׁ֥ם יְהוָֽה ׃ 9 וַיִּסַּ֣ע אַבְרָ֔ם הָל֥וֹךְ וְנָס֖וֹעַ הַנֶּֽגְבָּה ׃ פ
God promises to bless all peoples through Abram Intro A new 'toledot'. Hinges to look both back and forward. We will be with Abraham now until chapter 25 . 1. In the bleakness, God makes incredible promises to Abram Backdrop: Babel and scattering. Terah buried his son Haran; Abraham looks after his nephew Lot. It's emphasised that Sarai didn't have children. She carries shame, as does 'Abram'. His very name (exalted father) must have embarrassed him. Went to the land of Canaan; the reader of Genesis so far should have their ears pricked up by this. God makes a staggering set of promises: great nation; bless you; make your name great; you will be a blessing; bless those who bless/curse those who curse; in you all the families of the earth will be blessed. Abram the 'no-name' will be Abram the 'great name' And God calls him to 'go'. This is not conditional blessing, it is simply the response to the staggering kindness; the way to take hold of what is promised. I.e., we receive grace through faith. 2. Abram believes God and follows him Leaves his country; the people he knows and is known by (kindred), and the people he loves and is secure with (his father's house). Goes by faith: 'to the land I will show you' v6-7 the promise is specific; Shechem; the Oak; I will give this land to your offspring (Canaan) Built an altar in response; Abram is now travelling, building places of true worship. Mini-Eden glimpses. Called upon the name of the LORD = worship. God's glory: he initiates a promise of incredible grace and scale. With the tiniest, most unlikely instruments. FCF: We don't take him at his word. Wholehearted faith like Abram; he believed God and went. Perhaps proven in how little we are prepared to 'lose' for the sake of the gospel? Also, our issue is shame and disappointment. Those who have come to the end of themselves are ready to receive the gracious news of life in God. Person of Jesus: the true 'Son' who lives on earth as it is in heaven. He is sent by the Father and waits upon him at every turn. He is the seed of Abraham, the one who receives the great name, the one in whom the nations will be blessed. The one who is a blessing. Work of Jesus: he becomes the 'no name' one upon the cross. Despised, treated as nothing at all. All our shame and disappointment is used up on him. Entrusts himself fully to the Father. Raised by God the Father as righteous, given a name above all names. Union with Jesus: by the Spirit, I am one with him and his work is my work. My shame has been crucified. I live in royal robes as a Son before the Father, living this life in relationship with Almighty God. A son on earth as it is in heaven. Going, trusting, risking, because I am in Christ. Getting knocked back, getting tested and tried, yet always prevailing because I am in Christ, loved by the Father, held firm by the bond of the Spirit. Wrap-up: Let us 'call on the name of the LORD' through Jesus, the Son of Abraham