Abraham of Chaldea

Annonymous

The following is a narrative description on the life and times of one of
the most powerful characters in the Old Testament. Abraham was indeed a
man of God in a time where few men believed in the One true God. Through
many triumphs and errors, he always
returned to God to lead him back to his calling. His dedication resulted
in great promises from God that were eventually fulfilled and affect each
of our lives today. His story is our story.

Abraham was a native of Chaldea, and a ninth generation descendant of

Shem, the son of Noah. He was born on the southern tip of the Tigris and

Uuphrates rivers in the city of Ur around 2161BC.1 Before his name was
changed to Abraham, his name was Abram.

When Abram was about seventy years of age he moved with his family to
live in Haran. The reason he moved was because "The God of glory appeared
to our father Abram when he was in Mesopotamia, before he lived in Haran,
and said to him, "Depart from your
country and your relatives, and come into the land that I will show you."

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While in Haran, Abram's father died and God spoke to him again saying, "Go
forth from your country, and from your relatives and from your father's
house, to the land which I will show you." 3 He obeyed and left Haran with
his brother Nahor's family and his Nephew Lot without really knowing where
he was going. At this time, God did not reveal to him he was going to

Canaan. God only told him "the land which I will show you." 4 When he did
arrive in Canaan, he camped in the plains of Moreh, between the mountains
of Ebal and Cerizim. It was here he was given the second promise from God
that his seed would possess this land. Abram built "an altar there to the

Lord who had appeared to him" 5 He then moved to the mountainous district
between Bethel and Ai. Here, he built another altar to Jehovah.

Throughout the story of Abram, he consistently went back to Bethel to make
amends with God. All of God's children should have a similar alter they
should go to when praising God. This could be the front of your church,
but should be in public. 6 Archeology has since proved that Bethel is the
modern village of Baytin. 7 When in this area, a famine struck forcing

Abram to move southward toward Egypt. God talked to Abram on the mountain

East of Bethel where he built an alter unto the Lord. Each person should
have their own personal alter to go before God, this should also be done
in public.

When he did get to Egypt, Abram told his first recorded lie. Because his
wife Sarah was beautiful, he feared she would lusted by after the

Egyptians and endanger his life. He also knew the Pharaoh was also
concerned of Abram's presence along with other Hyksos in the region. 8

Abram persuaded Sarah to pass herself off as his sister. This lie could
probably be considered a lighter shade of gray considering Sarah was his
half sister, having the same father but a different mother. 9 When the

Egyptians saw how beautiful she was, they took her to Pharaoh's harem. As
a consequence, God plagued Pharaoh & his house. When the Pharaoh found
out Sarah was Abram's wife, he sent him and his clan out of Egypt to fend
for themselves in the famished land. Because

Abram told this lie, God allowed this to happen. Abram went out of Egypt
and returned to Bethel the second time to call on the name of the Lord.

While in Bethel, both Lot's and Abram's livestock could not be supported
by the land, and strife began between their herdsmen. Abram gave Lot his
first choice of where he wanted to settle. Instead of choosing the
unknown territory toward Canaan, Lot chose the easy way out and went East
to Jordan near the populated city of Sodom. The motif of scripture for
this story is simple. Abram gave more than he took. He let Lot take what
he wanted and left it to God to bless him with what was left. Lot's
mistake was he stopped growing in God's faith and stagnated. He soon
found out that everything is not as it seems. If one only takes, but does
not give, it soon gets them into trouble. On the other hand, Abram was
rewarded with a third blessing for his faith. God reiterated His promise
to give