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by Billy Dyer
If there were a point in this study that you felt like drawing a big star this would be the time. The calling of Abraham is a huge pivot point in our story. If God is going to form a nation so that the Messiah would have a context to enter into then He must pick a man to father this nation. The story begins in Genesis 12:1-3 when God says to Abraham.
Go forth from your country,
And from your relatives
And from your father’s house,
To the land which I will show you;
And I will make you a great nation,
And I will bless you,
And make your name great;
And so you shall be a blessing;
And I will bless those who bless you,
And the one who curses you I will curse.
And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed.
Abraham lived in Ur of the Chaldeans at this time but God wants him to go to an unknown land. We later find out this is modern day Palestine or, as the Bible calls it, “The Promised Land”. If the Lord is going to form a nation so the Messiah can come through He also wants the rest of the world to know this Messiah is coming. Therefore, God, in his wisdom, planned to plant this nation in the intersection of the ancient world. That is, the Promised Land was the junction for all major trade routes of the ancient world. Therefore, even though only one nation would have God’s Law, all nations would have the opportunity to hear about the true God and come worship Him. If they chose to seek out the truth they could also become aware of the coming Messiah…
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