Through the Bible, January 15

Read: Genesis 12-14

Summary: God calls Abram (soon to be known as Abraham) and gives to him remarkable promises.  Nearly immediately Abraham faces some challenges to his faith and trust in God.

Devotional Thought:

Abraham and Me

The first thing Abraham did after arriving in the land to which God called him was to build an altar (Genesis 12:7).  The second thing he did was move to another location, pitch his tent and build another altar (v. 8).  These wouldn’t be his last.

It’s been suggested that one way to study the life of the great patriarch Abraham is to trace the smoke of the fires of the altars he built throughout his life.  Not bad.

It is no mere coincidence that Abraham was a giant of faith and that he was continually and repeatedly worshiping God.

What he did and what we are supposed to do are no different at all.  Not that we are going to build altars and offer sacrifices, but rather that “he built an altar to the Lord and called upon the name of the Lord” (Gen. 12:8; see also 13:4 and 21:33).

Though Abraham pre-dated even the covenant with Moses, this principle was true for him and it remains true today.  In Peter’s Pentecost sermon, the last line of Joel’s prophecy that he quoted was, “And it shall come to pass that everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Acts 2:21; Joel 2:32).  Paul uses it as well, “For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” (Rom. 10:13).

Do not think Abraham has no relevance for us.  He did exactly what God wants us to do. So, let us all “call on the name of the Lord.”

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