IF:Equip Genesis 11:10-12:9
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IF I believe this is true then:
What does it mean about God?
I think the whole message of Genesis is basically that God is faithful, even when we are not. Noah hadn't been perfect, but God continued relationship with him and his family. We get the generations leading down to Abram and this tells us of the generations that did their part, lived the lives they could and passed down the faith so that Abram's father would be able to lead Abram to listen for God's voice.
After Terah's son Haran died he decided to leave his homeland and took Abram, Sarai and Lot (his grandson) with him. This was probably a result of his grieving process. He needed to get away. Once the family has left their homelands and Terah does, Abram is receptive to God's speaking and hears God's word and follows God's will. God offers an opportunity in the midst of grief to a barren man and his barren wife that they will have offspring and these offspring will inherit the land. God makes the impossible possible.
What does it mean about me?
How alert am I to God's voice? How often has God spoken, but because I am too occupied with other things I have missed God's words? God seeks to bless us and seeks relationship with us, but we must be open to receiving and to obeying.
What does it mean about the world?
God's actions don't stop with one generation. There may not be anything miraculous recorded for the generations between Shem and Abram, but God was present and working all the same. The world often acts as if God has abandoned us or worse, never existed in the first place. God is moving, even when we don't see the evidence of that movement. God will continue to work and bless the generations. And if we are paying attention, we might get to be a part of that blessing.