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Obedience and Worship

Genesis 12:1-8

The Call of Abram

The LORD had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you.

“I will make you into a great nation,
and I will bless you;
I will make your name great,
and you will be a blessing.
I will bless those who bless you,
and whoever curses you I will curse;
and all peoples on earth
will be blessed through you.”

So Abram went, as the LORD had told him; and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he set out from Harran.  He took his wife Sarai, his nephew Lot, all the possessions they had accumulated and the people they had acquired in Harran, and they set out for the land of Canaan, and they arrived there.

Abram traveled through the land as far as the site of the great tree of Moreh at Shechem.  At that time the Canaanites were in the land.

The LORD appeared to Abram and said, “To your offspring I will give this land.”

So he built an altar there to the LORD, who had appeared to him.

From there he went on toward the hills east of Bethel and pitched his tent, with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east. There he built an altar to the LORD and called on the name of the LORD.

God told Abram to leave his home, his family, and all that he knew.  That’s a lot to ask of someone.  But Abram trusted God and Abram obeyed God.  There is no account in the Bible of Abram questioning God or trying to bargain or compromise.  Abram trusted God and obeyed.  The Bible doesn’t say Abram obeyed but doubted.  The Bible doesn’t Abram obeyed but grudgingly.  The Bible doesn’t say Abram complained or whined or questioned.  It says Abram went, as the LORD had told him.  Then it says he built an altar to the LORD and called on the name of the LORD.  

Abram listened.  Abram responded with obedience.  Abram worshiped.

What wonderful blessings from God do we miss out on when we don’t respond to God in the same way?


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