Abram was seventy-five years old– when God called him to depart– to leave his family and country– to go to a place unknown to him. The scripture puts it as “a place I will show you.” God promised Abram a number of things, if he would have faith and do as God instructed him.
God promised Abram:
- A great nation
- To bless him
- Make his name known and great
- That he would be a blessing to others– a blessing to those who bless him and a curse to those who curse him
- All the families on the Earth will be blessed because of him.
Abram chose to listen to the Lord and prepared to depart from Haran. Abram took his wife–Sarai and his brother’s son– Lot– he gathered their possessions and the people whom they encountered in Haran and departed.
They traveled to the land of Canaan– passed through to the place called Shechem– and continued as far as the terebinth tree of Moreh. Then the Lord appeared to Abram again and told him, “To your descendants I will give this land.”
So Abram built an altar to the Lord there. He then traveled to the mountain east of Bethel and pitched a tent– he built an altar there and called upon the Lord. Abram would continue on his journey toward the south.
Abram was ninety-nine years old when the Lord appeared to him and said ” I am Almighty God; walk before Me and be blameless. And I will make My covenant between Me and you, and will multiply you exceedingly.”
Abram fell on his face before God and God talked to him saying..
“As for Me, behold, My covenant is with you and you shall be a father of many nations. No longer shall your name be called Abram, but your name shall be called Abraham; for I have made you a father of many nations; I will make you exceedingly fruitful; and I will make nations of you, and kings shall come from you. And I will establish My covenant between Me and you and your descendants after you in their generations, for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and your descendants after you. Also I give to you and your descendants after you the land in which you are a stranger, all the land of Canaan, as an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.”
What can we learn from these scriptures?
Abram, later known as Abraham, lived a bold and faithful life. When the Lord called him– he listened and acted on what God told him– because of Abraham’s faithfulness and willingness to follow God, God blessed Abraham, his decsendents, and all the people of the Earth. That means You and me too!
We can also see that Abram was not a “young-spring-chicken” when God called upon him. The sciptures notes he was 75 years of age the first time God called him to leave his family and 99 years old when God revealed himself and told Abraham he would be a father of many nations. If you continue reading outside the mentioned scriptures above you will see God also promised Abraham who was now 100– that his wife Sarah who was 90 years of age, that she would bear a child. (They had no children of their own at this point.)
Abraham and Sarah both laughed at the idea they would have a child at their age. But God- with God all things are possible. He kept each and every one of His promises– and still does to this day!
God uses all people young and old to fulfill His will and Purpose.