God’s Call

Maybe I’m crazy but I think Abraham is someone we should remember when we consider the “Christmas Story”. Oh, I realize that the birth of Christ came some 2,000 years after he died, so I’m not suggesting he’s a character in that part of the story. No, where I’m going with this is that Jesus didn’t just come along for no reason; there was a definite reason for His birth and ministry, and that reason is that He came to fulfill God’s covenant with Abraham.

They don’t tell you that in Sunday School, do they?

All right fine; they usually don’t tell you that.

Anyway, not only did Jesus come to fulfill God’s covenant with Abraham, but Abraham is a prime role model for our Christian walk as evidenced by the fact that he is named more than once in the New Testament as such. Consequently, I thought it might be fun to survey his career. Please note that my emphasis is on survey; this isn’t a biography or a commentary on each verse… not even on each scene, just the most important points for an understanding of his role as covenant partner and role model.

We begin our story as Genesis 12 opens; God’s Call of Abraham:

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.”

Genesis 12:1-3

So there is God’s call, coupled with promises, and thus began a remarkable journey for the 75 year old Abram. Personally, I think that the most remarkable part of the entire story is contained in the very next line:

So Abram went, as the Lord had told him (12:4a)

Did you see it? God told Abram to pack up everything and go… and so he did it. Abram actually took God at His word, and took action. It wasn’t any small action, he put everything on the line and set off somewhere and trusted God to keep His promises.

Who actually does that?

Our answer should be that we all do… but would that be a truthful answer?

About Don Merritt

A long time teacher and writer, Don hopes to share his varied life's experiences in a different way with a Christian perspective.
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15 Responses to God’s Call

  1. claire says:

    A further question for me might be, do we still do that? It’s the every day going that’s the tough one!

  2. BT says:

    Total Amen…
    “Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad”

  3. pipermac5 says:

    You’re not crazy! Abraham DOES belong in the “Christmas Story”, because in His incarnation, Jesus fulfilled thousands of year’s worth of God’s promises and prophesies. That is why my teaching-series for Advent begins in Genesis 3:15 and continues through the Old Testament picking up the highlights of these messages to God’s people. “In the fullness of time” wasn’t just a “dot” plunked-down on the timeline of human history. It was the culmination of everything God had promised His people. The Bible is one continuous redemption-story from Genesis through Revelation.


  4. gwennonr says:

    Ouch! Ouch! Ouch! Sharp! But necessary.
    Another great post. Thank you for sharing it.

  5. Steve B says:

    Read the Book of Jasher version. Far more comprehensive.

  6. Marcy B says:

    Hi Don, Yes, believe it or not, this is my life!
    That’s exactly what I did (again) in 2017!!!
    That’s how thelittleredwagonblog.wordpress.com
    was birthed. Someone asked me to write about my journey! 🤗

    Many did not believe God actually called me to get up and move across the country with no job and no place to live!

    God is amazing and faithful!


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