God asks Abram to leave Ur. The start of the nation through whom God's plan is worked out.
He built an altar there to the LORD, who had appeared to him.
1. What was Abram asked to leave?
v 1 Leave your country, and your relatives, and your father’s house, and go to the land that I will show you
2. What did God promise Abram?
v 2 and 3 I will make of you a great nation. I will bless you and make your name great. You will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who treats you with contempt. All the families of the earth will be blessed through you.”
3. What did Abram tell Sarai to tell the Egyptians about their relationship, and why?
v 12 and 13 It will happen, when the Egyptians see you, that they will say, ‘This is his wife.’ They will kill me, but they will save you alive. Please say that you are my sister, that it may be well with me for your sake, and that my soul may live because of you.”
- v 1 to 3 God tells Abram to leave his country and family and go to a land God will lead him to. God makes promises to him if he does what God asks
- v 4 to 9 Abram and Lot (his nephew) leave Haran and come to Shechem in Canaan where he builds an altar. God promises to give Canaan to Abram's offspring. He then moves on to the area between Bethel and Ai where he builds another altar
- v 10 to 20: Due to a famine, Abram goes down to Egypt and he tells Sarai, his wife, to say that she is his sister. Sarai being very attractive is praised by the princes, and taken into Pharaoh's house. God afflicts Pharaoh's household and Sarai is returned to Abram who then leaves Egypt