Father Abraham obeys God for an Amazing Race


Question of the morning: When Father Abraham left his home in Haran and set off for a new home, at God’s direction (taking a somewhat long route due to a famine), how far did he travel just to detour into Egypt?

19th c Molnar painting of Abraham's journey to Canaan

19th c Molnar painting of Abraham’s journey to Canaan

  • At the age of 75 …
  • With all his family …
  • With all their possessions …
  • With “the souls he had acquired at Haran” (bond-servants or possibly slaves) …
  • Traveling most probably in camel caravan …

This is just a ballpark number, but it’s something like 600 miles. Comparable to traveling from Washington, DC to Nashville, TN or about a quarter of the way across our country.

I find it a little hard to imagine upending my life to follow a God I’d only recently gotten to know (which was Abraham’s situation at the time) who was promising to make me “a great nation” when I was already well en route to geezerhood. Abraham did … and God did what God promised.

Would you move halfway across the US on God’s say-so? Have you ever taken significant action because you felt God leading you?

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One Response to Father Abraham obeys God for an Amazing Race

  1. Sugel says:

    “And Terah took Abram his son, and Lot the son of Haran his son’s son, and Sarai his daughter-in-law, his son Abram’swife; and they went forth with them from Ur of the Chaldees, to go into the land of Canaan; and they came unto Haran, and dwelt there.” It is interesting to note that Haran, like the city of Ur, was a city dedicated to the worship of the moon god Sin. Haran was located on an important trade route connecting Canaan in the west, with Syria in the east.

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