Abraham of Chaldea



Abraham : From the Bible

The following is a narrative description on the life and times of
one of the most powerful characters in the Old Testament.
Abraham was indeed a man of God in a time where few men believed
in the One true God. Through many triumphs and errors, he always
returned to God to lead him back to his calling. His dedication
resulted in great promises from God that were eventually
fulfilled and affect each of our lives today. His story is our
story.

Abraham was a native of Chaldea, and a ninth generation
descendant of Shem, the son of Noah. He was born on the southern
tip of the Tigris and Uuphrates rivers in the city of Ur around
2161BC.1 Before his name was changed to Abraham, his name was
Abram. When Abram was about seventy years of age he moved with
his family to live in Haran. The reason he moved was because
"The God of glory appeared to our father Abram when he was in
Mesopotamia, before he lived in Haran, and said to him, "Depart
from your country and your relatives, and come into the land
that I will show you." 2

While in Haran, Abram's father died and God spoke to him again
saying, "Go forth from your country, and from your relatives and
from your father's house, to the land which I will show you." 3
He obeyed and left Haran with his brother Nahor's family and his
Nephew Lot without really knowing where he was going. At this
time, God did not reveal to him he was going to Canaan. God only
told him "the land which I will show you." 4 When he did arrive
in Canaan, he camped in the plains of Moreh, between the
mountains of Ebal and Cerizim. It was here he was given the
second promise from God that his seed would possess this land.
Abram built "an altar there to the Lord who had appeared to him"
5 He then moved to the mountainous district between Bethel and
Ai. Here, he built another altar to Jehovah.

Throughout the story of Abram, he consistently went back to
Bethel to make amends with God. All of God's children should
have a similar alter they should go to when praising God. This
could be the front of your church, but should be in public. 6
Archeo logy has since proved that Bethel is the modern village of
Baytin. 7 When in this area, a famine struck forcing Abram to
move southward toward Egypt. God talked to Abram on the mountain
East of Bethel where he built an alter unto the Lord. Each
person should have their own personal alter to go before God,
this should also be done in public.

When he did get to Egypt, Abram told his first recorded lie.
Because his wife Sarah was beautiful, he feared she would lusted
by after the Egyptians and endanger his life. He also knew the
Pharaoh was also concerned of Abram's presence along with other
Hyksos in the region. 8 Abram persuaded Sarah to pass herself
off as his sister. This lie could probably be considered a
lighter shade of gray considering Sarah was his half sister,
having the same father but a different mother. 9 When the
Egyptians saw how beautiful she was, they took her to Pharaoh's
harem. As a consequence, God plagued Pharaoh & his house. When
the Pharaoh found out Sarah was Abram's wife, he sent him and his
clan out of Egypt to fend for themselves in the famished land.
Because Abram told this lie, God allowed this to happen. Abram
went out of Egypt and returned to Bethel the second time to call
on the name of the Lord. While in Bethel, both Lot's and Abram's
livestock could not be supported by the land, and strife began
between their herdsmen. Abram gave Lot his first choice of where
he wanted to settle. Instead of choosing the unknown territory
toward Canaan, Lot chose the easy way out and went East to Jordan
near the populated city of Sodom. The motif of scripture for
this story is simple. Abram gave more than he took. He let Lot
take what he wanted and left