Day 2 Read: Genesis 12:1-3
Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father's house to the land that I will show you. 2 And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. 3 I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”
Reflect: What was the command given to Abram? What important details were left out of the command?
Consider: The following three phrases identify the spheres of influence in his life that Abram must leave behind, from the broad to the specific: from [min] “your country” [ʾereṣ], from “your people” [môledet], and from [min] “your father’s household” [bêt ʾāb]. The alliterative “from” [min] heads each phrase (absent NIV), reinforcing the command of separation required of Abram by God.2
Respond: What are your biggest obstacles to obedience to God’s commands? How do you combat those obstacles? How do you explain faith to make difficult or unpopular decisions to obey God?
2 K. A. Mathews, Genesis 11:27–50:26, vol. 1B, The New American Commentary (Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 2005), 109.