Within man there is a desire to worship God, but many worshiped false gods. When God called Abraham, He told Abraham to leave family and home and go to a land He would show him. I read that probably there were 222 years from time of the flood to birth of Terah, Abram’s father. I think Terah was the seventh generation since Noah and perhaps 130 years old when Abraham was born making his birth about 352 years after the flood.
All people died in the flood except Noah, his wife, Japheth and his ten sons, Ham and his four sons, and Seth and his five sons who lived to maturity and obeyed God’s command to bear children and replenish the earth. Probably some basic knowledge of God existed in the midst of idol worship, and though Abraham grew up in the midst of idol worship he was aware of some who worshipped the one true and living God. So when God told him to leave his home and family and go to a land which He would show him, he went a short distance, and stopped in Haran. His father died while there, but he took Lot, his nephew, who caused problems: Moab, one son, became father of the Moabites, and Ben Ammi became father of the Ammorites. Descendants of both became enemies of the Israelites.
Genesis 12: 1-9 “Now the Lord had said to Abram: ‘Get out of your country, From your family And from your father’s house, To a land that I will show you. I will make you a great nation; I will bless you And make your name great; And you shall be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, And I will curse him who curses you; And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.’ So Abram departed as the Lord had spoken to him, and Lot went with him. And Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran. Then Abram took Sarai his wife and Lot his brother’s son, and all their possessions that they had gathered, and the people whom they had acquired in Haran, and they departed to go to the land of Canaan. So they came to the land of Canaan.”
Heavenly Father, help us to learn a lesson from Abraham: although he is recognized as a man of faith, he didn’t always obey completely. Many of us are guilty of the same thing: we stop in Haran and will endure loss while waiting there. Father, thanks for Jesus who makes our forgiveness possible; we pray in His name. Amen.