Grace Protestant Reformed Church

Abram Obedient to God’s Call

Date: PM
Text: Genesis 12:1-4
Psalters: 82, 354, 381, 152
Series: Abram
  1. The setting.
    1.  His history is approximately 400 years after the flood, and almost 200 years after Babel and about 1900 before Christ.
    2. Abram was called of God twice, once out of Ur (Genesis 11:31), and once out of Haran (Acts 7:2-4).
    3. Abram was called by God via a revelation of some kind; such that Abram was assured that God had spoken to him.
    4. This call of God came with promises of rich blessings.
  2. What is God’s purpose for taking Abram out of Ur and bringing him into Canaan.
    1. Could not be only to separate him from idolatry.
    2. This was a separation from other descendants of Shem and was another step is the revealed development of the covenant.
    3. God’s call comes to display divine grace like never before.
    4. God identified Canaan as the land (already full of inhabitants) God would show him (Genesis 12:7).
  3. “By faith Abraham when he was called to go out…obeyed; and he went out” (Heb. 11:8).
    1. Only faith empowered Abram to leave Ur for an unknown land and to do so at his age, contrary to his nature at 70/75.
    2. Faith looks up at God and what He promised ahead and does not look at what is left behind (family and the known).
    3. Grace is the only cause for such faith.
    4. As a part of his obedience, Abram “builded an altar unto Jehovah, and called on the name of Jehovah” (8).