So Abram departed, as the LORD had spoken unto him; and Lot went with him: and Abram was seventy and five years old when he departed out of Haran. 5 And Abram took Sarai his wife, and Lot his brother's son, and all their substance that they had gathered, and the souls that they had gotten in Haran; and they went forth to go into the land of Canaan; and into the land of Canaan they came. Genesis 12:4 -5
Have you ever been given an order and blindingly obeyed? Sarah did, God spoke to Abram, Sarah’s husband, and said “pack up and move”. Without a question Abram moved and his wife and extended family moved with him.
Sarai was the wife of Abram. We learn right away that she had no children (Genesis 11:30). Lockyer says, “To a Hebrew woman, barrenness was looked upon as a gnawing grief, and sometimes regarded as a sign of divine disfavor.”
Imagine being 65 years old and your husband is 75 years old (Genesis 12:4). One day he comes home and tells you he received a divine word from God. God told him to get out of his country and leave everything he knew, family, friends and the area (Genesis 12:11) God told him to leave and He would show him where to go. What would your reaction be? Ok honey; let’s go I had an oil change yesterday and new tires last week.
Wait a minute, there were no cars, as a matter of fact, no “real” roads were in existence either. The mode of travel was camel, donkey or walking. The roads were dusty, dirty, and hot which made the journey very, very tiring. Oh and did I mention they did not have comfortable sneakers or walking shoes but handmade sandals.
Sarai and Abram lived in Ur of the Chaldees. Ur was in Mesopotamia, it is now modern day Iraq. Being a city of trade, it was advanced for its day. Ur was between the Euphrates River and a canal deep enough for merchant ships to sail in. Ships sailed up and down this canal to transport goods such as timbers, gold, silver, ivory and alabaster to name a few.
God was asking Abram to change his entire pattern of life. They would leave a fairly comfortable city to be semi-nomads of the desert. Don’t forget they had no scriptures, no sermons and read no books about God. God spoke and Abram listened and obeyed. That is faith. Sarai picked up and obeyed her husband. When they left they took everything they owned with them. Think of some of the things they took: household goods, servants, livestock, a caravan of people and animals. Genesis 12:5 says, “… all their substance that they had gathered, and the souls that they had gotten in Haran…”
God gave Abram a promise with the order of leaving his country. Genesis 12:2 “And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:”
Sarai was an obedient wife and traveled with her husband. Twice she lied because Abram asked her to, (Genesis 12:13; Genesis 20:2) saying she was his sister (a half truth, since they both had the same father). The Bible says she was a fair woman (Genesis 12:11). Fair in this verse means beautiful. She must have been a stunning woman, remember she was 65 years old when she left Ur (this was before plastic surgery). It is recorded two different times that kings wanted her in their harems; both times she was protected by God.
I’ll look more at the life of Sarah in the next blog.
Have a blessed day,