31 Days of the Christmas Story from Genesis to John: Day 2 – God chooses a man to begin a nation

abraham-jesus

Two thousand years have passed from Adam and Eve to the time when Abraham arrives on the scene.  That’s a long time.  Almost everything we know about the first 2000 years of humanity is recorded in the first eleven chapters of Genesis. While God didn’t give us all the details, there were some very interesting people and events that occurred.  Genesis 5 gives us the genealogy starting  with Adam. Adam lived 930 years. Enoch, the father of Methuselah, walked with God and lasted 365 years until “he was no longer there” (he never died but was taken up by God). Methuselah, the oldest man, lived 969 years. Then the world changed forever. It had become evil and violent, and only one righteous man, Noah, and his family were saved from the Great Flood. Afterwards, God separated out the languages and the nations at the Tower of Babel, because the people tried to build a monument to their own greatness and worship creation instead of the creator.

By 2000 BC, Abram (later called Abraham) lived a life of luxury in the city of Ur (modern day Iraq). The culture was extremely advanced in arts and sciences by this time, and they had been writing for over 1000 years. The standard of living was high, with the average middle-class home having 10-20 rooms and over 2000 square feet (Archeology and Bible History, Joseph Free, p. 49). Abram left all of this behind based on his faith and obedience to God, and the first covenant promise was created between God and His people. The history of mankind was changed forever, and religion as we know it today was first established.

Second prophecy:

Genesis 12:1-3
Go out from your land,
your relatives,
and your father’s house
to the land that I will show you.
 I will make you into a great nation,
I will bless you,
I will make your name great,
and you will be a blessing.
I will bless those who bless you,
I will curse those who treat you with contempt,
and all the peoples on earth
will be blessed through you.

Genesis 15:13-16, 18
 Then the Lord said to Abram, “Know this for certain: Your offspring will be foreigners in a land that does not belong to them; they will be enslaved and oppressed 400 years.  However, I will judge the nation they serve, and afterward they will go out with many possessions.  But you will go to your fathers in peace and be buried at a ripe old age.  In the fourth generation they will return here, for the iniquity of the Amorites has not yet reached its full measure.”

On that day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying, “I give this land to your offspring, from the brook of Egypt to the Euphrates River. 

I pray that you will get to know the God of Abraham, the One who establishes a covenant promise with His people to never leave or forsake them. God’s greatest desire is to have a real relationship with you, His most beloved creation.

* Merry Christmas *

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