Genesis 12* God calls Abram, and blesses him with a promise of Christ.(1-3) Abram departs from Haran. (4,5) He journeys throughCanaan, and worships God in that land. (6-9) Abram is driven bya famine into Egypt, He feigns his wife to be his sister.(10-20)1-3 God made choice of Abram, and singled him out from amonghis fellow-idolaters, that he might reserve a people forhimself, among whom his true worship might be maintained tillthe coming of Christ. From henceforward Abram and his seed arealmost the only subject of the history in the Bible. Abram wastried whether he loved God better than all, and whether he couldwillingly leave all to go with God. His kindred and his father'shouse were a constant temptation to him, he could not continueamong them without danger of being infected by them. Those wholeave their sins, and turn to God, will be unspeakable gainersby the change. The command God gave to Abram, is much the samewith the gospel call, for natural affection must give way toDivine grace. Sin, and all the occasions of it, must beforsaken; particularly bad company. Here are many great andprecious promises. All God's precepts are attended with promisesto the obedient. 1. I will make of thee a great nation. When Godtook Abram from his own people, he promised to make him the headof another people. 2. I will bless thee. Obedient believersshall be sure to inherit the blessing. 3. I will make thy namegreat. The name of obedient believers shall certainly be madegreat. 4. Thou shalt be a blessing. Good men are the blessingsof their country. 5. I will bless them that bless thee, andcurse him that curseth thee. God will take care that none arelosers, by any service done for his people. 6. In thee shall allthe families of the earth be blessed. Jesus Christ is the greatblessing of the world, the greatest that ever the worldpossessed. All the true blessedness the world is now, or evershall be possessed of, is owing to Abram and his posterity.Through them we have a Bible, a Saviour, and a gospel. They arethe stock on which the Christian church is grafted. 4,5 Abram believed that the blessing of the Almighty would makeup for all he could lose or leave behind, supply all his wants,and answer and exceed all his desires; and he knew that nothingbut misery would follow disobedience. Such believers, beingjustified by faith in Christ, have peace with God. They hold ontheir way to Canaan. They are not discouraged by thedifficulties in their way, nor drawn aside by the delights theymeet with. Those who set out for heaven must persevere to theend. What we undertake, in obedience to God's command, and inhumble attendance on his providence, will certainly succeed, andend with comfort at last. Canaan was not, as other lands, a mereoutward possession, but a type of heaven, and in this respectthe patriarchs so earnestly prized it. 6-9 Abram found the country peopled by Canaanites, who were badneighbours. He journeyed, going on still. Sometimes it is thelot of good men to be unsettled, and often to remove intovarious states. Believers must look on themselves as strangersand sojourners in this world, #Heb 11:8,13,14|. But observe howmuch comfort Abram had in God. When he could have littlesatisfaction in converse with the Canaanites whom he foundthere, he had abundance of pleasure in communion with that God,who brought him thither, and did not leave him. Communion withGod is kept up by the word and by prayer. God reveals himselfand his favours to his people by degrees; before, he hadpromised to show Abram this land, now, to give it to him: asgrace is growing, so is comfort. It should seem, Abramunderstood it also as a grant of a better land, of which thiswas a type; for he looked for a heavenly country, #Heb 11:16|.As soon as Abram was got to Canaan, though he was but a strangerand sojourner there, yet he set up, and kept up, the worship ofGod in his family. He not only minded the ceremonial part ofreligion, the offering of sacrifice; but he made conscience ofseeking his God, and calling on his name; that spiritualsacrifice with which God is well pleased. He preached concerningthe name of the Lord; he taught his family and neighbours theknowledge of the true God, and his holy religion. The way offamily worship is a good old way, no new thing, but the ancientusage of the saints. Abram was rich, and had a numerous family,was now unsettled, and in the midst of enemies; yet, wherever hepitched his tent, he built an altar: wherever we go, let us notfail to take our religion along with us. 10-20 There is no state on earth free from trials, nor anycharacter free from blemishes. There was famine in Canaan, theglory of all lands, and unbelief, with the evils it ever brings,in Abram the father of the faithful. Perfect happiness andperfect purity dwell only in heaven. Abram, when he must for atime quit Canaan, goes to Egypt, that he might not seem to lookback, and meaning to tarry there no longer than needful. ThereAbram dissembled his relation to Sarai, equivocated, and taughthis wife and his attendants to do so too. He concealed a truth,so as in effect to deny it, and exposed thereby both his wifeand the Egyptians to sin. The grace Abram was most noted for,was faith; yet he thus fell through unbelief and distrust of theDivine providence, even after God had appeared to him twice.Alas, what will become of weak faith, when strong faith is thusshaken! If God did not deliver us, many a time, out of straitsand distresses which we bring ourselves into, by our own sin andfolly, we should be ruined. He deals not with us according toour deserts. Those are happy chastisements that hinder us in asinful way, and bring us to our duty, particularly to the dutyof restoring what we have wrongfully taken or kept. Pharaoh'sreproof of Abram was very just: What is this that thou hastdone? How unbecoming a wise and good man! If those who professreligion, do that which is unfair and deceptive, especially ifthey say that which borders upon a lie, they must expect to hearof it; and they have reason to thank those who will tell them ofit. The sending away was kind. Pharaoh was so far from anydesign to kill Abram, as he feared, that he took particular careof him. We often perplex ourselves with fears which arealtogether groundless. Many a time we fear where no fear is.Pharaoh charged his men not to hurt Abram in any thing. It isnot enough for those in authority, that they do not hurtthemselves; they must keep their servants and those about themfrom doing hurt.
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