Abraham part five – A Pattern for Spiritual LIfe

Terah half responded to the call to leave Ur of the Chaldees

Abram responded fully – even though he did not know where he would end up

His motivation was the fact that Jesus was with Him

In his journeying he pitched his tent and built an altar and called on the Lord

The LORD appeared to Abram and said, “To your offspring I will give this land.” So he built an altar there to the LORD, who had appeared to him. From there he went on toward the hills east of Bethel and pitched his tent, with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east. There he built an altar to the LORD and called on the name of the LORD.

Genesis 12:7-8

Four simple actions for the spiritual mind:

  1. We live lightly in the world – pitching a tent.  Our home is in a City built by God- WANDERERS

Instead, they were longing for a better country–a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.  Hebrews 11:16

2. We build an altar – a place for worshipping God (in our hearts) – WORSHIPPERS

Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God–this is your spiritual act of worship. Romans 12:1

3. We call on the Lord – WITNESSES

Flee the evil desires of youth, and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart. 2 Timothy 2:22

4. Abraham also dug out WELLS – see Genesis 26:15

With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation. Isaiah 12:3

Notes:

Greek = EPIKALOMAI – a kind of mixture of testimony and trust in God
Hebrew =  QARA – to name, preach, mention etc
Probably about prayer to God as a way of life
An outward demonstration of inward dependency