Summary: Did Abraham fully obey Gods command to leave his kindred? people have different opinions about this, but as we get into the study I think we'll have to agree, that no he did not.
#7~ Abraham and Lot: HEBS. 11: STUDY 6-7-14
Did Abraham disobey God by taking Lot with him? -- We have talked about Abraham a couple of times already but I want to stay with Abraham at least for today.
Listen as I read our text from Hebrews 11: 8-10.
11:8- 10 By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.
9By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise:
10For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.
~ We see here in verse 8 that he "obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went."
Well there's no doubt that Abraham obeyed and went out, but did he go out when God commanded him to, and did he obey what God said about leaving his kindred, and yet he took Lot with him? --- There are a lot of people that have different ideas about this, but it seems to me that Abram did not fully obey what God said.
Gen.12: 1-5 Now the LORD had said * (past tense, it's very important to recognize that fact.) unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will shew thee:
2And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:
3And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.
4So 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.
5And 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.
In verse 1 God had told Abraham to get out of his homeland AND away from his kindred. -- He was to leave his father's house and all of his relatives and set out for the place where God was taking him.
It seems that he and his wife Sarah should have really been the only ones to make the journey.
~ Listen, so what we're about to read in Gen.11:27-33 was after the fact of God's command to Abram,
ƒæ Back in Gen.11: 27-33 we read;
27Now these are the generations of Terah: (Abraham's father) Terah begat Abram, Nahor, and Haran; and Haran begat Lot.
28And Haran died before his father Terah in the land of his nativity, in Ur of the Chaldees.
29And Abram and Nahor took them wives: the name of Abram's wife was Sarai; and the name of Nahor's wife, Milcah, the daughter of Haran, the father of Milcah, and the father of Iscah.
30But Sarai was barren; she had no child. -- 31And Terah took Abram his son, and Lot the son of Haran his son's son, and Sarai his daughter in law, his son Abram's wife; and they went forth with them from Ur of the Chaldees, to go into the land of Canaan; and they came unto Haran, and dwelt there. 32And the days of Terah were two hundred and five years: and Terah died in Haran.
We'll we're told here in verse 31 that at the beginning of Terah's journey that he intended to go to the land of Canaan, but when they arrived at this place called HARAN they stopped and stayed there, and that TERAH, Abram's father died there. -- How long they we're there in Haran we can not say.
Genesis 11:31 tells us that it was Abraham's father, Terah, who brought the family to this place after Abraham's brother, also named Haran, died.
It's possible that Terah (Abram's father) was so heart broken at the death of his son HARAN that he wanted to find a new beginning in a new place. --- It may have been that Terah even founded this new city himself and named it in honor of his son HARAN'S memory, because we notice that the city and Abraham's son do have the same name.
~ Whether or not Abraham should have even joined his father Terah in going to Haran is debatable.
ƒæ In Stephen's testimony before the Sanhedrin recorded in the Book of Acts 7: 2-4 we're told: -- listen--