Summary: 2 of 4. Genesis records Abram’s encounter with God & his resultant actions of faith. Personal encounters with God call us to venture forth & journey by faith. But What are some challenges to that journey? A challenge to our journey of faith lie in...

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Genesis 11:26—12:9


Tom is applying for a job as a signalman for the local railroad & is told to meet the inspector at the signal box.

The inspector decides to give Tom a pop quiz, asking: "What would you do if you realized that two trains were heading towards each other on the same track?"

Tom says: "I would switch one train to another track."

"What if the lever broke?" asks the inspector.

"Then I'd run down to the tracks & use the manual lever down there," answers Tom.

"What if that had been struck by lightning?" challenges the inspector.

"Then," Tom continued, "I'd run back up here & use the phone to call the next signal box."

"What if the phone was busy?"

"In that case," Tom argued, "I'd run to the street level & use the public phone near the station."

"What if that had been vandalized?"

"Oh well," said Tom, "in that case I would run into town & get my Uncle Leo."

This puzzled the inspector, so he asked, "Why would you do that?"

"Because he's never seen a train crash."

Tom ventured forth in faith despite the challenges.

We all face challenges to our journey of faith.

Genesis records Abram’s encounter with YaHoWeH/the LORD/God & his resultant/subsequent actions of faith.

Encountering God calls us to a venture/journey by faith.

What limits/hinders the venture of faith?

What is challenged in a journey of faith?

12 challenges to the venture/journey of faith.

Earlier, we found 2 Challenges to our journey of faith lie in...

1. Our HOME(11:26-32)

2. Our RELATIONSHIPS (11:26-32)

3—A challenge to our journey of faith lies in...

Our COMMUNITY(11:27-28, 31)

Explanation:(11:27-28, 31) Land

:27—“This is the genealogy of Terah: Terah begot Abram, Nahor, & Haran. Haran begot Lot.”

:28—“And Haran died before his father Terah in his native land, in Ur of the Chaldeans.”

“Ur of the Chaldeans”

“It is called Ur of the Chaldeans even though technically, at the time of Abraham, it wouldn't have been Ur of the Chaldeans.” Moses, remember, is recording Genesis for the instruction of the children of Israel, “who are entering the Promised Land.” The events recorded here took place many hundreds of years prior to Moses’ recording of such. Thus both Moses & Israel know Ur as Ur of the Chaldeans. “Chaldean tribes, through its history, were later associated with it, & so it was that way known to Moses' people.”—John MacArthur

Archaeologists tell us that the supposed site of “Ur of the Chadeans” is now located some ~150(?) mi. from the coast but was probably a maritime city in Abram’s day located at the head of the Persian Gulf, as it would later be the major port for Babylonia.—Eastons’ BD, Smith’s BD

Sometimes our communities go through drastic changes so that they are no longer recognizable to us.

:31—“And Terah took his son Abram & his grandson Lot, the son of Haran, & his daughter-in-law Sarai, his son Abram’s wife, & they went out with them from Ur of the Chaldeans to go to the land of Canaan; & they came to Haran & dwelt there.”

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