Summary: There is evidence that Abram delayed God's plan, resulting in disobedience. However, God prompted him to get moving toward the ultimate goal for his life.
A couple from north Oklahoma decided to go to Florida for a long weekend to thaw out during one particularly icy winter. Because they both had jobs, they had difficulty coordinating their travel schedules. It was decided that the husband would fly to Florida on Thursday, and his wife would follow the next day.
Upon arriving as planned, the husband checked into the motel. He decided to open his laptop and send his wife an e-mail back home. However, he accidentally left off one letter in her address, and sent the e-mail without realizing the error.
In Houston, a widow had just returned from her husband’s funeral. He was a pastor of many years who had been called home quite quickly to glory. The widow checked her e-mail, expecting messages from relatives and friends. Upon reading the first message, she fainted and fell to the floor.
The widow's son rushed into the room, found his mother on the floor, and saw the computer screen which read:
TO: My loving wife
FROM: Your departed husband
SUBJECT: I’ve arrived!
MESSAGE: I’ve just arrived and have been checked in. I see that everything has been prepared for your arrival tomorrow. I am looking forward to seeing you then! Hope your journey is as uneventful as mine was.
P.S. Sure is hot down here.
Our next relative received a message from God. His was much more clear and precise than this unfortunate pastor’s wife. But before we discover his life, let’s review the rest of the story of Noah.
After spending more than a year in the ark all the animals were released. Noah and his three sons begin repopulating the world. Noah’s son Shem would have the first son born into the newly recreated world. His name would be Arphaxad (ahr-FAK-sad)which meant healer or releaser. He would be the hope for the world to be healed of the scars of destruction and the releaser of a godly lineage. His lineage would cumulate with the birth of Jesus.
Noah would live to see 10 generations including our next ancestor, Abram. But in the midst of his journey he discovered that man still had a perchance to go against God’s wishes.
Genesis 10:25 “Eber had two sons. The first was named Peleg (which means ‘division’), for during his lifetime the people of the world were divided into different language groups.”
God had commanded Noah and his sons to be multiply and fill the earth. However, one hundred years after the flood, people decided to build a tower to in-house God. This was probably a pyramid like structure that would have a temple at the top for God to reside. The reasoning behind the decision was to make themselves famous in the eyes of God. If God resided in this place, then they could remain in this area and not scatter.
So God confused their language and the people scattered throughout the as God commanded. Peleg would settle in Chaldea.
It is in this local that we read about his great-great-great-great grandson Terah.
Genesis 11:27 This is the account of Terah’s family. Terah was the father of Abram, Nahor, and Haran; and Haran was the father of Lot.