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01/1997
The Call of Abraham
 

The Bible is a chronological book on redemption. The theme of the Bible is salvation through grace, which is to be appropriated by faith. This is vividly illustrated in the life of Abraham. God found Abram in Ur of the Chaldees, distant from the Promised Land. " Ur" means flame and "Chaidee" means destruction in the Hebrew language. Literally, then, God found Abram in the place of flames and in the land of destruction. 

Abram is an example of the sinner saved by the grace of God. In the place of flames, the land of judgement and destruction, God finds sinners whom He wants to save. Figuratively, Ur typifies the land of doom in hell, the place of destiny that awaits every sinner and unrepentant backslider. Abram was living in the Middle East region. Likewise, there is a coming great harvest of souls in the Middle East.

 Jehovah calls this man by sovereign grace to leave his home, his relatives and his friends, to walk alone with Him. Here is a great lesson on the walk of faith the walk of sanctification as a total separation from the world. The land of Mesopotamia in Acts 7:2 represents the world around him.

 What does Mesopotamia symbolise? While Canaan was the land of promise, Mesopotamia was the land of his past. God called him to come out of his past of sin and idolatry. This accounts for the brief genealogy of Abraham. Do your sinful past and old records still haunt you?

 The beginning verse of Genesis consists of only seven words in the original and only ten in the English Bible. This is all that is needed for God to inform us how the world began. The rest of the Bible is devoted to other events in the world.

The record of our origin is also brief. Our historical record is mentioned in only one verse in Gen. 2:7. There, in twenty-seven words, we have the complete record of our origin. Again, the rest of the Bible deals with where we are going.

God wastes no time with the past, but deals almost entirely with the future. The past seems to be unimportant in the estimate of God. The future is the important issue. Hence, we must walk away from the land of Mesopotamia, the land of the guilty past, into the Promised Land ahead of us. Don't ever build your life around your past! Micah 7:19 says, "He will again have compassion on us, and will subdue our iniquities. You will cast all our sins into the deep of the sea." One minister said that God has cast all our sins and ugly past into the sea of forgetfulness and put a "No fishing" sign there!

Abram partially obeyed the Lord. He left his country but took his flesh along with him. His father and Lot were types of the flesh. Both must be left behind. For this reason God intervened in the affairs of Abram to teach him the lesson of separation. There will be no progress and growth, blessing and victory, till a total separation from the world and from the flesh is accomplished. This is the greatest need and lesson the Church must learn today! Sanctification is not a single spiritual experience, but a series of "burials" and a succession of "funerals" of judgment upon the flesh. Jesus puts it in this manner:

"If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross-daily, and follow Me." This is the primary task of the Holy Spirit at present: adorning the Bride of Christ with the garments of righteousness and holiness.

 
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