Summary of passages: Genesis 11:26-32: The account of Terah from the line of Shem who was Abram’s (later Abraham’s) father. Lot was Abram’s nephew. Abram married Sarai (later Sarah) and she was barren (had no children).
Terah, Abram, Sarai, and Lot left Ur for Canaan but settled in Haran where Terah died.
Acts 7:2-8: Stephen tells us the back story: God appeared the Abram/Abraham while he was still in Ur in Mesopotamia before he left for Haran and told Abram to leave Ur and to go to Canaan. So he went to Haran. Then after Terah, his father, died God sent Abram to Canaan.
God gave him no inheritance in Canaan but He promised him his descendants would possess the land. God told Abram his children would be strangers in the land and would be enslaved for 400 years. But God would punish that nation and afterward they will come back to Canaan to worship Him. Here, God instituted the covenant of circumcision as a sign of this covenant.
Then Abraham had Isaac whom he circumcised. Isaac had Jacob who became the father of the twelve patriarchs.
7a) Ur, a city in Mesopotamia where the Chaldeans or Babylonians ruled at that time (approximately 2091 BC).
b) Personal Question. My answer: That God told Abram beforehand that they would suffer and be enslaved before they would have their inheritance of the land. Also, the covenant of circumcision was a sign of this promise.
8a) Personal Question. My answer: I learned that Lot was Abram’s nephew and was one of those chosen along with Abram to share in God’s inheritance of Canaan.
b) Personal Question. My answer: This one is pulling teeth. Not sure how the facts of Abram’s calling encourage my family.
Conclusions: My favorite part of this lesson was writing the summary. The rest I could have done without.
I gave up on 8b after 20 minutes. Couldn’t think of one thing.
This one was definitely a filler lesson in my opinion.
Map of Abram’s Journey out of Ur to Canaan: http://www.israel-a-history-of.com/old-testament-map.html#Peninsula.
Recommendation: If you are interested in map work, I would purchase a good Bible Atlas. The one I own is Zondervan’s Atlas of the Bible by Carl S. Rasmussen. This has a much, MUCH better map of Abraham’s possible route than I could find on the Internet as well as detailed background information, dates, and what’s going on in the known world in the same time period.
I’m sure there are many more wonderful ones out there but the detail given in a book is invaluable to me as I need to picture Abram trekking through the desert in order to understand a world more than 4 millenia before mine.