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Nations (One World)
Terah took his son Abram, his grandson Lot son of Haran, and his
daughter-in-law Sarai, the wife of his son Abram, and together they set
out from Ur of the Chaldeans to go to Canaan. But when they came to Haran,
they settled there. 32 Terah lived 205 years, and he died in Haran. NIV
In other words, God already "instilled" the nation - knowing that Terah wouldn't
get very far.(Abram was then about 205-70=135 when Terah died - according
to the NIV(Gen 11:26 After Terah had lived 70 years,
he became the father of Abram, Nahor and Haran. NIV).
The TLB is nearer correct: Gen 11:26 By the time Terah
was seventy years old, he had three sons, Abram, Nahor, and Haran. TLB
Abram could therefore have been born when Terah was about 25, that would
make him a little over a hundred years old when Terah died. From this it
is clear that Abram set out for the land "God was going to show him" about
30 years before Terah's death since he was 75 at the time:
Gen 12:4 Abram left, as the LORD had told him; and
Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he set out from
Gen 12:1 God had told Abram, "Leave your own
country* behind you, and your own
people,* and go to the land I will guide you
to. *Shows that he'd lived there long enough to call it "his country"
and "his people." As we showed in "Arabs are
Hamites," Abraham kept to his own people for wives for Isaac and Jacob.
God didn't make any promises
to Tera, vs. to
AbramGen 12:2 If you do
(obedience), I will cause you to become the father
of a great nation; I will bless you and make your name famous, and you will
be a blessing to many others. 3 I will bless those who bless you and curse
those who curse you; and the entire world will be blessed because of you."
Gen 12:6 Abram traveled through the land as far as
the site of the great tree of Moreh at Shechem. At that time the Canaanites
were in the land. 7 The LORD appeared to Abram and said, "To your offspring
I will give this land." So he built an altar there to the LORD, who had
appeared to him. NIV (Back to/See
UnityGen 13:6 But the land could not support both Abram and Lot with
all their flocks and herds. There were too many animals for the available
pasture. 7 So fights broke out between the herdsmen of Abram and Lot, despite
the danger they all faced from the tribes of Canaanites and Perizzites present
in the land. 8 Then Abram talked it over with Lot. "This fighting between
our men has got to stop," he said. "We can't afford to let a rift develop
between our clans. Close relatives such as we are must present a united front!
TLB (...for we are brothers. NIV)
separate Gen 13:9 Is not the whole land
before you? Let's part company. If you go to the left, I'll go to the right;
if you go to the right, I'll go to the left." [yamiyn (yaw-meen') sama'l
(saw-mal') Strong's Numbers]
What if Lot had chosen to go
right, would Abram have gone east? It's doubtful that Lot would have gone
further west - that's the sea. God's choice was obviously for Abram to stay
where he was, so let's conclude with God having fixed a fix for Lot to go
east since he knew Lot would have chosen the best part - not caring that
the people there were Evil
10 Lot looked up and saw that the whole plain of the
Jordan was well watered, like the garden of the LORD, like the land of Egypt,
toward Zoar. (This was before the LORD destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah.) 11
So Lot chose for himself the whole plain of the Jordan and set out toward
the east. The two men parted company: 12 Abram lived in the land of Canaan,
while Lot lived among the cities of the plain and pitched his tents near
Sodom. 13 Now the men of Sodom were wicked and were sinning greatly against
the LORD. NIV
13:13 Now the men of Sodom were wicked and were sinning greatly against the
Abram IDENTITY, the
14:11 Then the victors plundered Sodom and Gomorrah and carried off all their
wealth and food, and went on their homeward way, 12
taking with them Lot-Abram's nephew who lived
in Sodom-and all he owned. 13 One of the men
who escaped came and told Abram the Hebrew
(5680), who was camping among the oaks belonging
to Mamre the Amorite (brother of Eshcol and Aner, Abram's allies). TLB
The first time Abram is awarded a specific identity.
OT:5680 `Ibriy (ib-ree'); patronymic from OT:5677; an Eberite (i.e.
Hebrew) or descendant of Eber: KJV - Hebrew (-ess, woman). Strong's Numbers
Gen 10:21 Eber descended from Shem, the oldest brother of Japheth.
22 Here is a list of Shem's other descendants: Elam, Asshur, Arpachshad,
23 Aram's sons were: Uz, Hul, Gether, Mash.
24 Arpachshad's son was Shelah, and Shelah's son was Eber.
25 Two sons were born to Eber: Peleg (meaning "Division," for during his
lifetime the people of the world were separated and dispersed), and Joktan
26 Joktan was the father of Almodad, Sheleph, Hazarmaveth, Jerah, Hadoram,
Uzal, Diklah, Obal, Abima-el, Sheba, Ophir, Havi-lah, Jobab.
These descendants of Joktan lived all the way from Mesha to the eastern hills
31 These, then, were the descendants of Shem, classified according to their
political groupings, languages, and geographical locations. TLB
Note that Abram and his household had developed into a specific entity
(tribe). This could happen due to Abraham avoiding being assimilated
into the tribes among which he lived. He lived "among
the oaks" as against Lot "who lived in Sodom-and
all he owned. We saw (above) in Gen 13:12
that Lot at first "Lot lived among the
cities of the plain and pitched his tents near Sodom."
Later, however, he moved into the city and he, his household and all he owned
became part of them.
AbramGen 15:1 Afterwards Jehovah spoke to Abram in a vision, and this
is what he told him: "Don't be fearful, Abram, for I will defend you.
And I will give you great blessings." TLB All the Bible translations
refer to God saying to Abram, "Don't be
fearful." Obviously Abram was threatened, since he was a rich
foreigner with a large household and competed with the locals for space and
HeirGen 15:2 But Abram said, "O Sovereign LORD, what can
you give me since I remain childless and the one who will inherit my estate
is Eliezer of Damascus?" 3 And Abram said, "You have given me no children;
so a servant in my household will be my heir." Gen 15:4 Then the word of
the LORD came to him: "This man will not be your heir, but a son coming from
your own body will be your heir." NIV
Note that Abram first specifically mentions that
Eliezer of Damascus would be his heir,
but then he states in the next verse that a servant
in my household will be my heir.
Either Eliezer was actually of his household, or a family member living in
Damascus. One gets the impression, though, of there being a time-frame between
verse 2 & 3 in which something might have happened that removed Eliezer
from the scene.
|God saying, "a son coming from your own body,"
still doesn't say who the mother of the son would be. This might have given
Abram some justification to have children with concubines - see have children
- see Arabs. That Sarai would be the mother is
explicitly stated aft in Gen 17:15 God also said
to Abraham, "As for Sarai your wife, you are no longer to call her Sarai;
her name will be Sarah. 16 I will bless her and will surely give you a son
by her. I will bless her so that she will be the mother of nations; kings
of peoples will come from her." NIV
In selecting heirs for Abraham & Isaac the God of Israel
preserved a breeding an unmixed stock (with Hamites) to start to build his
Hebrew nation - See Arabs and others
This nation God was building was to be superior to the nations from descendants
that were sent away. Isaac confirmed this:
Gen 27:27 May many nations be your slaves. Be the master
of your brothers. May all your relatives bow low before you. Cursed are all
who curse you, and blessed are all who bless you." TLB
The world and the Arabs have turned his sovereign ruling and plan in our
day with the Arabs living in Israel's territory. They were turned into a
nation, called the Palestinians, to serve as a vehicle to displace the Jews
and take the land mandated to them. Gen 21:14 So Abraham
got up early the next morning, prepared food for the journey, and strapped
a canteen of water to Hagar's shoulders and sent her away with their son.
She walked out into the wilderness of Beersheba, wandering aimlessly.