By Jessica Wang
18 Jul 2010 Sunday
Bible Verses: Genesis 11:27-12:4 (NIV)
This is the account of Terah’s family line.
Terah became the father of Abram, Nahor and Haran. And Haran became the father of Lot. 28 While his father Terah was still alive, Haran died in Ur of the Chaldeans, in the land of his birth. 29 Abram and Nahor both married. The name of Abram’s wife was Sarai, and the name of Nahor’s wife was Milkah; she was the daughter of Haran, the father of both Milkah and Iskah. 30 Now Sarai was childless because she was not able to conceive.
31 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 Harran, they settled there.
32 Terah lived 205 years, and he died in Harran.
The Call of Abram
The LORD had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you.
2 “I will make you into a great nation,
and I will bless you;
I will make your name great,
and you will be a blessing.
3 I will bless those who bless you,
and whoever curses you I will curse;
and all peoples on earth
will be blessed through you.”
4 So Abram went, as the LORD had told him; and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he set out from Harran.
July is a time fruitful: many students have graduated from their schools, colleges and universities; also July is a time we may feel sad, for some it’s time to say goodbye to each other.
I have had the same experience when I graduated from the seminary in July four years ago, I was excited to start with things that God called me to do, I was also kind of sad because I had to say goodbye to my professors and friends. Whenever I think about that, it reminds me of one of my professors when the year I was going to graduate too. He was called by God to leave the seminary, and go to the local church, so did I.
We made a mission statement which was called a collection of testimonies from all our classmates and professors, to share how God had led us during those four years’ study. We got a letter from this professor, and he said: “I want to explain how I left the seminary and went to my local church, because I heard God called me to do so at that time”. And the professor told us he moved everything, spent all his money with nothing left – just his wife and his guitar. His testimony about how God called him; then later provided for what he needed; how God prepared him; worked in his life; and how God grow him in love...deeply moved us.
Two weeks ago, we had a farewell party for English fellowship volunteers in the church. Due to many may leave the city for other cities, even other countries. It was hard for us to say goodbye to each other, God spoke to me through Matthew chapter 28: “ Go and make disciples of all nations", “and that is also a purpose on our English fellowship.” From then on, I feel very happy and joyful whenever we have this kind of farewell parties for brothers and sisters. And I want to encourage all students here, during this summertime, if you leave this city, no matter for other cities, or even other countries, please start the journey of Faith wherever you go.
By Faith, when God called Abraham, he believed and set out for another country. God promised Abraham, “I will make you into a great nation,” and it was fulfilled. How can we start this Faith Journey? Among us, many may have anxieties in lives, but remember, everyday is a new day, and everyday is a day that God calls us to do something for him. Now you may want to have this kind of Journey walking with the Lord. How can we get started? I believe the best place in Bible is to start with Abraham, where God started to call him, today we learn about starting the Journey of Faith by God’s call.
Some may ask: “Can I be a Christian? I’m so bad.” I believe the answer is in Roman 1:3, “There is no one righteous, not even one.” There are nothing good in us, how can God choose us? The answer is -- God loves us, according to His holy will, He saves us and makes us special children of God.
When God called Moses to lead His people out of Egypt, Moses was a killer, he killed an Egyptian;
God called David to be the successor of King Saul for His people, the time when he was nobody just a shepherd boy;
God called Paul to lead early church Christians, at that time he was actively persecuting Christians...
There are nothing good in us, it’s God that made those heroes and make us special. It’s NOT about who we are can be called by God, you may think you are not good enough. When you come to know about Abraham, in your mind, there must be a big picture - he was a great hero, he was the father of many nations, and he was the father of Faith. But God’s call is NOT according to who you are, what you have done, before God called Abraham, who was he? Abraham was son of Heran, born in an idol worshipping family and his had childless family. God chose Abraham, by Faith, Abraham followed God’s voice, believed in God. God accredited to him as righteous, blessed Abraham on his family.
Abraham's Faith is the greatest blessing God has given him. God promised Abraham making him into a great nation, his descendants will be countless like sand on the seashore. But Abraham and wife had no children, their marriage was childless, how can it be fulfilled? Eventually through Jesus. -- Son of Abraham; Son of God. Jesus came to the world to save us, Gospel is for all nations, for all peoples God created and chosen. God’s unconditional love and blessings has been poured out, as He has promised to His chosen people, Abraham’s descendants.
If you want to know God, read the Bible and pray to God, the Holy Spirit will lead, then you shall see the Truth and come to know God's special design for your lives. Amen.