Together We Follow: Genesis 11:10-32

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Genesis 11:10-32

This is the account of Shem’s family.

Two years after the great flood, when Shem was 100 years old, he became the father of Arphaxad. After the birth of Arphaxad, Shem lived another 500 years and had other sons and daughters.

When Arphaxad was 35 years old, he became the father of Shelah. After the birth of Shelah, Arphaxad lived another 403 years and had other sons and daughters.

When Shelah was 30 years old, he became the father of Eber. After the birth of Eber, Shelah lived another 403 years and had other sons and daughters.

When Eber was 34 years old, he became the father of Peleg. After the birth of Peleg, Eber lived another 430 years and had other sons and daughters.

When Peleg was 30 years old, he became the father of Reu. After the birth of Reu, Peleg lived another 209 years and had other sons and daughters.

When Reu was 32 years old, he became the father of Serug. After the birth of Serug, Reu lived another 207 years and had other sons and daughters.

When Serug was 30 years old, he became the father of Nahor. After the birth of Nahor, Serug lived another 200 years and had other sons and daughters.

When Nahor was 29 years old, he became the father of Terah. After the birth of Terah, Nahor lived another 119 years and had other sons and daughters.

After Terah was 70 years old, he became the father of Abram, Nahor, and Haran.

The Family of Terah

This is the account of Terah’s family. Terah was the father of Abram, Nahor, and Haran; and Haran was the father of Lot. But Haran died in Ur of the Chaldeans, the land of his birth, while his father, Terah, was still living.  Meanwhile, Abram and Nahor both married. The name of Abram’s wife was Sarai, and the name of Nahor’s wife was Milcah. (Milcah and her sister Iscah were daughters of Nahor’s brother Haran.) But Sarai was unable to become pregnant and had no children.

One day Terah took his son Abram, his daughter-in-law Sarai (his son Abram’s wife), and his grandson Lot (his son Haran’s child) and moved away from Ur of the Chaldeans. He was headed for the land of Canaan, but they stopped at Haran and settled there. Terah lived for 205 years and died while still in Haran.

 

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Shem’s descendants have ended up in a place called Ur of the Chaldeans. We meet Terah and his sons here. But they don’t stay in Ur – Terah moves with his son, Abram,  daughter-in-law, and grandson away from this city. He begins this journey with the idea of ending up in Canaan, but settles in Haran.

This is the beginning of something special in our history…and as we go through the next chapters, we’re going to see God call Abram to finish the journey to Canaan.

Since the garden of Eden, God had not given a specific spot on the earth to His people as a Home…but over the course of the next few days, we’ll read about how He does just that for a man and a woman who will hear His voice and follow where He leads.

I hope you’ll continue reading with me as we re-discover the beauty of God’s promises to Abram…and, through him, hope for the entire world.

*map from A Survey of the Old Testament by Andrew Hill & John Walton

 

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