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Get Out of Your Country

Every week the Jews gather together around the world and read designated portions of Scripture. This week we read the portion in Genesis 12 describing God’s first revelation to Abraham. The portion called in Hebrew: “Lech Lecha” meaning “get out of your country.”

“Now the Lord had said to Abram:

“Get out of your country, From your family And from your father’s house,
To a land that I will show you.
I will make you a great nation; I will bless you And make your name great;
And you shall be a blessing.
I will bless those who bless you, And I will curse him who curses you;
And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”
(Gen.12:1-3)

God starts Abraham’s adventure by telling him to “leave.” Abraham was raised in a tribal culture where tribal loyalty was a high value. God’s call was contrary to everything Abraham had been taught by the tribal culture he was raised in.

It is impossible to know what was going on in Abraham’s life, but somehow he chooses to leave behind his family and culture and follow a God he had not known, in exchange for a promise that he would become a blessing to those around him.

We may not automatically think this way, but Abraham lived in an adulterous society surrounded by false objects of worship. In order for God’s ways to take root in his life, Abraham had to be removed from the things that would hinder the process. Without Abraham’s obedience to “get out,” God would never be able to make him the blessing he ultimately became.

In the same way, God calls us out of our own way and out of the comfort of what is familiar and in to His purposes so that He can make us a blessing. But sadly, many of us refuse to allow God to remove the things in our lives that hinder the process from taking place. Understanding that God’s purpose is to make you a blessing may help inspire the obedience that is necessary for the promise to be fulfilled.

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