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The Seed of Abraham

Old Testament

A Sermon on Genesis 12:1-4

The Call of Abram

Now the LORD said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”

So Abram went, as the LORD had told him, and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran. (ESV)

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In an effort to address the modern criticism that Scripture has nothing much to say to us today, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones gives an overview of Scripture in this sermon on Genesis 12:1-4, showing how all man’s troubles throughout history have arisen from his rebellion against God. Before this pagan backdrop, the life of Abraham shines as an example to us all of what it looks like to live a life of faith. The Lord called Abram out of his old way of life, offering him His friendship and untold blessing — and Abram responded, leaving everything and becoming a sojourner in this world. Are we living like Abram? Do we have the same confidence in the Word of God? Abram’s world was exactly the same as ours today, and God requires the same response to His call — a call to repentance, seeing that the life you're living is against God and doesn't have a foundation. There is a glorious type of life possible, not based on our uncertainties or works, but a life based on the Son of God, who gives us peace with God. That was the offer made to Abram. And it is the offer made to you today. Come out of your old life and follow the call of God, through life and death, and even into the everlasting bliss of His Kingdom.

Additional Scripture Translations

Genesis 12:1-4, New American Standard Bible

Abram Journeys to Egypt

1Now the Lord said to Abram,

“Go from your country,

And from your relatives

And from your father’s house,

To the land which I will show you;

2And I will make you into a great nation,

And I will bless you,

And make your name great;

And you shall be a blessing;

3And I will bless those who bless you,

And the one who curses you I will curse.

And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed.”

4So Abram went away as the Lord had spoken to him; and Lot went with him. Now Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran.

Genesis 12:1-4, King James Version

1Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee: 2And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: 3And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.

4So Abram departed, as the LORD had spoken unto him; and Lot went with him: and Abram was seventy and five years old when he departed out of Haran.

About Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981) was a Welsh evangelical minister who preached and taught in the Reformed tradition. His principal ministry was at Westminster Chapel, in central London, from 1939-1968, where he delivered multi-year expositions on books of the bible such as Romans, Ephesians and the Gospel of John. In addition to the MLJ Trust’s collection of 1,600 of these sermons in audio format, most of these great sermon series are available in book form (including a 14 volume collection of the Romans sermons), as are other series such as "Spiritual Depression", "Studies in the Sermon on the Mount" and "Great Biblical Doctrines". He is considered by many evangelical leaders today to be an authority on biblical truth and the sufficiency of Scripture.