Wednesday – October 2, 2019 – A Missed Opportunity
Genesis 11:27-12:1 (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.
12:1 The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you.
We talk about Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. We don’t often talk about Terah. Who was he? He was the father of Abraham and he was from a place called Ur of the Chaldees. Abraham and Sarah lived there with him. Ur was one of the most sophisticated cities on earth. By ancient standards, it was advanced. However, the inhabitants were not pursuers of God. They worshiped one of the local deities, the moon god. The irony of this god is its relationship to fertility, which as we know, was the issue that Abraham and Sarah wrestled with. They were infertile and had no children. God did not want the child of promise to be associated to the moon god in anyway, so He ordered Abraham to get out.
In Joshua 24:2, Terah is identified as an idolater. Jewish lore also identifies him as an idol maker. Since he was from Ur, he was a worshiper of the moon god and that is why Terah and his family had to leave.
When Abraham got out, he was to go to the land of Canaan. Abraham did not go by himself. Several others went with him, including Terah. Terah is identified as the one leading the way. However, Terah only went part of the way. He stopped in Haraan and died there. There is peril in only going part way. Scripture does not tell us why he did not continue along the journey. Perhaps he was old, and it was difficult to travel. In any event, he missed out. God does not identify himself as the God of Terah. The family of God begins with Abraham and that is because he was willing to get all of the way out of Ur and to get all of the idolatry out of him.
That can’t happen when you are only willing to go part way. We cannot be only halfway leaders of our families. We must go all the way.
Prayer: God, thank You for making a way for me to get all the way out of the world and all the way into You.