As we have disscussed before, the Lord seemed to call Abram just after the death of his father in Haram and said. It was however actually in Gensis 12, while Abram was still in Ur-Kasdim
It is difficult when the story gets repeated, as we will find it often does. Into the tardis we go to Stephen’s trial, in Jerusalem where he makes it clear that God called Abram from Ur Kasdim.
1 Then the high priest said, “Are these things true?” 2 So he replied, “Brothers and fathers, listen to me. The God of glory appeared to our forefather Abraham when he was in Mesopotamia, before he settled in Haran, 3 and said to him, ‘Go out from your country and from your relatives, and come to the land I will show you.’ 4 Then he went out from the country of the Chaldeans and settled in Haran. After his father died, God made him move to this country where you now live” (Acts 7:1-4, emphasis mine).
Genesis 12.1-4 reads 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.[a]
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.”[b]
4 So Abram went, as the Lord had told him;
This first calling is not the same as that which we refer to as the COVENANT, it is very plain that this is a one-sided Covenant where God makes all the promises. God uses the first person singular five times. All that Abraham does is go, now if that is the other side of the Covenant it is very convenient for Abram, so little to do to get wrong.
It is only after Abram and Sarai have sojourned in Egypt, resced Lot from Hobah, north of Damascus. Has been blessed by Melchizadek that the call is repeated: as we notice this is the sealer of God’s ‘I Will’ statements. Notice that Abram is questioning the validity of the previous saying/calling and wants to know how he will have his own children. Abram says Sovereign Lord, what can you give me? Because / since I have made Eliezer of Damascus my heir.
This doubt continues as Abram questions with all his how’s. It is as though we have heard the wonderful promises God made to Abram and are satisfied that Abram will claim his inheritance – now Abram wants to know how God will do this since , I believe, he has not yet experienced the power of God and has not been having that relationship we speak of, Abram knows not God.
15.1 After this, (the death or Terah) the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision:
2 But Abram said, “Sovereign Lord, what can you give me since I remain childless and the one who will inherit[c] my estate is Eliezer of Damascus?
3.Then the word of the Lord came to him: “This man will not be your heir, but a son who is your own flesh and blood will be your heir.
4b Look up at the sky and count the stars—if indeed you can count them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your offspring[d] be.”. 6. Abram believed the Lord and he credited it to him as righteousness.
7“….I am the Lord, who brought you out of Ur of the Chaldeans to give you this land to take possession of it.”
8“…Sovereign Lord, how can I know that I will gain possession of it?”
9 So the Lord said to him, “Bring me a heifer, a female goat and a ram, each three years old, along with a dove and a young pigeon.”
Verse 9 goes on to commence the ritual of Covenant, notice, God says nothing about the creatures being divided, note also that the 4 legged creatures were to be 3 years old???
So why three? Numerology plays an important part in Jewish life, rather than there being numerals in Hebrew, each Character in the Alefbet stand in the place of numerals, a system called gematria.(see below for the complete list) The number three, signifies a mediator or divider between two opposing or contradictory values.
alef, bet,gimel are the first three letters of the Hebrew Alefbet, 1,2,3 so bet or beit mediates between alef and gimel.
According to Jewish law, once something is done three times it is considered a permanent thing. This is called a “chazakah”
OK, firstly Abram is referred to as a Hebrew in the episode where he rescues Lot, from Hobah, such creatures didn’t exist at that time, but would in future. As to the Hebrew Alefbet neither did it exist at that time, though its mummy and daddy did in Egypt. Of course all these machinations arise from those sneaky Priests and Historians who composed the His(story) of Abram.
Alice C. Linsley writes:
‘The best evidence to date suggests that Abraham and his Ha’biru ancestors spoke the languages of the peoples among whom they lived. As rulers of the Afro-Asiatic dominion, Abraham’s ancestors spoke Nilo-Saharan languages, some of which are now extinct. Two are of special interest: Sara and Horo, both connected to Abraham’s Nilo-Saharan ancestors who worshiped Ra and Horu’
A Biblical Literalist,Richard P. Aschmann ,records that it is the Bible itself which suggests that writing developed between Moses and Joseph.
The Hebrew verb בַ תָּכ/ kāˈṯaḇ/ “write”, which occurs 262 times in the Old Testament, never occurs in the book of Genesis; its first occurrence is Exodus 17:14. see bottom
According to Jewish law, once something is done three times it is considered a permanent thing. This is called a “chazakah
Next the chazakah
1 Aleph א
2 Bet ב
3 Gimel ג
4 Daleth ד
5 Heh ה
6 Vav ו
7 Zayin ז
8 Het ח
9 Tet ט
10 Yud י
20 Kaf כ
30 Lamed ל
40 Mem מ
50 Nun נ
60 Samech ס
70 Ayin ע
80 Peh פ
90 Tzady צ
100 Koof ק
200 Reish ר
300 Shin ש
400 Taf ת
500 Kaf (final) ך
600 Mem (final) ם
700 Nun (final) ן
800 Peh (final) ף
900 Tzady (final) ץ
source My Jewish Learning
Biblia. 2018. English Standard Version. [ONLINE] Available at: https://biblia.com. [Accessed 04 April 2018].
- Timeline from Abraham to Exodus
- Abrahams Call and God’s Covenant
- Biblical Anthropology
- Types of Christ Abraham’s three animals
- The Covenant of Abraham