Abram lived with his wife Sarai in Ur of the Chaldees, which was near Babylon in the country which is now called Iraq.
One day God said to Abram, “I want you to leave this country, and travel to a place I will show you. I will make you into a big nation, and everyone who treats you well, I will treat well, and everyone who treats you badly, I will treat badly. Through you, all the earth will be blessed.”
So Abram took his wife Sarai and some of his relatives, and finally they arrived in the land of Canaan as God directed them. When they reached the land, God said to Abram, “I will give this land to your children and all their descendants after them.”
Abram was with his nephew (his brother’s son) called Lot, and they each had many animals. One day they decided that there were too many of them to be able to stay together, so Lot chose to go to the Jordan valley part which had plenty of grass for his animals, and Abram went the other way.
Soon after, God spoke to Abram again, and said, “Look all around you and as far as you can see in every direction, all the land that you can see, I will give it to you and to your descendants after you, for ever. There will be so many of your descendants that they can’t be counted. Now walk all around this land, I will give all of it to you.” That land was the land of Canaan, now it is called Israel, and God promised it to Abram and his people, who became known as Jews, for ever. That land didn’t belong to Abram himself while he was alive, but one day God will make him live again from being dead. When Jesus comes back to the earth, then the land will finally be his.
Later, Abram’s name was changed to Abraham, and Sarai’s name became Sarah.
You can read this story for yourself in Genesis chapters 12 and 13.
See if you can answer these questions:
1. What land did God direct Abram to go to?
2. Why did Abram and Lot separate and go different directions?
3. What did God promise Abram?
4. What is meant by ‘descendants’?