After God made His covenant with Noah to never destroy the earth again with a flood, we are given genealogies for Noah’s sons, from whom all of us are descended today. Then, after the Tower of Babel, where God caused different languages to be “born”, the people scattered around the world, “…according to their families, according to their languages, by their lands, according to their nations.” ~Genesis 10:31b
In Genesis 11, a more precise genealogy is given for the descendants of Shem, specifically through the line of Arpachshad. It is the line that leads to Terah, the father of Abram.
“Now these are the records of the generations of Terah. Terah became the father of Abram, Nahor and Haran; and Haran became the father of Lot. And Haran died in the presence of his father Terah in the land of his birth, in Ur of the Chaldeans. And Abram and Nahor took wives for themselves. The name of Abram’s wife was Sarai; and the name of Nahor’s wife was Milcah, the daughter of Haran, the father of Milcah and Iscah. And Sarai was barren; she had no child. And Terah took Abram his son, and Lot the son of Haran, his grandson, and Sarai his daughter-in-law, his son Abram’s wife; and they went out together from Ur of the Chaldeans in order to enter the land of Canaan; and they went as far as Haran, and settled there. And the days of Terah were two hundred and five years; and Terah died in Haran.” ~Genesis 11:27-32
They left the land of the Chaldeans- a sophisticated place, and the future land of Babylon and the great king Nebuchadnezzar- to journey to the land of Canaan. As Genesis progresses, the history of Abram and his descendants continues to unfold, and the amazing promise and covenant from God to Abram is revealed.
But right now, Abram was in a strange land, burying his father. We are told that he had many flocks with him (in a later chapter), as well as his wife Sarai and his nephew, Lot. What a heavy responsibility was now on his shoulders, to continue this journey that his father had started them on. It is a good thing that God had called him to it, and therefore God would see him through it.
Stuck in a hard place? Feel alone? If God has called you to it, He will see you through it. So hang in there, and hold onto Jesus.