Today we read the last story in the Creation Era, the Tower of Babel, where pride leads the people to build a tower to reach the heavens. So the Lord confuses their language, scattering the people across the earth, accomplishing the Lord’s command to Noah and his sons – “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth” (Genesis 9:1). And that’s a wrap on the Creation Era!
Next up is the Patriarch Era, and today we meet our first patriarch, Abraham. Ten generations after Noah, the Lord calls Abram, a descendant of Shem, to leave his home with his wife Sarai and head to the land of Canaan and “I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great… and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” But there’s a problem – Sarai and Abram are old and Sarai is barren. However, Abram, at the age of seventy-five, departs with his wife Sarai and his nephew Lot.
When a famine hits the land, Abram escapes to Egypt and what does he do?! Abram passes his wife off to Pharaoh as his sister to cover his own neck, but surely he learned from this terrible decision and never does anything like this again! Or does he? We will find out in a couple of days… but don’t worry because Abram is on a faith journey just like the rest of us; and the Lord is using everything to grow him into Father Abraham! (Did y’all notice how God protected Sarai when her spouse made a really bad decision? He is good like that and we can trust Him!)
After leaving Egypt, Lot and Abram part ways “for their possessions were so great that they could not dwell together.” So Lot chooses the land that was pleasing to the eye, and he moves to Sodom with Abram settling in Canaan. “But the men of Sodom were exceedingly wicked and sinful against the Lord.”
Soon after the move, an attack is made against Sodom, and Lot and all of his goods are taken during a raid. When word of the raid reaches Abram, he rescues “Lot and his goods, as well as the women and the people.” Then Abram encounters Melchizedek, king of Salem and “priest of God Most High” who blesses him. There is no genealogy of Melchizedek who enters the scene of the story as a priest and a king, just as Jesus Christ is going to enter the story from the outside as our ultimate Priest King!
We end the reading with the king of Sodom offering Abram a reward. However, Abram refuses to take an award from man and pledges his allegiance to the almighty God – “I have raised my hand to the Lord, God Most High, the Possessor of heaven and earth, that I will take nothing, from a thread to a sandal strap, and that I will not take anything that is yours, lest you should say, ‘I have made Abram rich’.”
Tomorrow Sarai takes matters into her own hand to help God out with His promise. Keep reading to see how that turns out.
(Genesis 11:1-26, 1 Chronicles 1:24-27, Genesis 11:27-14:24)
Creation Era (Genesis 1:1-11:26) ✔️
Patriarch Era (Genesis 11:27-50:26, Job) up now!
Eras to follow:
Exodus Era, Conquest Era, Judges Era, Kingdom Era, Divided Kingdom Era, Captivity Era, Return Era, Silent Era, Gospel Era, Church Era, Missions Era, End Times/ New Beginnings Era