The LORD said to Abram, "Leave your country, your relatives, and your father's home, and go to a land that I am going to show you. I will give you many descendants, and they will become a great nation. I will bless you and make your name famous, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, But I will curse those who curse you. And through you I will bless all the nations." When Abram was seventy-five years old, he started out from Haran, as the LORD had told him to do; and Lot went with him. Abram took his wife Sarai, his nephew Lot, and all the wealth and all the slaves they had acquired in Haran, and they started out for the land of Canaan. When they arrived in Canaan, Abram traveled through the land until he came to the sacred tree of Moreh, the holy place at Shechem. (At that time the Canaanites were still living in the land.) The LORD appeared to Abram and said to him, "This is the country that I am going to give to your descendants." Then Abram built an altar there to the LORD, who had appeared to him.
(Genesis 12:1-7 GNB)
Have you ever made a big move? You know where you move far away from your family and friends. New job, new school, new home. It's not easy. That is exactly what Abram did. He packed it all up and moved, as God told him to do. The Lord told Abram to pack up his tent (this is what they lived in during the Bible times) and his family and move. And Abram did it. Because Abram was obedient, God made a promise to him of having many children and living in the land the Canaanites then possessed.
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