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The call of God to Abram - Obedience - The begining. ......Perhaps its about US, THEN.

How did he hear the voice of God. Was it instant, did it take time to get used too. How did trust develop. How did the circumstances of life in his day and generation affect it. Was he tempted, did he fail, was he another plastic saint venerated outside of reality.

The Jewish scriptures indicate that he was a great age before he stepped out to follow the Voice. Perhaps the Voice gave him plenty of time. A story of human weakness wrapped in Gods strength. Perhaps we, knowing more of the details of the age he lived in can discover the possible trials, temptations, weaknesses, and final obedience that lead to the fruition of this relationship. A living Voice that could not be seen, and could only be the Eternal God, the one power of all creation.

.Abraham is the common ground between 3 major faiths (Jewish - Christian - Islam). They each recognize him as an inspired man who found a relationship with the one and only living God of the universe.

All think of him as their father, each venerate and applaud his actions, each recognize that enduring quality of obedience to the One God in an age where there were so many gods, so much adoration, sacrifice and idol worship to meaningless powerless deities.

The number of pagan gods increased by men's imagination, superstition, and fear.

Life was dominated by religious activity in ignorance of the God that Abram found or who found him.

Abram is considered to have lived at the end of one of the greatest world empires (3800BC - 1800BC) the Sumerian - Akkaddian city states where civilization began.

 

If we can portray this time of affluence, wealth, and power channelled through the pagan gods, temples and priests correctly, then Abram’s obedience to Gods call is both refreshing, challenging and instructive to us today. If Abram knew both a creator God of both LOVE and POWER, and had a unique relationship with him then all the faiths that draw there beginnings from Abraham may find a new possibility of cooperation and respect for each other.

 

I have tried to write a story that connects the real Abram, to the real world he lived in. It starts with a young Abram in Ur of the Chaldees where the Voice first speaks. It covers the trials, tribulations and emergence of a relationship that is set against the wickedness and frivolity of a powerful empire, king, and priests. Even his family does not understand and he is torn and tempted to follow the way that everyone expects. His family seeks to compromise with the temple worship and practises and is of little help. Can he be subtlety trapped into submission. Only that gradual trust in the Voice will give him the strength to stand against all he could have so easily been a part of.
This all began in Spring harvest 2010 with the ministry of Danielle Strickland a salvation army officer that spoke of God's call to Abram. The first song was written as a result of that time, "Would you want to talk with me Lord".

A Jewish historian said that the stories of the old testament lost something when they were written down. What on earth did he mean!! If they were not written down we would not know about it. He meant that in the oral tradition the main focus of the story is preeminant it stands out. When it was written down commentators could concentrate on details which although important might detract from the main emphasis. In that sense we can weave a story from many sources around the time of Abram, but the essence is to keep the main focus on his obedience.

Abram only knew God's voice, he had no burning bush like Moses, no parting of the red sea, nothing spectacular as evidence. He just heard and acted very simply. Abram failed, tripped up, got things wrong but eventually he learned to trust the VOICE.

The same Voice that spoke and lived in the Old testament prophets, and for Christians was embodied in Jesus Christ.

A voice that speaks from the past into the present.

This is a venture of personal interest in which I want to rediscover the call of God to Abram in story, drama and song.

I have drawn source information from Christian, Jewish and Islamic sources that recognise the One God as Lord of all.

Also from current archaeological work, social commentators and people that have written extensively on Abraham.

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