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.
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.
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.
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.
number of pagan gods increased by men's imagination, superstition,
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.
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.
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".
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
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.
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.
is a venture of personal interest in which I want to rediscover
the call of God to Abram in story, drama and song.
have drawn source information from Christian, Jewish and Islamic
sources that recognise the One God as Lord of all.
from current archaeological work, social commentators and people
that have written extensively on Abraham.
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an outline of the story..........................Go
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