How God Called Abram to Canaan

Eber had a great-great-great-grandson named Terah. Terah had three sons: Abram, Nahor, and Haran. They lived in the city of Ur in the land of Babylonia. Haran had a son named Lot before he died, but Abram's wife Sarai was not able to have children. Most of the people in the world had again become bad, but Abram tried to please God. So one day God spoke to Abram and told him, "Leave your country, your relatives, and your father's home, and go to a land that I will show you. I will give you many children and they will become a great nation. I will bless you and make you famous. Through you I will bless all the nations"

So Abram took his family and left Ur to move to the land of Canaan. They moved as far as Haran and then settled there. After his father died, Abram took his wife Sarai and his nephew Lot and left Haran for the land of Canaan. He lived there in tents, moving from place to place.

One year there was a famine that was so bad that Abram took his family and moved to Egypt to live there a while. When he was about to enter Egypt, he told his wife Sarai, "You are a beautiful woman. When the Egyptians see you, they will kill me to have you. So tell them that you are my sister. Then they will let me live." The Egyptians did see that she was a beautiful woman and they told the king called the Pharaoh about her. So he took her to his palace and gave Abram sheep, goats, cattle, donkeys, camels, and slaves.

But God was not pleased and so He made Pharaoh and his family sick. When Pharaoh found out why, he called Abram and said, "Why didn't you tell me that she was your wife? Why did you say that she was your sister? Here is your wife; take her and get out." So Pharaoh made Abram and his family leave Egypt. Then they returned to the land of Canaan.

Bruce Terry's Home Page
Bruce Terry's Home Page hosted at
Last updated on November 18, 2010
Page maintained by — Copyright © 2010 Bruce Terry