Genesis 12:1 "Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will shew thee"
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Map of Abraham's Journey. This map reveals the places mentioned in the Bible about the journey of Abraham from Ur of the Chaldees to the Promised Land which was over 1000 miles. Abraham and his family departed up the Euphrates River to Haran. Later Abraham journeyed further around the Fertile Crescent into the land of Canaan where he built an altar to the LORD. Later a famine forced them to go to the land of Egypt.
Abraham's Journey for Little Kids
This is the story of Abraham's Journey from his home in Ur all the way to the distant land of Egypt. Before God changed his name to Abraham, his name was Abram, and this was his name during his journey. It all began one day when his father decided for them to leave their home in Ur and travel to Canaan. On their way, they stopped in the beautiful city of Haran where there are lots of big mountains and good farmland next to the Euphrates River. After seeing how beautiful Haran was, they decided to stay and make it their new home. When Abram was 75 years old, God spoke to him telling him to leave everything behind except his wife Sarai, and his nephew Lot, and travel to wherever God leads him. Abram obeyed and they went on their way to Canaan. When they arrived, God appeared to Abram and told him that this land would belong to his family because of his obedience! Soon after arriving in Canaan, there was a severe famine; which means there was no food to eat. The famine forced Abram and Sarai to travel to Egypt where the pyramids and mummies are because they had plenty of food!
Abraham's Journey for Big Kids
Abraham. Way back around 2000 BC God called a man named Abraham to leave his home and journey to the promised land. If he obeyed God he would be blessed, his descendants would outnumber the sand on the seashore and the stars in the sky. God also told him that one of those descendants would be the Savior of the world. Abraham was the first Hebrew, and all of the Jewish people descended from Abraham. Abraham began his journey, he took his family traveled up the Euphrates River the city of Haran.
Ur of the Chaldees. Abraham was living in Ur of the Chaldees when the Lord appeared to him. Ur was a very famous place in the ancient world. It was located in the very southern portion of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, in the Persian Gulf. There is a great civilization there and the history goes back to the time before the flood of Noah. The reason it is called Ur of the Chaldees is because it was the capital of the Chaldean Empire. There have been many archaeological discoveries there, and the great ziggurat remains can still be seen there.
Haran. The city of Haran was an important city in Mesopotamia and located at the northern portion of the Euphrates River. it was a beautiful country at the foot of the mountains with rich soil and good farmland. Abraham had family there, and this is where his brother Nahor and his family dwelt. Abraham's father Terah died in Haran.
Canaan. The land of Canaan would be the inheritance of the descendents of Abraham. But Abraham would be a pilgrim there, and his descendents would be pilgrims in the promised land. They would not receive their inheritance until the time was ready when God would give them the land. Abraham dwelt at Shechem and God appeared to him again confirming his promises. Abraham built an altar at Shechem. Later Abraham journeyed southward and came to a mountain near Bethel where he built another altar.
Altars. Stone altars were places where men of God would offer up a sacrifice according to God's promises. Abraham understood that the only way to approach God was on the basis of a substitute. God promised that this would be temporary and one day the final sacrifice would be made and Jesus would be the substitute for all mankind.
Egypt. Abraham and his family journeyed into the land of Egypt because of a famine. God blessed Abraham while he was there in the king of Egypt fear the Lord and made sure that he was careful with Abraham because God was with him.
The study of Abraham is very important in the study of the Bible, let's pray:
Dear Jesus, we thank you for Abraham's faith which is mentioned throughout the Bible. He was truly a hero, not because he wanted to be but because he obeyed God. Help me Lord to obey you even if what you're asking me to do is difficult. I thank you that you love me and you know what is best for me. In Jesus name? Amen!