Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries

The origin of the Middle East problems and how it relates to our nation as well as the applications to the spiritual life.

Wednesday, September 26, 2001

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haa-`ibriy crosser of the river (Hebrew). He wouldn’t cross the river yet, so he’s not a Hebrew yet.

Abraham made a mistake and went to Haran, “the dried up place,” and he stayed in that dried-up place until God intervened and called him up.

Abraham was getting doctrine in Ur, but he never reached spiritual maturity until he was totally separated from all his relatives.

It was necessary for Abraham to have a change of residence because his spiritual growth was the most important thing.

It ceased to be available when Abraham’s family, relatives, friends, social life got in the way of his advance toward spiritual maturity.

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To be a winner in the spiritual life and receive God’s highest and best, you will have to overcome distractions and opposition.

Turn to MAT 10:34

To be a winner in the spiritual life and receive God’s highest and best, you will have to overcome distractions and opposition.

Abraham lived in the Ur of the Chaldees which was the most prosperous empire of his day.

Abraham’s father was a priest of the moon god Ur (Allah) and one of the wealthiest men in this prosperous city.

Ur of the Chaldees was a great powerful empire, but it was destroyed after Abraham left.

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When God tells you to get out of some place, it’s time to get out.

Turn to Gal 6

The Lord Jesus Christ controls history, and since He knew what was going to happen to Ur, He got Abraham out.

Abraham was enjoying blessings as he was following God, while his old friends in Ur were being tortured, enslaved, and being disposed of everything they owned.

The life of Abraham starts in a place so prosperous and so secure, humanly speaking, no one ever dreamed the dynasty would ever come to an end.

PRO 14:12 “There is a way {which seems} right to a man, But its end is the way of death.” PRO 12:15 “The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, But a wise man is he who listens to counsel.”

JAM 1:19 “This you know, my beloved brethren. But let everyone be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger;”

When Abraham left Ur, it was entering into the peak of its prosperity, and he appeared to be leaving a sure thing, a good thing, but it wasn’t.

HEB 11:8 “By means of doctrine resident in the soul, Abraham, when he was called, obeyed by going out to a place which he was to receive for an inheritance; and he went out, not knowing where he was going.”

In your life time, you are going to be faced with some major decisions that will call for a literal up-rooting from one place to another or one situation to another.

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