Abraham Chapter 2

So far in the Book of Abraham, the Lord has saved Abraham from being sacrificed by a false priest in his own land. A famine has hit the land, and Abraham has decided to leave his home so that he can have the blessings of the priesthood and do the work of the Lord.

1 Now the Lord God caused the famine to wax sore in the land of Ur, insomuch that Haran, my brother, died; but Terah, my father, yet lived in the land of Ur, of the Chaldees.
2 And it came to pass that I, Abraham, took Sarai to wife, and Nahor, my brother, took Milcah to wife, who was the daughter of Haran.
3 Now the Lord had said unto me: Abraham, get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will show thee.
4 Therefore I left the land of Ur, of the Chaldees, to go into the land of Canaan; and I took Lot, my brother’s son, and his wife, and Sarai my wife; and also my father followed after me, unto the land which we denominated Haran.

Abraham was blessed to be led by the hand of the Lord, just as other great righteous leaders have throughout the scriptures. He traveled towards the land of Canaan with his wife, his father, and his nephew and his wife. They called their new home, Haran. I am inspired by those in the scriptures who follow the direction of the Lord to move their family and go to new and unknown lands. I have recently had the experience of following inspiration to move away to a new place as well, with no idea what the future holds. I trust, that as long as I am doing my best to do what is right, that the Lord will bless me and my family and give us the opportunity to serve Him.

5 And the famine abated; and my father tarried in Haran and dwelt there, as there were many flocks in Haran; and my father turned again unto his idolatry, therefore he continued in Haran.
6 But I, Abraham, and Lot, my brother’s son, prayed unto the Lord, and the Lord appeared unto me, and said unto me: Arise, and take Lot with thee; for I have purposed to take thee away out of Haran, and to make of thee a minister to bear my name in a strange land which I will give unto thy seed after thee for an everlasting possession, when they hearken to my voice.
7 For I am the Lord thy God; I dwell in heaven; the earth is my footstool; I stretch my hand over the sea, and it obeys my voice; I cause the wind and the fire to be my chariot; I say to the mountains—Depart hence—and behold, they are taken away by a whirlwind, in an instant, suddenly.
8 My name is Jehovah, and I know the end from the beginning; therefore my hand shall be over thee.
9 And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee above measure, and make thy name great among all nations, and thou shalt be a blessing unto thy seed after thee, that in their hands they shall bear this ministry and Priesthood unto all nations;
10 And I will bless them through thy name; for as many as receive this Gospel shall be called after thy name, and shall be accounted thy seed, and shall rise up and bless thee, as their father;
11 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse them that curse thee; and in thee (that is, in thy Priesthood) and in thy seed (that is, thy Priesthood), for I give unto thee a promise that this right shall continue in thee, and in thy seed after thee (that is to say, the literal seed, or the seed of the body) shall all the families of the earth be blessed, even with the blessings of the Gospel, which are the blessings of salvation, even of life eternal.

While in Haran, the famine became less of a problem for them. I get the feeling the father of Abraham did not really rely on the Lord and so once times got a little easier, he returned to his ways of idolatry. This is a problem for many people today, who only choose to look to the Lord when times are tough, but as soon as life gets better, they forget the Lord and focus on the things of the world. The Lord appeared to Abraham when he and Lot prayed for help. Abraham was told to leave with Lot. Then he was promised great blessings of a promised land for his posterity, if they would be faithful. He was literally told he would be blessed above measure, which is amazing. I believe that if we make covenants with the Lord and are faithful in the gospel, that we have the right to these same blessings. I have been given this promise personally and that gives me such great comfort and joy.

12 Now, after the Lord had withdrawn from speaking to me, and withdrawn his face from me, I said in my heart: Thy servant has sought thee earnestly; now I have found thee;
13 Thou didst send thine angel to deliver me from the gods of Elkenah, and I will do well to hearken unto thy voice, therefore let thy servant rise up and depart in peace.
14 So I, Abraham, departed as the Lord had said unto me, and Lot with me; and I, Abraham, was sixty and two years old when I departed out of Haran.
15 And I took Sarai, whom I took to wife when I was in Ur, in Chaldea, and Lot, my brother’s son, and all our substance that we had gathered, and the souls that we had won in Haran, and came forth in the way to the land of Canaan, and dwelt in tents as we came on our way;
16 Therefore, eternity was our covering and our rock and our salvation, as we journeyed from Haran by the way of Jershon, to come to the land of Canaan.

Abraham humbly recognized that the Lord had preserved his life before, and that he was being preserved again. He obediently followed the direction he was given and took his wife, his nephew, Lot, and everyone who had made the choice to live righteously who was willing to go, and they went to the land of Canaan. Abraham is a great example of humility and gratitude for the things the Lord did for him. It is important for all of us to recognize the hand of the Lord in all parts of our lives, and also to realize that we will be blessed if we are obedient to the Lord.

17 Now I, Abraham, built an altar in the land of Jershon, and made an offering unto the Lord, and prayed that the famine might be turned away from my father’s house, that they might not perish.
18 And then we passed from Jershon through the land unto the place of Sechem; it was situated in the plains of Moreh, and we had already come into the borders of the land of the Canaanites, and I offered sacrifice there in the plains of Moreh, and called on the Lord devoutly, because we had already come into the land of this idolatrous nation.
19 And the Lord appeared unto me in answer to my prayers, and said unto me: Unto thy seed will I give this land.
20 And I, Abraham, arose from the place of the altar which I had built unto the Lord, and removed from thence unto a mountain on the east of Bethel, and pitched my tent there, Bethel on the west, and Hai on the east; and there I built another altar unto the Lord, and called again upon the name of the Lord.
21 And I, Abraham, journeyed, going on still towards the south; and there was a continuation of a famine in the land; and I, Abraham, concluded to go down into Egypt, to sojourn there, for the famine became very grievous.

As they traveled, they often stopped and built an altar to pray and give sacrifice to the Lord. I am sure that this traveling took a long time, and they had hardships including the continual effects of the famine on the land. It is good to see that they continued to rely on the Lord, and to show gratitude and obedience to their covenants. Apparently, the land of Canaan was a place of idolotry, and so Abraham turned to the Lord for guidance. The Lord promised this land to the posterity of Abraham. Because the famine was so great, Abraham decided to go to Egypt.

22 And it came to pass when I was come near to enter into Egypt, the Lord said unto me: Behold, Sarai, thy wife, is a very fair woman to look upon;
23 Therefore it shall come to pass, when the Egyptians shall see her, they will say—She is his wife; and they will kill you, but they will save her alive; therefore see that ye do on this wise:
24 Let her say unto the Egyptians, she is thy sister, and thy soul shall live.
25 And it came to pass that I, Abraham, told Sarai, my wife, all that the Lord had said unto me—Therefore say unto them, I pray thee, thou art my sister, that it may be well with me for thy sake, and my soul shall live because of thee.

Once again, the Lord told Abraham how he could be saved from death. In order to protect himself, he would have to tell the Egyptians that Sarai, his wife, was his sister, because she was an attractive woman who they would desire to have for themselves. I am sure that this took a lot of trust in the Lord for both Abraham and Sarai. They would show that loved each other and they loved the Lord if they would be obedient to this plan.

I know that if we choose to be obedient and faithful to the gospel of Jesus Christ, that the Lord will also bless us with safety and peace. I believe that if we are righteous, we can be blessed with personal inspiration of the Spirit, which will lead and guide us just as the Lord guided Abraham. I am grateful for the blessings given to Abraham, through the covenants that he made with the Lord, that are extended to me and my own family through the blessings of the gospel and the priesthood. I believe that this blessings will extend into the eternities and I look forward to receiving all of these promised blessings some day.

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