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The Toledot of Terah (The Covenant & the Cross #46)

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We always like to start out with the Word of God, and today's passage of Scripture is Genesis 11:27 which reads: "Now these are the generations of Terah: Terah begat Abram, Nahor, and Haran; and Haran begat Lot."

Allow me to share with you some further commentary on this passage from the Reformation Study Bible by Dr. R.C. Sproul:

Terah, the father of the principal figure, Abraham, gives his name to the family history, since the family involved in this story descends from him. After this introduction he is not mentioned again, probably because he did not share Abraham’s faith. The family may have been involved in moon worship, since Ur and Haran were important centers for worship of the Mesopotamian moon gods Nanna and Sin.

Today's quote about the Bible is from Martin Luther. He said: "I am much afraid that schools will prove to be the great gates of hell unless they diligently labor in explaining the Holy Scriptures, engraving them in the hearts of youth. I advise no one to place his child where the scriptures do not reign paramount."

Our topic for today is titled "The Toledot of Terah" from the book, "The Promise and the Blessing" by Dr. Michael A. Harbin. 

In Genesis 111, the writer has quickly whisked through centuries, if not millennia, of history. Unexpectedly, at the end of chapter 11, he slows down and begins to focus on one person: Abram (later called Abraham). In addition, he devotes more space to that person than he has given to the entire history of the cosmos to this point. From a literary perspective, these are signals that Abraham is very important. When we recall that he was to be the founding ancestor of the special nation formed at Mount Sinai, his importance becomes clear. We will soon learn, however, that he is important for other reasons as well—reasons that carry over into the New Testament.