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Because you see, as they instituted pagan worship, in consort with the Tower of Babel, the first thing Semiramis introduced, as I mentioned last time, was the idea that her son Tamar was a son of god. The female goddess. Now I’m not telling people throw away their Christmas tree. I think Adam was created and brought on the scene April 1st. God stipulated to the nation of Israel that April is to be the first month of the year to them. And so everything in Israel’s calendar back in Biblical times began with April 1st. We’re here in Genesis chapter 11 and verse 9 is where we closed last week that the place was called Babel because it was a place of confusion.
"And Terah lived seventy years, and begat Abram,…"
And we know from Scripture that Abram’s name was changed by God to Abraham. So if you can get these names straight, that Nahor was the father of Terah, Terah was the father of Abraham, as well as his brother Haran. Turn all the way to the last chapter, which is chapter 24. Joshua chapter 24 and just drop right in to verse 1 and 2. Joshua 24:1-2a
"And Joshua gathered all the tribes of Israel to Shechem and called for the elders of Israel, and for their heads, and their judges, and their officers; and they presented themselves before God. 2. And Joshua said unto all the people, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, Your fathers (or we would say your forefathers) dwelt on the other side of the (now the King James uses the word) flood…" "River." Joshua 24:2a
Now the other side of the river is the east side. Joshua 24:2b
"…Your fathers dwelt on the other side of the river in old times, even Terah, the father of Abraham, the father of Nahor: (underline that last portion) and they served (what?) other gods." Idolaters!
Now we’ve come about 200 years again from the Tower of Babel to this call of Abraham.
Now let’s come back if you will to chapter 11. We’ve come 2000 years from Adam to Abraham and there’s 2000 years left from Abraham to the time of Christ. All right, verse 27 then, still in chapter 11 where it says:
"Now these are the generations of Terah: Terah begat (or was the father of) Abram,…" We’re going to call him Abram because the Bible does, but it’s the same man who will be called Abraham.
"Terah begat Abram, Nahor and Haran: (three sons) and Haran was the father of Lot." Genesis
"Haran died before his father Terah in the land of his nativity, in Ur of the Chaldees." Genesis
"Abram and Nahor took them wives; the name of Abram’s wife was Sarai;…" 32. And the days of Terah were two hundred and five years: and Terah died in Haran." What was Terah? Genesis 12:1
"Now the LORD had said (so chapter 12 verse 1 is taking us back to chapter 11, see?) to Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, and unto a land that I will show thee." But from the verses that we just read in chapter 11, Abram didn’t just say Sarah, the LORD God has told me to leave, let’s just say goodbye to father and our relatives and let’s move out. What do you suppose old father Terah said? All right, now let’s go on if you will to verse 2 and 3. Genesis 12:2-3
"I will make of thee (of Abram) a great (what’s the word?) nation, (now don’t lose the impact of these individual words I will!) and I will bless thee, and I will make thy name great; Thou shalt be a blessing: 3. And I will bless them that bless thee, and I’ll curse him that curseth thee: (and then the all-encompassing promise is) and in thee shall all the families of the earth be blessed." So indeed, his name is great.
"I will bless him that blesseth thee, I will curse him that curseth thee (and then the last is that) in thee (through this man Abram) God would bring a blessing upon the whole human race."
Now of course, what did God have in mind? Salvation! Romans 3:1-2
Every word in this Book comes through the nation of Israel. Every word of this Book has come to us from the Jewish people. God sending salvation to the nations of the world without Israel, but Paul is quick to point out in that chapter, God hasn’t set aside Israel forever. Israel has been set aside only temporarily.