Abram calls on the Lord
Text: Genesis 13;1-4
This is the third time the phrase called on the name of the LORD shows up in the Bible. This practice and requirement will run all the way through God’s record of history.
Abram returns to the place of sacrifice (vss 1-3)
- A famine caused Abram to get off track, now he’s back where he was in obedience with God. So get back to where you were when you were obedient to God if you got off track somewhere.
- Abram returns to the altar where he began to call upon the name of the LORD in Genesis 12:7-8. This is the third time the phrase has shown up in the Bible.
- Proverbs 18:10 The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe. Calling on the name of the LORD is a characteristic of righteousness.
- Abram is unique in that he is a wealthy man who calls on the name of the LORD.
Abram’s call will be the call of every righteous soul (vs 4)
- David on his deathbed says in Psalms 116:1-4, 13, 17 that he’s called on the Lord and the Lord has heard him.
- Joel 2:28-32 is preached in by Peter in Acts 2:21
- Zephaniah 3:8-13 and applied by Paul in Romans 10:13 to say the call is individual and God is no respecter of persons. If the heathen calls on the name of the LORD, that’s salvation. If an Israelite calls on the name of the LORD, that’s salvation.
- Acts 22:16 And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord.
Principles of calling on the name of the LORD
- It is an individual call
- It is an indiscriminate call
- It is a necessary call