1 The LORD had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you.”
Where Terah had previously set out towards Canaan apparently on his own initiative, Abram received a direct call from God. This time it is Yahweh behind the movement.
It is YHWH – the LORD – who calls to Abram,calling him away from his identity – his father’s house, his country, and his people. (This would also mean a switching of allegiance from the territorial gods whom Abram was familiar with.) This is a calling from YHWH himself – to a new land, one which will be revealed to Abram when he reaches it. Abram is called to set out on a journey that is unmapped – a journey relying on the guiding hand of God.
On this Good Friday we reflect on how God sent his Son to a land in need of him, away from his heavenly dwelling, his father’s house. How Jesus died on a ‘cursed’ cross, in order to bring others blessing and salvation. The movement of God here is a deliberate act – intervening in a unique and powerful way to achieve a once-for-all sacrifice, bringing hope to all the world.