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Mystery of Israel
faithful. God was calling him for a very special purpose.
That purpose was not to "give him salvation" or "get
him into heaven." God was calling him because he had
seen in this man the potentialities of obedience to God
and of leadership. God was calling him to be prepared
for special service and ultimately high position in the
kingdom of God-the coming world tomorrow. I quote
now from a book I wrote more than 50 years ago,
United StateJi and Britain in Propb.ecy,
with page 16:
To this man, Abram, God commanded: "Get thee out
of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's
house, unto a land that I will shew thee: and I will make of
thee a great nation" (Gen. 12:1-2).
Here was a command, which was a
and a
provided the condition of obedience was met.
And so now, as God had started the whole world with
one man, he started his own peculiar nation in the world
from one single man-Abraham. As the world, which has
strayed far from God and the blessings of God's worship
and rule, was started with one man who rebelled against
God and rejected his rule, so God's own flesh-born nation,
from which is to be reborn the kingdom of God, was started
with one man who obeyed God without question, and
accepted his divine rule.
Did Abram stop to argue and reason? Did he say:
"Let's reason this out a bit first; here I am in Babylon, in
the very center of all this world's commerce, society and
gaiety. Why can't you just as well give me this promise right
here, where everything is pleasant and alluring? Why must
I leave all this and go over to that uncivilized land?"
Did Abram quibble, resist, argue, rebel?
He certainly did not!
The inspired Scripture account states simply: "So
Abram departed." There was no arguing with God. There
was no human reasoning that God was all wrong. There
were no foolish questions: "Why must I leave here?" "Can't
I do as I please?" There was no stopping to say, "Well,
here's the way I look at it."