Now the LORD had said to Abram, Get you out of your country, and from your kindred, and from your father's house…
I. In the call of Abram we see AN OUTLINE OF THE GREAT PROVIDENTIAL SYSTEM UNDER WHICH WE LIVE. II. GREAT LIVES ARE TRAINED BY GREAT PROMISES. The promise to Abram —
1. Throws light on the compensations of life.
2. It shows the oneness of God with His people.
3. It shows the influence of the present over the future.
III. THERE WILL ALWAYS BE CENTRAL FIGURES IN SOCIETY, men of commanding life, around whom other persons settle into secondary positions. This one man, Abram, holds the promise; all the other persons in the company hold it secondarily.
IV. ABRAM SET UP HIS ALTAR ALONG THE LINE OF HIS MARCH.
V. The incident in vers. 10-12 shows WHAT THE BEST OF MEN ARE WIZEN THEY BETAKE THEMSELVES TO THEIR OWN DEVICES. As the minister of God, Abram is great and noble; as the architect of his own fortune, he is cowardly, selfish, and false.
VI. NATURAL NOBLENESS OUGHT NEVER TO BE UNDERRATED (vers. 18-20). In this matter Pharaoh was a greater, a nobler man than Abram.
VII. The whole incident shows THAT GOD CALLS MEN TO SPECIAL DESTINIES, and that life is true and excellent in itself and in its influences only in so far as it is Divinely inspired and ruled.
(J. Parker, D. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will shew thee: