"After the dispersion from Babel idolatry again became well nigh
universal, and the Lord finally left the hardened transgressors to follow their evil ways, while He chose Abraham, of the line of Shem,and made him the keeper of His law for future generations. Even his father’s household, by whom the knowledge of The Most High had been preserved, were yielding to the seductive influences surrounding them, and they “served other gods”.
But the true faith was not to become extinct. The Most High has ever preserved a remnant to serve Him. Adam, Seth, Enoch,
Methuselah, Noah, Shem, in an unbroken line.
The son of Terah became the inheritor of this holy trust. Faithful among the faithless, uncorrupted by the prevailing apostasy, he steadfastly Adhered to the worship of the one true God. “The Lord is nigh unto all them that call upon Him, to all that call upon Him in truth.”
Psalm 145:18; John 4:24; Alma 38:9; D&C 76:5
“There was given to Abraham the promise: “I will make of thee a
great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing.” And to this was added to the inheritor of faith, that of his line the Redeemer of the world should come.
Gen12:2; Abr.2:9,3-4; Gala.3:29
The message of The Most High came to Abraham, “Get thee out
of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will show thee.” The influence of kindred and friends would interfere with the training which the Lord purposed to give His servant.
Now that Abraham was, in a special sense, connected with heaven,he was to dwell among strangers.”
“By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place
which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he
went out, not knowing whither he went.” Hebrews 11:8; Acts7:3-5
By faith he became a sojourner in the land of promise, as in a land
not his own, dwelling in tents, with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs
with him of the same promise.” Hebrews 11:9; Abr.2:21, 19
He who will do this has the faith of Abraham, and will share with him that “far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory,” with which “the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared.” Romans 8:18; D&C 76:53,60;
The call from heaven first came to Abraham while he dwelt in “Ur of the Chaldees” and in obedience to it he removed to Haran. Here Abraham remained till the death of Terah.
“During their stay in Haran, both Abraham and Sarah had led others to the worship and service of the true Creator.
These attached themselves to the patriarch’s household,and
accompanied him to the land of promise. And they went forth
to go into the land of Canaan; and into the land of Canaan they came.”The place where they first tarried was Shechem;the patriarch
had entered—“a land of brooks of water,
of fountains and depths that spring out of valleys and hills; a land of wheat,and barley, and vines, and fig trees, and pome-
granates;a land of oil olive, and honey.” Deuteronomy 8:7,8
“Abraham continued to journey southward, and again his faith
was tested. The heavens withheld their rain, the brooks ceased to flow in the valleys, and the grass withered on the plains.
Gen. 12:10 Abr.2:21
The flock and herds found no pasture, and starvation threat-ened the whole encampment.
Abraham could not explain the leadings of Providence; but he
held fast the promise “I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing.”
“The Lord in His providence had brought this trial upon Abraham to teach him lessons of submission, patience, and faith; but He does not forget or cast off those who put their trust in Him.__affliction to Job, but did not forsake him;___ the beloved John to Patmos, but the Son met him there.__ Hebrew boys in the Furnance, he sent his Angel
“The Most High has always tried His people in the furnace of affliction; but It is in the heat of the furnace that the dross is separatedfrom the true gold of the Hebrew character.He Tested Abraham in his decision to allow The Pharoah to think that Sarah was his Sister.”
“The Pharoah’s response to all of this;“Now therefore behold thy wife, take her, and go thy way."
”He dared not permit him to remain,for he Knew the God whom Abraham worshiped would protect His servant, and that any injury done to him would be avenged.”
“The psalmist refers to this chapter in Abraham’s experience when he says, in speaking of the chosen
people, that: ___The Most High “reproved kings for their sakes;
saying,Touch not Mine anointed, and do My prophets no harm.”