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Now the LORD said to Abram, "Go forth from your country, and from your relatives and from your father's house, to the land which I will show you; And I will make you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great; and so you shall be a blessing; And I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse. And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed." So Abram went forth as the LORD had spoken to him; and Lot went with him. Now Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran. Genesis 12:1-4 (NAS)

Prior to this time, Abram's father (Terah) had moved his family from Ur* of the Chaldeans to Haran (see Genesis 11:31). 

When God made this first covenant, Abram was living with his wife Sarai and his nephew Lot in the city of Haran.  So Abram went forth from Haran with Sarai and Lot to the land that God would tell him. Genesis chapters 12-14 tell of their travels.

Lot traveled from Haran to Canaan.  In Genesis 12:7, God promised to give Abraham the land of Canaan.  Then Abram journeyed south to Egypt as there was a famine in the land.  Later he went up from Egypt to Negev.

The Covenant Begins to Be Fulfilled:

As God had promised, Abram and those with him began to flourish.  According to Genesis 13:2, Abram became very rich in livestock and in silver and gold.  Their flocks, herds and tents were so numerous it says in Genesis 13:6 that the land could not sustain them.  So Abram separated his possessions and flocks from those of his nephew Lot, and Abram returned to Canaan.  In Genesis 14:17-20, Abram was blessed by Melchizedek king of Salem who was "priest of God Most High."

About eight years later after God's promise in Genesis 12, Sarai was unable to have children. So Abram began to wonder how God would fulfill the promises (how would great nations come from Abram, if he couldn't have children?).

God Gives More Details of His Covenant:

In Genesis chapter 15:5-6, "the word of the Lord" came and took Abram outside and said "Now look toward the heavens, and count the stars, if you are able to count them." And He said to him, "So shall your descendants be." Then he believed in the LORD; and He reckoned it to him as righteousness."

Then God said to Abram:  "I am the LORD who brought you out of Ur of the Chaldeans*, to give you this land to possess it." Abram asked God "O Lord GOD, how may I know that I shall possess it?"  Genesis 15:7 (NAS)

* Note:  Ur of the Chaldeans was a town in Mesopotamia on the Euphrates River, located southeast from the ancient city of Babylon and just northwest of where the Tigris and Euphrates rivers empty into the Persian Gulf.

So what did God do to show Abram that He would keep His promise?

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