Spouse, Son, Substance and Souls


Genesis 12:5 reads “And Abram took Sarai his wife, and Lot his brother’s son, and all their substance that they had gathered, and the souls that they had gotten in Haran; and they went forth to go into the land of Canaan; and into the land of Canaan they came.” 

Did you notice that Abram took with him his spouse Sarai, which is not surprising or his nephew, Lot who would have been like a son to him, for Lot’s father Haran had died, his substance (or wealth), but what is interesting is that Abram took with him, all the people (which the Bible refers to as souls) that he had gotten in the land of Haran.

Points to ponder: First, let us lay up our substance (wealth / treasures) in heaven where it lasts forever. Second, many of us focus on our families (wife and children), but tend to forget the people i.e., souls around us. To all who believe in Jesus, who are assured entry into the promised land, but when we enter into the promised land, will there be other souls to whom we have declared the gospel of Jesus Christ, along with us? Abram took all the souls he had gotten into the land God had promised him to, will we?

Genesis 12:5 (KJV)
And Abram took Sarai his wife, and Lot his brother’s son, and all their substance that they had gathered, and the souls that they had gotten in Haran; and they went forth to go into the land of Canaan; and into the land of Canaan they came.

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