Jesse Tree – Day 5: Abram’s Journey

I did mention that this would be a shorter Jesse Tree devotional, right?

Well! This is the very beginning of the incredible journey of Abraham! And by very beginning, I mean that, during this scripture reading, he’s not even called Abraham… he is simply Abram.

Of course, this is only the beginning, and (spoiler alert!) we’re going to be delving into his story in the next couple of days. Still, this is where it all starts.

So, here’s the ornament that I made:

The ornament, set on a blanket of white, aka the blanket I am currently making for Baby #4. If you’re interested in crocheting this ornament, click here for a free pattern!

What is it? That’s a good question! I am pretty sure that it is a tent. After all, in Abram’s journey, he often had to pitch a tent where he wanted to stay. So, if you look through his story in the Old Testament, it talks over and over again about his tents. He and his retinue lived a very nomadic existence, after all! So, my best guess is that it’s a fancy looking tent.

But I digress!

Let’s look at the scripture, shall we?

NABRE

Genesis 12

1The LORD said to Abram: Go forth from your land, your relatives, and from your father’s house to a land that I will show you. 2 I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. 3 I will bless those who bless you and curse those who curse you. All the families of the earth will find blessing in you.4 Abram went as the LORD directed him, and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he left Haran.

The Departure of Abraham, by Jozsef Molnar, c. 1850. Hungarian National Gallery, Budapest, Hungary.
The Departure of Abraham, by Jozsef Molnar, c. 1850. Hungarian National Gallery, Budapest, Hungary.

NABRE

Genesis 12

5 Abram took his wife Sarai, his brother’s son Lot, all the possessions that they had accumulated, and the persons they had acquired in Haran, and they set out for the land of Canaan. When they came to the land of Canaan, 6 Abram passed through the land as far as the sacred place at Shechem, by the oak of Moreh. The Canaanites were then in the land.

Abraham on the Road to Canaan, by Pieter Lastman, c. 1614. State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia.
Abraham on the Road to Canaan, by Pieter Lastman, c. 1614. State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia.

NABRE

Genesis 12

7The LORD appeared to Abram and said: To your descendants I will give this land. So Abram built an altar there to the LORD who had appeared to him.

Abraham Leaves Haran, by Francesco Il Bassano, c. 1560-62. Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Abraham Leaves Haran, by Francesco Il Bassano, c. 1560-62. Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

See? I told you it would be short!

As for tomorrow? WELL. Let’s just say that I am still madly searching up that subject because there is surprisingly little classic art on that particular scripture… eek.

On an unrelated note, shoes are OUT. We are ready for Saint Nicholas’s feast day tomorrow! 🙂

Karina Tabone

Karina Tabone is a wife, mother of three, author, blogger, and lover of Christian artwork. She's the author of the Illustrated Rosary series, which pairs every prayer of the Rosary with beautiful religious artwork. She likes also milkshakes, sunshine, and mystery novels. Follow her on Twitter at @illustr_prayer

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