AbrahamOver the past month or so I’ve been studying Abraham’s city of birth, Ur, through non-Christian sources.  I’d like to sum this up for emphasis sake, the city of Ur specifically worshiped the moon god Nanna.  He lived in a ziggurat and several buildings in that city were dedicated to him.  His crescent moon was sometimes drawn as bull horns.  This god gave fertility and prosperity to your cattle, which lead to wealth.  It is also thought that he helped with human childbirth and ruled time as the moon rules the night sky.

The god Nanna was supposed to give you increase with your herds but it was the true God who gave Abraham that after leaving Ur.

Genesis 13:2 – Abraham had become very wealthy in livestock and in silver and gold.

Genesis 13:6 – But the land could not support them while they stayed together, for their possessions were so great that they were not able to stay together.

zigguratThe god Nanna was the moon god, the culture of Ur was all about the moon god.  When God gave him a promise for a great future He said look at the stars, not the moon.  I will make you like these.

Genesis 15:5 – He (God) took him outside and said, “Look up at the heavens and count the stars – if indeed you can count them.”  Then he said to him, “So shall your offspring be.”

The god Nanna was related to time as the moon waxed and waned through a month.  The God of All Things treated Abraham like time wasn’t an issue.  He was and is beyond time.  100 year old father and a 90 year old mother is no big deal to God.

The god Nanna was supposed to help with fertility but it was only through the One True God that Sarah had a child, long after leaving Ur.

Genesis 17:15 -God also said to Abraham, “As for Sarai your wife, you are no longer to call her Sarai; her name will be Sarah. I will bless her and will surely give you a son by her. I will bless her so that she will be the mother of nations; kings of peoples will come from her.”

Genesis 21:1-2 – Now the Lord was gracious to Sarah as he had said, and the Lord did for Sarah what he had promised.  Sarah became pregnant and bore a son to Abraham in his old age, at the very time God had promised him.

Abraham’s previous life didn’t work for him.  His wife couldn’t have children in a culture that valued offspring.  His family history was of idol worship, most likely the moon god, Nanna.  The god of fertility didn’t see Abraham.  Then the one True God decided to change Abraham’s life in every way imaginable.  He went from a culturally rich city to wandering the countryside.  He went from no offspring to 2, both of whom started nations.  He was no one special in Ur to the one man whom God used to usher in the Jewish faith, the Savior of the world and our Christianity today.  One man.  One man chosen by God to be something great, a man of faith.

Sometimes we make excuses to ourselves that we weren’t raised in a Christian home so not as much is expected of us.  Neither was Abraham.  Some of you say my family is messed up and they value all kinds of stuff more than God.  That’s called idol worship and Abraham’s family had the same problem.  You might believe that you are too old or too young to be valuable to God.  Abraham was 75 when God chose him and 100 when Sarah had Isaac.  Some of you say, I’m just one man or I’m just one woman what can I do?  As you read about Abraham you see it mentioned that he is just one man multiple times.

All excuses about age, upbringing, your past, your failure are null and void when the one true God of the Universe comes into your life.  God doesn’t accept excuses.

Moses said he couldn’t talk, God didn’t accept that.

Jeremiah said he was too young, God didn’t accept that.

David wasn’t the firstborn son so he couldn’t be the leader of his family let alone a country, God didn’t accept that.

When God is on your side, no excuse is valid.

Written by Ron Cloer