B'resheet (Genesis) Chapter 12

B'resheet 12:1-3 Now the L-RD said to Avram, "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."

The great nation of Israel. When will man learn not to go against Israel and the G-d of Israel?

The twelfth letter and corresponding letter to this chapter is Lamed- teaching and learning.

Those that bless Avram would be blessed. Those that would bless the nation of Israel will be blessed. Those that go against Avram will be cursed. Those that go against Israel will be cursed. This was not a temporary thing either.

And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed. - This is a Messianic prophecy. Avram's family will bless all nations because it is through his family that the Messiah will be born.

B'resheet 12:4 So Avram went forth as the L-RD had spoken to him; and Lot went with him. Now Avram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran.

You are never to old for G-d to use you. G-d is just beginning to use Avram and he is well past what we consider as retirement age. The Bible does not list any retirement age for the believer.

We are to live for him until we die.

Philippians 1:21 For to me, to live is Messiah (Christ), and to die is gain.

B'resheet 12:5 And Avram took Sarai his wife and Lot his nephew, and all their possessions which they had accumulated, and the persons which they had acquired in Haran, and they set out for the land of Canaan; thus they came to the land of Canaan.

There are not just three people on this journey. It appears that they have a group of people traveling with them, probably servants.

B'resheet 12:6 And Avram passed through the land as far as the site of Shechem, to the oak of Moreh. Now the Canaanite was then in the land.

Shechem - This is a little town in the hill country about 30 miles north of Jerusalem and about 15 miles west of the Jordan river.

At this time the Canaanites(Kena'ani) were in the land. Later they are driven out.

B'resheet 12:7 And the L-RD appeared to Avram and said, "To your descendants I will give this land." So he built an altar there to the L-RD who had appeared to him.

To your descendants I will give this land - This city is in the area that is referred to as the "West Bank". An area that the world questions Israel's right to. Here we see that G-d has given this land to Avram and his descendants.

built an altar - Avram worships the true G-d of the Universe.

B'resheet 12:8 Then he proceeded from there to the mountain on the east of Bethel (Beit-El), and pitched his tent, with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east; and there he built an altar to the L-RD and called upon the name of the L-RD.

the mountain on the east of Bethel - Bethel is about 7 miles north of Jerusalem.

Avram builds another Altar to worship the L-rd.

B'resheet 12:9 And Avram journeyed on, continuing toward the Negev.

Still heading south. The Negev is a desert; it is similar to Nevada.

Now was this fair to the Canaanite? I would guess not. It doesn't matter...

It was the will of Adonai. G-d is the creator of the world and He alone can decide what belongs to whom. He says the land belongs to Israel. Not part of it but all of it and then some. The exact boundaries are mentioned later and expand beyond the boundaries that they are in today. G-d will give the Jewish people all of the land promised when His Son returns to rule in Jerusalem for one thousand years regardless of what the world rulers are planning on today.