Abbott and Costello had one of the most famous comedy acts to ever hit the stage. Their spoof starts out with Abbott wanting to make sure he knows everybody’s name who is on the baseball team. If you have never seen the skit it’s very funny. Sometimes we pick people for our team that never had any business playing with us.
I was reading a passage in Genesis a couple weeks ago and noticed that sometimes people can be great people, but we still shouldn’t bring them along on our journey. Sometimes the Father wants to remove us from family, location, and familiarity.
“The LORD had said to Abram, “Leave your native country, your relatives, and your father’s family, and go to the land that I will show you.”. Genesis 12:1 NLT.
Abram did not obey. Perhaps he was scared to go to a strange land alone? Back then they lived in tribes or clans for protection. HaShem said “leave all,” but Abram took Lot, his brother’s son. Lot means veil or covered. When it was time to part ways due to the land not being able to hold both their abundance of livestock and servants, Lot looked out at a land that to him was perfect. Abram says, “If you go to the right I’ll go to the left, if you go to the left, I’ll go to the right”. “Lot took a long look at the fertile plains of the Jordan Valley in the direction of Zoar. The whole area was well watered everywhere, like the garden of the LORD or the beautiful land of Egypt” Genesis 13:10 NLT.
Many claim Lot was a foolish man, who must have been living in sin to stay in a place like Sodom and Gomorrah and pitch his tent there but that is not what the Word says, “…and if He rescued righteous Lot, oppressed by the sensual conduct of unprincipled men (for by what he saw and heard that righteous man, while living among them, felt his righteous soul tormented day after day by their lawless deeds), …” 2nd Peter 2:7-8 NASB.
Lot is tormented by their evil and once he flees with his daughters they get him drunk and sleep with him producing the Moabites. His wife is now a pillar of salt. Would Lot have been better off staying in the land of Ur?
As I read this story I was reminded of another man, the great mighty prophet named Moses, he did the same thing. God called him to go set the people free from bondage in Egypt. He calls him from the burning bush and speaks to him. Moses argues so much with God that even I want to slap him. Let’s look at some of his replies.
“But Moses protested to God, “Who am I to appear before Pharaoh? Who am I to lead the people of Israel out of Egypt?” Exodus 3:11 NLT.
“But Moses protested again, “What if they won’t believe me or listen to me? What if they say, ‘The LORD never appeared to you’?” Exodus 4:1 NLT.
“But Moses pleaded with the Lord, “O Lord, I’m not very good with words. I never have been, and I’m not now, even though you have spoken to me. I get tongue-tied, and my words get tangled.” Exodus 4:10 NLT.
“But Moses argued with the LORD, saying, and “I can’t do it! I’m such a clumsy speaker! Why should Pharaoh listen to me?” Exodus 6:30 NLT.
“Then the LORD’s anger burned against Moses and he said, “What about your brother, Aaron the Levite? I know he can speak well. He is already on his way to meet you, and he will be glad to see you.” Exodus 4:14 NIV.
After arguing 6 or 7 times HaShem finally says okay, alright, you need someone? “You have the Creator of heaven and earth, but you don’t trust me enough to fill your mouth, so I’ll send someone to speak for you!” What happens? Aaron and his sister Miriam would have come on the journey out of Egypt anyway, right? Of course, they would have, but would the people have felt entitled to have Aaron make them an idol out of gold while Moses was on the mount if Aaron would not have been given Moses mouthpiece? Would his brother and sister felt entitled to complain and say, who does Moses think he is? Are we not prophets and prophetesses too? They spoke so bad about Moses and his Ethiopian wife that God struck Miriam with leprosy.
After some time the Father takes Aaron on a trip up a mountain and commands him to take off his anointed priestly garments and then he takes his life. “After Moses had stripped Aaron of his garments and put them on his son Eleazar, Aaron died there on the mountain top. Then Moses and Eleazar came down from the mountain.” Numbers 20:28 NASB.
Jesus/ Yeshua said, “”A prophet is honored everywhere except in his own hometown and among his relatives and his own family.” Mark 6:4 NLT. Being where God wants you to be is very serious business. Location, location, location. This can mean leaving everything and sometimes people and surroundings of comfort and familiarity. Sometimes this means leaving family behind for a short time.
I pray Hashem orders your steps and that you hear Him and obey, even if it means leaving comfort and people for a season.