The Midrash in Bereshit Rabbah 39:9 asks why God’s request for Avram to leave his homeland is so verbose. God tells Avram: “Go forth, from your land, from the land of your birth, from your father’s house” (Bereshit 12:1). The Midrash explains that the reason this verse contained so many words was because God wanted to acknowledge the extent of the sacrifice that Avram would have to make in order to enter Canaan.
- Why do you think it was important for God to acknowledge the challenges of Avram leaving his homeland?
- In your journey of life, in what ways do you feel that you need to leave the familiar behind in order to grow and develop?