Lent day 27: Who is Terah?
Luke 3 v 34 “the son of Terah”
Genesis 11: 27-32 “This is the account of Terah’s family line. Terah became the father of Abram, Nahor and Haran. And Haran became the father of Lot. 28 While his father Terah was still alive, Haran died in Ur of the Chaldeans, in the land of his birth. 29 Abram and Nahor both married. The name of Abram’s wife was Sarai, and the name of Nahor’s wife was Milkah; she was the daughter of Haran, the father of both Milkah and Iskah. 30 Now Sarai was childless because she was not able to conceive. 31 Terah took his son Abram, his grandson Lot son of Haran, and his daughter-in-law Sarai, the wife of his son Abram, and together they set out from Ur of the Chaldeans to go to Canaan. But when they came to Harran, they settled there. 32 Terah lived 205 years, and he died in Harran.”
Settled is always a great word if that was your destination.
But if it is a stopping off place then it becomes a place of compromise;
a place where you gave up on the journey;
a place of dying dreams.
What have you settled for? Is it second best to what you intended or where you wanted to go?
Terah died neither in the place of his origin nor in the place of his dreams.
He had let go but had not took hold.
Not every dream should be fulfilled nor every journey followed.
His firstborn son, Haran, died. His name means ‘mountaineer’ but he was cut off in his prime perhaps and would never see his dreams and more to the point Terah would not see his son fulfil those dreams.
Terah’s name means ‘wanderer’ and this man who was an idol-worshipper seems to have lived up to his name in that in his grief he wandered off heading to Canaan but as we see never really set out with a solid intent of arriving there. Strangely and sadly for him they pass through the place of his son’s name, Harran. He cannot get past that place. He cannot move on. He had said goodbye to his son before and now he is stuck and cannot move away again. His grief and loss capture him and he dies there in Harran.
It is an incredible sad story all too prevalent today.
We must continue to do all we can to move on from hurt and loss.
Today we follow Jesus who has said there is coming a day when “He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” Revelation 21:4