children o Noah multiplied. Andagain, the earth and its inhabitantsbecame corrupt.Te Lord chose Abraham. Hesaid: “Get thee out, . . . and I willmake o thee a great nation, and Iwill bless thee” (Genesis 12:1, 2).What did Abraham do? He “de-parted, as he Lord had spoken untohim” (Verse 4).Abraham had to depart rom hisather’s house (rom riends andamily) in order or God to blesshim. He separated himsel. Hewithdrew.Why did he separate rom them?Because God said to do so. Isn’tthat good enough?Moreover, he separated rom wick-edness in order to render obedienceto God and to worship Him properly.Let’s get out the “magniyingglass” (the Spirit o Prophecy) onthis point:Te Lord “chose Abraham, o the line o Shem, and made himthe
keeper o His law
or uturegenerations. . . . Even his ather’shousehold, by whom the
knowl-edge o God
,were yielding to the seductive inu-ences surrounding them, and they ‘served other gods’ than Jehovah.”—
Patriarchs and Prophets,
p. 125.[Emphasis supplied.]“But the true aith was not tobecome extinct.”—Ibid.How could God preserve theaith? By choosing a keeper o theaith—a protector o the jewels.Abraham was chosen to be thekeeper o God’s law, the keeper o the aith.Why was there a separation?Tere had to be a separation be-cause Abraham’s amily had beenyielding to the inuences surround-ing them.“God has ever preserved aremnant to serve Him. Adam, Seth,Enoch, Methuselah, Noah, Shem, inunbroken line, had preserved romage to age the precious revealings o His will. Te son o erah becamethe inheritor o this holy trust. . . .Faithul among the aithless, uncor-rupted by the prevailing apostasy,he steadastly adhered to the wor-ship o the one true God.”—Ibid.Was Abraham’s deparature asecret, or was it known?I you were living in the earth inthe days o Abraham and you heardabout Abraham’s plan to depart,what would you do? Would youstay with the majority, or would you join Abraham and his company?Abraham was not alone. Hehad a company with him. Lot, hisnephew, came along. He wasn’t con- verted, but he knew that God waswith Abraham.“Te Lord is nigh unto all themthat call upon him, to all that callupon him in truth” (Psalm 145:18).“[God] communicated His willto Abraham and gave him a distinctknowledge o the requirements o His law and o the salvation thatwould be accomplished throughChrist.”—Ibid.Notice, God’s will was com-municated to Abraham and not toeverybody. He communicates Hiswill through His chosen ones.“In order that God might qualiy him or his great work as the
keep-er o the sacred oracles
, Abrahammust be
rom the associ-ations o his early lie. Te inuenceo kindred and riends would in-terere with the training which theLord purposed to give His servant.Now that Abraham was, in a specialsense, connected with heaven, hemust dwell among strangers. Hischaracter must be peculiar, dier-ing rom all the world.”—Ibid., p.126. [Emphasis supplied.]Why do we have to be dierent?Why can’t we be like everybody else? I we are not peculiar, dier-ent, and separate, we do not qualiy to be the keepers o the sacredoracles, the protectors o the jewels.Are you willing to be a keeper o the aith today?We need to fnd out who are thekeepers o the aith today and jointhem.
Te keepers o the aith arethose who are standing or thecommandments o God and theaith o Jesus (the testimony o Jesus and the Spirit o Prophecy)
.Revelation 14:12; 12:17; 19:10.Tere are good people in allchurches, but that is no reason orme to be satisfed going simply where it is convenient. I need to bewhere the truth is kept and hon-ored.“Choose you this day whomye will serve. . . . As or me and
If you were living in the days of Noah, what would you do? Would you join the crowd? Would you be embarrassed to go into the ark with Noah when everybody was ridiculing him?
,Volume XXVIII, Number 3