Now these are the generations of Terah. Terah fathered Abram, Nahor, and Haran; and Haran fathered Lot. Haran died in the presence of his father Terah in the land of his kindred, in Ur of the Chaldeans. And Abram and Nahor took wives. The name of Abram’s wife was Sarai, and the name of Nahor’s wife, Milcah, the daughter of Haran the father of Milcah and Iscah. Now Sarai was barren; she had no child.
Terah took Abram his son and Lot the son of Haran, his grandson, and Sarai his daughter-in-law, his son Abram’s wife, and they went forth together from Ur of the Chaldeans to go into the land of Canaan, but when they came to Haran, they settled there. The days of Terah were 205 years, and Terah died in Haran.
Comment: Note that here we have a man called Haran and a place called Haran. They were living in a city called Ur. Terah, a descendant of Shem, Noah’s son had three sons Abram, Nahor and Haran. Haran had a son Lot but died at a young age leaving Lot to be brought up his grandfather, Terah, and his Uncle Abram. There seems to have been a lot of inter-family marrying, but for the long term story the very significant thing is that Abram married Sarai. The main people in the next few chapters are Abram, Sarai, his wife, and Lot, his nephew. In the long run Sarai can’t be described as barren but she was for many years. At any rate Grandfather Terah uproots his family and begins to move from Ur towards the Land of Canaan, but gets only as far as the place Haran (which you wonder if he named the area/place after his dead son. I don’t know.) Terah dies there in Haran and Abram, his oldest son becomes the head of the family group, which with family members, servants, slaves and much livestock would have been a sizeable company.
Prayer: Many things happen to disrupt our plans and unsettle us. Help me to trust You, my God, in all the changing ways of life.