Abraham
 

Abraham is probably the most important person in the Bible. One indication of this is the amount of space given to him. Only eleven chapters of Genesis are devoted to the entire early history of the human race, from creation to the Tower of Babel, but fourteen chapters are devoted just to the life of Abraham. The amount of references that points to Abraham is endless from the Old and New Testament, even Jesus himself referred to him. He was born into an idolatrous family and environment (Josh. 24: 2, 3).

In response to God’s call with great six fold promise from God, (Gen 12:1-3) Now the LORD had said to Abram: “Get out of your country, from your family and from your father’s house, to a land that I will show you. I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed”. (Acts 7:2-4) clarifies few things relating to early period of his calling “…the God of glory appeared to our father Abraham…” this tells us that there was some sort of communication between God and Abraham it could be a vision, what kind of appearance we do not know but his understanding of the promises was progressive.

Genesis tells of the great wealth of Abraham. The statement in (Gen 12:5), all their substance that they had gathered, and the souls that they had gotten in Haran,” merely suggests the extent of his riches. But the fact that he could muster a force of 318 trained servants to deliver Lot, indicates that he had vast resources (Gen 14:14). Local chiefs recognized Abraham as a prince, and made alliances and concluded treaties with him (Gen 14:13; 21:32; 23:6).

Through faith in God’s promises, Abraham rose above the religious level of his times. From the beginning he responded with obedience. Wherever Abraham stayed in Canaan, he erected an altar and gave public testimony of the fact that he worshiped “the God of heaven and earth” (Gen 24:3) in the midst of a pagan environment (Gen 12:7, 8).

What really makes Abraham special is that he obeyed God. Genesis 12:4 records that, after God called Abraham, he went “as the LORD had told him.” This act of faith is so impressive that the author of Hebrews “enshrines” Abraham in the Faith Hall of Fame: “By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going” (Hebrews 11:8).

In Romans 4:19-21 tells that there was nothing vague about God to Abraham. His relationship with God was of such intimacy that he thoroughly understood His character and purpose. He knew that he could trust God to act and react within clear parameters. Abraham added up what he knew about God and about His promise that Isaac was the promised seed, reached a conclusion, and acted. He knew God would have either to resurrect Isaac or to provide a substitute. He chose to trust the One he knew has the power and is faithful. In his covenant God appeared to Abraham at the age of 99 and confirmed his relationship with him and his seed forever. Abraham’s faith has developed through the years as he witnessed the hand of God standing by him through the ups and downs of life. God has honored his promises to Abraham through the OT tell now, his promises is everlasting because of his faithfulness.

It may be seen from Genesis 18 and 19 that there was friendship between Abraham and God (Isa. 41:8; James 2:22, 23). When God shared with Abraham the secret of His plans concerning Sodom and Gomorrah, Abraham was moved to prayer. He rested his case with the rhetorical question, “Shall not the God of all the earth do right?” God showed that His justice was tempered by mercy when He assured Abraham that the cities would be saved if ten righteous people were found in them. Only because there was not that many the cities were destroyed, though Lot and his family were rescued.

One of the bible’s traditions called the “birthright,” that is essentially the passing on to a man’s “firstborn son” the bulk of his possessions, upon his father’s death. In the case of Abraham’s descendants… the greatest possession Abraham had to pass to his children was GOD’S PROMISES! Something to grasp and ponder about, with all his riches the most important was God’s promises.

My father Abraham’s life teaches me an important lesson about faith. I learn from Abraham’s justification that faith is the only means by which men may obtain righteousness. I also see that while men have faith in God, it is not perfect faith. Abraham’s faith faltered when he lied about his wife and when he attempted to produce a child through Hagar. His faith continued to grow, throughout his life, as he came to appreciate more and more the faithfulness of God. His faith enabled him to see life as it really was (he was as good as dead with regard to having a child with Sarah), but he saw God as powerful and His promises as sure. His faith was a reasoning faith. He did not have to be told that God was able to produce life from death; he reasoned that God was able to do as He promised

Another great lesson which my father Abraham taught me was to trust God in all circumstances and when He says go, get up and go and He will direct the path I should take, for what is unknown to me is a plan set in stone by God not just for me but all my descendent as well because God’s promises are true. I am so proud to Call Abraham my father for I see God’s promises come true in my life.