Hebrews 11:8-10; 17-19, “By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. By faith he dwelt in the land of promise as in a foreign country, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise; for he waited for the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God. By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises offered up his only begotten son, of whom it was said, ‘In Isaac your seed shall be called,’ concluding that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead, from which he also received him in a figurative sense.”
Abraham. A man who went from being Abram to Abraham. Exalted Father to Father of many nations. Contrary to his names, he did not have any children for almost 90 years of his life. The faith of Abraham was tested time and time again. Abraham lived up to his name in the end by starting the generational line to Christ.
Abram’s start was a bit of a rocky one. Abram was living with his wife Sarai (who would become Sarah), his nephew Lot, and his dad, Terah. This was in Ur of the Chaldeans and then the subsequent move toward Canaan by way of Haran. His dad died in Haran and then Abram got word from the Lord to move. God did not tell him where but just told him to move with his family. Abram did not question God. He had faith that God was in control and would take care of him.
Abram continued to journey around. Every time that God told him to move, he moved. His wife and his nephew went with him wherever he went. They even ended up in Egypt for a time. This was all part of God’s plan as He was preparing for Abram to take over the land of Canaan with his nephew Lot. Each took a portion of the land to avoid having possessions get mixed up due to each other’s riches.
Time passed and Abram’s name changed to Abraham. He and Sarah had a son named Isaac and before Isaac was a boy name Ishmael born from Hagar, a maid of Sarah’s. At the 100 year mark of Abraham’s life, he had 2 sons and from these 2 sons, the world would continue to increase exponentially. Isaac had 2 sons as well: Jacob and Esau. From Abraham to Isaac to Jacob, there is a line of followers of God. They were not perfect but they followed God and had faith. They all waited on God to receive a reward much larger than goods and the world.
Before Jacob, Abraham was asked to sacrifice Isaac. This seems odd for a God to ask since God promised that Abraham would be a father of many. We know from the story in Genesis that God provides the sacrifice in place of Isaac so that he did not have to die. Even if Isaac would have been sacrificed on the altar, God could have raised him from the dead. He could do anything after all. God is God. All powerful.
Faith was shown all throughout the life of Abraham. There were hiccups along the way, especially when waiting on God for a baby to come. Even this was not outside of God’s plan. Two nations came from Isaac and Ishmael. They are still around today. The Palestinians and the Israelites. The faith of Abraham is why he is mentioned in Hebrews 11. After all, the lineage of Abraham does trace straight through to Jesus. From Abraham to Jesus was 42 generations. 42 generations of men that led to the Savior of the world.
Thank You for the life of Abraham. His examples of faith are great lessons on how we are to live. He made mistakes but we all do. Jesus is the perfect example for us. We have so much to learn from the complete life of Abraham, including trusting God, not questioning God and waiting on God to deliver. We rely on You, Lord, for all that we have. If we have unbelief, replace it with faith. If we have faith, let us have more faith. Faith that you will do all that You promise to do. Thank You Lord for Your will and Your wisdom.
In Your name we pray,