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ABRAHAM

 

Scriptures are cited from the King James (Authorized) Version, unless stated otherwise.

 

“Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham.”

 

Galatians 3: 7

 

Abram (later changed to Abraham) lived about four centuries after the Flood, in Ur of the

Chaldees, in the southern part of ancient Babylonia.

 

Genesis devotes several chapters to Abraham’s life, and St. Paul highly commends his faith in

Hebrews, chapter eleven. “Father of the Faithful” is one of Abraham’s titles in the Bible.

Abraham was the first person to whom God revealed the Gospel – that in and through his seed

all the families of the earth should receive a blessing. The Apostle declares that God preached in

advance the Gospel to Abraham, and thus all who believe that Gospel, of which redemption by

Messiah is vital, are called “the children of Abraham,” and he is spoken of as their father

(Galatians 3: 7-9).

 

But in still another sense Abraham was the father of the faithful, in that he typified the Heavenly

Father, as Isaac typified our Lord Jesus, and as Isaac’s bride, Rebecca, typified the elect Gospel

Church.

 

Abraham’s Faith Tested

 

While living in Haran, at age seventy-five, Abraham’s faith was first tested, when God

commanded him to leave his native country to wander up and down Palestine as a shepherd,

dwelling in tents without any permanent home, and without attempting to take possession of the

land. The promise was that at some future time God would bring his posterity to this land and

give it to them for a possession.

 

The promise went further and declared that if obedient, the Lord’s blessing would continue and

that the seed of Abraham would become great and influential and that through it all nations

would receive a blessing. It required great faith to believe all this under the circumstances. And

the test continued, as, year by year, Abraham’s wife grew older, until the time of motherhood

was past. But still Abraham’s faith did not waver.

 

Still later, after Isaac the son of promise had been born and had grown to manhood, the Lord

gave Abraham a most crucial test, by telling him to offer his son as a sacrifice. The father love,

the hopes of years, and apparently the Divine Word and Oath were all about to be wrecked. Yet

his faith did not falter, for he accounted that God was able to raise his son from the dead and that

surely God would fulfill His every promise to which He had bound Himself, not only by His

Word, but also by His Oath (Hebrews 11: 17-19).

 

But Abraham was not perfect. On two occasions he was reproved by heathen kings for claiming

that Sarah was his sister and not his wife, although she was his half-sister (Genesis 12 and 20).

Nevertheless, God did not reject Abraham because of those imperfections.

 

“A City which hath Foundations”

 

Hebrews 11: 10 states that Abraham “looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder

and maker is God.” A city, in olden times, stood for and represented a government, a rule of

authority. Abraham realized that the earth was full of sin and violence and out of harmony with

God. He longed for that righteous government whose foundations would be deeply laid, and that

it would be an everlasting kingdom.

 

Abraham was looking for the Kingdom of God’s dear Son – the Millennial Kingdom. His eye of

faith looked down and beheld Messiah and the exaltation of Israel and the blessing of all the

families of the earth during the Millennial day. Our Lord Jesus said, “Abraham rejoiced to see

my day: and he saw it, and was glad” (John 8: 56). The Ancient Worthies, of which Abraham

will be one, will be the earthly agents through which this heavenly city will send forth its

blessings to Israel and to all the families of the earth.

 

Good Example of Faith

 

What wonderful faith Abraham possessed! Faith was the very quality which specially

commended him to the Almighty as his particular friend. And it is faith, the channel through

which we may also have the friendship, blessing and fellowship of the Lord, as we read,

“Without faith it is impossible to please him” (Hebrews 11: 6). The more faith we have the more

pleasing we shall be in the Lord’s sight, and the more we may be used by Him as channels of

blessing to others – however imperfect we may be in other respects.

 

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