Background of Abraham
Abraham was the son of Terah. Terah had three sons including Abram, Nahor and Haran. One day, Terah did God’s will by moving his family from Ur of the Chaldeans to the land of Canaan. However, Terah stopped halfway the journey at Haran. After Terah died in Haran, God commanded Abraham to go to Canaan. Abraham was obedient to God’s command. He brought his wife, and nephew, Lot, and all his possessions to Canaan.
When God first called Abraham, he promised that he will bless him with so many descendants enough to make a large nation. He also promised to make his name great. Abraham will be a blessing to those who bless him and curses to those who curse them. People around the world will be blessed through Abraham.
Once, the famine was severe and Abraham decided to relocate to Egypt. Before entering Egypt, he told his wife, Sarah not to tell others that he is her husband; but instead, she should tell them that he is her brother. This is because Abraham and Sarah were half siblings. They have the same father but different mothers.
The Egyptians saw Sarah was very pretty and they brought her to Pharaoh. Pharaoh thought Abraham was Sarah’s brother so he gave him many possessions including sheep, cattle, donkeys, servants, and camels.
However, God was very angry with Pharaoh and struck him and his household with diseases.When Pharaoh learned that Abraham was Sarah’s husband, he rebuked him and sent him away with all he had.
Abraham believed in God’s promises although he and his wife were already well advanced of the child bearing age. Sarah gave birth to a son called Isaac when Abraham was 100 years old. Later, God decided to test Abraham’s faith by commanding him to offer up Isaac as a sacrifice to him. Abraham believed in God’s promise, that Isaac will be the heir of promise and he went in faith to the mountains of Moriah to offer up Isaac as sacrifice. When there, the angel called out and stopped him from killing Isaac. A ram happened to be caught in the thicket there and Abraham offered it as a sacrifice to God instead.
The provision of Abraham’s covenant was passed on to Isaac’s son called Jacob. Jacob started small by working for Laban for his two daughters. God blessed Jacob and he ended up possessing a large flock of livestock and servant after working for Laban for many years. Jacob had 12 sons. The 12 tribes of Israel was birthed from Jacob’s 12 sons.
What Lesson Can We Learn from Abraham?
Abraham was not a perfect man, who never sin. If you read the account of Abraham in Genesis, you will find that he is a coward man and was faithless in God several times. Despite that, God was still pleased with him. This is because Abraham had faith in God. It wasn’t the works of Abraham that pleased God. It was his faith in God that pleased him.
Just like us, we can commit many great sins and still be pleasing to God if we turn to him in faith. Jesus Christ had already died for us on the cross. All our sins had already been nailed to the cross with Jesus. Anyone who have faith in Jesus and repent from their sins completely can become heir of eternal life. Abraham’s faith in God was credited as righteousness.
Faith always have fruits. If you have faith in God, you must show the deeds in your lifestyle. God want us to place our trust in him instead of trusting in things that we could see with our eyes. God guided Abraham step by step until his descendants eventually possess the land of Canaan. God also will guide you step by step if you trust in him. Usually, God does not reveal everything at once. He wants us to keep on praying. God wants us to go in faith.
We often stop trusting in God because of problems we face in our lives. Instead of complaining about our problems, we must trust in God and believe that he will help us resolve our problems. Nothing is impossible if you trust in God.
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9Not of works, lest any man should boast. (Ephesians 2:8-9 KJV)
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1 KJV)
But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. (Hebrews 11:6 KJV)
So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. (Romans 10:17 KJV)
And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God. For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them. (Mark 11:22-24 KJV)
And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive. (Matthew 21:22 KJV)
For with God nothing shall be impossible. (Luke 1:37 KJV)
Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only. (James 2:24 KJV)
That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God. (1 Corinthians 2:5 KJV)
I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins. (John 8:24 KJV)
By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith. (Hebrews 11:7 KJV)