FATHER OF NATIONS “ABRAHAM”

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Abraham nation father
Abraham nation father

                           GOD BEGINS TO REBUILD (Abraham nation father)

I WILL MAKE YOU INTO A GREAT NATION AND I WILL BLESS YOU…..AND ALL PEOPLE ON EARTH WILL BLESSED THROUGH YOU.  GENESIS 12:2-3 (Abraham nation father)

GENESIS CHANGES DRAMATICALLY AT CHAPTER 12. LEAVING THE BIG PICTURE OF MANY, IT SETTLES ON ONE LONELY INDIVIDUAL–NOT A GREAT KING OR A WEALTHY LANDOWNER, BUT A CHILDLESS NOMAD, ABRAHAM. AT GOD’S CALL, ABRAHAM LEFT CIVILIZATION AND SPENT HIS LIFE WANDERING IN THE WILDERNESS. MOVING HIS FLOCKS FROM PLACE TO PLACE, FIGHTING SKIRMISHES AND PITCHED BATTLES WITH HOSTILE LOCAL PEOPLE, ABRAHAM HAD TO BE STRONG TO SURVIVE. BUT THIS HARDLY MADE HIM UNIQUE; LOTS OF STRONG NOMADS WANDERED THE MIDDLE EAST. WHAT MADE THIS PARTICULAR WANDERER SO IMPORTANT?

GOD’S NEW WAY OF WORKING (Abraham nation father)

ABRAHAM WAS IMPORTANT, FIRST OF ALL, SIMPLY BECAUSE GOD CHOSE HIM. SHORTLY AFTER THE DESTRUCTION OF THE GREAT FLOOD, GOD PICKED ABRAHAM AS THE FOUNDATION OF A NEW HUMANITY. ON SEVERAL REMARKABLE OCCASIONS GOD SPOKE DIRECTLY TO IM, PROMISING TO MAKE HIS FAMILY GREAT IN THE LAND HE WANDERED. THE PROMISES WERE HARD TO BELIEVE: ABRAHAM’S WIFE WAS BARREN, ABRAHAM WAS GETTING TOO OLD TO HAVE CHILDREN, HE OWNED NO LAND AND HAD NO PROSPECT OF ANY. NONETHELESS, GOD ASKED ABRAHAM TO TRUST HIM.

THE SECOND REASON WHY ABRAHAM MATTERS FOLLOWS FROM THE FIRST: WHEN GOD SPOKE TO HIM, ABRAHAM LISTENED. HE WAS FAR FROM PERFECT. SOMETIMES HE STAYED AWAY FROM THE PATH GOD PUT HIM ON, LYING AND TRYING TO MAKE THE PROMISE WORK OUT IN HIS OWN WAY. YET IN THE DECISIVE MOMENTS OF LIFE, HE LISTENED TO GOD AND OBEYED. HE WAS WILLING TO SACRIFICE ANYTHING FOR GOD EVEN HIS ONLY SON. GOD PUT HIS BRAND ON ABRAHAM, THE MARK OF CIRCUMCISION. HIS DESCENDANTS WERE TO BE FOREVER KNOWN AS “GOD’S PEOPLE.” (Abraham nation father)

UNCENSORED TRUTH (Abraham nation father)

THE LIFE OD ABRAHAM IS A FASCINATING STORY, TRUE TO LIFE, FULL OF BAD MOMENTS AS WELL AS GOOD. HE WAS HARDLY A THEOLOGIAN; A MORE COMPREHENSIVE UNDERSTANDING OF GOD WOULD HAVE TO WAIT FOR MOSES. BUT ABRAHAM’S FAITH IS THE ROOT OF JUDAISM AND, THUS, CHRISTIANITY. IN HIS ENCOUNTERS WITH GOD WE GET RAW, UNCENSORED TRUTH, NOT RELIGION INVENTED BY A PHILOSOPHER BUT RELIGION AS IT REALLY HAPPENS WHEN GOD MEETS MAN.

NO WONDER THE NEW TESTAMENT CITES ABRAHAM MORE THAN 80 TIMES, AND PAUL TELLS CHRISTIANS THEY ARE THE TRUE DESCENDANTS OF ABRAHAM (GALATIANS 3:6-9). ABRAHAM’S LIFE BEGAN TO UNFOLD THE STORY OF GOD’S LONG-RANGE PLANS. TWO THOUSAND YEARS LATER, ABRAHAM’S DESCENDANT JESUS CAME TO FILFILL THE PROMISE MADE TO ABRAHAM AND HIS DESCENDENT

LIFE QUESTION : GOD ASKED ABRAHAM TO LEAVE HIS HOME AND FAMILY AND GO TO A FAR-OFF FOREIGN COUNTRY. IF YOU WERE IN HIS PLACE, HOW WOULD YOU HAVE RESPONDED? HAS GOD EVER ASKED ANYTHING HARD OR RISKY OF YOU? (Abraham nation father)

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