Abraham –He had a covenant with God.
Abraham is first mentioned in the Bible with his original name “Abram”. He is the son of Terah and he had brothers and sisters:
25 And Nahor lived after he begat Terah an hundred and nineteen years, and begat sons and daughters. 26 And Terah lived seventy years, and begat Abram, Nahor, and Haran.
27 Now these are the generations of Terah: Terah begat Abram, Nahor, and Haran; and Haran begat Lot. (Genesis 11:25-27)
As we read through Genesis 11 we see that Abram’s father took him and his wife and his brother’s son Lot to live in the land of Canaan. But God had other plans for Abram. He told him to take his wife and family and leave his father. Abram was seventy-five when he did as the Lord commanded him to do.
God was pleased with Abram’s obedience and in Genesis 12 God makes a promise to Abram:
And the Lord appeared unto Abram, and said, Unto thy seed will I give this land: and there builded he an altar unto the Lord, who appeared unto him. (Genesis 12:7)
Abram had some fleshly challenges in his life. Like when he came into Egypt with his wife. The Egyptians liked how his wife looked and he feared that they would harm her so he lied an told them she was his sister (Gen 12). And he had challenges with the King of Sodom. And then received a message from the LORD in what seemed like a nightmare (Gen 14 & 15). And we can’t forget that Abram doubted that he would ever have children so he listened to his wife talk him into making a baby with her handmaid (Gen 16). But then in chapter 17 God reminds Abram that he will have a son and it will not be the one that Hagar the handmaid bore to him. Abram’s name is changed to Abraham in Genesis 17 when God reaffirms His covenant with him.
Abraham is mentioned with many others in Hebrews 11 as one of the heroes of faith. In Galatians Paul talks about Abraham’s seed once again:
And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise. (Galatians 3:29)
We have been grafted into the inheritance that God promised Abraham all the way back in Genesis 12. Abraham is a great hero of faith and it is by faith that he is considered righteous (Galatians 3:6). Because of his faithfulness that covenant is passed on to us.
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