Story of Abraham
Old Testament – Talk Thru the Bible
2 Timothy 2:2 – Hear, Entrust, Teach, Multiply!
The Bible is one continuous story that leads hearers directly to Jesus. Genesis 1-11 provides the environmental backdrop of the world’s origins through four foundational events… Creation, Fall, Flood, Nations. These events are not fictional symbols; they claim to be factual accounts. Serious Bible students must accept them as such.
The grand story of the Bible begins in heaven, where Jesus eternally existed with His Father and the Holy Spirit. John 1:1-5 reveals that Jesus is the Word of God, the agent of Creation. War had broken out on earth between the Creator and one-third of the created heavenly host, led by Satan. In the Garden of Eden, God spoke to Satan, promising as the “seed of the woman” to one day destroy Satan’s power over this world forever.
Genesis 12-50 shifts Bible hearers’ focus from the world’s nations to the beginning of a specific family group, one man’s descendants. His name is Abraham.
At the Tower of Babel, God dispersed mankind according to language groupings. A close look at Abraham’s family tree (See Genesis 10:1-32) reveals that Shem lived over 500 years after the global flood. Abraham was born about 300 years after the flood. That means Shem provided eyewitness testimony of God’s destruction of everything and everyone outside the ark. Shem made sure all of his descendants could tell his story. Some believed. Most didn’t. Terah’s father, along with most everyone else, served other gods. He did not believe.
This week, read Genesis 12 – 16.
In his time, Abraham stood firmly as a contrarian with a radically different world-view. In a sea of sinful idolators, Abraham dared to speak and act alone because he believed in the One God. Abraham’s faith put him at odds with his family, friends, and countrymen.
In the same way that God used Noah to establish a new world after the flood, Abraham would provide a new nation’s seed. The people God would produce out of Abraham and Sarah would serve Him alone on a piece of land dedicated to Him alone. Abraham and Sarah’s descendants were established to provide an example to the world of a people loving and serving the Lord alone.
As you read through the Bible, you will see that the stories of its characters ring true. They were real people who wrestled with many of the same issues plaguing the modern world. Abraham was a sinner, no different than you. He told lies. He used his wife to protect himself, not once but twice. Even though God had proven Himself trustworthy time after time, Abraham doubted Him occasionally.
Still, deep down inside, Abraham believed God when He said:
“Go forth from your country,
And from your relatives
And from your father’s house,
To the land which I will show you;
And I will make you a great nation,
And I will bless you,
And make your name great;
And so you shall be a blessing;
And I will bless those who bless you,
And the one who curses you, I will curse.
And in you, all the families of the earth will be blessed.” – Genesis 12:1-3
Abraham’s life stood in stark contrast to those around him. They saw that God loved Abraham, protected him, and provided for his welfare. Abraham’s life left a legacy that we are discussing to this day.
Two-thousand years passed between the time of Abraham and Jesus. God has done what He promised Abraham. There have been many blessings:
The book of James was written by one of Jesus’ brothers. During Jesus’ life, James did not believe as Abraham did. Abraham trusted God, even when things looked impossible. But, something happened that changed James from the inside out. He wrote:
“Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness,” and he was called the friend of God. – James 2:23
Do you believe like Abraham? Do those watching you know you as God’s friend?
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