The Faith of Abraham

I  love the faith of Abraham. He offered up his only son! I cannot fathom the strength he must have had to do this. But years before this event, he believed the creator God when no one else did, nor did anyone else seem to consider Him. Abram’s faith spurred him to obey God, uprooting his entire household against the conventional wisdom of his time and place, traveling without knowing where he was going to end up, nor of the eventual offering up of Isaac.  I also imagine he was ridiculed by many in his home town, by those that knew him or knew of him, the great and the small.

They had their gods. What was wrong with what everyone else believed? What’s up with Abram? Why does he break status quo? Mainstream religion seems fine to everyone else. What an odd ball, that Abram is!

Even Jesus said concerning Himself, in Mark 6:4, A prophet is not without honour, but in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house. He was speaking things contrary to their traditions and doctrines, and was known by them since He was a little guy. What could He possibly tell them that they didn’t already know? Who did He think He was, telling them things contrary to their leaders’ teachings? He marveled at their unbelief.

But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that comes to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.  By faith Abraham, … obeyed; and he went out, not knowing where he went. Heb 11:6,  8

Going out, not knowing where one is going, sounds like not having a plan and wouldn’t be considered the wise thing to do in our day either.

For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the LORD, to do justice and judgment; that the LORD may bring upon Abraham that which he has spoken of him. Gen 18:19

He taught his household to obey the way of the LORD, also subjecting them to the same ridicule he might have received.

But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him. 1Jn 2:27

And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the LORD’S house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it.
And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.
And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more. Isa 2:2-4

Until then, we practice waiting patiently, obediently, faithfully, in love!

Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day. Psa 25:5

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