Whatever class it is
14 October, 2013
Abraham, the exalted father, was from Ur in southern Babylonia. His father was Terah and he was one of the great patriarchs in the Messianic line. Upon Terah’s death Abraham was divinely called from Ur to become progenitor of the chosen people. This is the first great call recorded in the Bible. In the covenant with Abraham three things were promised; “the land, a posterity and the great blessing to all peoples of the earth in that the Messiah would be brought forth from the nation of which Abraham was the founder” (Gen. 12:1-4). Abraham and Sarah lived illustrated that the lack of faith in God can lead to dire consequences. Famine began driving the Israelites into Egypt. Abraham, at the age of seventy five, took Sarah, his wife, and Lot, his dead brother’s son, and all of their belongings to Canaan. In Egypt, Abraham, being afraid that men would slay him in order to marry Sarah, introduced Sarah as his sister. He repeated this again years later in Gerar and in both instances it brought trouble. Sarah was Abraham’s half sister. In one instance, Sarah became embroiled with the king and they were ordered to leave. Abraham returned to Bethel and divided the land with his nephew, Lot. Several years later, Abraham moved again to Hebron. His nephew, Lot, was captured in a war and was soon rescued by Abraham. They were both was blessed by Melchizedek as they were returning home. Abraham was divinely promised an heir. Sarah, a princess, was ten years younger than Abraham at the age of seventy five.
She was still childless and thought that she was in the way of the fulfillment of the covenant promise. In her overwhelming lack of faith, she urged Abraham to make Hagar, their Egyptian maid, his secondary wife. Abraham did has she pleased and Ishmael was born. When Abraham and Hagar conceived, Hagar began to treat Sarah badly. She made fun of...