What practical key life learnings can we glean from the life of Abraham?
Context (Genesis 11-25): Abram (later named Abraham) was born to Terah in Ur and traveled to Haran. By faith he followed God’s leading to go the Canaan. God promised Abram that he would be the father of a great nation even though he didn’t have any children. God caused Sarai (later Sarah) to become pregnant when Abram was 100 and she was 90. Their miracle son was named Isaac. Abraham trusted God so much that when God asked him to sacrifice Isaac, Abraham raised his knife to kill Isaac and that was when God showed Abraham a ram in the bushes to use instead as a sacrifice. Abraham was a man of faith.
Key Life Learnings:
- Trust brings blessing (Genesis 12:1-8). Abram trusted God to set out with his extended family for Canaan even though he did not know where he was going. God blessed him by telling him that his descendants would inherit all this land. Faith gets hard when we cannot see the outcome or even understand it, that’s when we have to really believe God and when it seems that the blessings multiply because we are no longer in control, God is.
- God sometimes asks us to give up something we love so we can learn to trust Him for more blessings (Genesis 22:1-19). Abraham loved his son Isaac. This was the son of promise from whom a whole nation would spring. Then God asked Abraham to go to Moriah to offer Isaac there as a burnt offering. This must have seemed crazy to Abraham, but he went ahead anyway because he trusted God. When God finally provided the sacrifice Himself, Abraham had passed the test and he was ready for the blessing that in his descendants all the world would be blessed. Jesus would come from the line of Abraham as a result of his faith.
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