ABRAHAM

Attributes

1. Dependent on God  for prosperity:

  • But Abram said to the king of Sodom, “I have raised my hand to the Lord, God Most High, the Possessor of heaven and earth, that I will take nothing, from a thread to a sandal strap, and that I will not take anything that is yours, lest you should say, ‘I have made Abram rich’ Genesis 14:22,23 NKJV
  •  Is the entire land not before you? Please separate from me; if you choose the left, then I will go to the right; or if you choose the right, then I will go to the 1left.” Genesis  13:9 NASB
COMMENT: 
1He trusted God, hence he let Lot choose first. And God blessed him amply – see what happened next
  • the Lord said to Abram, after Lot had separated from him: “Lift your eyes now and look from the place where you are—northward, southward, eastward, and westward; for all the land which you see I give to you and your descendants forever. Genesis 13:14-15 NKJV

2. Taught children and set example by doing

  • 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 hath spoken of him. Genesis 18:19 KJV
  • For I have known (chosen, acknowledged) him [as My own], so that he may teach and command his children and [the sons of] his household after him to keep the way of the LORD by doing what is righteous and just, so that the LORD may bring upon Abraham what He has promised him.” Genesis 18:19 AMP

3. Was an intercessor

  • Now the [two] men (angelic beings) turned away from there and went toward Sodom, but Abraham remained standing before the LORD. Genesis 18:22 AMP

4. Believed GOD in spite of circumstances

  • Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as he had been told, “So shall your offspring be.”Without weakening in his faith, he acknowledged the decrepitness of his body (since he was about a hundred years old) and the lifelessness of Sarah’s womb. Yet he did not waver through disbelief in the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God was able to do what He had promised. Romans 4:18-21 BSB
Read: FAITH

5. Used to hear from God directly & regularly

  • “Take your son,” God said, “your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah. Offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains, which I will show you.” Genesis 22:2 BSB
  • Just then the angel of the LORD called out to him from heaven, “Abraham, Abraham!” “Here I am,” he replied, “Do not lay a hand on the boy or do anything to him,” said the angel, “for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your only son from me. Genesis 22:11-12 BSB

COMMENT: Two contradictory instructions, both were obeyed as Abraham used to hear regularly from God. 

6. Tested to pass test

  • Now it came about after these things, that God tested Abraham, and said to him, “Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” Genesis 22:1 NASB
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7. Obedient leading to Blessing of Generations to come

  • “By Myself I have sworn, says the Lord, because you have done this thing, and have not withheld your son, your only son— blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply your descendants as the stars of the heaven and as the sand which is on the seashore; and your descendants shall possess the gate of their enemies. In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice.” Genesis 22:16-18 NKJV
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8. Particular about no debt

  • And Ephron answered Abraham, saying to him, “My lord, listen to me; the land is worth four hundred shekels of silver. What is that between you and me? So bury your dead.” And Abraham listened to Ephron; and Abraham weighed out the silver for Ephron which he had named in the hearing of the sons of Heth, four hundred shekels of silver, currency of the merchants. Genesis 23:14-16 NKJV

9. Wanted a spouse for son from own culture

  • I will make you swear by the Lord, the God of heaven and the God of the earth, that you will not take a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I dwell; but you shall go to my country and to my family, and take a wife for my son Isaac.” Genesis 24:3-4 NKJV

GOD's rewards to Abraham

1. Promise of God Himself

  • After these things the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision, saying, “Do not be afraid, Abram. am your shield, your exceedingly great reward.” Genesis 15:1 NKJV
Read: SEEK GOD

2. Promise of Descendants

  • the LORD took him outside and said, “Now look to the heavens and count the stars, if you are able.” Then He told him, “So shall your offspring be.” Genesis 15:5 BSB

3. Prosperity

  • Abram was very rich in livestock, silver, and gold. Genesis 13:2 NASB
  • The LORD has greatly blessed my master, and he has become great (wealthy, powerful); He has given him flocks and herds, and silver and gold, and servants and maids, and camels and donkeys. Genesis 24:35 AMP

4. Promise of Good end

  • Now as for you, you shall go to your fathers in peace; you shall be buried at a good old age. Genesis 15:15 NKJV

5. Promise of Good end Fulfilled

  •  This is the sum of the years of Abraham’s life which he lived: one hundred and seventy-five years. Then Abraham breathed his last and died in a good old age, an old man and full of years, and was gathered to his people. Genesis 25:7-8 NKJV

SUMMARY

We can all learn from Abraham’s life; his principles, his obedience to God, the blessings and good outcome God gave him.