The fact that she was an Egyptian does not seem incidental, because Moses repeats this in verse 3. We know the name of his father—Terah—and his homeland—Ur. When he arrived, the Canaanites were in the land (12:6). From the Garden of Eden onward, man has always been tempted to seek his own good his own way. But in the end, our failures don’t frustrate God’s purposes and promises; they are the occasion for His power and grace to be magnified. and grandchildren will know by our life examples how to live the As soon as the child was born, it would be Sarai’s son, not Hagar’s. Given his attitude (fear) and his conduct (lying), it is hard to believe that going to Egypt was an act of faith. nation; I will bless you and make your name great; and you shall Therefore, it was precious that he demonstrated his total submission to God. This verse is really critical to understand Genesis 18, 19. It would have been the perfect time for Abram to tell Lot it was time for him to move on and find a life for himself, somewhere else. example, he taught his children to obey the Lord’s commandments, This shows us Abraham’s humanity is beyond the reach of us. Hagar now looked upon Sarai with disdain, and Sarai knew it. Why Did God Choose Abraham? First, he had failed to claim the better land and had given it instead to Lot. Abram was trusting in his deception, rather than in God, for life and prosperity. That’s why God keeps subjecting us to trials. Men are not to be autocrats, who ignore the wisdom of their wives, but neither are they are not to allow themselves to be pressured by their wives into doing what they know to be wrong. It was out of fear, not faith, that Abraham went to Egypt. Google+, 31 Creative Ways to Build Your Family Team. and there the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. Chapters 13 and 14 put Abram’s faith to the test in the area of earthly prosperity. He may have had higher moral standards than his friends and neighbors, but this was not the reason God chose him. of Abraham your father and the God of Isaac; the land on which Abraham’s descendants also received several great and far-reaching promises. God chose Abraham’s son Isaac instead of Abraham’s son Ishmael. Each time we do so, let us come to the Bible and to the Lord’s Table with a sense of expectation and wonder, seeking to see something more than we have seen before. Sarai made Hagar’s life miserable, to the point that she finally ran away. His father was a pagan named Terah (Joshua 24:2) who had worshiped other gods. Abram seems to be viewed as the “commander” of these forces (see 14:15), and the king of Sodom is determined to honor him for his victory. What is the relationship between God’s work and the Bible? They have 24/7 relationships. Abram did not listen to God, and wait patiently; he listened to Sarai, and took Hagar as a wife. Every people and nation is to benefit from this promise. I will make nations of you, and kings will descend from you. True Christians, those “baptized into Christ,” are also the heirs of Abraham. What does it really mean? Once Hagar knew that she was pregnant, her relationship with Sarai changed dramatically. children. When we first meet him in Genesis 12, he does not appear to be the hero of the faith we know from other passages in the Bible. Cancel at any time. Think about the fall of man in the Garden of Eden, for example. He arrives with bread and wine, and blesses Abram with these words. The difference is that Jonah refused to go where God told him and went in the opposite direction. Can you imagine the conversation that must have taken place between Abram and Sarai when Abram returned from his meeting with Lot? Innocently, Pharaoh took Sarai into his harem and was soon to make her his wife. . . Perhaps so. Instead, Abram gives Lot the choice of which direction he will go, of which land he would prefer. Abraham did not know God’s intention, nor did he know it was just a test. In the Old Testament age, Jehovah God gave the manna to the Israelites during their forty years of life in the wilderness not planting. I think that Moses wrote these chapters in a way that the Israelites would see the connection between Abram’s sojourn in Egypt and Israel’s later sojourn. Some people think that remembering our Lord in this way is needlessly repetitive and boring. . Characters), The Net Pastor’s Journal, Eng Ed, Issue 37, Fall 2020. in painful toil you will eat of it all the days of your life” (Genesis 3:17, emphasis mine). But Jeff, yeah, what are your thoughts about this one? When Abraham was one hundred years old and his wife Sarah was ninety, God promised him a son. The God of glory appeared to our forefather Abraham when he was in Mesopotamia, before he settled in Haran, 3 and said to him, ‘Go out from your country and from your relatives, and come to the land I will show you.’ 4 Then he went out from the country of the Chaldeans and settled in Haran. Gen 22:16–18 By Myself have I sworn, said Jehovah, for because you have done this thing, and have not withheld your son, your only son: That in blessi…, The answer from God’s word: “It is merely a historical record of God’s work, and a testimony to the first two stages of God’s work, and you cannot un…. That’s He also faithfully taught his children to follow God’s way of life. Even today, this Abrahamic attribute runs This is precisely what happens. . Ishmael is now a teenager. Abraham fulfilled God's plans as he Because of his confidence in God, he put his heart into trying to accomplish all God had commanded him. Abraham is mentioned prominently in the list of God’s faithful servants in Hebrews 11 (Hebrews 11:8-12). “For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, ‘The just shall live by faith’ ” (Romans 1:17). Verse 3 inclines me to think that Abram did not immediately do as Sarai asked. I have little doubt that over those 13 years Abram has become convinced that Ishmael is the promised “seed,” that he is the one through whom he and Sarai will have countless descendants. (Genesis 12:14-18) And the LORD said to Abram, after that Lot was separated from him, Lift up now your eyes, and look from the place where you are nor…. He is the all-powerful, all sufficient, sovereign God. The following content is available, or you may click Live Chat to contact us. We can see Abraham was asked to go to offer his son. down the Hebraic race (Genesis 26:5): "Abraham obeyed My voice and kept My Abraham was a God-made man. But it’s interesting, God knew that Abraham was the kind of father who would do an incredible job of training his children to understand the ways of the Lord and this idea of justice and righteousness. Sarai’s reasoning is far from godly. He obeyed and It was a time when God was allowing the sins of the Canaanites to fully ripen, to the point where judgment was required. “No,” God said, “he and Sarah would have a son and his name would be Isaac” (verse 19). legacy that Abraham passed down to his children continues even now.