Abraham The Faithful
THE PATRIARCH Abraham, father of the nation of Israel, and the one known as the friend of God, is the great example of the walk of faith in Scripture. He is mentioned over and over again by the writers of the Bible as an example of the growth and victory of real faith. James, Paul, the author of Hebrews and others refer us to the history of this man Abraham when they seek an illustration of saving, working faith. The history of this man begins way back in Genesis 11. After God had given up on the wicked nations of the world, He calls this man by sovereign grace to leave his home, his kindred and his friends and to walk along with Him. The record is rather brief, but full of instruction and profit. After a brief genealogy of Abraham, Moses introduces our hero as follows:
“And Terah took his son Abram and his grandson Lot, the son of Haran, and his daughter-in-law Sarai, his son Abram’s wife, and they went out with them from Ur of the Chaldeans to go to the land of Canaan; and they came to Haran and dwelt there.” – Genesis 11:31.