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Abraham, the Journey of Faith (10 of 34)
This is somewhat repetitious but I want you to be sure to understand how the book of Genesis is laid out. There are two main divisions in Genesis, the first 11 chapters. Then you have chapters 12 to the conclusion. The first 11 chapters have to do with the history of the human race in general. There you have in those chapters four great historical events. There is the creation, which explains to us where we came from. There is the fall, which explains to us why we are like we are. There is the flood, which explains God's attitude toward sin and sinners. Then there was the tower of Babel, which explains man's attempt to reach God for himself.
So the first division is human history in general, four great events. From chapter 12 to conclusion, we have Hebrew history in particular. It's the history of the Jewish people of God, God's chosen people. There are four great personalities around which these chapters are arranged. The first character is Abraham. The second character is Isaac. Third character is Jacob and the fourth is Joseph.
From this point on, we will study these great lives because these lives give to us a marvelous picture of what it means to live by faith. We begin with Abraham.
Abraham! What a character is Abraham! He is referred to many times in the Old Testament and he is frequently referred to in the New Testament. He is known in the Bible as the friend of God. Isn't that a marvelous thing to say about somebody? I don't know about you but I want to be known as a friend of God. I want to be God's friend.
He is also referred to as the father of the faithful. In Galatians 3, verses 6 through 9, the Bible says that Abraham is the father of all who put their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. In other words, Abraham shows us what faith is all about and explains to us just exactly how you become a child of God. Abraham, the friend of God. Abraham, the father of the faithful.
When you study the life of Abraham you learn what it means to trust God and to live on the basis of the promises of God. When you read the life of Abraham you learn what the journey of life can be when you learn to make that journey by faith and not by sight.
All of us are on the journey of life. All of us are living this life. We are making this journey together. There are two ways to make the journey. You can make the journey on the basis of the things your eyes can see. That's walking by sight. Or you can make your journey on the basis of things you cannot see. You can walk by faith.
The Bible says we walk not by sight, but we walk by faith. God wants our life's journey to be a journey of faith. We are going to talk tonight about Abraham and see how Abraham learns to walk by faith and to journey the journey of life by faith.
When the story opens in these verses, Abraham is doing quite well. He is living in a place called UR of Chaldees. We find this back in chapter 11, verse 3 ...
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