by Frank Pollard

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Ger.nis 11: 1-0-25:18
A popular television program called Password is played with two
contestants. One participant says a word, and the partner must give a
word closely associated with it. If you would mention the name Abraham,
the word "faith" would be associated naturally with it. The writer of
Genesis described Abraham, "Abram put his trust in the Lord and because of
this the Lord was pleased with him and accepted him" (Genesis 15:6 TEV).
Paul, the great apostle to the Gentiles, saluted Abraham as "the father of
all who believe" (cf. Romans 4:12).
To understand Israel's beginning as a nation you need to start
with Abraham. God was going to make a nation which consisted of people of
faith. Abraham was the father of those who would have faith in God. We
shall study the life of Abraham in five significant stages of his life.
The first stage to study in Abraham's life is the adventure of
faith (Genesis 11:10-12:4). This will include the events in his life from
his birth to his departure to Canaan. Abraham's biography begins with the
listing of his ancestry (cf. Genesis 11:10-26). The Genesis writer
prepared the readers for Abraham's birth by describing Abraham's lineage.
"After Terah was 70 years old, he became the father of Abram,
Nahor, and Haran" (Genesis 11:26). From Genesis 11:27-32 we can learn
about Abraham's immediate family: his father, Terah; his brothers, Nahor
and Haran; his nephew, Lot; and his wife, Sarah.
In addition to Abraham's family, we learn about Abraham's native
homeland, Ur of the Chaldees. Ur was one of the important centers of moon
worship, and more than likely Terah could have been involved in that
cult. Even though Terah participated in this idolatrous worship, it does
not mean that he was not acquainted with the true God.
Abraham lived with his family in the land of Ur of the Chaldees
and Haran. While Abraham lived a settled life, an adventurous c ...

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