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The Life of Abraham

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God selected Abraham to be the father of the His people. The bible does not directly state why God selected him, but after reading scripture one can conclude that God selected Abraham due to his great faith. Abraham’s life lends itself as an example to all who desire to walk with God.

EARLY LIFE

Abraham was one of three sons born to Terah in the city of Ur of the Chaldeans. Research conducted by Elmer Towns indicates that Abraham was younger than his two brothers, Nahor and Haran, although the bible does not specifically indicate that (56). The exact date of his birth cannot be determined, but it is estimated to have been between 2100 and 1800 B.C. (Davis, 159). He was born after the flood and through the family line of Shem, ten generations from Noah. Through his ancestry Abraham can be traced back to Adam and God’s creation. His given name at birth was Abram which means “Exalted Father” (Alter, 73). Later, God would change his name to Abraham, meaning “Father of the Multitudes”, in order to amplify the call that God had placed upon his life (Towns, 108-109).

Growing up in Ur was not the ideal location for a believer in the one true God, Ha Elohim. Ur was located in what is now southern Iraq near the waters of the Persian Gulf. It was a Babylonian city which meant it was a polytheistic society due to the fact that the Babylonians worshiped many gods. Exposure to this surrounding lifestyle may have been the impetus behind Abraham’s father serving other gods as revealed in Joshua 24:2. The influences of idolatry were evident in Abraham’s upbringing; however the bible does not mention that Abraham himself entered into such practices. It can then be inferred that Abraham was able to resist the pagan beliefs and influences of his surroundings and remain steadfast in his belief in Ha Elohim.

God certainly recognized that Abraham was strong in his faith and as a result selected him to carry out a greater plan in life than just living among idolaters. God was initiating a plan that paved the way to salvation for future generations (Hayford’s Handbook, 6). As revealed in Acts 7:2-3, It was in Ur that God first called upon Abraham to leave his family and current city-dwelling lifestyle to follow Him in obedience to a land that was yet unrevealed.

Abraham did make the first move of his journey by relocating to Haran in conjunction with his father and other f...

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...ays were anti-climatic. He handled the burial of Sarah, who according to Genesis 23:1 died at 127 years of age. He arranged the marriage of Isaac to Rebekah. He also took a second wife and continued to have children as spoken about in Genesis 25. Also stated there is the fact that, “he gave all that he had to Isaac.” Then in Genesis 25:7-9 the scriptures describe Abraham’s death. He died at 175 years of age and buried next to Sarah.

WORKS CITED

Alter, Robert Genesis: Translation and Commentary. New York: W.W. Norton & Company,

Inc., 2006.

Davis, John J. Paradise to Prison: Studies in Genesis. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, 2003.

Hayford, Jack W., editor. Hayford’s Bible Handbook. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson

Inc., 2005.

Hayford, Jack W., editor. New Spirit Filled Life Bible: NKJV. Nashville, TN: Thomas

Nelson, Inc., 2012.

Peterson, Eugene H. The Message Remix: The Bible in Contemporary Language. Colorado

Springs, CO: Navpress, 2006.

Towns, Elmer L. A Journey Through the Old Testament. Mason, OH: Thomson Learning

Custom Publishing, 1989. Web. 6 June 2015.

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