The Importance Of Faith Of God In The Life Of Abraham

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The Importance of Faith of God in the Life of Abraham

Abraham is the first of the three men who are called the 'patriarchs',
or fathers of Judaism. The other two are his son Isaac and, and his
grandson Jacob. Abraham is not only an important person for Jews but
also for Christians and Muslims, he is the father of all three
religions. For the Jews, Abraham is the father of 'monotheism', which
means faith in one God. He, it is believed, was the first to teach
that there is only one God who created the world, and only God should
be worshipped. If someone was to have faith it would mean they are
obedient to God, and, abandoning all self-interest and self-reliance,
trusts God completely. In Abraham's life two important events are
significant in showing how much faith he has in God. Genesis 12 v.1-9
is the Call, this shows great faith. However Genesis 16 v.1-16 which
is the offer of Hagar and the birth if Ishmael shows that at times
Abraham does lack faith.

The Call (Gen v.1-9) shows just how great Abraham's faith is in God.
God called Abraham to leave his ancestral home, the lands his family
had farmed for generations, and the graves of his ancestors. He had to
leave his valued past behind. Furthermore, he had to go to a
destination that God did not disclose to him at first. By leaving,
Abraham would have left his name, family and friends behind, he would
be moving to an undefined future. This shows true biblical faith as
Abraham was willing to sacrifice all he knew and owned for a future he
was unclear of. He did not question God when he was given the task,
just did what was asked of him. This shows obedience, obedience shows
faith. At that time in history once you left your tribe you could not
go back - so he was at risk of jeopardizing everything. He was
trusting God to provide for him and give him safety. So, by God
telling Abraham to leave Haran and go to Israel and Abraham accepting,
it shows just how great Abrahams faith is, as he is willing to risk
everything he has - without knowing what he was to do or where he was
to go.

However, although this primary incident shows the extent of Abraham's
faith, it does not continue in the way.

Part of God covenant with Abraham was the He would provide Abraham
with a son. Sarai did not believe she would be capable of bearing a
son given her age so suggested Abraham used Hagar to have a child. He
did so. Once Hagar fell pregnant she began to despise Sarai and Sarai
treated her so badly that Hagar chose to leave. God then talked to
Hagar and told her to return, she did so and had a son, Ishmael. Sarai
adopted Hagar's son as it was practice that all that belonged to the
slave belonged to the master/mistress, including children. Overall,
this event shows a lack of faith in God on the behalf of Abraham. This
is because God had...

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