WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE BIBLE PERSONALITY? (BESIDES JESUS) ABRAHAM

Abraham in Hebrew
Abraham in Hebrew

ABRAHAM

This is an interesting request. Thanks to sunkentreasure for such a thought-provoking question. And while I would love to give a top 5 or top 10 (and perhaps I will in a later hub), if I had to choose one favorite, I would choose Abraham. Here is why:

Abraham believed the Lord, and He credited it to him as righteousness.

From a broad, global perspective, three major world religions (Christianity, Judaism and Islam) consider Abraham the father of their respective faiths. Four thousand years after the man lived, well over half of the earth’s population still trace their spiritual and/or religious heritage back to Abraham. Just stop and think about that for a moment.

What was so special about this guy?

It’s simple really, Abraham exemplified what, I think, on some level, most of us really want and need: 1) extraordinary faith (in something, anything), and 2) to be considered righteous, not because of our actions, but in spite of them.

"Abraham believed the Lord, and He credited it to him as righteousness.” (Gen. 15:6, see also Gal. 3:6) I think we all want and need something to believe in. For many of us, our faith is in the God of Abraham. Why? There are as many reasons as people I suspect. For me personally, my God, Abraham's God, showed up in mighty ways even when I least deserved it, and least believed.

Abraham
Abraham

But, more than that, my God, Abraham's God, says that if I believe, it will be credited to me as righteousness, and that is something I could never attain to on my own. So, both of these fundamental human needs, faith and righteousness, are inextricably linked, I believe and I am made righteous.

I think we tend to lose sight of Abraham because of all the cool stuff all of the other Bible figures did: Moses delivering a nation of slaves, parting the Red Sea, etc., all of the wars fought by Joshua and David, Solomon's wisdom, and those weird prophet guys demand a heck of a lot of attention too (Ezekiel, whoa!).

Don't get me wrong, it's hard to beat Peter, who wouldn't want to walk on water, Paul, to be "the apostle to the Gentiles", and John, "the Revelator", even better "the Divine".

All of these are great, worthy of their place in history. But the simplicity of Abraham's significance is almost too profound, and yet humbling, to imagine: "Abraham believed the Lord, and He credited it to him as righteousness.”

When you think about it, that about sums up everything there is in religion.

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helenathegreat 8 years ago from Manhattan

Wow, this is a great response to a great question. I love it!


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Peter M. Lopez 8 years ago from Sweetwater, TX Author

Thanks helena, I appreciate your kind comment.


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christinekv 8 years ago from Washington

Hi Peter - Good piece!

One thing I feel compelled to add to what you say regarding Abraham is that he also was God's friend....how AWESOME is that! They hung out together and God shared things w/ Abraham that He didn't share w/ just anyone else. Just as it's hard for me to imagine how someone could care less about being at peace w/ God, (yet I do understand because our battle is not against flesh and blood) I can't imagine someone not wanting to be friends w/ God. I heard a really good message preached a couple years ago about ascending levels of intimacy w/ God...some food for thought perhaps.... The question posed at the end of this message was, "where are you on this ladder?," and "where would you like to be?"

First step, He is the Potter and we are the CLAY - formation (Isaiah 64: 8-9),

Second, we are the SHEEP of His pasture - receiving guidance and direction (John10:11-12).

Third, we are SERVANTS of the Master and w/ this comes great responsibility (Luke 17:10).

Fourth, is the CHILD and Father relationship where time is spent together, tenderness, discipline and words of affirmation are received (Luke 15:20).

Fifth, FRIENDS - true connectedness (John 15:20)

Sixth, LOVE of my life. We are not only His beloved but He is our beloved, we are passionate and sold out to Him. (Rev. 21:9).


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Peter M. Lopez 8 years ago from Sweetwater, TX Author

I couldn't agree more, christinekv. Thank you for your thoughtful insight.


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LdsNana-AskMormon 8 years ago from Southern California

I love your pick of Abraham. He exercised great faith in God and because of his righteous desire to do whatever God required of him, God then blessed Abraham in a miraculous way, and also through his posterity.

Through a great posterity that God promised him because of his righteousness, and that honor him even today, God continues to extend these promises known as 'The Blessings of Abraham' to all that will look to Him as their only God, as Abraham did.

We learn from the account given of Abraham, that God will keep His promise to bless all those who love Him, exercise their faith in Him, by keeping His commandments.

We live in a world today, where many, who even claim to believe the Bible to be the word of God, do not really take God's commandments contained therein, as true laws that literally are to be lived by.

As recorded in scripture - "If ye love me, keep my commandments". What a simple request, to then qualify for all of the blessings that God is willing to bestow on those that love him. These blessings come through Abraham and his posterity and are available to all of the children of God, who will come unto Christ.

For these reasons, Abraham is considered one of the greatest prophets recorded in ancient scripture and still available for us to learn from and to understand the way in which we too, may have a relationship with God... even to be considered his 'friend' and to know Him.

John 17:3

"And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent."


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Peter M. Lopez 8 years ago from Sweetwater, TX Author

Thank you LDSNana. I appreciate you reading and commenting.


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In The Doghouse 8 years ago from California

Peter,

Again we are on the same wave length. I absolutely love the prophet Abraham. He is a role model for me, in that he was simply a person on a journey of progression as he "walked with God". I have found in studying his life that he was given trials with consequential blessings accompanying the mastering of these trials. Isn't that what this life is all about? Going in a forward direction with God as your companion, learning from your experiences, mastering the conflict of "self", and simply learning to submit to Him. Abraham's life is one filled with learning experience that I try to use as an example for my own life. He is also promised blessings that I hope to also redeem as one of his literal heirs to those promises, if I can but learn to "walk with Him". Great choice for favorite!

The Old Testament rocks! ( I hope that you will not take that as too informal, it is just an expression of my excitement!)

In The Doghouse


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Peter M. Lopez 8 years ago from Sweetwater, TX Author

Thanks, Doghouse. Informal is my middle name...actually, it is Matthew, but I like "informal". Abraham is indeed a fascinating individual. The Old Testament does rock(!), almost as much as the New.


Yid.Man 8 years ago

If anyone is interested in learning something that may challenge or enhance your understanding the Bible, then Hebrew and to a much lesser extent Aramaic is the key. The faith that Christians proclaim can only make sense in the context of the Hebrew Bible, known as the Tanakh. Learn Hebrew


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Peter M. Lopez 8 years ago from Sweetwater, TX Author

I agree. I spend a great deal of time studying the Tanakh. The Hebrew language is quite remarkable. I have several hubs on Biblical Hebrew. Please visit those as well.


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MrMarmalade 8 years ago from Sydney

Peter,

I agree that Abraham is the greatest and one who should be revered. He led the way. All the time he did what God asked of him, even to stepping towards killing his own son.

I belive I would stumble at that request.

The aspect of David occurs to me as being my Favourite next to Christ.

For as we are told

David was a hero. (I am romantic about heroes.)

David did some heineous things in God's eyes.

Here we see the Grace of God at work and the passion of God, where he gave his only son for the forgiveness of our sins.

He forgave David and showed us the way we should forgive those that trespass against us.

If God could forgive David, so can we.

Great HUb

There is a lesson here for all mankind.

David's time had a lot of previous history, where as Abraham's time was relatively new in terms of a past.


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Peter M. Lopez 8 years ago from Sweetwater, TX Author

Thanks, Marmalade. I couldn't agree more. David is an excellent lesson for us all. I think if people could see that above all David was incredibly close to God despite his faults. Most people tend to feel that separation rather than drawing near.


Rubi 8 years ago

The Woman At the Well.

She was the first evangelist.

She was Samaritan, a mixed breed, if you will, a hybrid.

She risked speaking to a Jew in public. . .a "no-no" in those days.

She told everyone about Jesus.

She left her water jar there, just in case someone else might need it!

Seriously, though, I have loved this story since I was very young. There is just something so moving, so inspiring to me about The Woman at the Well.

While she may have had an encouner with Jesus, there are still many who are labeled as outcasts and are still standing there at the well, just waiting for someone to enter into dialogue with them.

I think that's why I love Girlfriend at the well so much. Besides being an inspiration for me personally, her story is filled with metaphors.


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Peter M. Lopez 8 years ago from Sweetwater, TX Author

Thanks, Rubi. I invite you to join HubPages and write a hub about your favorite Bible personality. You won't be disappointed.


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talford 8 years ago from U.S.A.

Just read this hub for the first time. You did a god job. It would be hard for me to pick a favorite too. Hmm, maybe I'll do a hub on that one. Anyway-cudos.

It was simple and succinct.

Tom


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Peter M. Lopez 8 years ago from Sweetwater, TX Author

Thanks, talford. I hope you do write a hub about yours, and, yes, it was very hard to narrow down to just one. I'm glad you enjoyed.


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Siu-Wai 8 years ago from Boston

I enjoyed your Hub. You're very knowledgeable about the Old Testament and Abraham in particular. I have to say my favorite figure is Joseph, son of Jacob. He suffered at the hands of his brothers and later false accusations of rape, yet maintained his faith through good fortune and bad. He was able to forgive his brothers for their cruelty and reassured them he would not take vengeance against him. He seems to have been a very sweet, gentle man with a good deal of inner strength and courage.

Very interesting discussion!


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brandynne 7 years ago from Canada

Greetings,

I believe Abraham was extremely focussed on God, that his mind was dwelling in glory more than on earth, so complete towards God and God honoured that. The bible tells us to acknowledge the Lord in all our ways and He will direct our paths. I know the world, the flesh and the devil take our attention off the Lord so often on a daily basis, yet God says if we will exercise our thought life around Him, while we are doing everything else, that He will direct our path. Discipling our thought life, then our actions follow, easier said then done, yet it can be done, and I believe Abraham did exactly that...a man after God owns heart. He most likely came to realize that God was everything and has life, that he was blessed when walking in a relationship with God, as with a friend whom you can trust.

Its awesome when you think about it, and makes us want to draw close to God with that same closeness. I believe the closer we get to the Lord, the less pull the world has to us, as our thoughts, mind and soul begin to stay fixed on the Lord then we go from glory to glory, experiencing more and more of Him, without end.

Brandynne


bob 6 years ago

sweet awsome cool

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