Abraham - a special Old Testament Bible character
A man with strong faith and obedience
Abram was the tenth generation from Noah through Shem and was born 352 years after the Flood, in 2018 B.C.E. His Father´s name was Tera and there were more children in the family. They lived in the Chaldean city of Ur, a thriving town located in the land of Shinar, near the present junction of the Euphrates and Tigris rivers in Irak. Abram was a Godfearing man and showed outstanding faithfulness and prominence. Where did he get the knowledge from?
Since true faith is based on accurate knowledge, Abraham may have received his understanding by personal association with Shem (their lives overlapped by 150 years).
The city of UR
He left a nice home to live in tents
God now commanded him to move out to a strange land, leaving behind friends and relatives. He was going to a land that would be his own. A rich land where Abraham should have his offspring living. At the time, Abraham was married to his half sister Sarah, but they were childless and both were old. So it would take great faith to obey, but obey he did.
To leave Ur was more difficult than you think. Ur was a very comfortable city. A great modern city with running water in the houses. They lived a rich life there. Also many of Abrahams servants and relatives came along. His old father Tera and his nephew Loth was with him. Sara must have left a lot of precious things in Ur to follow her husband who she dearly loved.
archaeology information of UR
A promise and a miracle birth
near the big trees of Moreh. Here Jehovah God appeared again to Abraham, confirming and enlarging His covenant promise by declaring: “To your seed I am going to give this land.” There was only one thing. Sara, Abrahams wife was over 90 years old and had never been pregnant. How would this promise come true?
God promised that Sarah herself would conceive and give birth to a son, yes, within the coming year! And a miracle - Sara gave birth to a son, Isaac, the long-promised heir. He was born when Abraham was 100 years old and Sarah was 90. A little note - the name Isaac means translated smile. Because when Sara heard that she was going to concive a child, she smiled. I think I can understand her!
The most difficult sacrifice for Abraham
The supreme test of Abraham’s faith came about 20 years later. According to Jewish tradition, Isaac was now 25 years old.
In obedience to God’s instructions Abraham took Isaac and traveled N from Beer-sheba at the Negeb to Mount Moriah, situated directly N of Salem. There he built an altar and prepared to offer up Isaac, the promised seed, as a burnt sacrifice. And indeed Abraham “as good as offered up Isaac,” for “he reckoned that God was able to raise him up even from the dead.” Only at the last moment did Jehovah intervene and provide a ram as a substitute for Isaac on the sacrificial altar. It was, therefore, this implicit faith backed up by complete obedience that moved Jehovah to reinforce his covenant with Abraham with a sworn oath, a special legal guarantee. Genesis 22: 1-18
This showed the faith that Abraham showed. The absolute trust in God whatever he told Abraham to do. In the Bible Abraham is called "Gods friend"! I wish I could have that approval too! One detail is in (Genesis 22:5) 5 Abraham now said to his servants: “You stay here with the donkey, but the boy and I will go over there and worship and return to you.” Abrahams strong faith knew that he could get his son back through a resurrection!