Abraham’s Faith Essay

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Outline

I. Abram’s Obedience

II. Abram’s Lie

III. Not Enough for Two

IV. God’s Covenant

V. The Handmaid

VI. From Abram to Abraham, Sarai to Sarah

VII. The Lord Appeared

VIII. Sodom and Gomorrah

IX. Abraham’s Faith

Abram’s Obedience

Now, the Lord Jehovah came to Abram, the son of Terah and said, “Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto the land that I will show thee: and I will make of thee a great nation” ( ). At this Abram never doubted what the Lord said to him, he didn’t even question it, or ask how can this be. You see Abram’s wife ...view middle of the document...

It turned out the Princes of Pharaoh saw Sarai and immediately took her as his own, not knowing she was actually Abram’s wife. To please her the Pharaoh gave Abram great riches of oxen, sheep and servants, but the Lord was not pleased ( ). So the Lord cursed the Pharaoh’s house because of this lie Abram had told him, allowing him to take Sarai his wife into Pharaoh’s house. As this was revealed to Pharaoh, what Abram had done, he called for him. After asking him why would he do such a thing Pharaoh gave charge to him to take all that belonged to him, his wife Sarai and all his riches and leave Egypt.
Not Enough for Two
After leaving Egypt, Abram, his wife Sarai and Lot went into the south to Beth-el where his tent had been in the beginning, between Beth-el and Al. Now, Abram and Lot both had by now acquired great riches in cattle, flocks, herds, silver, gold and tents. The two had so much that strife grew between the herdsmen of Lot and the herdsmen of Abram. Though Abram pleaded with Lot for there to be no bad blood between them or anyone in their houses, because they were brothers Lot insisted on separating from Abram. So, Abram told Lot whichever direction he chose the he would go in the opposite direction for the sake of peace. Lot then chose the plains of Jordan, moving his tents as far as Sodom. Abram, on the other hand dwelt in the land of Canaan.
The Covenant
The Lord then came to Abram again, this time in a dream. In this dream the Lord tells Abram that even though he doesn’t have an heir his servant will not inherit his house, but the heir that comes from his bowels. The Lord took Abram out and commanded he count the stars in heaven for if he could so would his heirs be counted. He then commanded him to sacrifice a heifer, a she-goat, a ram all being of three years old and a turtledove and a young pigeon. As the sun fell a sleep came upon Abram and the Lord explained to Abram how his heirs would eventually come into great substances and he would be buried in a good old age. At that time the Lord made a covenant with Abram saying, “Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates” ( ).
The Handmaid
Sari, Abram’s wife was baron unable to provide him with any children. Sarai had a handmaid name Hagar. Now, Sarai went to Abram that he may be with her handmaid and they could bear children through her, because she said the Lord had restrained her from bearing children. Now after being in the land of Canaan for 10 years Sarai brought Hagar her handmaid to Abram and her went with her, then she conceived a child. Now when Hagar realized she was with child, she no longer looked at Sarai the same and this became a problem with Sarai. So, Sarai went to Abram for him to deal with her handmaid, but Abram instead Abram placed the power to deal with Hagar back into Sarai’s hands. Because Sarai began dealing harshly with Hagar, she fled fearing for her life. An...

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