In many respects, this lesson will build on these insights into the structure and content of Abraham's life. He has also authored numerous articles and books, including Pray with Your Eyes Open, Every Thought Captive, Designed for Dignity, He Gave Us Stories, Commentary on 1 & 2 Chronicles and Commentary on 1 & 2 Corinthians. First, we begin with Abraham's background and early experiences in 11:10–12:9. The altar got built but still no lamb. John F. Walvoord, long-time president of Dallas Theological Seminary, was one of the most prominent evangelical scholars of his generation. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. He challenged his people to think about God and the attributes of God. Those lessons are easy to miss because the premise of the story is so compelling. You can purchase one of Dr. Wilson's complete Bible studies in PDF, Kindle, or paperback format. Moses' original audience easily would have seen the similarity between Abraham's circumstances and their own. This general implication for the original audience can hardly be overemphasized. Abraham complied, and God assured Abraham that the result of his compliance would be a very bright future for Isaac. At least with those events, you knew the reason behind them. In a word, he showed that God had specifically given Abraham a homeland in Canaan so that the Israelites could see why he insisted that they too had a homeland in Canaan. He took with him two of his servants and his son Isaac.”. The second and fourth sections correspond to each other as they both focus on Abraham's interactions with other peoples. Standard Bible. Daniel By rescuing the Moabites and the Ammonites in this way, Israel followed the model that Abraham had set for them. it helps to pay the bills and keeps this website running. Now that we have seen the types of connections that Moses established between Abraham and his Israelite audience, it will be helpful to summarize how each major step of Abraham's life connected to the lives of the original audience. Mark Haran. In all of this and more, Abraham never wavered. Jesus and the Kingdom He wrote about Abraham to turn their hearts away from Egypt and toward possessing the Promised Land. Now that we have seen the basic idea of connections and original meaning, let's turn to our second concern, the types of connections that Moses established between Abraham's life and the experiences of his original Israelite audience. We will briefly summarize the content and some of the main implications that these episodes had for the original audience for whom Moses wrote. A Bible study on the life of Abraham, friend of God and Sarah (Sarai) his wife. abounded. Let's see how modeling worked in these stories. are heirs with him of the same promise" (Heb. As you will recall, the blessings through Abraham would not come in a simple fashion. Then it turns to the patriarch's death, during which Isaac received Abraham's final blessing as his legal heir. Moses connected "that world" of Abraham's life to "their world," the world of his original audience, by giving them the historical backgrounds of their experiences, by providing them with models to follow and reject, and by showing how Abraham's life foreshadowed many of their experiences. Isaac, and wood for the offering, Abraham began the journey that on the are descendants of Abraham, the man of faith. Abraham had hope for this life, but he also had hope for a life to come. First, Abraham's background and early experiences in 11:10–12:9; second, Abraham's earlier interactions with representatives of other peoples in 12:10–14:24; third, the covenant that God made with Abraham in 15:1–17:27; fourth, Abraham's later interactions with representatives of other peoples in 18:1–21:34; and fifth, Abraham's progeny and death in 22:1–25:18. All rights reserved. Possessions and herds separated Lot from his beloved uncle Abraham… Galatians Consider for instance, how Moses exhorted the Israelites to boldness against the threat of the Canaanites who occupied the Land of Canaan. We find that they speak to our lives in many different and very personal ways. All subsequent prophets were from Abraham’s descendants. Not dilly-dallying or procrastination. And third, we will summarize the original implications of each of the five steps in Moses' stories about Abraham. Some are minor, while others are really significant. He knew about what had happened in Abraham's life some 500 to 600 years earlier both from tradition and from extraordinary revelation from God. had made the promise. In this chronicle Abraham is given almost half the space, twice that Abraham is a man of decision. Abraham both believed God but did not just let that belief remain in his mind. promises of many nations coming from him, and of his descendants The Bible was not written directly to you or me. The third section of 15:1–17:27, which deals with God's covenant with Abraham, serves as the centerpiece of Abraham's life. We are moving toward the new heavens and new earth. Faith lessons from the life of Abraham The life of Abraham is often used by the writers of the Scripture as an example of how we should live as believers. As we have just seen, in Exodus 19:6 God said this to Israel: This vision of the nation as a kingdom of priests did not simply point out that the nation itself would be blessed with the privilege of being a holy people serving God, but also pointed out that the children of Israel would serve God's purposes throughout the world. Whether we like it or not, we are all presented with different choices. Attach an asterisk (*) to the end of a word as a wildcard. 1 & 2 Timothy Moses pointed out that these similarities made it possible for Israel to see examples to follow and to reject. The Apostle Paul said, “Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith apart from the deeds of the law” (Romans 3:28). This is a precious truth about Scripture that Christians should never forget. 1 That is to say, Moses selected and shaped his stories in ways that made it possible for the Israelites following him to see that Abraham's life had connections to their lives. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you.’”, Stop! The supreme test of Abraham's faith was yet to come. How did he shape his stories about Abraham so that they connected to his readers' world? Thank you for the prayer, thought, and time you put into writing it. Most of the Jews in Paul’s time are so self-righteous that they trusted on their work. In large part, Moses did this by writing so that his audience could draw comparisons and contrasts between Abraham and their own contemporary experiences. study, including Jews and Muslims who revere Abraham (Ibrahim) as a spiritual Abraham was given no explanation. Twelve?”. And we will also be better able to discern how these stories should apply to our lives today. had predicted. Moses stressed this responsibility because he wanted Israel following him to stay the course for the land of Canaan as well. All except Abel and Enoch