ABRAHAM

“And he believed the Lord; and the Lord reckoned it to him as righteousness.”

GÉNESIS 15:6

The Lord called Abraham and ordered him to leave his land and go to the place he was to receive as inheritance.  His faith and obedience made him a Father of a Multitude, and he became a True Hero!

Abraham’s name means “Father of a Multitude” in Hebrew.  He is known as the founder of the Hebrew religion, directed by God, as is the son of Terah, born in Ur of the Chaldees, Mesopotamia (currently Iraq). Abraham married Sarai, his half-sister (Genesis 11:29-31). God appeared to him and ordered him to leave the town where he was born and to go to a place that He would show him.  Once in Canaan, God promised him that he would be the founder of a great nation (Genesis 12:1-2). Abraham took his wife, his nephew Lot and a group of servants and started a journey on faith.  God appeared to him again and promised him that his people would inherit all of that land.  Abraham went to Egypt during a time of famine and he went back to Canaan a very wealthy man.  Impatient as to the fulfillment of God’s promise, Abraham had a son, Ishmael, from his servant Hagar.  When Abraham and Sarai were very old, God fulfilled his promise of giving them a son.  God gave him Isaac, their only son. Abraham’s great test was to deliver Isaac as a sacrifice to God.  Since Abraham was faithful, God provided a sacrifice instead of Isaac.  Abraham died at the age of 175.  He is known as one of the heroes of faith (Hebrews 11:8-13).

QUALITIES: Righteous, God-fearing, Faithful, a Man of Faith.