Abraham and the Faith
Of the descendants of Adam was a most faithful one named Abram. Therefore God made a covenant with Abram and renamed him Abraham with the promise to make him the father of a multitude of nations. Once God tested Abraham telling him to travel to a distant land with his only son Isaac, and upon a mountain to render him up as a burnt offering. Abraham followed the Lord’s instructions and was prepared to slay his son when from heaven the Angel of the Lord called to him not to harm the lad. Instead God provided a ram to take Isaacs place so Abraham named the place, The Lord will Provide. Since Abraham was obedient to God and was willing to sacrifice his only son, God blessed him and said;
“In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed my voice.”
– Genesis 22:18
Isaac was spared and became the father of Jacob, the father of the twelve tribes of Israel. It was from one of these tribes, the tribe of Judah, that the seed was to come forth, that was to be a blessing to all men who believe.
Abraham believed God and it was reckoned to him as righteousness. Therefore be sure that it is those who are of faith who are sons of Abraham… and if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to promise.
– Galatians 3:6, 7, 29
Because just as Abraham was willing, God provided. The Heavenly Father sent his only Son on a journey to the world, where Jesus was born into the flesh a descendant of Abraham. For the time when upon a hill Jesus would give his body as a sacrifice for all mankind, and due to this obedience of Jesus spiritual blessings are made available to all who believe, and are realized in the heart of all who are obedient. Just as the Heavenly Father has kept his promise to Abraham, so does Jesus keep his promise to all who are faithful.
“I say to you, that many shall come from East and West, and recline at the table with Abraham, and Isaac…in the Kingdom of Heaven.”
– Matthew 8:11