By Faith We Obey God (1)

Genesis 12:1-9, Hebrews 11:8

"By faith Abraham,"obeyed; and he went out""

Abraham was the father and founder of the nation Israel (Gen 17:5). His former name was Abram (exalted father). His father was Terah, who took them from Ur of the Chaldees to Haran. Then, God called Abram with His promise, "Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will shew thee: And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed" (Gen 12:1-3). What does God's Word to Abraham mean? (1) Biblical separation: "Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house" because they served "other gods" (Josh 24:2); (2) God's blessings (including personal blessings and national blessings for Abraham): "And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing;" (3) God's loving care and protection:

"And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee;" and (4) God's coming Messiah, the Saviour of the world, through Abraham's lineage: "in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed."

Although Abraham did not have as much knowledge of God as revealed through His written Word and through His Son Jesus like we have today, he did not doubt God's Word. Abraham was seventy-five years old, and his wife Sarah was sixty-five and barren. Moreover, they did not possess any land. Then, how could they have children and become a great nation? Abraham did not see God nor His promise fulfilled right away, but by God's grace Abraham believed and obeyed without any doubt. "By faith Abraham" obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went" (Heb 11:8).With living and saving faith, we are able to trust and obey God and His Word even when we do not have much knowledge of God or of how and when God will perform His promises. What about you?

THOUGHT: Saving faith will lead to the fruit of obedience.

PRAYER: Lord, help me to trust and obey Thee and Thy Word.


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