Abraham was the father of the nation Israel. He was also known as the friend of the Lord. To know Jesus in detail one should read the story about Abraham in the Bible.
Israel is one of the most well-known nations in the world. There are so many nations in the world that exist but Israel is different from them. Abraham is the father of the nation Israel. Abraham used to live with his father Terah and they were idols worshippers.
Who was the father of Abraham In the Bible
Terah was the father of Abraham.
Where is the story of Abraham in the Bible
The life and story of Abraham are recorded in the book of (Genesis 11:10-25:18).
When Was Abraham Born
Abraham was born as a descendant of Shem. God called him and promised him to make a great nation from him.
One of the most important figures in the Bible is Abraham. He is known as the father of Israel. He believed in God and followed His ways in his life. God made many promises to him and fulfilled them also. He was born around 2166BC. Abraham was born 2000years after Adam was born and around 2000 years before Jesus was born. Thus he stands a middle person between Adam and Jesus. Abraham was born in a place that was surrounded by idols worshippers. His father was influenced by those pagan practices.
In his time Abraham stood out as a man who served one God and eventually he was referred to as a friend of God. He ended his life with great faith. There are two instances where Abraham had to leave his hometowns. Abraham left UR of the Chaldeans with Terah.
And Terah took his son Abram and his grandson Lot, the son of Haran, and his daughter-in-law Sarai, his son Abram’s wife, and they went out with them from Ur of the Chaldeans to go to the land of Canaan; and they came to Haran and dwelt there. (Genesis 11:31)Then he departs his father’s house and leaves Haran at the age of seventy years.
So Abram departed as the Lord had spoken to him, and Lot went with him. And Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran. Apostle Paul confirms that the world is blessed through Abraham’s faithful life and anyone who has faith in God is considered one of his spiritual sons and heir of promises. (Genesis 12:4)
Therefore know that only those who are of faith are sons of Abraham. And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel to Abraham beforehand, saying, “In you, all the nations shall be blessed.” So then those who are of faith are blessed with believing Abraham. (Galatians 3:7-9)
Therefore it is of faith that it might be according to grace, so that the promise might be sure to all the seed, not only to those who are of the law but also to those who are of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all (Romans 4:16).
Abraham’s Background In The Bible
The Lord created Adam And Eve and sheltered them in the garden of Eden, but they were tempted by Satan and the Lord put them out of the garden. Adam and Eve were the first men whom God created. Due to their disobedience, the Lord separated Himself from the human being. Though God put himself away from the men still he loves his people.
He wanted to make fellowship with them. But the people had no heart for the Lord so they lived their lives the way they wanted. God wanted to destroy them but only Noah and his family were righteous in the sight of the Lord. To protect them God asked them to build an ark. Noah was obedient to God and he prepared the ark.
God told him to take all his family members and every spare of birds and animals on the earth because the Lord is going to destroy the earth by a great flood that will continue for forty days and nights. Noah obeyed the Lord and he acted according to the words of God. After the flood, the Lord asked Noah that He will bless his family and from his family, the earth will be filled again.
Noah had three sons Shem, Ham, and Japhet. The descendants of Shem, Ham, and Japhet desired not to go around rather they decided to gather together. At that time there was only one language on the earth. They built a tour and planned to spend their days there. When God came down and looked at them, He brought confusion among them by many languages and they did not understand each other. So they depart from one another to new places.
When did God call Abraham?
The call of the LORD had come to Abram while he was in Ur with his family.
Ur was an ancient city located about one hundred miles southeast of Babylon near the Euphrates River.
He was called to leave his country, his family, and his father’s house. The call of Abram was God’s purpose to redeem and save humanity.
Why did God call Abraham?
God desired to have a man who would know and serve Him with faith. This man will be a leader of a nation who will be God’s chosen nation. From this nation, the Ultimate Saviour Jesus will appear to save the whole of humanity from the bondage of sin. God made a wonderful covenant with him which had three significant promises a.
A land that is the land of Canaan, b. A great nation that is the Jewish people, C. A blessing that would affect all the nations of the earth. All the families of the earth would be blessed by Abram, pointing towards the Lord Jesus Christ, who would be a descendant of Abram. At the age of seventy-five years, Abram started his journey towards Canaan with his wife Sarai, nephew Lot, his relatives, and possessions.
They first reached Shechem and Abraham built an altar to the LORD. The Canaanites did not make any trouble to Abraham because the LORD was with him. Again he moved and rested between Bethel and Ai. He also put an altar to the LORD there.
Why Did Abraham Move To Egypt?
When there was a severe famine in God’s chosen land, Abram fled into Egypt. Abram was tense with his wife Sarai because she was such a beautiful lady and it caused great fear to him. He assumed that the Pharaoh might seize his wife Sarai and kill him. So he made a plan and asked his wife Sarai to lie by saying that she was his sister. Though Sarai was his wife but still was his half-sister in relation.
When they entered Egypt, the people of the Pharaoh saw that the woman was beautiful. The Pharaoh got the news and took Sarai into this house. Because of Sarai, the Pharaoh treated Abraham well. But the LORD caused troubles with plagues to the Pharaoh’s house because of Sarai. The next day the Pharaoh rebuked Abram concerning the incident that happened to him by the LORD. So Pharaoh asked his people to send them away with their belongings.
Why Did Abraham And Lot Separated?
Returning from Egypt Abram, his wife Sarai and his nephew Lot dwelt between Bethel and Ai. Both Abram and Lot were enriched with their flocks and cattle. The pastureland was not sufficient for their flocks. This caused a conflict between the herdsmen of Lot and Abram. So Abram suggested Lot choose the land where he will be with his flocks and herdsmen.
Abram offered him to get the land whatsoever he wants. Lot agreed with Abram and lifted his eyes and saw all the plain of Jordan toward Zoar. The land was well watered like the land of Egypt. Abram remained in Canaan and Lot dwelled near the cities toward Sodom. Thus Abram was separated from his nephew Lot.
The people of Sodom were extremely wicked in the sight of the LORD. God told Abram to lift his eyes and look around him from the place where he was standing. God told him to look toward the north, south, east, and west sides because all the land that he can see would be given to his descendants forever.
God reminded Abram about the promise that He made to him. His offspring are great and numerous, just like the dust of the earth. If a person was able to count the number of the dust, he would be numbered the descendants of Abram.
Abram refused to choose the pastureland, but he got all the land of Canaan for his descendants forever. He moved to Hebron and the third time he made an altar to the LORD.
Abraham Rescued Lot
The land that Lot had chosen for his flocks now brought him into trouble. The plain of Jordan consists of five cities such as Sodom, Gomorrah, Admah, Zoboiim, and Bela or Zoar. Thirteen years before these five cities were conquered by Chedorlaomer, the great and mighty king of Elam(Persia). For twelve years they served Chedorlaomer but in the thirteen years, they joined together and decided not to give tribute to him.
So they rebelled against Chedorlaomer and got out of their captivity in the thirteen years. By the following year, the king of Elam realized that it would be impossible for him to fight against them without the assistance of other kings. Chedorlaomer was such a great warrior and fought many battles and won against them.
To fight against those rebellion kings the king of Elam allied himself with three other kings from the region of Babylon. As the king of Elam and his neighboring kings were approaching the plain of Jordan, the five kings were frightened. Though they were worried, they still tried their best to fight against them. The five kings met the invaders in the valley of Siddim which was full of asphalt pits.
The remarkable battle took place in the land and resulted in the kings of Jordan surrendering and running away from the invaders. Kings of Sodom and Gomorrah fled in the asphalt pits and others fled in the mountains.
The four kings took all the possessions and captives including Lot, Abram’s nephew.
From the captives, one person escaped and he approached Abram and told him about the unfortunate incident that happened with Lot. Without making any delay, Abram prepared a fighting force of three hundred and eighteen trained men to pursue the army of Chedorlaomer.
Though Abram had no such experience as the king of Elam still he was brave enough to fight against the powerful kings who had defeated many kings earlier. Abram’s faith in God allowed him to take such a dare act.
The small group of warriors fights at night with the giant forces of Chedorlaomer. It was a great miracle that was accomplished by the right hand of the Lord.
Defeating the army of Chedorlaomer, near Damascus Abram brought back all the treasures, and captives, and his nephew Lot. The king of Sodom met Abraham in the valley of Shaveh. After which, Melchizedek, the king of Salem brought bread and wine that he gave to Abram. He blessed Abram and said, “Blessed be Abram of God Most High, Possessor of heaven and earth” who has delivered your opponents in your hands. Abram gave him a tithe of everything he owned.
The king of Sodom was extremely pleased with the miraculous action of Abram and offered him to return all the people to him and to bring back all the wealth that he brought back. Abram did not take anything from the king and he was pleased with what God has given him. Abram said I’ll take nothing from a thread to a sandal strap. but he allowed his loyal allies Aner, Eshcol, and Mamre to get their portions.
After the war, the LORD appeared to Abram in a vision and promised him his protection and a great reward. Abraham was upset and exclaimed that Lord what will You give me, as I have no Child. Would you like to keep your promise with Eliezer of Damascus?
The LORD comforted him by saying, the promise that I made to you that will be carried by your own child. To make him understand the LORD asked Abram to come forward from his tent and to view the sky. So, Abram followed what God said to him and came forward from his tent and looked upwards at the sky. The LORD told to him if you are able to count the stars then, his descendants will be so.
Abram and his wife were old enough to give birth to a baby. They received every blessing from the LORD except a child and that made them depressed. But after the conversation with God, Abram realized that God will definitely bless them with a child with whom He will fulfill His promise. Abram believed in God and he became righteous in the sight of the LORD.
The LORD reminded him that “I am the LORD, who took you out from Ur of Chaldeans, to give you this land to inherit it.”
Abram listened to the words of the LORD carefully and he was curious to know how he would inherit the land. So he requested God to show him something by which he can make out vividly.
The LORD asked him to bring Him a three-year-old heifer, a three-year-old female goat, a turtledove, and a young pigeon. Abram brought all these to God and down the middle, he cut them in two and put them each piece opposite the other, but he did not cut the turtle dove and pigeon.
When the sun was setting down toward the West, a great darkness covered the area and a deep sleep fell upon Abram. Then the Lord told Abram that your descendants will be in a foreign land for four hundred years, and they will be treated as slaves and will be oppressed by the people of that foreign land. The nation where they will be working as slaves, the LORD will judge them and when the four hundred years will be completed, all of them will come out with great possessions.
The LORD also predicted that he will go to his fathers in peace and he will breathe his at a good old age. His descendants will come back here in the fourth generation because the iniquity of the Amorites will not be finished until that moment. When the sun went down, great darkness ruled the land at that time a smoking oven and a burning torch appeared which passed through those pieces of animals. On that day, the LORD made a covenant with Abram, “from the river of Egypt to until the great river, the River Euphrates your descendants will inherit the land.
Takes Hagar as Wife:
Being a God-fearing man, Abram was a man of noble character and he was a respectable man in his time. Indeed, he was a happy and wealthy person. In spite of this, there was an emptiness in his heart as the LORD did not bless him with an heir. He and his wife Sarai reached their old age and desired to have a child.
Sarai told Abram that she will not be able to deliver a baby cause God has restrained her from bearing children.
She advised him to sleep with their Egyptian maidservant Hagar. She hoped that by Hagar they would be blessed with an heir. Abram paid heed to his wife and acted according to her will. Abram married Hagar and they slept together and she conceived. Afterward, Hagar bore a male child and his name was Ishmael.
The Sign of the Covenant:
When Abram was ninety-nine years old, he came to Abram and said, “ I am Almighty: walk before Me and be blameless.”
The LORD told him again about the covenant that He will make with Abram. Abram bowed before the Lord and the LORD talked to him that you shall be a father of many nations.
The LORD changed his name from Abram to Abraham which means, the father of many nations. As a result of the covenant, many kings will appear from the seed of Abraham. God also reminded him about the land where he was a stranger would be occupied by his descendants and the covenant will be an everlasting covenant.
The LORD made a condition to Abraham, every man from his seed and the people whom they bought or will buy from other tribes must be circumcised when they will be an eighth day old. This will be a symbol of the covenant. If anyone is restrained from circumcision, he must be cut off from his people.
On that same day, Abraham took all the males of his house and did circumcision including himself and Ishmael. Abraham was ninety-nine years old and Ishmael was thirteen years old when they underwent the circumcision.
The LORD also changed the name of Sarai and gave her a new name, Sarah which means “Queen”. The LORD said, “ I will bless her, and also give you a son by her: then I will bless her, and she shall be a mother of many nations; kings of people shall be from her.”
Abraham did not comprehend what God said about Sarah and he thought it was impossible for Sarah to bear a child at the age of ninety years old.
So he asked it to the LORD, would you establish your covenant with Ishmael? The LORD said I will keep my covenant with the son whom Sarah will give birth and his name will be Issac.
For Ishmael, I will bless him with a great multitude and he shall produce twelve princes. But my covenant will along with Isaac whom Sarah will deliver by next year.
One day while Abraham was sitting before his tent during the heat of the day by the terebinth trees of Mamre, he looked towards the up and viewed three men standing by him. Then he ran quickly and bowed himself down before them. Abraham requested them not to pass by rather stay there as he found favor in their sight.
He offered himself to fetch water and wash their feet and he also asked permission to provide morsel bread to refresh their hearts. They gave him consent to do whatsoever he liked to do. So, Abraham quickly ran to Sarah’s tent and asked her to make three fine cakes for them.
He also approached the herd and ordered a tender and young calf to prepare it. While everything was prepared he served them with butter, milk, and calf and kept on standing under the tree until they finished their meals.
After having the meal, the Lord searched for Sarah and Abraham said she was in the tent. The LORD said, by next year she will bear a child but Sarah did not believe it. Because she had passed the age for conceiving a child so it made her doubt. But the LORD told her, “is there anything impossible with Me?”
Wickedness of Sodomites and Abram’s Plea:
While two angels moved towards the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, the Lord remained with Abraham. The people of those two cities were extremely wicked, they were so notorious that led God to destroy them. All of their deeds were against the will of God.
When Abraham came to know the intention of the LORD that he is about to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah, he Asked Him,” would You destroy the wicked along with the righteous?” After a long conversation, God replied to him, He will spare the city if at least ten righteous people live there.
The Sodomites were very cruel to strangers. Though Lot was separated from his uncle, still he remembered his uncle’s teachings. Being a resident of Sodom he did not accept their behaviors and traditions towards the foreigners. One evening while Lot was sitting in front of the entrance of Sodom, he saw two Strangers. He welcomed them with humbleness and asked them to stay in his tent.
Giving accommodations to strangers was such a dangerous act to the people of Sodom. The angels of the Lord refused to get shelter in his tent but finally, they agreed with Lot.
The people of Sodom surrounded Lot’s house when they got the message that strangers took shelter in his house.
The angry Sodomites threatened Lot to send the strangers out so that they could deal with them in their usual rules. Lot requested them to be calm and quiet. The mob tried to take action against Lot and at that time the strangers took out their hands, put Lot inside and shut the door, and struck them blindly.
attacking the mob with blindness, so that they could not force their way into Lot’s house.
Lot and His Family Saved:
The angels of the LORD ordered Lot to inform and gather together all his family members to depart the city immediately cause the Lord is going to destroy the city very soon. Lot’s sons-in-law were Sodomites and they did not believe him and denied leaving the city.
The next day when morning dawned, the angels took Lot, his wife, and his two daughters out of the city. The men told me not to look back at the city where they lived so many years. The moment they had approached Zoar, the Lord rained brimstone and fired on Sodom and Gomorrah from the heavens.
Once this city was covered with green grass and looked like the garden of Eden now becoming a salt sea. Lot’s wife had some curios in her heart that led her to turn back to the city and immediately she transformed into a pillar of salt. Later on, Lot moved towards the mountains and his descendants lived in the land of Moab and Ammon.
Abraham and Abimelech in the Bible
Abraham moved towards the south and reached Gerar which is in the midst of Kadesh and Shur. For Abraham, this land was completely known, but he had faith in God. He knew nothing about the place where he had arrived. When he got the news of king Abimelech, it frightened him. He asked his wife to reveal herself as his sister so that the king might not harm him.
Abimelech took Sarah to his palace and while he was sleeping at night, the LORD appeared to him in a dream by saying you are such a dead man as you took somebody’s wife. Abimelech told God that Abraham said, she is my sister that is why I took her. I had no intention to commit such a crime.
The LORD said, he is a prophet and he will pray for you so that you might live on the earth. But if you do not send Sarah back to her husband then definitely you will die. The next day, Abimelech woke up very early in the morning and gathered all his servants, he told them everything that happened to him last night and they were afraid.
Abimelech questioned Abraham that what did I do to you that you were allowing me to commit a great sin against your God? Abraham said, all these I have done due to fear of life. Abimelech gave sheep, oxen, servants to Abraham as a gift and he also handed over Sarah to Abraham.
Abraham prayed to the LORD for the healing of the royal household as the Lord cursed them for the sake of Sarah. Immediately the LORD answered his prayer and cured them of the curse.
Abimelech experienced the power of God and his protection over Abraham. So, he offered to stay on his land. Abraham accepted the offer and lived there for some years.
A few years later while Abraham lived there he became wealthy and famous in the land that caused fear to the king. So, King Abimelech and his army commander Phichol approached him and told him that as he gave him the land to stay so that he might not deal with his seeds falsely.
Abraham promised him not to do so. He rebuked Abimelech for a well that was seized by Abimelech’s people. Abimelech stated that it was unknown to him and that might be done by others. Abraham gave sheep and oxen to Abimelech and made a covenant with him. He also gave him seven ewes as evidence that he is the one who dug the well.
Because of the promise that had been made so they called the place of the well Beersheba.
When Abimelech and his army commander Phicol left the place, Abraham was there and he planted a tamarisk tree in Beersheba. Before leaving the place, he called on “the name of the LORD, the Everlasting God.”
Isaac in the Bible:
As the LORD prophesied earlier, Sarah conceived. Now Abraham and Sarah completely realized what God actually intended for them. From the human perspective, it was impossible to bear a child at this old age. But the LORD told them, there is nothing impossible with Him.
When Sarah gave birth to a son, Abraham was one hundred years old and he named his son Isaac. Sarah was a little awkward for being a mother at this age, but she was extremely happy from her deepest heart for the blessing of God.
When Isaac reached on the eighth day, Abraham circumcised him as it was the commandment of God. Isaac grew up and Abraham held a great feast on the day when he was weaned.
Who was Ishmael in the Bible:
When Isaac was born, Ishmael was fourteen years old. He was the first son of Abraham. Being the first son, he was proud and he started mocking Isaac. His misbehavior increased rapidly as Isaac grew up.
Sarah noticed all these and she asked Abraham to send Ishmael and Hagar away from them. She also informed him that the promise that God made with him should not be shared with Ishmael.
As Abraham was a righteous man so it was difficult for him to send his son away. Abraham was much worried about this incident. He did not want Ishmael and Hagar to leave him.
Abraham sought God’s interference upon this and the LORD told him to obey what Sarah has advised him to do. The LORD assures him by saying, from Ishmael a great nation will be created.
Abraham obeyed the LORD by sending Hagar and Ishmael away from his house. He gave them water and bread for their journey.
The Miraculous Well
When they reached the wilderness of Beersheba, the water ran out and they wandered in the dry desert land. Hagar realized that it was impossible for Ishmael to survive. So, she kept him in the shade of a bush and observed him from a little distance. She gave up all the hope of their lives. She kept on crying looking for some help from the LORD.
An angel of the LORD came to her and said, God has seen your suffering and He will not let your son die. As he will be the father of many nations.
After which Hagar found a spring nearby and she took out water from that and quenched the thirst.
From there, they moved toward the wilderness and dwelt there. Later on Ishmael became a mighty man in his land and got married to an Egyptian girl. He had many children who lived in the desert.
Abraham’s Faith Tested
Abraham lived happily with his son Isaac, and his Sarah. nothing was there to bring him any trouble. Though he hesitated with Hagar and Ishmael, he finally left them. He felt that God has blessed him from every aspect of his life.
He did not know the plan of God. It was completely unknown to him that the LORD was going to put him into a tough task. Now God put him into a test where he had to confront obedience to God.
The LORD appeared to Abraham and commanded him to take his son Isaac whom he loved the most for the sake of burnt offerings in the land of Moriah on one of the mountains where God would dictate him.
Abraham did not plead for the life of his son. He did not spend even a word arguing with the LORD that how would He fulfill the promise that was made. He obeyed God without making any delay.
The next day, Abraham woke up early in the morning and saddled his donkey, took two young servants from his house, Isaac his son with the wood for the burnt offering.
They traveled the place three days and reached the place where God asked them to arrive. There God told him to prepare the altar. Abraham did so and forced his beloved so to lie and he was about to strike him with the knife, suddenly an angel of the LORD forbade him and asked him not to kill his son. He clarified to Abraham that it was just a test from God to check his obedience.
Abraham moved his eyes around him and found a ram in a thicket by its horns which he offered as a burnt offering replacing his son Isaac.
Then Abraham named the place, The LORD will provide which is said now – “In the Mount of the LORD it shall be provided”.
For the second time, the angel of the LORD called to Abraham Out of heaven that the LORDis pleased with your dedication to God. The LORD blessed him by saying,” I will multiply your seeds as the stars of heaven and as the sand which is on the seashore and your descendants will possess the gate of their enemies.”
Because of obedience, God will bless all the nations on earth.
Abraham came back home with his Son Isaac. they dwelt there in the land of Beersheba.
Sarah’s Death and Burial
Sarah left the earth when she reached one hundred and twenty -seven years old. The place where she died was Kiriath Arba in the land of Canaan.
Abraham mourned and wept throughout our day along with all their servants who spent many years together.
Abraham was a stranger in that land, so he faced some difficulty to bury his wife. He asked the people of the land to give him land.
The children of the Health permitted him to get the finest place from the land for his wife.
In Canaan, Abraham buried his wife Sarah in a cave of Machpelah.
Who was the Wife of Isaac
After the death of Sarah, there was loneliness that prevailed in the house. Abraham desired Isaac to marry a woman who would be as gentle as Sarah. Because of his old age, it was impossible for him to find a girl for his son.
As they lived in a foreign country so Abraham did not agree to let Isaac marry the girl from that land. As he did not get a suitable girl for his son. The culture and lifestyle of Canaanites were different from Abraham’s family.
The LORD has blessed Abraham in all his ways. Abraham called his faithful servant who was with Abraham from the very beginning. He told him to go to Mesopotamia where his brother Nahor lived and to search for a girl for his son Isaac. The loyal servant of Abraham swore to his master that he will do so.
Then he took ten camels and all the treasures of his master on the way to Mesopotamia.
It was evening when Eliezer reached his destination, he kept his camels kneeling down outside the city, near a well. As it was the time for the women of the city to fetch water from the well, so Eliezer prayed to the LORD for his master’s sake.
he asked the LORD that he would go while the women of the city will come to draw water. He will ask one to give him some water and if the girl does so and also offers water for his camels then he would come to know that girl would be Isaac’s wife.
When the women came near to the well, Eliezer asked for some water from them. Suddenly one beautiful lady came forward and gave water to him and she also asked him to give water to his camels. After seeing all these, Eliezer praised God for listening to his prayer.
When all the camels had finished drinking, the man gave her one golden nose ring weighing half a shekel and two bracelets which were ten shekels of gold.
Eliezer asked her father’s name and searched a place for lodging the night in her father’s house.
The woman answered that she is the daughter of Bethuel, Milcah’s son whom she bore to Nahor.
The name of the girl was Rebekah. Her brother was Laban and she told everything to him. Then Laban invited Eliezer to their house and offered him to spend his time with them. They welcomed him by washing his feet and unloading the camels, providing straw and feed.
Before having a meal. He explained everything to them that happened to him by his master Abraham. They heard everything and they said if it is the will of God, we cannot deny it.
They allow Rebekah to go with him to be Isaac’s wife. Eliezer bowed down before God when he saw that they let Rebekah go with him.
Then he gave all the precious things such as jewelry, clothes to Rebekah and he also gifted her brother and mother.
But Rebekah’s family did not agree to leave her rather they wanted them to stay at least ten more days. Eliezer refused by saying not to make any hindrance as it is the plan of God.
Rebekah’s family called her personally and asked her whether she wanted to go or not.
Rebekah said obviously I will go with them. They blessed Rebekah and sent her away with her sister, nurse.
While Isaac went out for prayer one evening, he saw the camels were returning. When Rebekah saw Isaac, she got down from the camel and asked Eliezer about Isaac. When she came to know that with him she would get married, she covered her face with the veil.
Eliezer narrated everything to Isaac that was dealt with by his master.
Isaac brought her in his mother’s tent and without making any delay they got married.
Abraham was extremely pleased with his faithful servant and Sarah’s absence was filled with Rebekah.
Abraham and keturah :
Before his last breath, Abraham got married to Keturah. Their descendants are Zimran, Jokshan, Medan, Midian, Ishbak, and Shuah.
Abraham’s Death and Burial :
At the age of one hundred and seventy-five years, Abraham breathed his last. When he died all his descendants gathered together to show their respect to him. His body was buried by Isaac and Ishmael in the cave of Machpelah, which he purchased earlier for the burial of his wife Sarah.
Sons of Abraham in the Bible
Abraham was a great man in the story of the Bible. He was known as God’s friend because of his humbleness and obedience to God. He came from a society where his neighboring people were idols worshippers. Until God’s calling, he had no experience with one true God who is the creator of the world.
Throughout his life, God was his keeper and guider. He was blessed with sons from his wife Sarah, Hagar, and Keturah. His sons are Ishmael, Isaac, Zimran, Jokshan, Medan, Midian, Ishbak, Shuah.
What did Abraham do in the Bible: Abraham played a major role in the Bible. Abraham is the father of the nation Israel. God’s revelation was manifested in the midst of Israel. To form this nation God called Abraham from his native land and he obeyed God.
It was not easy to travel to a land that was unknown to Abraham. He believed in God and as a result, he was blessed by Him. He gave birth to Isaac by Sarah and the LORD carried away His covenant with him to make a great nation.
Jesus also acknowledged the dedicated life of Abraham to His disciples.
Why is Abraham so important:
In Judaism and Christianity Abraham is honored because he is the father of the nation Israel. He had no plan to leave his family and home but to respond to God, he left them.
God told him to give a land where his descendants will live and they will be like stars in the sky. From him, all the families of the earth will be blessed. Abraham just believed God and that made him righteous in the sight of the LORD.
In his old age, God blessed him with Isaac but when he grew up God put him to a test. He was asked to offer the life of Isaac whom he loved most. Without making any delay, he was ready to sacrifice his son. The LORD was pleased with his faithfulness and made him the father of Israel.
What is God’s promise to Abraham:
The LORD made two promises to Abraham while He brought him out of his home place. God told him to give the land that was Canaan and a nation that was Israel. These were the two main promises that God made with Abraham.