The Call of Abraham and God Promises and Fulfilment

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In today’s class, we’re going to be talking about the call of Abraham and God promises and fulfilment. I trust you will enjoy the class!

The Call of Abraham and God Promises and Fulfilment

The Call of Abraham and God Promises and Fulfilment

– Abraham was a man who lived a long time ago in a place called Mesopotamia. 

– God spoke to Abraham and told him to leave his home and go to a land that God would show him.

– God also made a big promise to Abraham: that he would make him into a great nation, that he would bless him and make his name great, and that through him all the families of the earth would be blessed. 

– Abraham trusted God and obeyed him, even though he did not know where he was going or how God would fulfil his promise.

 The journey of Abraham

The Call of Abraham and God Promises and Fulfilment

– Abraham left his home with his wife Sarah, his nephew Lot, and all their belongings and servants. 

– They travelled to a land called Canaan, where God appeared to Abraham and said, “This is the land that I will give to your descendants.

– Abraham built an altar there to worship God and thank him for his promise.

– Abraham and his family moved around in Canaan, living in tents and looking after their animals.

– Sometimes they faced difficulties, such as famine, war, and family conflicts. 

– But God was always with them and protected them from harm.

 The fulfilment of God’s promise

– One of the biggest challenges that Abraham and Sarah faced was that they had no children, even though they were very old.

– How could God make them into a great nation if they had no descendants?

– God repeated his promise to Abraham several times, and even changed his name from Abram (which means “exalted father”) to Abraham (which means “father of many”).

– God also changed Sarah’s name from Sarai (which means “princess”) to Sarah (which means “mother of nations”).

– God told Abraham that he would have a son with Sarah, and that his name would be Isaac (which means “he laughs”).

– Abraham and Sarah laughed when they heard this, because they thought it was impossible .

– But nothing is impossible for God, and he kept his word. Sarah gave birth to Isaac when Abraham was 100 years old and Sarah was 90.

– Isaac was the child of promise, through whom God would fulfil his plan for Abraham and the world.

 The test of Abraham’s faith

– When Isaac was a young boy, God tested Abraham’s faith in a very hard way.

– God told Abraham to take Isaac to a mountain and offer him as a sacrifice to God.

– This was a shocking and painful command, because Isaac was Abraham’s only son and the one whom he loved.

– But Abraham trusted God and obeyed him, even though he did not understand why God asked him to do this.

– He took Isaac, some wood, a knife, and a fire to the mountain, and prepared to kill his son.

– But just as he was about to do it, God stopped him and said, “Do not lay a hand on the boy. Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son”.

– God provided a ram as a substitute for Isaac, and Abraham sacrificed it instead.

– God was pleased with Abraham’s faith and obedience, and he renewed his promise to him, saying, “I swear by myself, declares the Lord, that because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son, I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will take possession of the cities of their enemies, and through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed, because you have obeyed me”.

Summary

– Abraham is an example of someone who had faith in God and followed him, even when it was hard or did not make sense.

– God kept his promise to Abraham and gave him many descendants, who became the people of Israel.

– God also fulfilled his promise to bless all the nations through Abraham, by sending his Son Jesus Christ, who was a descendant of Abraham.

– Jesus died on the cross and rose again to save us from our sins and give us eternal life.

– If we believe in Jesus and follow him, we become part of God’s family and share in the blessings of Abraham.

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