Themes of Abraham

See which of these themes still hold true today —

God planned incredible blessings for Abram and future generations.

  • After this, the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision: “Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your very great reward.”  Gen 15:1
  • “Look up at the sky and count the stars–if indeed you can count them. ..  . So shall your offspring be.”  Gen 15:5

Faith is what is important to God: Abram believed the LORD, and he credited it to him as righteousness.  Gen 15:6

God’s plan would involve much hardship before the time of blessings: Then the LORD said to him, “Know for certain that for four hundred years your descendants will be strangers in a country not their own and that they will be enslaved and mistreated there. But I will punish the nation they serve as slaves, and afterward they will come out with great possessions.  Gen 15:13-14

God’s plan will only be carried out at the right time.  “In the fourth generation your descendants will come back here, for the sin of the Amorites has not yet reached its full measure.”  Gen 15:16

God’s chose Abraham to create a people of His very own, who would revere Him.  “The whole land of Canaan, where you now reside as a foreigner, I will give as an everlasting possession to you and your descendants after you; and I will be their God.”  Gen 17:8

God chose Abraham because he had the character to set the standard of righteousness for all generations: “For I have chosen him, so that he will direct his children and his household after him to keep the way of the LORD by doing what is right and just, so that the LORD will bring about for Abraham what he has promised him.”  Gen 18:19

A righteous man is of great worth to God: “Then the LORD said, “The outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is so great and their sin so grievous….Then Abraham approached him and said: “Will you sweep away the righteous with the wicked?….. Then he said, “May the Lord not be angry, but let me speak just once more. What if only ten (righteous men) can be found there?” He answered, “For the sake of ten, I will not destroy it.”  Gen 18:20

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