Tap Into The Abrahamic Blessing
If you want to dive into discovering who was Abraham and why is he called "The Father of the Faith" we have to look into the old testament (Torah and prophets) and the new testament (Brit Hadashah). No other character from the old testament is mentioned more in the B'rit Hadashah aside from Moshe.
He who closely follows, "James" (Ya'aqob) refers to Abraham as a friend of Yahuah Elohim in Ya'aqob 2:23, a title given to no one else in the living and the written word.
Followers of the truth in all generations are called "Children of Abraham" Galatiyim 3:7. The importance and impact of the patriarc in the redemptive story is clearly seen in scripture.
The life of the patriarc covers a huge portion in the narrative of the beginnings "Bereshit" first mentioned in Genesis 11:26 all the way to his death in Bereshit 25:8. Although we know much about Abraham's life, little is mentioned in Bereshit about his birth and early life in comparison with the account in Yasher.
Abraham’s father, Terah, lived in Ur, an influential city in southern Mesopotamia situated on the Euphrates River about halfway between the head of the Persian Gulf and the modern-day city of Baghdad. We also learn that Terah took his family and set off for the land of Canaan but instead settled in the city of Haran in northern Mesopotamia (on the trade route from ancient Babylonia about halfway between Nineveh and Damascus).
“HaShem had said to Abram, ‘Leave your country, your people and your father’s household and go to the land I will show you. I will make you into a great nation and I will Bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a berekah [blessing]. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you’" (Bereshit 12:1-3).
Yahuah calls His Servant our from his home in Haran and commands him to go to a land that He will show unto him. The Mighty Elohim makes three promises to the patriarc.
1.- The promis of having his own land
2.- The promis to be made into a great nation
3.- The promis of being a Berekah.
These promises form the basis for what will later be called:
The Abrahamic "Covenant"
How many of us would leave behind everything that is familiar to us and just go without knowing our destination?
The concept of family meant everything to a person living in the time of Abraham. In that time, family units were strongly knit; it was unusual for family members to live hundreds of miles apart from each other. In Bereshit, we’re not told anything about the religious life of Abraham's father Terah and his family prior to his calling, but when we dive into the Yashar scrolls we find that Abraham was a direct threat to the idols of Ur...
The people of Ur and Haran worshiped the ancient Babylonian pantheon of gods, in particular the moon god, Sin, so God called Abraham out of a pagan culture. Abraham knew and recognized the call of Yahweh, the LORD, and obeyed willingly, not hesitantly.
Abraham’s life also shows us the blessing of simple obedience. When asked to leave his family, Abraham left. When asked to sacrifice Yiṣḥāq, Abraham “rose up early the next morning” to do so.
From what we can discern from the biblical narrative, there was no hesitation in Abraham’s obedience. Abraham, like most of us, may have agonized over these decisions, but, when it was time to act, he acted. When we discern a true call from Our Beloved Friend and Elohim or when we read His instructions [His Torah] in His Word, we must act. Obedience is not optional when Yahuah Elohim commands something, and by this we must remember that all which came to be manifested through the word of the living El'Elyon.
Theologically speaking, Abraham’s life is a living example of the doctrine of "sola fide", justification by faith alone. Twice the apostle Paul uses Abraham as an example of this crucial doctrine. In Romans, the entire fourth chapter is devoted to illustrating justification by faith through the life of Abraham.
Abraham’s Faith in the promises of Yahuah Elohim was sufficient for Yahuah to declare him righteous in His sight, thereby proving the principle of Romans 3:28. Abraham did nothing to earn justification. His trust in El'Elyon was enough.
Faith and repentance are twins: they are just inseparable in effecting a genuine conversion. Paul speaks of "Repentance towards Yah and Eh-moo-Nah towards our Lord, Y'shua the Messiah" Acts 20:21.
Faith is the second aspect of conversion. To repent of sin and fail to exercise faith in Yahuah for reconciliation, ends in failure and despair.
The Meaning Of "The Promise"
In Greek, the root word from which we get 'faith, the noun is PISTIS, and 'believe', the verb is PISTUEO.
FAITH means- belief, firm persuasion, assurance, firm conviction, faithfulness. Faith is confidence in what we hope for and the assurance that the lord is working, even though we cannot see it. Faith knows that no matter what the situation, in our lives or someone else's that the lord is working in it.
It is the act whereby a person lays hold of Elohim's resources, becomes obedient to what He has prescribed and putting aside all self interest and self-reliance, trusts Him completely.
It is an unqualified surrender of the whole of one's being in dependence upon Him. It is wholly trusting and relying upon Him for all things. It is not just mental assent to the facts and realities of truth, it must come from a deep inner conviction. - the demons also believe - Ya'aqob 2:19
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not to your own understanding" Mishlei 3:5
"He that trusts in his own heart is a fool" but whose walketh wisely,he shall be delivered. Mishlei 28:26
Another thing we learn from Abraham’s life is that faith is not hereditary. In Mattith'Yahu 3:9, Luqas 3:8, and Yohanan 8:39, we learn that it is not enough to be physically descended from Abraham to be saved.
The application for us is that it is not enough to be raised in a Christian home; we do not enter into fellowship with El'Elyon or gain entry into the Shamayim based on someone else’s faith.
Yahuah is not obligated to save us simply because we have an impeccable Christian pedigree. Paul uses Abraham to illustrate this in Romans 9, where he says not all who descended from Abraham were elected unto salvation (Romans 9:7).
Almighty Ha'Shem chooses those who will receive salvation, but that salvation comes through the same faith that Abraham exercised in his life.
"Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen" Ibrim 11: 1
Faith is the connecting power into the spiritual realm, which links us with Yahuah Elohim and makes Him become a tangible reality to the sense perceptions of a person.
Faith is the basic ingredient to begin a relationship with El'Elyon.
Faith is the assurance that the things revealed and promised in the Word are true, even though unseen, and gives the believer a conviction that what he expects in faith, will come to pass.
Faith is the tangible essence of what is hoped for - so tangible that faith itself, is the evidence/reality of those things that are not yet visible. It becomes a reality in the spiritual realm.
In other words, it becomes so tangible that you now possess it!