26 For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.
29 And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.
About two years ago, I had a very short dream. I saw Biblical Abraham, The Father of Faith. It was the first and the only time I saw Abraham in my dreams. I was standing in the open and gazing into space. Then I saw Abraham passing by. When he got to where I was standing, he stopped for a while and looked intently at me for a while. Without saying a word, he continued his journey. All of a sudden, I felt a compulsion to follow him; and I did. It felt like how Elisha followed Elijah (1 Kings 19:19-21) and how the first four disciples followed Jesus without a word (Mathew 4:18-22).
Someone once asked me how I knew it was Abraham. I just knew. I can’t explain how.
On Elisha following Elijah, this is what the Bible says:
19 And he [Elijah] left there, and found Elisha the son of Shaphat, and he was plowing; twelve pairs of oxen were before him, and he was with the twelfth. And Elijah passed by him and threw his mantle on him.
20 And he left the oxen and ran after Elijah, and said, Please, let me kiss my father and my mother, and I will follow you. And he said to him, Go back again, for what have I done to you?
21 And he turned back from him, and took a yoke of oxen and killed them, and boiled their flesh with the instruments of the oxen, and gave it to the people, and they ate. And he arose and went after Elijah, and ministered to him. (1 Kings 19:19-21)
I’ve understood what God wanted to communicate to me. I had also wanted to do a series on the life of Abraham and how that applies to us today. However, it’s only now that I feel we should do the series.
On the first four disciples, Bible says:
18 And walking by the Sea of Galilee, Jesus saw two brothers, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea. For they were fishermen.
19 And He said to them, Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.
20 And they immediately left their nets and followed him.
21 And going on from there, he saw another two brothers, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in a boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets. And He called them;
22 and they immediately left the boat and their father and followed Him. (Mathew 4:18-22).
Abraham’s life wasn’t like a “straight-line graph”. It had ups and downs. He had his highs and lows. He fell on a few occasions and rose again. The problem isn’t so much about the falling; it’s about rising up whenever we fall. At the end of the day, Abraham triumphed. He became great on earth and is great in heaven too. Jesus spoke so highly of him, and so did Paul in his writings. Peter and the other Apostles did same.
We are going to spend the next three weeks or more on this study. The Book of Genesis is our source of reference. The Gospels and the Epistles will also be relevant.
The above scripture says all Christians are children of Abraham and heirs of the inheritance of our father. If that be the case, then we need to do the good things he did, so his blessings come upon us through Christ. We also have to avoid his mistakes as much as possible.
The Lord give us divine speed in this journey. May we be enlightened. May we also triumph at the end of the day in the Name of Jesus. Amen