God took Abram outside and said, “Look up at the heavens and count the starts – if indeed you can count them.’ Then he said to him, ‘So shall your offspring be’. Genesis 15:5
By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place that he was to receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. By faith he went to live in the land of promise, as in a foreign land, living in tents with Isaac and Jacob, heirs with him of the same promise. For he was looking forward to the city that has foundations, whose designer and builder is God. Hebrews 11:8-10
Few men, outside of the Lord Jesus Christ Himself have has such an impact on the history of the world as did the man introduced to us in the book of Genesis. Abraham is revered by over one-half the world’s population. In our day, Abraham is held in esteem by Jews, Muslims and Christians alike. Hebrews 11:8-10 records the fact that Abraham was even called the “Friend of God.” But ultimately, this man’s life finds its greatest significance is pointing us to our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. Now, some may ask, “Why take the time to study a man who lived 4,100 years ago?” Abraham life, both positive and negative, acts as a forerunner and shadow, pointing us to the gospel of Jesus Christ. His story will help us grow in our understanding of the gospel of Jesus Christ, of his sufferings and his triumphs, and the how our story has now become part of this gospel story to the praise of his glorious grace.