First Installment: Out of Darkness and Into the Light.
Hello and welcome back!
It’s great that you are here! We are beginning a brand new post series! This series will consist of several postings that deal with the life of the Friend of God, Abraham, the patriarch.
The importance of the life of Abraham in both the Old and New Testament is indisputable. Without knowledge of this patriarch of the Hebrew nation, a great hole will be left in the Christian’s Scriptural understanding.
This is the purpose of this post series. These mini-lessons will enlighten you about Abraham, the father of the great Hebrew nation of Israel.
Many passages in Scripture would be less likely to be understood without this knowledge.
Around 2,000 years before Christ appeared on the scene, in the city of Ur, Abraham first came into contact with God.
Abraham’s descendants sprang from Shem, lived in this flourishing land of fertile growth.
The beautiful expanse of sky in that region provided the best viewing for the wonders of the heavens. This may be a possible reason they worshiped the heavenly bodies with a form of religion that wrapped around idols and a form of licentiousness that occurs when a people is out of obedience and community with God.
Through this one man, Abraham, God began the process of reconciliation between Himself and the human race, as he had done after the flood through Moses.
He separated Abraham and some of His relatives and sent the away from the place they called home towards a land they had never seen but that God promised to them if they remained in obedience to Him.
This happening occurred around 400 years after the flood.
The Hamites (descendants of Ham, son of Noah) were already in the land when the Shemites (the people descended from Shem, Abraham’s linage).
They settled where their patriarch, Terah, decided which was in the excellent pasture lands on the outskirts of Ur.
The detrimental effects of a people lowering their standards when confronted by a culture without morality created the slow but steady deterioration of the Shemites, Abraham’s people. Their children who were brought up in these morally-challenged circumstances lost their moral compass. The result was the gradual decay of the Shemite religion resulting in following the ways of the Hamites into idolatry.
Abraham grew up in this idolatrous culture of the Hamites and that cultures constant dilution of Abraham’s familial household. Tradition shows that Abraham resisted the idolatrous lifestyle and the licentious behavior of this culture.
He came through the trials and tribulations of this culture and was chosen to be separated from this culture in order to call Abraham to leave the homeland of his youth and to follow Him to a promised land, to be set apart as God’s holy people.
Abraham was alone in his struggle to refrain from the morality and idol worship around him. Grow in your determination to resist the modern cultural debased morality in which you find yourself, Christian! It is a lonely walk but one in which God Himself walks with us, even when we cannot feel Him beside us.
Even in the lonely valley of this 21st century decadence – you reside, attend church, and work for a living. Stand strong and uncompromising in the temptations of this morally-debased society.
God will see your faithfulness and will bring you out of the pit and you will be a light to those around you that reflect the true nature of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Like Abraham, God will lead you out of darkness and into the light.
Next Post: God’s Call to Follow
(…to be continued)
**These post on the life of Abraham will be found in the Bible study category**.
Until next time!
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