This Sunday is going to be a great day…for many reasons:
- It’s Sunday-duh 🙂
- We are studying from the life of Abraham
- The point of the passage is that Abraham expressed incredible, optimistic, faith-drenched hope that defied logic.
At age 75, the time when most people are retiring and settling down for a predictable (borderline boring) life, Abraham packed up his family to live in a tent, to move to an unfamiliar territory and prepare to start a family.
Yep, age 75…
And for 11 years he and his wife Sarah listened to naysayers telling them they were crazy to think they would have a baby…so he folded.
…Hagar was called, Ishmael was born and the drama in the household of Abraham reached an all time high.
Tack on another 13 years and God affirms His promise and calls for Abraham to put some serious skin in the game (pun intended).
Finally, when Abraham reaches the century mark and Sarah lands her 90th birthday…Isaac is born.
Isaac grows through childhood, and then God calls Abraham to offer him as a sacrifice.
Can you imagine?
What would people have said about him now?
His faith was incomprehensible.
Abraham was fearless, courageous and obedient to God…reminds me of a clip from the movie “Troy”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rpB5oLYlQmI
I am afraid that the hope and faith exemplified by the life of Abraham is rarely practiced today… But it can be…and it should be! The faith and hope of Abraham is grounded in the sacrifice of Jesus.
Abraham looked forward to it….we look back at it….every Sunday.