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God in Abraham’s life

Genesis 12, 8

Building altars.

When we look at Abraham’s life we notice his very close fellowship with God. Abraham was building altars and was calling upon the Name of the Lord. In fact the only things we are told that he built were altars. For example we do not read that he was building palaces. At the end of his life he had also built a grave for Sarah.Wherever he went he built an altar and related every event in his life to God. As a result of examining the altars built by Abraham we can make an outline of his life.
Abraham worshipped God. It was his most important occupation. For example, he worshipped him when:

  •  He came back from Egypt (Genesis 13, 2-4);
  • He saw the size of the Promised Land  (Genesis 13, 14-18);
  • The Lord was revealed to him and changed his name from Abram to Abraham  (Genesis 17, 3-5);
  •  He made a covenant with Abimelech in Beer-Sheba (Genesis 21, 33).

Building altars was not an easy task. One needed stones and mortar. But the most difficult time for building an altar took place on Mount Moriah. Building this altar perhaps did not brake his backbone but his heart. He knew that this altar he was building, was for his own son. In the eyes of God Abraham had offered  his son. The lamb did not appear there by chance. God had provided the Lamb.

Abraham’s theology

Abraham knew about God more than anybody else among his contemporaries. It was  God who revealed to Abraham the great truths about Himself (Genesis 18, 19). There was no Bible then. The only source of information about God was God Himself, God revealed Himself to Abraham. When Abraham spoke with God or when he spoke about God, he used the following descriptions:

  • ADONAI (LORD, MASTER) – Genesis 15, 2
  • YAHWEH (LORD - I AM) – Genesis 15, 2
  • EL ELYON (THE HIGHEST GOD)  – Genesis 14, 22
  • EL SHADDAI (GOD ALMIGHTY) – Genesis 17, 1
  • EL ROI (GOD WHO SEES ME) – Genesis 16, 12
  • EL OLAM (GOD ETERNAL) – Genesis 21, 33
  • YAHWEH JIREH (GOD WHO PROVIDES) – Genesis 22, 14

Abraham did not have a Bible, but he knew God much better than many people who do have one. The process of getting to know God describes our life. 'Show me your God and I will tell you how you live, and also how you are going to spend your eternity!'

Getting to know God is the foundation without which there is no real life and ministry.

James N. Spurgeon wrote:

'A job is at your choice; a ministry is at Christ's call. In a job you expect to receive; in a ministry you expect to give. In a job you give something to get something; in a ministry you return something that has already been given to you. A job depends on your abilities; a ministry depends on your availability to God. A job done well brings you praise; a ministry done well brings honour to Christ.'

This ministry is to bring honour to our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ!

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