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Summary: Abraham was called father by more nations than just the Israelis. From Abraham came Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

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#6~Heb.11:8-10 & 17-19 Abraham-pt.2 5-17-14

Today we'll continue our study of Heb. chapter 11: -- "the hall of the faithful chapter"

* Listen as I read today's text:

Heb. 11:8-10 -- & 17-19 By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.

9By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles (tents) with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him (in his loins) of the same promise: 10For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.

++- 17 By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son, -- 18 Of whom (Isaac) it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called:

19 Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure.

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Last time we talked about Abraham, and pointed out that he is called "father Abraham" by more nations than just the Israelis.

~From Abraham came Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

Gen. 15: 5 And HE brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be.

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~ Abraham's had two wives that bore him 7 sons. - Sarah and Keturah.

Genesis 25:1-2 Then again Abraham took a wife. And her name was Keturah. 2And she bare him Zimran, and Jokshan, and Medan, and Midian. And Ishbak, and Shuah.

~ So Keturah bare him six sons, the daughters are not named.

Then verses 3-4 tell us of the sons that came from these 6 sons, remember Abraham is considered the father of all of these, the father of many nations.

~ We notice here in Gen.25: 1 that Keturah is called Abrahams wife, but in 1 Chronicles 1:32 she is called his concubine.

1st. Chronicles 1:32 Now the sons of Keturah, Abraham's concubine: she bare Zimran, and Jokshan, and Medan, and Midian, and Ishbak, and Shuah.

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~ Listen, it is possible that Keturah was Abraham's "concubine" in the beginning, and then became his "wife" at a later time, perhaps after Sarah's death.

~The very fact that Keturah was Abraham's concubine suggests that Sarah was alive when Abraham first took her.

~ LISTEN; Abraham's sons by Keturah were not considered heirs, so she was indeed a concubine as 1st Chron. 1:32 has it. ---- A concubine was considered a secondary wife, but a concubine did not possess all the privileges that belonged to the primary wife.

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~ Abraham's wife's name was Sarah (Sarai) and they were the parents of Isaac.

* Notice only one son, ISACC by Abraham and Sarah.

~At Sarah's suggestion before she bore Isaac, Abraham went into Sarah's maidservant Hagar, and she bare Ishmael, which Sarah would claim as her own. ---"HAGAR" was Sarah personal servant; she was not just an ordinary slave. -- She was Sarah's handmaid.

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~ The people in Abram's culture regarded a concubine as a secondary wife with some, but not all, of the rights and privileges of the primary wife. -- In effect Hagar became Abram's concubine.


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