Summary: This is a monlogue in the 1st person on the life and character of Abraham
Mes #: 300303
File #: The Life Of Abraham
Text: Genesis 12-25
Title: God’s Friend
The Life of Abraham
March 30, 2003
Some have called me a friend of God. God has been so important to me, and I enjoy fellowship with Him and I like to be considered God’s friend. It has been such a journey since I first met the Living God. It is hard to believe that it has been nearly 100 years since I first Yahweh. I was 75 at the time – it seemed so long ago yet was just yesterday. We were living in Ur at the time and my father and I were called to leave Ur to go to a land that Yahweh He would show. Ur was such a busy place. It was the center of all that seemed important. We were a city of culture. People played instruments, wore jewels, and made statues. It was a highly sophisticated society. I wasn’t a worshipper of God at the time. In fact, we worshipped the moon god Nana. When I worshipped Nana at the central tower, it never seemed like it was much more than ritual. We all went through the motions. But when I heard the voice and the call of God for the first time, I knew that I had no choice but to listen. He spoke with such assurance. For the first time in my life I came alive inside. Although I didn’t know what or even where He was calling me, I knew that I needed to listen. I knew that His offer could not be resisted. So we left.
We came to Haran and it seemed nice enough, but I knew this was not where God had called us to go. But we settled there for a while. And, when my father died, we continued on. I could not wait to see this land that God was leading me to. God called me not only to this Promised Land, but also to a new way. He had said that my name would be great; he said that I would be blessed and that I would be a blessing to all peoples. I didn’t know what he meant at the time. He said the strangest thing. He said that He would make me into a great nation. I don’t know how that could be. After all my, wife Sarah and I could not have children. And certainly at our age, God wouldn’t give us a child. I didn’t know how this promise could be fulfilled. For 25 years I wrestled with that question.
I tried to figure this out in my own way. I wondered if God would fulfill this promise through my servant Eliezer. Sarah and I talked of this often, and it consumed my mind. Sarah finally had an idea I though might be God’s answer. Inside I knew it wasn’t right. But God wasn’t acting. Maybe God was waiting for me to make that first step. It was such folly I realize now, but at the time I was so desperate to have an heir. So Sarah thought she could build a family through her maidservant, Hagar. Hagar came to us when we were in Egypt. So I had a child with Hagar and at first there was great joy. But it was a joy that soon ended. It wasn’t long before fighting erupted between Sarah and Hagar. I knew it was wrong from the beginning, but God, He wasn’t acting fast enough. It grieved me to see young Ishmael caught in this midst of this wrong. It wasn’t his fault, yet he was suffering the consequences for my wrong actions. How I loved that boy, and yet felt hindered to show that love to him.