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Despite some shortcomings as a husband and father, his obedience, faith, hospitality and effective intercession were exemplary. Such qualities led to his being called “friend of God”.
He was a prophet and intercessor Ge 20:7 See also Ge 18:16-33 As a prophet, God reveals his will to Abraham; as an intercessor, Abraham brings the revelation back to God and pleads for him to change his mind.
He was held responsible by God for his family Ge 18:19 As the following references show, Abraham did not discharge this responsibility well.
He fathered Ishmael as a result of wavering faith Ge 16:1-4
He was honoured for his military prowess Ge 14:13-21
He showed hospitality to strangers Ge 18:1-8
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