5077 Abraham, character of
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”.
Abraham, the 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.
Abraham’s weaknesses as head of his household
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
Abraham’s strengths as a member of society
He was honoured for his military prowess Ge 14:13-21
He showed hospitality to strangers Ge 18:1-8
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