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Dictionary of Bible Themes – 5077 Abraham, character of
5077 Abraham, character of

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 blessed by God Ge 14:18-19 See also Ge 21:22; Ge 24:1,35

He worshipped God Ge 21:33 See also Ge 12:8; Ge 13:4,18

He had faith in God Ge 15:6 See also Ro 4:18-22; Heb 6:15 Abraham’s faith is seen in the length of time (25 years) that he waited for the realisation of the promise; Heb 11:8-12,17-19

He was obedient Ge 22:1-19 See also Ge 12:4; Ge 26:5; Jas 2:20-22

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 called the friend of God Jas 2:23 See also Ge 15:6; 2Ch 20:7; Isa 41:8

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 exploited his wife in a cowardly way See also Ge 12:10-20; Ge 20:1-18

He fathered Ishmael as a result of wavering faith Ge 16:1-4

He allowed Sarah to mistreat Hagar Ge 16:4-6; Ge 21:9-14

Abraham’s strengths as a member of society

He was well-respected outside his household Ge 21:22; Ge 23:6

He sought to resolve disputes amicably Ge 13:5-12; Ge 21:25-31

His wealth was a source of prestige Ge 24:35 See also Ge 13:2; Ge 24:1

He was honoured for his military prowess Ge 14:13-21

He was concerned to maintain his independence from the Canaanites Ge 14:22-24 See also Ge 23:7-16; Ge 24:1-4

He showed hospitality to strangers Ge 18:1-8

See also

8122friendship with God

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