Matthew 1:1 – The core focus of Gospel is Jesus Christ. However, the gospel starts with the name of Abraham. Even though the gospel is about Jesus Christ, things start with Abraham. Abraham is given so much importance by the Lord.
In Luke 16:22 also we encounter Abraham’s name. When the beggar died, the angels carried him to Abraham’s side – which is a place in Paradise. A place is named by Abraham. God also calls Himself as the God of Abraham in many places throughout the Bible.
Even in the future, in the heaven, we will feast with Abraham in the heaven (according to Matthew 8:11).
In Genesis 12: 2 God blesses Abraham by saying that He will make his name great. Abraham’s name was not only great only for a few years when he lived but long after and also will be in the future.
So what in Abraham’s life pleased the Lord? Abraham believed in the Lord and worshiped Him during the days when there was no Bible and no written principles of the Lord. Ironically, Abraham was in a family that produced idols, sold them and were making their living.
However, God did not simply bless Abraham just because he was worshiping Him from a gentile family. God still expected more from him.
If we analyze the aspects in Abraham’s life that were so pleasing to the Lord, then we can implement those in our lives too.
Let’s dive in:
Genesis 12: 1 – God wanted Abraham to lead a life of separation
As it is said in Genesis 1:4, when God saw that light was good He separated the light from the darkness. It is God’s wish that His people do not mingle with the gentiles and ungodly people and lead a life of separation.
And Abraham did exactly as the Lord told Him (in verse 4). We also read this (in a more emphasized manner) in Hebrews 11: 8. Abraham obeyed the Lord and left according to His command even though he did not know where he was going.
We read in the gospel of John 6: 66, Jesus’ disciples turned back and stopped following Him when they learned that His teaching was hard. But Abraham did not perceive what God said (to leave his father’s household) as a hard thing.
For those who focus of the Lord, His second coming and the afterlife there is nothing as hard teaching.
Psalms 45: 10, 11 – If you want the King (Jesus) to be enthralled in our beauty (our worship, our holiness and our praise) we have to forget our people and our father’s house – not literally, but we should forget where we begun (the gentile principles that we followed before coming to the Lord).
We also read in Genesis 31: 3, where God calls upon Jacob to move from his father-in-laws place to the land of his fathers. And Jacob did so as we read in verse 16-18, even though the situation at his father’s house was not so favorable (Esau was looking to kill Jacob). And so did Rachel and Leah.
In Ruth 2: 3, we read that the land where Ruth went to collect the leftover grain belonged to Boaz. Ruth went to that land not to work but only to collect the leftovers. But she found great favor in the eyes of Boaz. In Verse 1: 11, Ruth asked Boaz why he favored her.
And Boaz replies that he knows that she “left” her father, mother and her homeland and came to live with a people that she did no know before. The key is to “leave” and “be separated”.