Who was Abraham?

November 21, 2008 at 7:12 am Leave a comment

Was he the first Israelite?  The first Hebrew?  Is he the Father of Many Nations?  What does this all mean?

To begin with, Abraham was the father of 8 children.  Ishmael, Isaac, Zimran, Jokshan, Medan, Midian, Ishbak and Shuah.  He was the father of  children that ended up as Jewish, Christian and Muslim traditions.  Muslim through Ishmael and through Isaac the Christian and Jewish faiths.

Abraham is the patriarch of the Israelite, Ishmaelite and Edomite tribes.

So, to call Abraham an “Israelite” is not correct.  This terms did not come about until Jacob his grandson was given a new name after his struggle with God at the brook.  God said at that time “…Israel, for you have struggled with God and with men and have prevailed”.  When did Abraham ever struggle with God?  Never!

The term “Hebrew” is correctly referred to a descendant of Eber, but it seems it is also been used to label the Children of Israel before the conquest of the land of Canaan and the term “Israelite” is generally used after the conquest.  The term “Jew” is used to describe someone of the Jewish faith whether or not they are directly descended from Jacob.

I believe that the Church is descended from Abraham because we obtain righteousness by faith as Abraham did and therefore enter into the promise. (Rom. 4:11).  And right there in Rom. 4:14  the Holy Spirit writes that if those who are of the law are heirs then faith is made void.  Who was of the law?  The Israelites were given the Law but there are those today who want to be under the Law. They will not accept the free gift of Grace.  They do not believe it God is that good and think they can add to the work of Christ by their works for salvation.   So those who live by the law cannot be heirs to the covenant of Abraham.  A clear distinction is made, and this is post-cross.

Show me anywhere in the bible where the law is given to anyone other than the Jews?

A book could be written on the differences between the Abrahamic Covenant and the Old Covenant with the Children of Israel.  How about showing me a text where God considers them one and the same?  Where they are inter-changed with each other?  In II Cor. 3:11 it talks about what is passing away.  It is the ministry of death, written and engraved on stones (verse 7) so that the Ministry of the Spirit could come which was much more glorious.  What the Holy Spirit is saying here is that if we hang onto the law then we cannot move onto the more glorious ministry of the Spirit.

Speaking of the Spirit, Jesus said in John 16:7-11 that it was for our advantage that He leave so that the Helper could come, the Holy Spirit.  Sometimes verses 8-11 in chapter 16 is misread.  I had a discussion about this with our pastor this last summer and even he had a poor understanding of it.  The Holy Spirit doesn’t convict the Believer of sin, it convicts the world of sin because they do not believe.  Do you believe what Jesus did?  Then you are NOT convicted of sin. We (the believers) are convicted of righteousness BECAUSE Jesus went to His Father and we see Him no more.  And Judgment of Satan, the ruler of this world, is complete.  It’s so plain and yet so often people think the Holy Spirit convicts the believer of sin.  The Holy Spirit guides us into ALL truth,  He will Glorify Jesus.

Shalom

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