As we leave Job and return to Genesis, we begin with the very important character of Abraham. One of our finest teachers at King's Park International Church, Dan Stolldorf, has recently completed a teaching series on Abraham, so I asked him to give an overview of Abraham's life. He graciously agreed, and it follows below.
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Abraham had no mentors and no Scriptures to teach him how to follow God. He had to learn the hard way, through the hard knocks of experience. His life is a study of failures as well as victories. Through his mistakes he learned and grew, and the wise reader is still able to learn along with him. As you examine Abraham’s life, consider his decisions and their consequences. And note the contrasts with his nephew,
Finally, be sure to meditate on the climactic event of Abraham’s life when his finally mature faith and obedience enabled him to offer his precious son on an altar of his own making. (Jewish tradition has Isaac around 30 years old at this time. Clearly his was big and strong enough to shoulder a significant load of firewood up the side of a mountain.) This is one of the most beautiful types in all of scripture, drawing our attention to the profound agony of our heavenly Father when He offered His only Son for our benefit. The big difference, . . . God didn’t hold back the death blow.