biblestudy: Abraham (Part 12)
John W. Ritenbaugh
Given 22-May-90; Sermon #BS-AB12; 76 minutes
Even as Abraham did not live out his days in the land of promise, what is most important is one's relationship with God rather than where one is. Abraham's offspring had to realize that they could not receive God's favor on Abraham's coattails, as in the largely superstitious behavior of erecting shrines and making pilgrimages to Beersheba, Gilgal, and Bethel. Based on his long friendship with God, Abraham could systematically calculate the reliability of God's promises even in the lack of visual evidence. Having sterling faith, he knew that God would never "play dirty" and consequently remained unswerving in his commitment to God.
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