Wednesday, July 8
Abraham, the Wanderer
A study of Abraham’s life reveals that his faith included difficult struggles against doubt and disbelief in God’s power. Abraham’s ancestors were idolaters (Josh. 24:2), and perhaps this background explains why he did not always have full confidence in God’s power. Twice he showed cowardice and told Sarah to tell only a half-truth (Gen. 12:11-13, 20:2). He laughed (Gen. 17:17) when he was told that he would have a son with Sarah. Despite his faults, Abraham was still used by the Lord because Abraham wanted to be used by Him; and thus, the Lord was able to mold His character.
One means God used to shape Abraham into a reformer and missionary was his many wanderings. Traveling is an education in itself. It opens a person to new ideas and the possibilities of change. Pilgrimages to Jerusalem were an important and required part of Israelite worship. The changes the pilgrims experienced when they had to walk distance, sleep in other place, eat different food, encounter another climate, and meet other people enhanced their faith by their vulnerability. Their worship, with its sacrifices and offerings, sacred dances, and reciting of psalms, helped God’s people to confirm their identity and traditions.
In his travels form his birthplace in Ur to his burial site in Hebron, Abraham visited at least 15 different geographical areas. Most of the important reformatting and missionary episodes in his life are connected with his journeys.
What were some of the spiritual lessons that Abraham experienced in the following places?
Moreh at Shechem (Gen. 12: 6,7)
Hebron (Gen. 13:18-14:20)
Mamre (Gen. 18:1, 20-33)
Mt. Moriah (Gen. 22:1-14)