Abraham is known as the Father of Our Faith. When reading Genesis 22 you begin to see why. It is an amazing example of trusting in God’s promise, no matter the circumstances. This story is filled with “faith one-liners”, such as in verse 5, when Abraham says to his servants just before sacrificing his only son, Isaac, “We will worship there, and then we will come right back.” Or in verse 8 when Isaac notices they have fire and wood, but no sacrifice. Abraham replies, “God will provide a lamb.”
Abraham is the father of our faith, but he didn’t get there overnight. God took Abraham on a journey to get there. Genesis 12 – “Leave your country, your relatives, and your father’s house, and go to the land that I will show you. I will cause you to become the father of a great nation.” Along the journey, however, Abraham struggles to believe God’s promise and begins looking for a shortcut.
I find Abraham one of the most interesting characters in the Bible. He is the Father of our Faith. He’s in Hebrews 11 “Hall of Faith”. He was obedient on Mount Moriah (Gen 22). And yet, it’s not the most graceful walk towards faith; he seems to fumble forward in faith.
Abraham left us a number of poor examples, the most well known being the child, Ishmael, he had with Hagar, his wife’s servant. In Genesis 20 we see another example and it leaves me in awe of God.