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Why God Chose Abraham

Abraham will surely become a great and powerful nation,
and all nations on earth will be blessed through him.
For I have chosen him, so that he will direct his children
and his household
after him to keep the way of the LORD
by doing what is right and just,

so that the LORD will bring about for Abraham
what he has promised him.
Genesis 18:18-19

God chose Abraham simply because He knew that Abraham would instruct his children and his household in the righteous ways of the Lord. Abraham was not only a man of faith; he was also a faithful man. He obeyed and carried out the instructions of the Lord. And by being a living example, he taught his children to obey the Lord’s commandments, statutes and percepts. Even today, this Abrahamic attribute runs down the Hebraic race (Gen 26:5):

"Abraham obeyed My voice and kept My charge, My commandments, My statutes, and My laws."

God is interested in both Abraham and his generations after him. He is vitally concerned with what Abraham did to prepare the next generation to love and serve Him. He called Himself the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. He made His covenant not only with Abraham but also with Isaac and Jacob. The promises of the Abrahamic Covenant (Gen. 12:1-3) originally given to Abraham were renewed with his son Isaac (Gen. 26:2-5), and with his grandson Jacob (Gen. 28:12-15).

God Made The Covenant With Abraham (Gen 12:1-3):

Now the LORD had said to Abram: "Get out of your country, from your family and from your father's house, to a land that I will show you. I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed."

God Renewed His Covenant With Isaac (Gen 26:2-5):

Then the LORD appeared to him (Isaac) and said: "Do not go down to Egypt; live in the land of which I shall tell you. Dwell in this land, and I will be with you and bless you; for to you and your descendants I give all these lands, and I will perform the oath which I swore to Abraham your father. And I will make your descendants multiply as the stars of heaven; I will give to your descendants all these lands; and in your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed; because Abraham obeyed My voice and kept My charge, My commandments, My statutes, and My laws."

God Renewed His Covenant With Jacob (Gen 28:12-15):

Then he (Jacob) dreamed, and behold, a ladder was set up on the earth, and its top reached to heaven; and there the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. And behold, the LORD stood above it and said: "I am the LORD God of Abraham your father and the God of Isaac; the land on which you lie I will give to you and your descendants. Also your descendants shall be as the dust of the earth; you shall spread abroad to the west and the east, to the north and the south; and in you and in your seed all the families of the earth shall be blessed. Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land; for I will not leave you until I have done what I have spoken to you."

Abraham fulfilled God's plans as he faithfully directed his children and his household after him to keep the ways of the Lord by doing right and being righteous. And the Lord fulfilled His promises to Abraham and his descendants. This legacy that Abraham passed down to his children continues even now. God is not making a covenant with Abraham alone. He is making it with his descendants also.

In Deuteronomy 6:1-13, Moses told the Israelites before they were about to enter the Promised Land:

"Now this is the commandment, and these are the statutes and judgments which the LORD your God has commanded to teach you, that you may observe them in the land which you are crossing over to possess, that you may fear the LORD your God, to keep all His statutes and His commandments which I command you, you and your son and your grandson, all the days of your life, and that your days may be prolonged. Therefore hear, O Israel, and be careful to observe it, that it may be well with you, and that you may multiply greatly as the LORD God of your fathers has promised you--' a land flowing with milk and honey.' Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one! You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. So it shall be, when the LORD your God brings you into the land of which He swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give you large and beautiful cities which you did not build, houses full of all good things, which you did not fill, hewn-out wells which you did not dig, vineyards and olive trees which you did not plant-- when you have eaten and are full-- then beware, lest you forget the LORD who brought you out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage. You shall fear the LORD your God and serve Him, and shall take oaths in His name."

God desires to be their God, and also the God of their sons and grandsons and thereafter. His commandments are to be written upon their hearts. They are to impress them on their children. Talking about the Word of God everywhere whether sitting at home, walking along the road, lying down or getting up. That’s teaching and training by role models and life examples. That’s the best way to train their children in the ways of the Lord.

They spend quality time with one another. They have 24/7 relationships. Their relationships between one another are nurtured over meals, family devotions, praying and playing together, seeking and finding the Lord. This precious time together is unhurried. Walking through the neighborhood or along a quiet path, parents and their children can laugh, speak and listen, share and learn from one another. These times are holy and sacred. They are commanded by the Lord!

Their parents illustrate to their children by their life examples from day-by-day decisions and endeavours. That’s how they reveal the living Lord to their families. That’s give the greatest impact and impression to their loved ones from doing daily chores to making daily choices.

In Ephesians 6:4, Paul gave us this exhortation:

"Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord."

It is the primary responsibility of the fathers to train and teach their children in the Lord, not just the mothers, the schools and the churches! However this important task has been totally left to the academic institutions and churches. By outsourcing their responsibilities completely, their children are not firmly rooted in love and in the ways of the Lord. Without the proper foundations, their children eventually abandon their faith and their God!

The wise counsel to all fathers is still Proverbs 22:6:

"Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it."

God desires us to live the covenant relationship with Him. He desires to renew the Abrahamic covenant with us! This covenant requires us to obey Him so that our children and grandchildren will know by our life examples how to live the abundant life that God has designed us to live! The Bible is the Textbook. Its writings are to be written on our hearts so that we can bear the true witness to our children and their children!

Written on:
9 January 2004