Many people know about the Biblical man named Abraham. It’s common to know that he is important in at least three major religions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. In the narrative of the Bible, Abraham is a key figure whose name changed from Abram to Abraham. Abram is a name that means father. Abraham means father is exalted. A large portion of the book of Genesis covers his story. Today’s reading introduces us to Terah, Abraham’s father. Their predecessors came from and lived in Ur of the Chaldeans. Abraham’s journey brings him from Ur to the land of Canaan which is promised to him from God. Interestingly, Abraham is the first man in the Bible who is referred to and called God’s friend. The LORD confides in Abraham what fate awaits Sodom and Gomorrah, and the pair have several fascinating interactions. The relationship between God and Abraham allows us to see God’s plan of salvation unfold and gives us insight into how God operates and who He is.
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