BY JONAH DOCTURA | 2017
G-d had promised that He would send a Deliverer to undo the curse of sin that befell on human race when Adam sinned in Genesis 3:15. The promised was fulfilled through the descendance of Abraham.
But, who is Abraham in the eyes of G-d?
Because that Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws. | Genesis 26:5
A True believer who follows G-d's instructions. With a father who worshipped idols and a city dedicated to wickedness, Abraham was not raised in the best of environments. Yet, when G-d called, Abraham heard the voice of G-d.
He did not confuse the voice of G-d with the idols and false gods that his father worshipped.
A Father to all who believe, circumcised or not. It is apparent that Abraham believed that it was G-d who was speaking to him and because it was G-d, he believed the promise that G-d made to him.
G-d called Abraham to eternal life. A new life that began when he by faith trusted G-d's word to him.
A Torah teacher who commanded his generations to obey G-d's word. Abraham commanded them that they should observe the way of YHWH; that they should work righteosuness, and love his neighbour, and act on this manner amongst all men: that they should each so walk with regard to them as to do just judgement and righteousness on the earth. That they should circumcise their sons, according to the covenant which He had made with them, and not deviate to the right hand or the left of all the paths which YHWH had commanded us; and that we should keep ourselves from all fornication and uncleanness, and renounce from amongst us all fornication and uncleanness. | Jubilees 20
An example of Chesed (Kindness), far beyond the trials. Abraham represents chased, for the decisive factor in Abraham's personality was the unceasing urge to help others.
By definition, a Heavenly test is one that forces a person to choose between G-d's will and his own nature or understanding of what is right. Many of Abraham's trials involved behaviour which ran counter to his generous personality or which would have driven people away from his company.
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