God's Chosen Person
In the line of Shem, 292 years after the flood, Abraham was born.
His was the 20th generation of mankind.
God chose Abraham, without saying why.
God promised to make Abraham famous.
God promised to make Abraham a great nation.
God promised to bless those who blessed Abraham.
God promised to curse those who cursed Abraham.
God promised to give Canaan to Abraham's progeny.
God told Abraham to move to Canaan.
Abraham moved to Canaan with his childless wife Sarah and his orphan
nephew Lot. Once they went to Egypt for a time to escape a famine
in Canaan. On the way, Abraham concluded that if the Egyptians knew
that Sarah was his wife they'd kill him just in order get to her,
because she was a woman of such awesome beauty. He also believed that
they might treat him well on her account. As they were about to enter
Egypt, Abraham told Sarah to tell everyone that she was his sister.
Soon Sarah was on the street, and Pharaoh's men saw her. Before long
she was in Pharaoh's household. She was one of his wives. Sarah's
relationship with Pharaoh indeed brought wealth to Abraham: men and
women slaves, flocks and oxen, donkeys, she-donkeys, and camels.
Then God applied muscle. Pharaoh first learned something was wrong
when he and his family were hit with a big plague. Somehow Pharaoh
figured out what the problem was, and what to do about it. He called
in Abraham and chewed him out. Then he gave Sarah back to him. Then
Pharaoh sent them away, but he let Abraham keep the goods.
As time passed, Sarah doubted God's repeated promises of fertility,
She advised Abraham to impregnate her Egyptian slave girl Hagar, which
he did. Then Sarah decided she didn't like the way Hagar looked at
her, so she abused her until she ran off. An angel of God found Hagar
by a spring in the desert, and told her to go back and submit. She
returned and bore a son they called Ishmael.
At last Sarah did gave birth to Abraham's son Isaac. Isaac's birth
made Hagar and Ishmael more than unnecessary in the eyes of Sarah.
She demanded that Abraham get rid of them, which he did.
He gave Hagar some bread and water, and sent the two out into the
desert. Although Ishmael was about fourteen at this time, she carried
him on her shoulder. They ran out of water and were about to die when
an angel revealed to Hagar's eyes a well that had been there all the
time, so they survived.
During the affair in Egypt, both Abraham and Lot acquired large numbers
of cattle and other riches. The needs of their livestock made it impractical
for them to stay together. Abraham told Lot to select a place for
himself. Lot would go one way, Abraham the other. Knowing the area
was well irrigated, Lot chose Sodom, to the east, even though the
citizens were known to be vicious and sinners in a big way. Abraham
took Canaan, to the west, and they parted.
Soon there was a war that involved nine local kings. Lot and his family
were taken captive. Abraham formed an army from among his servants
and rescued them, defeating their captors. Everyone was very grateful
One day God and two angels visited Abraham and Sarah. The two angels
went ahead to Sodom and God told Abraham that He was going to find
out if things there had become as wicked as He'd heard. Abraham knew
that God was thinking of destroying Sodom, so he asked if it was fair
for good people to suffer along with evil ones. God offered to spare
the town if there were fifty righteous people in it. Eventually Abraham
jewed Him down to ten, but as it turned out it didn't make any difference.
Lot sat at the gates of Sodom. He saw the two angels, as men, enter
the town. He asked them to enjoy his hospitality, and spend the night
in his home. They agreed, and Lot's family served them a nice meal.
Before bedtime, all the men of the town, every one, without exception,
surrounded Lot's house. They called out to Lot, and demanded that
the travelers be sent out so they could have intercourse with them.
Lot would not allow his guests to be so grossly abused. Instead, he
offered his two virgin daughters to be so grossly abused. The men
outside were not just not interested in Lot's idea. They were
insulted at the suggestion. They told Lot that now they would
abuse him even more than the two travelers.
They were about to break the door down when the two travelers revealed
themselves as God's agents. They blinded the mob outside, so that
no one could find the door. Inside, they told the family God's plan.
Lot's daughters had fiancées who were there, but they thought
the angels were kidding.
Lot and his wife and daughters went out with orders to not look back.
God's fire and brimstone rained down on Sodom, as well as Gomorrah,
and all the towns of the plain except Zoar. Lot and his family were
in Zoar. Lot's wife looked back and turned into a pillar of salt.
The next day it was just Lot and his two girls alone in a cave in
the hills. The girls were sure that dad was the last man on earth.
They sought to preserve the human race, so they took turns getting
him drunk and copulating with him. Lot was oblivious. In this way
he became the father of the Moabites and Ammonites. Alcohol has been
mentioned twice so far in the bible, and both times the drinkers were
old men who were then taken advantage of sexually.
God told Abraham to take Isaac to a certain mountain and sacrifice
him, and burn him up. Early the next morning they were underway. When
they came within sight of the mountain, Abraham loaded wood for the
fire on Isaac's back. He carried a knife and a torch. As they climbed,
"Father," he said, "Look, here are the fire and the
wood but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?"
Abraham answered, "God
When they got to the top, Abraham bound Isaac and laid him down on
the wood. His knife was poised when God finally spoke, saving Isaac
from Himself. Abraham saw a ram tangled in thorns. He killed it and
offered it instead. God complimented Abraham repeatedly on his willingness
to butcher his son, and promised yet again to make him and his people
Another time Abraham and Sarah went to Gerar. The local king was Abimelech.
Feeling familiar desires and fears, Abraham asked Sarah to lie as
she had before, to say that she was his sister. Soon she was brought
to the king, like the last time, but before Abimilech had a chance
to marry her, God came to him in a dream and told him he was going
to kill him and why. After the king stated his case, God said he'd
let him off with his life because he hadn't touched Sarah yet, but
that he would certainly wipe out Abimilech and his entire household
if he didn't let her go.
When confronted by the king, Abraham explained, lamely, that he hadn't
really lied, since Sarah was his father's daughter, therefore his
half-sister, as well as his wife.
That was good enough for Abimelech, who promptly sent them off with
sheep, cattle, more slaves of both sexes, and additionally, a pile
of silver, and an invitation to take as much of his land as they wanted.
In return, Abraham interceded with God and He cancelled the plague.
Abimilech's life and his family's lives were spared.
Sarah died. Abraham bought a cave and buried her there.
Abraham took another wife. Her name was Keturah. She bore him six
Abraham was a hundred and seventy-five when he died. He'd fathered
eight sons. He'd accumulated great wealth. He'd won the respect of
kings. They buried Abraham in Sarah's cave.
Ishmael came back for the funeral.