What then shall we say was gained by Abraham, our forefather according to the flesh? For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God. For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness.” Romans 4:1-3
Talk about living by faith that was Abraham. As a young man God tells him to pick up stakes and go to a foreign land leaving his father’s house and Abraham does it. Yes Abraham was a flawed man like all of us. He lied and yes he had doubts but when God asked Abraham to do something Abraham did it.
God told Abraham He would make a great nation from Abraham yet Abraham was an old man with no son and still he had faith. Sarah and Abraham try to fix things on their own and Sarah gives her servant Hagar to Abraham and she bears Ishmael for Abraham. God has other plans, plans to give Abraham a son through Sarah and Abraham has faith.
The when both are very old God causes Sarah’s womb to open and she bears Abraham a son, Isaac. The come the ultimate test of Abraham’s faith. God tell Abraham to sacrifice Isaac as a burnt offering. I cannot imagine being asked to sacrifice one of my children. The very thought makes me sick. Yet Abraham had faith that even if he sacrificed Isaac that God would somehow follow through on His promise and still enable Isaac to continue Abraham’s line.
Then, just as Abraham is about to plunge his knife into Isaac, killing his son, God stops Abraham and spares Isaac. God would not allow Abraham to sacrifice his son. That would be left up to God to do a few thousand years later.
It is only after God sees Abraham’s faith that God Justifies Abraham and then as a sign of his faith God instructs Abraham to circumcise himself and his family and servants. Circumcision was the outward sign of Abraham’s inward faith. It was not the act of circumcision that set apart God’s people but the act of individual faith that set them apart.
Have a blessed day,