(January 31, 2014)
When we look at the life of Abram, and what he did, it makes me curious what made him stand out to the Lord as one to receive the particular blessing that he received whereby we are all of his lineage (through birth or adoption). He grew in wealth, certainly, but others have done the same. He armed his people and fought on behalf of Sodom and Gomorrah (and his brother), but so did others. He shares the stage with Melchizedek (Shem, perhaps?), but despite the righteousness of Melchizedek and what would clearly be an inspiring life to learn about, we hear nothing but a few words of Melchizedek and the narrative again turns to Abram.
Why? I know that there is an answer, but I don’t know what it is – what makes Abram stand out sufficient to receive the promised blessing which he receives? He becomes the man willing to sacrifice his son, and becomes a type for his Father in that regard. But I think the more important things is that Abram (Abraham) is the continuation of the covenant relationship between God and man. It is not Abraham that is so important, but rather the covenant which God makes with him that matters.