All this rich benefit that Abraham received, and was passed on to his spiritual heirs, whether Jew or Gentile, was before the God that Abraham believed.  The thing which God promised was impossible, but Abraham trusted in God because he knew that it was God Who promised.  He knew the answer to that great question, “Is anything too hard for the Lord?”  Knowing that nothing is impossible with God, he believed the promise, and God counted it to him for righteousness.  He believed in a God Who can promise, and accomplish, the impossible.  Yea, Paul says, this God in Whom both Abraham and we believe, raises the dead, as He proved that glorious Sunday morning three days after the crucifixion of Jesus.  He believed in the God Who can call things which be not as though they were; most specifically, in Genesis 17:5 God stating as a matter of settled fact that He had made Abraham a father of many nations, even though that great man at the moment had but one son, and him not the heir God had promised. 

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Because of his unwavering confidence in the promises of God, Abraham hoped in God, even though hope itself appeared ridiculous.  What!  He, a man approaching 100, and his wife at the ripe age of 90, become the parents of a son whose descendants would be as numerous as the stars of heaven?  The thing itself was laughable, except for the fact of Who the Promiser was.  What would have been ridiculous from any other source was perfectly acceptable, so far as Abraham was concerned, when it came from God.  So, that great man trusted in the God Who gave the promise, and was persuaded even when he as yet had no seed that the time would come when he would be a father of many nations, and that his seed would be like the sand on the sea shore innumerable: “So shall thy seed be.”  Mighty faith of this great patriarch!  It is ultimately fulfilled in John’s grand vision of heaven, where a great multitude which no man can number out of every kindred, tongue, tribe, and nation, are gathered around the throne of God and the Lamb, shouting their hallelujahs to the Most High. 

 

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