He Believed God

“The man who cross the river”
“The friend of God”
“Father Abraham”
He was called by the peoples where he journeyed to, “The Hebrew” which means “The man who crossed the river”. The Tigris/Euphrates River they meant. He did something so full of abandonment to God that it marked him in the eyes of those who saw it. He left all that he knew of the comforts of a prosperous settled life, in Ur of the Chaldees, to a great unknown, known only to God. It was like “crossing the Rubicon”. To cross the Rubicon is a metaphor which means to take an irrevocable step that commits one to a specific course. When Julius Caesar was about to cross the tiny Rubicon River in 49 B.C.E., he quoted from a play by Menander to say “anerriphtho kybos!” or “let the die be cast” in Greek.
He was called “The friend of God”. And the Scripture was fulfilled which says in James 2:3 “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness. And he was called the friend of God.” It appears that God Himself gave Abraham this most intimate of titles.
He was called “Father Abraham” repeatedly in both Old and New Testaments. He was both implicitly and explicitly, again and again declared to be the progenitor, the founder of the Jewish race
How great was Abraham as presented in the entire Scriptures. Now consider this more about him: (this gives me a great deal of hope)
Abraham made mistakes, more than once, one that is still with us today, and even got himself despised, with cause, in the eyes of heathen peoples. How then did his greatness come? HE BELIEVED GOD!! AND IT WAS ACCOUNTED TO HIM FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS! He kept on trucking! When he stepped out to obey God, and encountered failure, and seemingly hopeless situations, he kept looking to God, not letting go of the promise. He credited God with faithfulness in spite of all. God liked it!
-Pastor Don Foster, Sr.