Why Abraham?

In Genesis 12:1 God chooses Abraham; but unlike the story of Noah, who was righteous in his generation and walked with God (Gen. 6:9), no reason for Abraham’s choosiness is given. We are not told that he walked with God, or that he was righteous in his generation. God simply choose him.

In the record of Abrahams life, we certainly see that he walked with God (Gen. 17:1), and that he was righteous before God (Gen. 15:6); but there is no record of his merit to deserve God choosing him.

The Torah tells us that Noah found grace in the eyes of God (Gen. 6:8), a grace that resulted in him faithfully walking with God, resulting in him being chosen to build the Ark (Gen. 6:9). But not so with Abraham.

Abraham, in Genesis 12:1-3, is commanded to go, he is promised blessing, and he is promised family. He was chosen, and he responded.

Abraham would also build an Ark; not of wood and pitch, but of faith and family. Abraham was chosen without explanation in order that future generations would realize that they did not have to reach the stature of an Abraham in order to be accepted by God. No, our acceptance is based entire on the choice of His heart.

Messiah Yeshua/Jesus said, “You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you” (Jn. 15:16).

As with Abraham, Yeshua chose us. Notice as well his directive, “go … and bear fruit.” This is a key element of the Abrahamic calling, “go out.” As Paul wrote, along with my amplification, “And if you are Christ’s (because He chose you), then you are Abraham’s seed (part of Abraham’s multitude blessing), and heirs according to the promise (given to Abraham’s descendants)” (Gal. 3:29).

God chose Abraham because he wanted him, no explanation needed. Abraham did not need to reach a level of perfection in his own right to be accepted. God chose him, that’s it.

This is called grace. Abraham did not deserve to be chosen. Abraham did not merit it, and he could not argue with God based on the perfection of his character. Abraham was the choice of God’s heart, and in Messiah, you are as well.

As Paul articulates, “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them” (Eph. 2:8-10).

There is no reason for God in Christ to chose you, and that places you in good company. It is His grace, His love, and His desire to bless you as part of His eternal Ark, Messiah Jesus, that makes you deserving. If you feel you do not deserve it, good, you do not; but your feeling does not change His mind. Hallelujah!

God chose Abraham to be the father of a multitude of faithful family, a promise given to a childless man. Look in the mirror, God had you in mind when He promised this to Abraham.

You are part of the seed of Abraham that is bring forth lasting fruit in Yeshua.

Be well. Shalom.

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