It would be difficult to overestimate the importance of Abraham in the Scriptures and in the progress of redemption. Living 2,000 years before the birth of
Jesus, Abraham remains for us THE great example of believing faith. He was a pagan living in the city of Ur with no idea who the God of creation was. But the
LORD called to Abram and told him to go to an unspecified land.
In Hebrews 11 we’re told that Abraham left Ur and Haran, “not knowing where he was going.” He followed the LORD on an 800 mile trek that took him east to west from Mesopotamia toward the Mediterranean and then into Canaan – the land God promised to give him.1 It was a land filled with pagans – people who practiced human sacrifice – people who threw their own babies into the fires of Molech. And as Abraham surveyed that land he built altars to the LORD along the way – so great was this faith in God’s promise.