Abraham's Seed

God's Plan ~ God's Promise ~ God's Providence

EXAMPLES FOR CHRISTIANS

The New Testament scriptures connect to the Old Testament and teach us how to be faithful until death so that we may receive the Crown of Life.  

 

EXAMPLES FOR OUR LEARNING

In Romans 15: 4, Christians are taught that the Old Testament scriptures were written for learning. 

"For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope."

In Genesis, Christians learn from the examples of followers of God like Noah, Abraham, and Isaac; and learn how easy it is to be tempted not to obey God.  

Adam and Eve (Genesis 3)

They were easily tempted to sin.

We should not follow their example.

New Testament Reference: 1 Timothy 2: 12 – 14

12 But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.

 13 For Adam was first formed, then Eve.

 14 And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.

Noah (Genesis 6)

Noah obeyed God’s commands without questioning, even though it had never rained before on the earth.

In reading the story of Noah I noticed that the Bible said that Noah pleased God

Genesis 6: 8 says:  “But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.”

Noah is listed in the book of Hebrews as one of the heroes of faith.

New Testament Reference: Hebrews 11: 7

 7 By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.

Hebrews Chapter 11 names many faithful followers of God whose lives we read about in Genesis, such as: Abel, Enoch, Sara (wife of Abraham), and Joseph.

Abraham (Genesis 11: 26 – 25: 11)

Abraham’s name was originally Abram which means “exalted father”. But God changed it to Abraham which means “father of a multitude”, because God promised to make of Abraham’s seed (or his descendants) a great nation.

Abraham is an example of one who had great faith.

New Testament References:

  • In Romans 4: 11, it refers to Abraham as “the father of all them that believe”.
  • In Galatians 6: 7, it says “they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham”.
  • In Hebrews 11: 17 – 21, Abraham is named, along with his son, Isaac, and his grandson, Jacob (whose name was changed to Israel by God) as heroes of faith. They are all examples Christians can learn from.