At the end of Noah’s family tree, we see a single name; Abraham. God chose him, and through him was going to put His grand plan into action.

The latter half of the book of Genesis focuses on 3 generations: Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. God’s promise is given to these 3 individuals. The 3 of them all have different personalities and attitudes(faith) towards God. Let’s take a look at each one of them.





Abraham

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While living in the land of Haran, Abraham was called to go to an unknown place at the age of 75. He had no idea where he was heading to. What is amazing about Abraham is that he simply believed and obeyed what God said. His attitude can be summarized as:


“Obedient faith)”


At 75, when he was told to go some unknown place he believed and obeyed. When told that his descendants will be like the stars when he did not have a single child, he believed and obeyed. When he was told that he will have a child when he was 99 and his wife was 90, he believed and obeyed.



Isaac

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Abraham had 2 children: Ishmael and Isaac. Ishmael also became an ancestor to a great nation(his descendants are said to be the Arab people), but the promise of God was with Isaac. Isaac received the many blessings from Abraham, and many think he had an easy life. However he faced many challenges of his own. His attitude was:


“Patient faith”


When God told his father Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac, Abraham was one step away from killing his own son. Isaac was 37 at this point, so he could have fought his way out, but he decided to be patient right up to being stabbed by a knife. Abraham wanted a wife for Isaac to be someone from his home country, so his servant was given the task of finding a wife for Isaac. Isaac patiently waited for his wife.



Jacob

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Isaac also had 2 children. They were twins named Esau and Jacob. Esau was the older, so he was the one that was supposed to inherit the promise of Abraham. However, this promise was stolen by Jacob. Jacob’s attitude can be summarized as:


“Conquering faith”


Jacob deceived his father Isaac and his brother Esau and stole the promise of Abraham. He ran away to his uncle Laban’s place, and needed to work very hard for him. In the end Jacob succeeds in outsmarting his uncle to gain abundant wealth. Right before his return to home to meet his brother after 14 years, he wrestles with an angel. We see his “conquering faith” there, and he wins the new name “Israel” as a result.



Inheritors of the Promise

Jacob’s(Israel’s) descendants become the people of Israel, and they are the ones who inherit the promise of God. Our attitude toward God come in different shapes. We should not think that only one of them is correct, but take the good points of each of their faith to apply to our attitude(faith)!


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