Imitate Their Faith: Study with biblical texts | Chapter 3: “The Father of All Those Having Faith”

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Chapter Three: “The Father of All Those Having Faith”


par. 2 (Gen. 8:20) Then Noah built an altar to Jehovah and took some of all the clean animals and of all the clean flying creatures and offered burnt offerings on the altar.
par. 2 (Gen. 9:12-14) And God added: “This is the sign of the covenant that I am making between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all future generations. 13 I put my rainbow in the cloud, and it will serve as a sign of the covenant between me and the earth. 14 Whenever I bring a cloud over the earth, then the rainbow will certainly appear in the cloud.

par. 2 (Josh. 24:2) Joshua said to all the people: “This is what Jehovah the God of Israel says, ‘It was on the other side of the River that your forefathers lived a long time ago—Te′rah the father of Abraham and the father of Na′hor—and they used to serve other gods.

par. 3 (Rom. 4:11) And he received a sign—namely, circumcision—as a seal of the righteousness by the faith he had while in his uncircumcised state, so that he might be the father of all those having faith while uncircumcised, in order for righteousness to be counted to them;

par. 4 (Gen. 9:26) And he added: “Praised be Jehovah, the God of Shem, And let Ca′naan become a slave to him.

par. 7 (John 15:19) If you were part of the world, the world would be fond of what is its own. Now because you are no part of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, for this reason the world hates you.

par. 8 (Acts 7:2, 3) Stephen replied: “Men, brothers and fathers, listen. The God of glory appeared to our forefather Abraham while he was in Mes•o•po•ta′mi•a, before he took up residence in Ha′ran, 3 and he said to him: ‘Go out from your land and from your relatives and come into the land that I will show you.’

par. 11 (Gen. 11:31) Te′rah then took A′bram his son and Lot his grandson, the son of Ha′ran, and Sar′ai his daughter-in-law, the wife of A′bram his son, and they went with him out of Ur of the Chal•de′ans to go to the land of Ca′naan. In time they came to Ha′ran and began dwelling there.

par. 13 (Heb. 6:10) For God is not unrighteous so as to forget your work and the love you showed for his name by ministering and continuing to minister to the holy ones.

par. 13 (Heb. 11:6) Moreover, without faith it is impossible to please God well, for whoever approaches God must believe that he is and that he becomes the rewarder of those earnestly seeking him.

par. 16 (Gen. 11:32) The days of Te′rah were 205 years. Then Te′rah died in Ha′ran.

par. 16 (Gen. 12:2, 3) I will make you a great nation, and I will bless you, and I will make your name great, and you will become a blessing. 3 I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who calls down evil on you, and all the families of the ground will certainly be blessed by means of you.”

par. 17 (Gen. 12:5) A′bram took his wife Sar′ai and Lot the son of his brother and all the goods that they had accumulated and the people whom they had acquired in Ha′ran, and they set out for the land of Ca′naan. When they reached the land of Ca′naan,

par. 18 (Ex. 12:40-43) The dwelling of the Israelites, who had dwelled in Egypt, was 430 years. 41 At the end of the 430 years, on this very day, all the multitudes of Jehovah went out of the land of Egypt. 42 It is a night on which they will celebrate Jehovah’s bringing them out of the land of Egypt. This night is to be observed to Jehovah by all the people of Israel throughout their generations. 43 Then Jehovah said to Moses and Aaron, “This is the statute of the Passover: No foreigner may eat of it.

par. 19 (Gen. 3:15) And I will put enmity between you and the woman and between your offspring and her offspring. He will crush your head, and you will strike him in the heel.”

par. 19 (Gen. 12:7) Jehovah then appeared to A′bram and said: “To your offspring I am going to give this land.” So he built an altar there to Jehovah, who had appeared to him.

par. 20 (Gen. 12:7, 8) Jehovah then appeared to A′bram and said: “To your offspring I am going to give this land.” So he built an altar there to Jehovah, who had appeared to him. 8 Later he moved from there to the mountainous region east of Beth′el and pitched his tent with Beth′el on the west and A′i on the east. There he built an altar to Jehovah and began to call on the name of Jehovah.

par. 20 (Heb. 11:10) For he was awaiting the city having real foundations, whose designer and builder is God.

(Ex. 12:40, 41) The dwelling of the Israelites, who had dwelled in Egypt, was 430 years. 41 At the end of the 430 years, on this very day, all the multitudes of Jehovah went out of the land of Egypt.

(Gal. 3:17) Further, I say this: The Law, which came into being 430 years later, does not invalidate the covenant previously made by God, so as to abolish the promise.

(Luke 22:29) and I make a covenant with you, just as my Father has made a covenant with me, for a kingdom,

(Luke 22:19) Also, he took a loaf, gave thanks, broke it, and gave it to them, saying: “This means my body, which is to be given in your behalf. Keep doing this in remembrance of me.”

(Gen. 17:5) Your name will no longer be A′bram; your name will become Abraham, for I will make you a father of many nations.

(Gen. 17:15) Then God said to Abraham: “As for your wife Sar′ai, you must not call her Sar′ai, because Sarah will become her name.

(Gen. 12:16) He treated A′bram well because of her, and he acquired sheep, cattle, male and female donkeys, male and female servants, and camels.

(Gen. 24:35) And Jehovah has blessed my master very much, and he has made him very wealthy by giving him sheep and cattle, silver and gold, male and female servants, and camels and donkeys.

par. 1 Years later, God changed Abram’s name to Abraham, meaning “Father of a Multitude.”—Gen. 17:5.

par. 4 Similarly, Abram is often mentioned first among Terah’s sons, although he was far from being the eldest.

par. 6 Later, God changed Sarai’s name to Sarah, meaning “Princess.”—Gen. 17:15.

par. 12 Some scholars question whether the camel was domesticated in Abram’s time. However, the grounds for such objections are weak. The Bible several times mentions camels among Abram’s possessions.—Gen. 12:16; 24:35.

TO THINK ABOUT . . .

• How did Abram show faith when it came to idolatry?
• What impresses you about Abram’s willingness to leave Ur?
• Abram’s faith brought him what blessings and privileges?
• In what ways would you like to imitate the faith of Abram?

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