Faith is the foundation of any religion, and this is also the case when reading the stories of the Bible. Faith is a word that is found throughout the Bible and used repeatedly. Hebrews 11:1 defines faith as, “the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen”. Although God is someone that cannot be seen, he is known for his love, mercy, and kindness. Through faith, God made many things happen. Because of the faith of the Israelites, they were lead out of bondage to the Promised Land. Many people throughout Judea were healed by their faith in Jesus. One woman had to do nothing but touch the hem of his garment and she was made whole. In another instance, a woman was healed by his word alone. All of these things could not happen without faith. Thus it is the foundation of theology and biblical teaching.
Abraham was known as, the “father of faith” (Seniors 469). Abraham’s faithfulness is repeated throughout the bible. “The theme of faith of Abraham is employed in 3 different New Testament writers by Paul in Galatians 3, Romans 4, and Hebrews”, (Longenecker 203). Even the first people made in God’s image, Adam and Eve, did not have the same faith as Abraham. In today’s world, Abraham would have been thought of as a crazy man. He had full faith and confidence in simply a voice and His word. Abraham listened to God when he called him out of the land that was most familiar to him. Even crazier, Abraham was willing to do something that no one today would ever consider doing, to kill his only son with Sarah and sacrifice him to God. Only a cold blooded killer could kill their own child. Most would sacrifice themselves before sacrificing their son. However, Abraham was going to do it and would have if God had not stopped him. The sacrifice that Abraham was willing to make pleased God so much, that God made a promise to Abraham. This promise would later become the building blocks of the Christian and the Jewish faith. If not for the faith of Abraham, we may not know the mercy and goodness of God’s love and kindness. “It stresses the faithfulness and mercy of God to the people and to the judge” (Boadt 175).
Boadt, Lawrence. Reading the Old Testament: An Introduction. Revised and Expanded ed. Richard Clifford and Daniel Harrington, eds. New York: Paulist Press, 2012. Print.
Boadt, Lawrence. “Galatians: Reading Guide.” The Catholic Study Bible. Eds. Donald Senior, et al. New York: Oxford U P, 1990. RG-469. Print.
Longenecker, Richard. “The Faith of Abraha Theme in Paul James and Hebrews: A study in the Circumstantial Nature of New Testament Teaching. Journal of Evangelical Theological Society. 20. (1977). 203-212. Retrieved from: http://apollos.squarespace.com/hebrews/The%20’Faith%20of%20Abraham’%20Theme%20in%20Paul%20James%20and%20Hebrews.pdf