Abraham’s Family

April 20, 2021


Many people are unfamiliar with the notion of God the Mother. So they seek to understand Her and Her connection to salvation through the Bible. God included the history of Abraham’s family in the Bible for that very purpose. Through Abraham—one of the forefathers of faith—God teaches His people the necessity of God the Mother.

Abraham and God

Abraham is one of the more prominent figures in the Old Testament. God recorded the history of Abraham’s family in great detail. Within the history of Abraham’s family lies a profound prophecy concerning those who will become the heirs of God. Through a parable, Jesus revealed whom Abraham and his family represent.

Luke 16:19-24 “There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and lived in luxury every day. At his gate was laid a beggar named Lazarus, covered with sores and longing to eat what fell from the rich man’s table. Even the dogs came and licked his sores. The time came when the beggar died and the angels carried him to Abraham’s side. The rich man also died and was buried. In Hades, where he was in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham far away, with Lazarus by his side. So he called to him, “Father Abraham, have pity on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in agony in this fire.”

Typically, people imagine being carried to God’s side when they go to heaven. However, when Lazarus died, Jesus said he went to Abraham’s side. The rich man even looked up to see Abraham in heaven and, interestingly enough, called him, “Father.” Yet, Jesus strictly taught that our only spiritual father is God the Father in heaven.

Matthew 23:9 “And do not call anyone on earth ‘father,’ for you have one Father, and he is in heaven.”

Understanding that a man in heaven cannot be God, the fact that the rich man called Abraham “Father” clearly indicates that Abraham represents God the Father. The Bible uses Abraham to represent God the Father in other instances besides this parable.

Galatians 3:7 Understand, then, that those who believe are children of Abraham.

Should not those who believe be known as children of God? Then why do the Scriptures call them “children of Abraham”? It is because, many times in the Bible, Abraham represents God the Father.

Consequently, since Abraham represents God the Father, Abraham’s family represents God’s family. God chose Abraham’s family as an example to demonstrate the characteristics believers must possess in order to be chosen as God’s children and inherit the kingdom of heaven.

Three Candidates of Abraham’s Family

Abraham’s family consisted of three candidates with the potential to inherit Abraham’s estate: Eliezer, Ishmael and Isaac. However, Isaac received the family inheritance in the end. By knowing why Isaac was selected as Abraham’s heir, we can know how to become the heirs of God.

Genesis 15:2-4 But Abram said, “Sovereign Lord, what can you give me since I remain childless and the one who will inherit my estate is Eliezer of Damascus?” And Abram said, “You have given me no children; so a servant in my household will be my heir.” Then the word of the Lord came to him: “This man will not be your heir, but a son who is your own flesh and blood will be your heir.”

At this time, Abraham did not have a son, so he planned to make his servant, Eliezer, his heir. God responded to Abraham telling him that he would instead have an heir coming from his own body. In other words, he would have a son of his own.

Genesis 16:15-16 So Hagar bore Abram a son, and Abram gave the name Ishmael to the son she had borne. Abram was eighty-six years old when Hagar bore him Ishmael.

Since Abraham’s wife, Sarah, could not have children and was well advanced in age, she recommended that Abraham have a child with her maidservant, Hagar. Abraham called his newborn son, Ishmael. Although Ishmael was Abraham’s son, he still did not become his heir. Through the birth of Abraham’s second son, Isaac, we can understand the reason.

Genesis 17:18-19 And Abraham said to God, “If only Ishmael might live under your blessing!” Then God said, “Yes, but your wife Sarah will bear you a son, and you will call him Isaac. I will establish my covenant with him as an everlasting covenant for his descendants after him.”

According to the law of primogeniture among the Israelites at the time, the eldest son receives the family inheritance. Since Ishmael was Abraham’s firstborn son, he should have received the family inheritance. But he did not. Rather, God allowed Isaac to receive it. So, Isaac was not chosen according to the law of primogeniture, but according to God’s providence. Looking back, Eliezer could not have become Abraham’s heir because Abraham and Sarah were not his parents. Ishmael, though he was Abraham’s son, could not have become the heir because his mother was not Sarah. Finally, Isaac was chosen as the heir. It’s because he was born through Abraham and Abraham’s wife, Sarah. The only difference between Ishmael and Isaac was their mother. God used the maternal line to determine Abraham’s heir.

The Decisive Factor to Become God’s Heir

The detailed history of Abraham’s family shows us how we can inherit the kingdom of heaven. Just as Isaac became an heir because he was born of Abraham and Sarah, we can become God’s heirs when we are born again through God the Father and God the Mother. Through Abraham’s family, God wanted to teach us that God the Mother is the decisive factor to become God’s chosen ones. Her existence is necessary for our salvation.

Galatians 4:26 (NLT) But the other woman, Sarah, represents the heavenly Jerusalem. She is the free woman, and she is our mother.

Here, “our” refers to God’s children who believe in God the Mother. Sarah represents God the Mother, the Heavenly Jerusalem.

Galatians 4:28 Now you, brothers and sisters, like Isaac, are children of promise.

Among the three candidates, Isaac became Abraham’s heir because he was born of Sarah. In the same way, those who believe in God the Mother can become children of God who receive the promised inheritance of the kingdom of heaven.

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