An Analysis on the Topic of Faith in the Book of Genesis

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The most important incident in the Book of Genesis that illustrates the nature of God’s promise is the incident wherein God establishes that promise in Abraham and Isaac. This is a story has woven into it many trials and tests of faith; and forms the unwavering mode of faith that is expected of those that believe in the promise. Abraham and his wife, Sarai (who later becomes Sarah by name) do not always hold this faith, but god uses them to prove his omnipotence to the Hebrews later on. The story begins with Abraham praying and wishing that he would conceive an heir to his household. God assures him that (sooner or later) Abraham will father a son, and that his descendants will be innumerable: 15:4 “And, behold, the word of the LORD came unto him, saying, This shall not be thine heir; but he that shall come forth out of thine own bowels shall be thine heir.” And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be.” Abraham does have a son, Ishmael, and it is not with his first wife, but with Sarai’s handmaid, Hagar. While Hagar is carrying the boy, God visits her alone: 16:10 “And the angel of the LORD said unto her, I will multiply thy seed exceedingly, that it shall not be numbered for multitude.” God again reiterates essentially the same promise to Abraham, with the inclusion that his descendants will possess the land of Canaan. “17:15 And God said unto Abraham, As for Sarai thy wife, thou shalt not call her name Sarai, but Sarah shall her name be. 17:16 And I will bless her, and give thee a son also of her: yea, I will bless her, and she shall be a mother of nations; kings of people shall be of her. 17:17 Then Abraham fell upon his face, and laughed, and said in his heart, Shall a child be born unto him that is an hundred years old? and shall Sarah,
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