Abraham & Isaac

Now Yahweh said to Abram, “Leave your country, and your relatives, and your father’s house, and go to the land that I will show you.  I will make of you a great nation. I will bless you and make your name great. You will be a blessing.  I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who treats you with contempt. All the families of the earth will be blessed through you.”  So Abram went, as Yahweh had told him. Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran.  Abram took Sarai his wife, Lot his brother’s son, all their possessions that they had gathered, and the people whom they had acquired in Haran, and they went to go into the land of Canaan. They entered into the land of Canaan.  Abram passed through the land to the place of Shechem, to the oak of Moreh. At that time, Canaanites were in the land.  Yahweh appeared to Abram and said, “I will give this land to your offspring.” He built an altar there to Yahweh, who had appeared to him.  He left from there to go to the mountain on the east of Bethel and pitched his tent, having Bethel on the west, and Ai on the east. There he built an altar to Yahweh and called on Yahweh’s name.  Abram traveled, still going on toward the South.  Genesis 12:1-9

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Abram went up out of Egypt—he, his wife, all that he had, and Lot with him—into the South.  Abram was very rich in livestock, in silver, and in gold.  He went on his journeys from the South as far as Bethel, to the place where his tent had been at the beginning, between Bethel and Ai, to the place of the altar, which he had made there at the first. There Abram called on Yahweh’s name.  Genesis 13:1-4

Yahweh said to Abram, after Lot was separated from him, “Now, lift up your eyes, and look from the place where you are, northward and southward and eastward and westward, for I will give all the land which you see to you and to your offspring forever.  I will make your offspring as the dust of the earth, so that if a man can count the dust of the earth, then your offspring may also be counted.  Arise, walk through the land in its length and in its width; for I will give it to you.”  Abram moved tent, and came and lived by the oaks of Mamre, which are in Hebron, and built an altar there to Yahweh.  Genesis 13:14-18

The king of Sodom went out to meet him after his return from the slaughter of Chedorlaomer and the kings who were with him, at the valley of Shaveh (that is, the King’s Valley).  Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine. He was priest of God Most High.  He blessed him, and said, “Blessed be Abram of God Most High, possessor of heaven and earth.  Blessed be God Most High, who has delivered your enemies into your hand.” Abram gave him a tenth of all.  Genesis 14:17-20

By faith, Abraham, when he was called, obeyed to go out to the place which he was to receive for an inheritance. He went out, not knowing where he went.  By faith, he lived as an alien in the land of promise, as in a land not his own, dwelling in tents, with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise.  For he looked for the city which has the foundations, whose builder and maker is God. By faith, even Sarah herself received power to conceive, and she bore a child when she was past age, since she counted him faithful who had promised.  Therefore as many as the stars of the sky in multitude, and as innumerable as the sand which is by the sea shore, were fathered by one man, and him as good as dead.  These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them and embraced them from afar, and having confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.  For those who say such things make it clear that they are seeking a country of their own.  If indeed they had been thinking of that country from which they went out, they would have had enough time to return.  But now they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed of them, to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.  By faith, Abraham, being tested, offered up Isaac. Yes, he who had gladly received the promises was offering up his one and only son, to whom it was said, “Your offspring will be accounted as from Isaac;” concluding that God is able to raise up even from the dead. Figuratively speaking, he also did receive him back from the dead. By faith, Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau, even concerning things to come.  Hebrews 11:8-20