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Abraham As The Role Model

"Was not our ancestor Abraham considered righteous for what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? You see that his faith and his actions were working together and his faith was made complete by what he did" (Jas.2:21-22).

Advertisers have been using celebrities to shill for their products for many years.... The logic here is that they figure we will use the product if it is endorsed by someone who has become a icon of sorts to us. Abraham was such an icon to the Jewish people, so James becomes a great advertiser for his teachings about the relationship between faith and works. Knowing their reverence for Abraham, considered to be their ancestral father, James makes his point loud and clear. It took plenty of faith in God for Abraham to even consider taking his son Isaac up to the alter on Mt. Moriah to be sacrificed. The offering of human sacrifice was practiced among the people of the earth in those days, so perhaps God's demand on Abraham was not quite as outlandish as it may seem today, but it was his son. We must remember that in their old age, Sarah bore a child, "the son of promise," and it was through him the Patriarch's name would be preserved and God's promises would be accomplished. It was another thing to actually go through with it, which Abraham did, bringing the wood for the fire and his knife... James question for us is to know how faith asserts itself in the life of a believer. His answer is that for faith to be pleasing to God, it must express itself in good behavior. Faith naturally flows forth in good works. His reasoning goes something like this; "Try to imagine God's commending Abraham for his faith had Abraham refused to offer up his son..." Abraham was called "the friend of God" not just because of his faith, but because of his obedience. I think that most of us figure that it is a "no-brainer" to want to please God through our actions. After all, our obedience through good works is based solely on our faith in the Lord.... We get one more example tomorrow, and if you're reading along in the epistle of James, you'll know who she is.... Ooops....

Have a wonderful day.... Make your little part of the world better... Love mark Phil.4:11

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