Abraham Didn’t Find God
He Recognized Him
Abraham is usually recognized as the founding leader of the Jewish religion and he definitely was one of the more prominent contributors. The interesting thing is, much of what he did religiously he received from his ancestors and, other than Abraham’s descendants being selected as the guardians of God’s revelation, there were only two new developments in this religion during his lifetime.
He didn’t wear different clothes or “move his affiliation” or modify his diet. The only additions were:
- The institution of circumcision and
- The naming of Canaan as the eventual home of those who followed.
Taken together, these additions don’t add up to massive religious changes but both were an inconvenience to Abraham, especially the land issue. It was a constant source of irritation.
On a religious level, not much changed during his life but on a personal level, his world was turned upside down. [Read more…]