Old Testament 10

Posted: September 1, 2016 in Old Testament
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Why was Abraham and not Noah considered the father of many nations?  Wasn’t Noah and his family the
first believers in God after the flood?

Unfortunately, after Noah’s family grew and his descendants spread to different lands, many stopped believing.
This is evident in the following scriptures.

Joshua 24:1-2  Then Joshua assembled all the tribes of Israel at Shechem.  He summoned the elders, leaders,
judges and officials of Israel, and they presented themselves before God.  Joshua said to all the people, “This is
what the Lord, the God of Israel, says:  “Long ago your forefathers, including Terah the father of Abraham
and Nahor, lived beyond the Euphrates River and worshipped other Gods.

Most people no longer had faith in the Lord.  Even Abrahams father did not believe.  He worshiped
false gods.  Therefore, there was no genealogical link of believers from Noah to Abraham.

God began with Abraham to establish a covenant and to establish his family of believers.  As we will
discover, the group of believers became the original twelve tribes of Israel.  Later they became the nation of
Israel and eventually those of faith spread to every nation in the world.  Hence, the father of many
nations.

Thank you so much for reading.  God bless.

Jeff

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