09 Apr '05 03:50>
Originally posted by frogstompI'll take a stab at these frogo!
1)Why did God choose Abraham to enter into a covenant with?
2)Were Abraham's contemporary cultures indeed decadent and 'sinful'?
3a)Why did Abraham marry his wife Sarah to powerful rulers of his time, twice?
3b) If he was threatened and found his life was at risk, how can we explain the fact that he profited from Sarah's adventures by receiving ha ...[text shortened]... aven't finished the research: these will do for now.
Thanks in advance for any infomation.
1) Why did God choose Abraham? I'm thinking maybe...Why Not?
God may just as well have waited a few more thousand years and picked some dude from Iceland, challenging him to simply listen and believe in God by faith. Whoever He chose was to become the Father of the 'chosen' people. This people, whether ultimately Hebrew, Icelandic or Jamaican would be used to introduce God's offer of redemption to the whole world.
2)Yes, all cultures since Cain killed his brother, have been decadent and sinful. (All cultures have had chess players haven't they?)
3) Abraham blew it! He let his fear override (uh-oh, now I'm all nervous about being caught in a misssspeliinng) his faith. But in the end, his final decision regarding God was to simply believe Him, and it was this that was 'credited to him as righteousness.'
3b)The King thus fooled by Abe, was confronted by God (No atheism there!), and figured he was getting off cheap by paying of Aby Baby.
3c) The age old problem that I've seen in my own life...Like Father, like son! We learn both good and bad from dear old Dad, and we teach right and wrons to daughters and sons. (Ooops, I think my rating just went down the tubes!)
4) The prophets use the mandrake the same way we do. When they meet on the street they give each other a hardy mandrake. Some prophets were known for their good firm mandrake, while others had kind of a limp fish mandr...Oh, I thought you said handshake!
I have no idea bud.