“[Abraham] believed the Lord; and he reckoned it to him as righteousness.”
Thursday of the 5th week of Lent, 6 April 2017
I made a bit of a mistake on Abraham (Abram)’s timeline. Here is his correct timeline:
75 years old – Abram is called by God and departs for the Promised Land (Gen 12:1-4)
Sometime in this 11 years, God communicates with Abram again. Then…
when Abram is 86 years old – after 10 years of total waiting, Abram takes God’s promise into his own hands, having a child (Ishmael) with his wife’s maidservant Hagar. Abraham and Sarai are still waiting for the child promised to them (or maybe have given up).
99 years old – After 13 more years of waiting, God again speaks to Abram (Hebrew for “exalted father”) and renames him Abraham (Heb. “father of a multitude”).
100 years old – Isaac, the child promised, is born to Abraham and Sarah.