The Book of Genesis, in fact, portrays Abraham as a “mighty prince” in the land—a powerful chieftain who deals with kings, makes military alliances and negotiates land purchases. He loves peace, is skilled in war and magnanimous in victory. He embodies the ideals of justice, righteousness, integrity and hospitality, and is also described as a prophet and an intercessor before God. But, most importantly, Abraham is the prototype of the man who holds strong to his faith in the Lord’s repeated promises that he will be a “father of many nations”—even when outer circumstances seem to indicate just the opposite.
- Gen. 23:6.
- Gen. 17:5.