Part 4: Why Negotiate?

In this series we have learned why God chose Abraham. He exercised responsibility where others failed to. God was looking for a father, and chose Abraham specifically because Abraham himself chose to be a father before he ever was. We also learned that the journey God calls us to make is both for our own benefit and for the world’s as well, just as it was for Abraham. It is not an easy journey, but through Abraham’s story we see that we treasure what we wait for and what we most risk losing. Yet the actions Abraham takes near the end of his life are some of the most mysterious of all. Why did Abraham negotiate for land that had already been promised to him? Why did he take such great care to find a wife for his son? What are we supposed to learn from these stories?

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