When Abraham (still called Abram) was seventy-five years old, God told him to leave his country and his family and move to the land of Canaan. God further told Abraham to count the stars in the sky; that would be the number of Abraham’s many descendants. Abraham believed him and God was pleased. God fulfilled that promise to Abraham when Sarah was well past her child-bearing years. Abraham was 100 years old when his son Isaac was born (Genesis 21:5)!
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God later tested Abraham by asking him to sacrifice his only son, Isaac, on an altar of fire. Because Abraham was so obedient and willing to offer his only son, God blessed him and through Abraham’s descendants, the nation of Israel was born (Genesis 22:1-18).
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