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Abraham: Father of a Multitude Abraham, a very significant hero from Genesis, was the first person to believe in a single God. He was the first to show devoted faith to God and risk everything to follow God. He always found strength in his faith in God, but at times his unyielding faith was a weakness that almost got good people hurt.

Abraham is one of the most important people in the Old Testament because he was the first person to believe in and be called by God. "˜The Lord said to Abram, "Go forth from the land of our kinsfolk and from your father's house to a land that I will show you. I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you and curse those who curse you.

All the communities in the earth shall find blessing in you."�'(Genesis 12:1-3) This is God's call to Abraham (known as Abram at the time) and God promises to give Abraham all of those things if Abraham will do what God tells him to do. Abraham does what God says not knowing what he might have to do in the future and only knowing that he is leaving almost everything behind. Abraham has no real reason to believe in God other than what God said to him. Promises from a god that nobody knows and that one person has only briefly spoken with isn't much to base leaving everything behind to do what this God says. Another risk Abraham takes is believing in, and following a God that no one else believes in. He follows God through a pagan society where everyone worships different...