Abram, as all of us, had a story from which he arose. Unlike most of us, his came from a band of survivors from a world destroyed for iniquity, sailing on a barge to a new beginning. His ancestor, Noah, was also a man of faith, also approved of by El. Like Abram, Noah would be given a covenant by Yahweh, that would apply to his sons, for as long as this world persists. I must pause here, to explain something you will almost certainly reject, and that is the account of Noah.
I won’t bury you under volumes of work here; that would be a diversion. Very simply stated, the events listed in Genesis concerning Noah did not occur on this planet. You will likely recoil from this idea, but we are, by the Word of Yahweh, under commandment to be honest. The ninth commandment compels right witness; Jesus does as well (let your yes be yes). So, on either river you take, your steward demands you accept the truth.
Here are truths observable to mankind today.
1) the human race did not emerge from 8 people
2) the human race did not reset 5000 years ago
3) life has not been wiped clean here (almost, but not 100%)
4) structures and artifacts exist that predate the Ussher numbers
5) The Flood did not cover our mountains. Everest stands at almost 30000 ft. If the waters covered it, that adds 908 atmospheres of pressure. This results in the loss of all topsoil, converting the planet to a ball of mud, killing most plant life as well.
There is much more, but that is another story. I mention it only to prevent confusion if I use phrases like ‘Noah’s world’, etc. If you disagree, so be it; it isn’t necessary for you agree with me to see what I am presenting about Abraham. Noah was the last righteous man of his world; he was also the forbear of the Messiah. His trip is symbolic of the journey of faith in all cases.
Noah left all he knew behind, to venture forward to a new life. He sailed onward, keeping his eyes on the horizon, searching for that land promised to him. When he arrived here, he founded three lines of people, one of whom would be the Hebrew race, from which would arise Abram (I know, Hebrew comes from Eber, but that is how we refer to the genetic group commonly called Jews). He was also given a covenant, a sacred calling, and a promise of hope.
Noah’s covenant was for he, and his descendants, with a promise to all life not to drown it again. He went out in faith, a man of righteousness, a man approved, and made the line that would give us Abram. In that sense, Noah is the father of all who sail the river of faith, which ever branch they traverse. Abram followed this pattern. Going out from Ur, he made for a land promised to him, a place where he would have descendants from his body-and some who were not.
Noah serves as the symbol of God seeing us through the storm-contrary to the Ninja rapture advanced by Darbyites. Noah obeyed and believed, as his descendant would do. But he never made a sacrifice like his only son; and that is why he only sailed on one water. His progeny, Abram, would supercede him. Abram would also at in absolute, Kirkegaardian trust that his friend, El Shaddai, would not turn against him. And thus, from the mountain of hope beyond reason, a new river was made. Carved from Abraham, it would bend away from the Great River, for a little while. Thus Abraham would become the father of two rivers: one from his body, a covenant of a land, a people, a tribe, and one from his faith, which would usher in everyone else.