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What Made Abraham Righteous?
The English word "righteous" originated from an old Anglo-Saxon word, rihtwis, which meant right wise. The purpose of the word was to emphasize the distinction between good wisdom and bad wisdom, which in turn produces good or bad behavior.
The Hebrew word of the Holy Scriptures that is translated as "righteous" is pronounced tsawd-deek. It means lawful, or clean - again, referring to right wisdom.
"3:13 Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him show out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom.
"By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed"
Abraham is well-known as one of the most "righteous" people of Bible History. Why? Because Abraham had right wisdom, that produced right behavior.
The first mention of Abraham's righteousness involved his believing the LORD.
"15:1 After these things the word of the LORD [see 'Before Abraham Was, I AM'] came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward. 15:2 And Abram said, Lord GOD, what wilt thou give me, seeing I go childless, and the steward of my house is this Eliezer of Damascus? 15:3 And Abram said, Behold, to me thou hast given no seed: and, lo, one born in my house is mine heir.
But believing is just the necessary first part of doing (see the Fact Finder question below). When the LORD told Abraham to leave the country where he was born and journey to a new land, Abraham obeyed and did it.
"12:1 Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will show thee: 12:2 And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: 12:3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed. 12:4 So Abram departed, as the LORD had spoken unto him; and Lot went with him: and Abram was seventy and five years old when he departed out of Haran." (Genesis 12:1-4 KJV)
When the LORD tested Abraham by telling him to sacrifice his son Isaac, Abraham obeyed and did it (the LORD stopped him at the last moment).
"22:1 And it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham: and he said, Behold, here I am. 22:2 And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of. 22:3 And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and saddled his ass, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son, and clave the wood for the burnt offering, and rose up, and went unto the place of which God had told him." (Genesis 22:1-3 KJV)
Abraham's entire life after the LORD called him was actually obeying the LORD's Word. That is what made Abraham's faith truly righteous.
"11:8 By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.
Fact Finder: Is being a "believer" enough for salvation?