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Abraham and the Two Kingdoms

November 28, 2016

The stories about Abraham’s life in Genesis 12– 25 show that he managed to live as a citizen of two kingdoms by remaining radically separate from the world in his religious faith and worship but simultaneously engaging in a range of cultural activities in common with his pagan neighbors. Just by glancing through these chapters a reader can see that Abraham lived in various places among the inhabitants of Palestine. Though God had promised that one day his descendants would possess the entire land, in the meantime Abraham and his household could not be identified with any particular geographical location, but lived as “sojourners” and “strangers” among pagans (Gen. 12: 10; 15: 13; 20: 1; 21: 34; 23: 4; Heb. 11: 13).

VanDrunen, David. Living in God’s Two Kingdoms: A Biblical Vision for Christianity and Culture (Kindle Locations 1293-1298). Crossway. Kindle Edition.

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