“And Abram was believing the Lord, and he calculated it for him as righteousness (Gen 15:6).” Abraham’s faith or faithfulness played an important role in the earliest recorded layers of Christian faith. Even today, “faith” or “belief” is often understood as the core of Christian identity. But what does it mean to “believe”?
Matthew 2:15, “I called my son out of Egypt,” is often read at Christmas time, when the child Jesus is brought back to the Galilee from Egypt after the death of Herod the Great. However, Matt 2:15 is quoting from Hosea 11:1 where “I called my son out of Egypt” originally refers to the Exodus of the people of Israel from Egypt—God called His son (Israel) out of Egypt.