Editor’s Note: The late Moana Finch was a regular contributor for our magazine in the sixties. Unfortunately, our achives have not produced any biographical information but we hope to add this later. Her articles were, however, very popular and easily understandable. We feel she truly belongs in the Hall of Fame category of writers.
The Father of our race is considered to be Abraham. He was called by God and made the progenitor of the Israelites, Angles and Saxons. In some of the sacred writings we learn that he was taught by Shem and brought up by him. He was a direct descendant of Shem and of Eber. It is from Eber that the word Hebrew has come to us, Abraham being considered the first Hebrew (see Gen. 14:13). His genealogy is to be found in Gen. 11:11-27. The call of Abraham, the main events of his life and the Covenants God made with him are recorded in Genesis 12 to 25.
It is through Abraham and his Faith that we have our racial blessings. Though Abraham had his faults, he is the only human who came near enough to God to be called “the Friend of God.” James 2:23. He was willing to sacrifice his son of promise, Isaac, knowing that God was capable of raising him from the dead. This was a type of Christ’s sacrifice, to take place many centuries later.
The first mention we have of the Holy Sacrament is when Melchizedek gave Abraham the bread and the wine, Gen. 14:18, though this rite may have gone back even further. Many of our ceremonies and customs are lost in the distant past.
The Great Covenant God made with Abraham is one of the outstanding events, not only of our race but of the world also, Gen. 15:9-18. This Covenant was later extended and further clauses added, as Abraham advanced in grace and faith. There is very great significance in the sacrificial animals used when this Covenant was made. Let us note that it was a blood covenant, as was Christ’s sacrifice. The heifer was the Engle (or Angle) from whence the name Angles, is derived and also the word England. The ram was the male sheep, a symbol of Jesus Christ. It was also the sacrifice substituted for Isaac, Gen. 22:13. So many of the ancient ceremonies looked forward to the coming of Christ.
Abraham and his wife Sarah were well educated. Clay tablets have been found in Ur which show a high standard of mathematics and the sciences. Also Shem had the knowledge of these subjects handed down to him. Remember that Adam “walked with God” and was given knowledge far beyond our ken.
After the willing sacrifice of Isaac, the Covenant was broadened. “By myself have I sworn, saith the Lord, for because thou hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy son, thine only son: that in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies; and in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice.” Genesis 22:16-18.
Thus we find that Abraham’s faith and obedience were so great that all nations were to reap a blessing through him. This Covenant was an unconditional one. Nothing that future generations could do would annul it. It would stand for all time and throughout all generations. Any and all blessings that the nations of the world have gained through the Anglo-Saxon Celtic races have been because of this Covenant, for God’s Holy Name stands behind it, “By Myself have I sworn,” – the Oath of Jehovah.
Abraham was the father of three different divisions of people. Through Hagar he became the father of the Ishmaelites, the Arabs, Genesis 16. Through Keturah many millions of eastern Hebrews, many of the tribes of India. Only through Sarah did he become the father of the “Children of Promise,” the Israelites, Saxons, etc.