Scripture Reading: Genesis 12:1-3

“I will make you a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.” (Genesis 12:2,3)

God called Abram to leave all that was familiar to him and to go to an unknown land. With that call, God made some incredible promises to Abram. He promised to make Abram into a great nation. God fulfilled that promise because Abram became the father of the Jewish people.

God promised to bless Abram. God’s blessing refers to His acceptance. Blessing implies a relationship; it means receiving favor and standing. Likewise, God has promised to bless us. He has accepted us because of the atoning work of His Son on our behalf. We are in a loving relationship with Him and have a favorable standing before Him.

God promised to make Abram’s name great, and He indeed did so. Abram was not only the father of the Jewish people but he is the spiritual father of all believers — “Understand, then, that those who believe are children of Abraham” (Galatians 3:7). We are the spiritual sons and daughters of Abram.

God also promised to make Abram a blessing to all the peoples on earth. In other words, Abram would become a channel of blessing for the whole world. Abram understood that if all the families of the earth were to be blessed through him, then the blessing must not depend on him as an individual, since he could not possibly live long enough to see all the families of the earth. Therefore, the promise must refer to one who would be born from his posterity. The ultimate blessing would come from the Seed of Abraham — “The promises were made to Abraham and to his seed. The Scripture does not say ‘and to seeds,’ meaning many people, but ‘and to your seed,’ meaning one person, who is Christ” (Galatians 3:16).

We have been blessed by the Seed of Abraham, Jesus Christ. These promises to Abram have been fulfilled in Christ. Because of Jesus, the promises to Abram have become our promises. Now we are to be a channel of blessing to others.

Lord God, thank You for blessing me through the Seed of Abraham. Thank You that You accept me, love me, and care for me. Thank You that I have a favorable standing before You because of the work of my Savior, Jesus. Enable me to be a channel of Your blessings to others today.


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