The God of Blessing
Now the LORD had said to Abram: “Get out of your country, from your family and from your father’s house, to a land that I will show you. I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” (Genesis 12:1-3)
It is very clear that the LORD desired (and still desires) to bless the whole world. That’s His heart, His stated goal.
To do this, He decided to call a man, a man whose name was Abram. Abram means exalted father. He called Abram out of a pagan nation to go to a new and unknown place, a place He would show him. In the process of calling Abram, the LORD gave him a string of promises—unprecedented promises, promises which started with the man himself and which would spread to the entire world.
Phrases which stand out, and which are worth noticing:
“I will bless you.”
“You shall be a blessing.”
“I will bless those who bless you.”
“In you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”
Because God is faithful, He fulfills His promises. History records how God has done that with Abram, and with his descendants; particularly through the Jewish people—but most importantly, through the Seed which would come through his line … namely the Messiah, our Lord Jesus Christ (see Galatians 3:16).
God has blessed us all, but His blessing is eternal and complete only in Jesus Christ. He is the end game of God’s plan.
For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us; by me, Silvanus, and Timothy; was not Yes and No, but in Him was Yes. For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us. (2 Corinthians 1:19-20)
For Further Review
1. When did you first learn of God’s desire to bless you, and the whole world? In other words, when did you first learn of His great love for you? Remember His benefits! (Psalm 103:2)
2. How has the Lord been faithful to you? Write out several examples.
3. Have you received Jesus Christ into your life as Savior and Lord? If not, read John 3:16 and John 1:12. If you ask Him to come into your life, be sure to tell others about your commitment to Him (Romans 10:9,10).