How did God begin to fulfill His promise?
The LORD said to Abram:
Go out from your land,
and your father’s house
to the land that I will show you.
I will make you into a great nation,
I will bless you,
I will make your name great,
and you will be a blessing.
I will bless those who bless you,
I will curse anyone who treats you with contempt,
and all the peoples on earth
will be blessed through you. Genesis 12:1-3
Now the word of the LORD came to him: “This one will not be your heir; instead, one who comes from your own body will be your heir.” He took him outside and said, “Look at the sky and count the stars, if you are able to count them.” Then he said to him, “Your offspring will be that numerous.” Genesis 15:4-5
When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to him, saying, “I am God Almighty. Live in my presence and be blameless. I will set up my covenant between me and you, and I will multiply you greatly.”
Then Abram fell facedown and God spoke with him: “As for me, here is my covenant with you: You will become the father of many nations. Your name will no longer be Abram; your name will be Abraham, for I will make you the father of many nations. I will make you extremely fruitful and will make nations and kings come from you. I will confirm my covenant that is between me and you and your future offspring throughout their generations. It is a permanent covenant to be your God and the God of your offspring after you. Genesis 17:1-7
God began to fulfill His promise by calling Abraham. God promised to bless the world through Abraham and his descendants.
If you’ve read just the first and last chapters of the Bible, then you know that it’s telling a story from “in the beginning” to “forever and ever.” You also learn that from its beginning to its end, the Bible is, in part, about the Jewish people, the descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
And, of course, Jesus Himself was Jewish.
Have you ever wondered why is the Bible all about the Jewish people and why is the Savior of the world Jewish? If you don’t get your head around this, it can be difficult to understand the Bible at all.
The answer goes all the way back to the first book of the Bible, Genesis. In Genesis, we see that Adam and Eve had disobeyed God, and the world became a place of sin and brokenness. You can almost feel all of creation pause to see God’s response to man’s sin. Was He going to give up on the human race, or was He going to rescue it? And if He was going to rescue it, how was He going to do that?
God was going to rescue the world, including broken humanity, through His work with a man named Abraham. Our God loves to call people into relationship with himself and give them promises. So God called Abraham–the forefather of all of the Jewish people–and promised to bless the world through Him.
But that’s not all. The Bible isn’t just a bunch of ancient stories without relevance for our contemporary lives.
The purpose God had for Abraham He now has for us! We are called to be a light to the nations. We are called to be a blessing.
Spend some time in prayer today and ask God to use you in His mission in the world around you.