I’m hoping to post on Mondays a great passage and promise from scripture. Considering it all comes from the word of God, I shouldn’t run out of material. I’m starting in Genesis and plan on taking us through the Bible. We may take a break along the way, but I hope you will join me.
Today’s Passage & Promise
“And I will make of thee a great nation,
and I will bless thee, and make thy name great;
and thou shalt be a blessing:
And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee:
and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.”
A great nation, a great name, and a great blessing to all.
In the days of Israel’s first three kings, the nation knew greatness. Strength, riches, and wisdom ruled her days. But once it fell, it would not rise again until 1948. Today it does not begin to compare with the days of Saul, David, and Solomon. But one day a greater King than Solomon will return to completely fulfill God’s promise to make Israel a great nation. And Abraham? His name is known as the father of Israel. Other nations are his as well. But his children number more than those of his flesh. He is the father of faith. His children include the children of the promise –
“and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.”
“Even as Abraham believed God,
and it was accounted to him for righteousness,
Know ye therefore that they which are of faith,
the same are the children of Abraham.
And the scripture,
foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith,
preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying,
In thee shall all nations be blessed.
So then, they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham.”
God chose the Israelites, born of Abraham, to bring all nations the promises of God. He chose them to bear the seed that would bless all with salvation.
“Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made.
He saith not, And to seeds, as of many:
but as of one,
And to thy seed, which is Christ.”
Being born again of God, we are –
“all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.”
God’s promises to Abraham back in Genesis reaches into every nation, race, and family. God excludes no one who will come to him in faith.
“For by grace are ye saved through faith;
and that not of yourselves it is the gift of God …
For the wages of sin is death,
but the gift of God is eternal life
through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
Ephesians 2:8; Romans 6:23
When did you receive God’s gift of eternal life? Were you a child, an adult, or in-between? Were you in a church gathering, alone, or with a friend?
If you would like to share your story of coming to faith, leave it in the comments, send me a message, or email. With your permission I would like to share it on my blog along with your website address. This Wednesday I hope to share the beginning of my faith story. Until then, let’s pray for those who have yet to receive God’s gracious gift.