God’s altogether delightful promise to Abraham

The LORD had said to Abram, “Leave your country, your people and your father’s household and go to the land I will show you. I will make you into 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.” (Gen 12:1-3)

I find it altogether delightful that God promises to Abraham that “all people on earth will be blessed  through you.” This is not some add-on statement, a fillip to God’s real blessing on Abraham. Of course, Abraham wouldn’t live to see the birth of his great-great-great ….-great-grandson Jesus, or even how the nations would be blessed, but it really happened; it really was part of God’s plan from the start.

And now, two thousand or so years after the arrival of Abraham’s descendant, four thousand years or so after Abraham, I write, from a nation that did not exist in Abraham’s time. I feel blessed, and am blessed, to be included in the nation of Abraham’s children, the true Israel which has no geographic or temporal border.

And I invite you, dear reader, to ponder and enjoy the delightful plan of God today. As Paul writes in Romans:

For I tell you that Christ has become a servant of the circumcision on behalf of God’s truth, to confirm the promises made to the patriarchs so that the Gentiles may glorify God for his mercy, as it is written:

“Therefore I will praise you among the Gentiles;
I will sing hymns to your name.” Again, it says,
“Rejoice, O Gentiles, with his people.” And again,
“Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles,
and sing praises to him, all you peoples.”And again, Isaiah says,
“The Root of Jesse will spring up,
one who will arise to rule over the nations;
the Gentiles will hope in him.”

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

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