The Blessing to Abraham

Daily Reading: Genesis 12, 13, 14; Matthew 5:1-30

Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go forth from your country, And from your relatives And from your father’s house, To the land which I will show you; (Genesis 12:1, NASB95)

Before God makes any promises to Abraham, He first gives him a command. In order to receive the blessings, he must “Go.” Only by obediently going will he experience all that God has for him. God doesn’t ask an easy thing. He must leave his country, relatives and father’s house to go to a land he has not yet seen (Heb. 11:8). Blessing occurs five times in Genesis 12:2-3, and in fact there are seven statements of blessing,

  1. “I will make you a great nation”
  2. “I will bless you”
  3. “I will make your name great”
  4. “So you shall be a blessing”
  5. “I will bless those who bless you”
  6. “The one who curses you I will curse”
  7. “In you all the families of the earth will be blessed.”

All seven are important blessings, but perhaps the centre and final ones are most important “and so you shall be a blessing,” and “in you all the families of the earth will be blessed.” God would make him great so that He would bless others, even the whole world.

The Abrahamic story is a pivotal one in Scripture. The promises to Abraham are rooted in the blessings to Adam and Eve (Gen. 1:26-28) and they also look forward to Israel, Jesus, and the church. Paul explains that Abraham was justified by faith so that he might be the father of us all (Rom. 4:3, 16-18; Gal. 3:29). We too must obey God in order to receive what He has for us. Like Abraham, we must repent and believe the gospel (Mk. 1:15). The call to obedience is no less stark for the Christian. We must turn to Christ with everything we are (Lk. 9:23; 14:26-33); yet the blessings in Christ are far greater than we can imagine (2 Cor. 1:20). Are you following in the footsteps of your father Abraham, in terms of repentance and faith? In what ways are you being used by God to bless others?

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  1. Sometimes I think this can be a bit of a paradox. The way we must choose obediance can be things that God himself has to show us we must do, but in order to know what is the right way, the Lord must tell us first but it is all in his time. Basically, I find myself struggling in certain situations where I am not sure if I am walking in obediance or he is giving me free will to choose in a certain instance. How does one discern what is the right way if your stuck in a predicament whether it be relationships or circumstances that don’t necessarily look good or bad, although you are definitely at a fork in the road, you see that God is giving you free choice? Is it one of those things where you choose and hope you made the right choice or you wait on him to speak to you about it even though it feels he is not necessarily speaking on the subject? Lots of questions that need answers?.

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    1. In the daily choices that we face, what is the right one? We need not worry about having clear guidance in every instance if we are committed to faithfulness, holiness, and witness. God’s will is not always crystal clear in every situation, but we walk by faith, by committing to him all of the situations that we face, and trust Him to reveal His will. We are told that the steps of the righteous are ordered by the Lord. If we trust Him, He will make our ways clear. There are certain guidelines that help us to know God’s will. What does the Bible say? How about wise counsellors? What’s your desire? Do you get a sense of what God wants in prayer? Ask God to make His will clear to you and that you would be willing to submit your heart to Him. The Christian should be able to make decisions with confidence.

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