Genesis 12:3; Galatians 3:16
“I will bless those who bless you [Abram], and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” – Genesis 12:3
“Now the promises were made to Abraham and to his offspring. It does not say, ‘And to offsprings,’ referring to many, but referring to one, ‘And to your offspring,’ who is Christ.” – Galatians 3:16
although God blessed abraham, the father of the jewish (and the muslim) people, so many years ago, it is important to remember that it was the “offspring” of the person of Jesus the Christ through whom “all the families of the earth shall be blessed” it says in genesis that it is “in” abraham that this blessing would go out. it wasn’t from abraham himself that the whole world would be blessed. it was a person from his line who would bless the whole world…not just bless the people of ishmael or israel, not just any one nation or ethnic group. who else before or after Jesus offers salvation to anyone who would receive Him…not based on who you are or what you have done or not done? Jesus alone lived a sinless life so He alone could offer a substitutionary death. Jesus alone offers this pure life to anyone who would ask…with no strings attached. i must remember, He may have called us to imitate His example, but He alone lived the life that could save anyone. the only reason we can be any sort of true blessing to another is because we ourselves have received the blessing that Christ lived and died to secure for us.
how can we remember and thank Him for the promises of blessing that come to us through Him? in what ways am i experiencing this blessing of God (the life of Christ and all that it entails) and in what ways am i living as an ambassador of this blessing to the rest of the earth?
thank you Lord for blessing us through you.