The Kingdom Foretold – The Promise to Abraham
The Lord said to Abram: Go out from your land, your relatives, 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.
Pastor John’s Notes:
God promised Abraham that if he responded to God’s call, all nations would be blessed through his lineage. Here is God’s initiation of the coming of the Great Deliverer and the scope of his work: the entire human family will be blessed. Here also is a picture of the faith required for us to be part of the kingdom of God. As Abraham did, we must trust God for everything: the place where we will live, the people with whom we will share our lives, and the community of which we will be a part. We must surrender everything to obtain everything. This trust is called “faith,” and it is the first spiritual discipline the citizens of the kingdom of God must learn. We must trust God for everything.
Yet although such faith is challenging, it leads to great blessing. In leaving his father’s household, Abraham became the head of a new tribe and carried responsibility for the well-being of all who were under him. So God intends that we also would share in this kind of leadership and become spiritual leaders. The citizens of the kingdom of God are not passive drones; we are all princes and princesses being trained to rule over God’s creation. What an immeasurable treasure this is!
God of Abraham, as you have called our spiritual father to respond to you in faith, grant me also the faith to trust you in everything. Let me commit my whole life to you, that you might raise me up to govern your creation on your behalf. As I step forward into this new life, reveal your good plans for me and for those I love.