And I will bless those who bless you, And the one who curses you I will curse And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed."Genesis 12:3(NASB)
When the first creation failed, due to Adam's sin, the Lord set in motion His pre-ordained plan for a new creation, where the eternal Son of God would become the last Adam - through Whom all the families of the earth would be blessed.
He would come to earth as Emmanuel, which means 'God-with-us' and He would be born into the human race as the Son of Man. The eternal Son-of-God would be given by the Father, to be born as the perfect, representative Man - in order to become the federal head of a new creation. And unlike the first Adam - the last Adam would not fail.
He would be the second man - the last Adam, Who would redeem humanity, through the sacrifice of His own, perfect life and the shedding of His own sinless, human blood. God's plan of redemption was formed before the foundation of the world, and He chose, from the fallen race of Adam... one man, through whom would born the last Adam. This second man would be the promised SEED, through Whom would come multiplied blessings, for all mankind.
The man whom God chose from Adam's fallen race was called Abram. He was a pagan, and a gentile, who lived in the city of Ur-of-the-Chaldees. However, God chose him from all the people on earth, to be the one through whom the last Adam, and Saviour of the world, would be born.
Abram was called by God to leave his country, his family and his father's house. He was told to leave his pagan lifestyle and familiar surroundings.. and trust in God alone. He was to forfeit his pagan heritage and any earthly inheritance from his father, in order to undertake a unknown pilgrimage, to an unknown land. Abram trusted God, and it was credited to him as righteousness, for he set out on his journey - not knowing whither he went.
God promised to make him, and his posterity, into a great nation. He promised to give him a great name and multiplied blessings, if he would but trust in the Lord his God. And God promised that through him, all the nations of the world would be abundantly blessed - for one, very special Seed of Abraham was to be born - the Lord, Jesus Christ. He was to be the second Adam, through Whom would come salvation, for all who believe.
I will bless those who bless you, Abram was told, and the one who curses you I will curse. And down through the centuries this promise to Abram - the pagan from Ur, who trusted God, and became Abraham, the father of many nations - has been carried out. Those who have blessed the nation through whom the promised SEED was to be born, have been blessed.. while those who cursed the nation through who the promised SEED was to come, have themselves been cursed.
Abraham had many sons and daughters, but it was through Isaac (the son of promise) that Jesus, (the promised SEED) would be born - for Isaac begat Jacob, and Jacob's sons became Israel, the great nation under God - through whom the promised SEED was to be born.
I will bless those who bless you and the one who curses you I will curse, he was told, and in you all the families of the earth will be blessed. The blessing, about which God spoke, was the Lord Jesus Christ, Himself. He was the promised SEED of Abraham, who was preordained be born through Abraham, Isaac and, Israel - and through Him all the families of the earth have been blessed - And all who believe in His death, burial and resurrection. for the forgiveness of sins and life everlasting, will be saved.
Heavenly Father, thank You for the lesson of faith that I can learn from Abraham, who believed God, without knowing the whole story.. and was prepared to leave all that he had, and place his future into Your hands entirely. Thank You that You are a faithful God and that Your promises are steadfast and sure. Increase my faith, I pray, for I desire to trust You in all things.. this I ask in Jesus name, AMEN.