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Father Abram and Faith

January 6th Scripture Reading: Genesis 12-14

About 2000 years before Christ or about 400 years after the tower of Babel, God spoke to a man in Ur of the Caldeans  in the land that is now called Iraq.  This man’s name was Abram; he was about 75 years old and married to a lady named Sarai.  They were childless and already beyond the years of childbearing.

God seems to specialize in hard cases.  He likes to challenge people to believe him when he speaks.  God speaks to Abram and gives him eight specific promises: (1) I will make you a great nation, (2) I will bless you, (3) I will make your name great, (4) You will be a blessing, (5) I will bless those who bless you, (6) I will curse those who curse you, (7) All peoples of the earth will be blessed through you, (8) To your offspring I will give this land (Canaan). (Genesis 12:2-3, 7.)   God then asks Abram to leave his home and go to a land that God would show him.  Abram does exactly what God asks him to do.  With promises like that, who wouldn’t want in on these blessings and future blessings?
We get to see the beginning here of God’s plan to form a people who would by faith obey and follow him.  Abram is told that God will make him a great nation when he doesn’t even have a child.  Abram is told all nations will be blessed through him.  He is promised blessing and protection from God Himself.  How can this be?  God sovereignly chose Abram, revealed the promises and asked for obedience.  Abram believed and acted.  Faith is so simple really.  Faith looks at God who made the promises and chooses to believe that the one who made the promises is able to fulfill them!
That’s exactly what God is calling us to do!  Trust in the offspring of Abram, Jesus Christ and receive the blessing promised to all peoples of the earth!  He also asks us to bless Abram’s offspring and the nation they formed, Israel.
He asks us to believe him now and be blessed and be a blessing.  Will you trust him and obey?
“Yet he  (Abraham) did not waver in unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised.” Romans 4:20-21
“If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.”  Galatians 3:29
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