Friday, December 5, 2014

A man and his Son. Nations and blessing.

 For this next segment of looking at prophecies referring to Jesus in the O.T I will couple several verses together still from the book of Genesis. (There are so many to choose from!)

Beginning with Genesis 17:7 "And I will establish My covenant between you and your descendants after you in their generations, for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and your descendants after you." 
As well as Genesis 17:19 "then God said, "No, Sarah your wife shall bear you a son, and you shall call his name Isaac: I will establish  My covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, and with his descendants after him."
Then Genesis 22:18 reads:
"In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you (Abraham) have obeyed My voice."
And Genesis 26:4 reads:
 "and I will make your (Isaac, Abraham's son) descendants multiply as the stars of heaven; I will give your descendants all these lands; and in your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed." 

We have jumped ahead through many years, generations of people and events. Including the time of Noah, the building of the ark, the flood, and the tower of Babel. So MANY interesting happenings to read about but, for now my focus is on one man who is introduced in chapter 12: Abram, whose name is later changed to Abraham by God. Genesis 17:4-5.  His story in a nutshell to this point is that God choose him to be the father of many nations through whom all nations would be blessed in some way with an everlasting result. He was called by God to leave His home in Ur of the Chaldeas to travel to a new land.  In this new land He would conceive a Son through whom these nations would descend. That son, Isaac wasn't born until Abraham was 100 years old and his wife Sarai was 90!  His birth was truly a miracle from God.  I urge to read some of these chapters in Genesis if you haven't done so! 
The point to get to here is in verses shared above: 'in your seed all the nations of the earth will be blessed.' The promise is first spoken to Abram as a younger man, then God speaks the exact same promise to Isaac as a young man. Clearly God is telling them there is someone of great importance who shall be born in the future. There can be no doubt of the lineage of this blessing to come. A descendant who would make such an impact that ALL nations will be blessed. ALL nations will benefit from this descendant's life.
'Big deal', some may say. We have had our Aristotle, Socrates, Einstein, Mozart, Edison, Gates, Jobs, Zuckerberg, Rockefeller, F. Douglas, George Washington Carver, Newton, Churchill... on and on and on the list could go of people who had an impact on future generations. Tis true for sure! But how many of them could boast reaping an EVERLASTING benefit? An EVERLASTING impact which could be called a blessing by all? Who but one 'who left the splendor of heaven, knowing His destiny. The lonely hill of Golgotha, there to lay down His life for me' - for you.  I dare say NONE, but Jesus Christ fits the bill for these verses. Perhaps Christ expounded on them to those
two men as they walked that dusty road to Emmaus that day so long ago.
Hope you'll stay in the journey as we venture to other verses and see what may be found.
May this season bring you true joy, hope and peace.

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