TEXT: Genesis 12:1-3
1 Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee:
2 And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:
3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.
— PRAYER —
How to Hope: Lessons from the Jews and Their Messianic Expectation, Part 3
In Zondervan’s commentary on the book of Genesis, Bruce K. Waltke writes, “The gracious God’s broad new strokes to bless the earth came suddenly and brilliantly upon the canvass of sacred history. The Lord had not spoken to his saints since his covenant with Noah, in which he resolved to bless the earth and never again to treat it with contempt Now suddenly his creative word to bless the tribes and nations—which he has scattered—redirects the course of history. This word of benediction counterbalances his words of malediction against the tower builders. Reciprocally, Abraham, with astounding suddenness, charges out in obedience and faith.”
Abram, or as we know him, Abraham, lived in the aftermath of the Tower of Babel, where God had confounded the language of his creation, forcing humankind to gather only with those they could communicate with and to go off in different directions, fulfilling God’s command to “replenish the earth” in the aftermath of the Flood. Abram, like most people of that time, lived among his kindred. But, he received a command from God to leave his family, his extended family, even his country, to go to a place that God would show him.
For a moment, put yourself in Abram’s shoes. He’s nobody particularly important. Yet, one day, God calls out to him with a Command, a Covenant, and a Conclusion. The Command was simple. Abram, leave your family, leave the land that you know, and go to a strange land that I will lead you to. This required a lot of faith on Abram’s part. Family ties were much stronger in the ancient near east than they are today. It was no small thing to uproot one’s family, household, and flocks to go to a distant country.
But God gave Abram a Command with a Covenant. The Covenant was a promise, a guarantee — something Abram could look forward to. He was likely equal parts humbled and terrified by the proclamation that, not only would his name be great, but that he would be the father of a great nation. Abram did not understand that this nation would be the vehicle for the Seed that God had promised would come through the Woman to crush the Serpent’s head.
However, God was not through with Abram. Abram’s obedience to the Command and God’s faithfulness to the Covenant would bring about a specific Consequence. That Consequence would be the blessing of all nations from the Seed that came from Abram’s nation.
Abram must have been astounded at these amazing declarations. How could one man be the father of an entire nation? How could one nation produce a blessing for all nations? Doubtless, Abram did not understand. We can’t be certain that he even believed all that he was hearing. But what we do know is that Abram obeyed. Abram did not live to see even a fraction of what God promised him. But he hoped and he obeyed, and that is all any of us can do as we look forward to the promised Second Coming of the Messiah.
Anton J. Kehrein wrote:
There’s a glorious hope thrilling Christian souls today,
And our hearts beat high as in faith we watch and pray,
Looking unto Him who shall call His own away
To the glory over yonder.
As we wait for Him, daily watching and in prayer,
What a peace He gives, what a joy beyond compare;
Just a foretaste here of the rapture we will share
In the glory over yonder.
Is your heart at rest? Have you given all to God?
Are you fully cleansed in the Savior’s precious blood?
Are you walking now in the path that Jesus trod
To the glory over yonder?
Now, if you are not a believer in Jesus Christ, I urge you to trust in Him because He is coming again and you do not want to be left behind. Here is how you can place your faith and trust in Him for Salvation from sin and the consequences of sin.
First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”
Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.
Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the Cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your Salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door.” Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.
Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.
He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.
He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.
He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.