Friday, November 25, 2011

Blessed by His provision

"all nations on earth will be blessed"
Genesis 22:18

This passage in Genesis is very important to you.  It's between Abraham and God, but you ~ and I ~ are the recipients of the blessings mentioned on verse 18.

But let's back up.  This is the chapter in which Abraham is willing to obey God's instruction to sacrifice his only son to God.  They have made the journey up to Mount Moriah, and God then intervened, and provided a ram for Abraham to sacrifice.  It's a beautiful passage and pretty well-known, but if you are not familiar with it, I encourage you to read it and study it to get all you can out of it.   The greatest thing you can get out of this passage, is the Lord as Jehovah-Jireh ~ He who provides.  That was the name that Abraham gave to that place, in recognition not only of God providing the sacrifice, but having given Abraham his son in the first place.

And then, in verse 15, the Angel of the Lord calls out to Abraham, and God swears, on Himself, that He will keep the covenant that He made with Abraham some time ago.  He speaks of glory and abundance as only He can.   In verse 17:  "blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply... as the stars of heaven and the sand on the shore..."  Do you appreciate the enormity of that promise?

But then look at verse 18, and highlight it, if you haven't already.  "Because you have obeyed My voice," He said to Abraham, "in your seed, all the nations of the earth shall be blessed."

That's you, my friend.   Blessed here on earth, with an option to upgrade to eternal blessing.  Because that's the "seed" of which God spoke.  His Son, coming to earth, and bringing the gift of eternal life for those who call Him "Lord" and acknowledge their need for Him as Savior.

Thank Him that He is Jehovah-Jireh.  Thank Him that He provides you uncountable blessings every day.  Thank Him for your loved ones, for a roof over your head, and for the freedom to read His Word.  Thank Him for the clothes you are wearing, and for the people who love you.

But thank Him first for this promise to Abraham.  Thank Him, that knowing all the things we would need on this earth, He made sure to provide us with what we would need when we leave earth.  Follow the genealogy in the first chapter of Matthew and see it lead to Jesus, the seed of Abraham, and the promised sacrifice, the Lamb of God.

Because He provided, you are blessed.

~ "God so loved the world 
that He gave His only Son, 
that whoever believes in Him would not perish, 
but would have everlasting life" ~
John 3:16

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