Blessed To Be A Blessing

The world was in a mess. Corruption, greed, arrogance, self-interest, intolerance, insecurity, ungodliness, jealousy, anger, murder, vengeance, violence, drunkenness and sexual disorder were rife in the world. People were seeking a name for themselves and attempting to reach their ‘gods’ by their own merits and actions. The command to fill the world was being ignored as the people tried to centralise their lives in the one place. For the second time now, people left to their own devices ignored God and resorted to worshipping the creation, including themselves, rather than the Creator God.

Is this a comment on the 21st century AD? Maybe! But this was the situation of the world around the 21st century BC. Ever since Adam and Eve’s fall (Genesis 3) God had shown His love, mercy and grace to a people who constantly rebelled against Him and who were determined to live their own lives their way rather than His. Even righteous Noah and his descendants could not continue the godly life after the flood destroyed the wickedness of the day.

God could have totally abandoned the world and either destroyed it all or left it to its own devices to rot away until it destroyed itself and still have acted justly. But because of His great love and commitment
to His creation, He put His plan into practice. This plan involved a 75-year-old man and his barren wife who was 10 years younger. He promised Abram that he would become a great nation, that He would bless him, that he would be famous, and his name would be a blessing to others. Those who blessed him would be blessed and that blessing would be extended to all nations (Genesis 12:1-3).

The word ‘bless’ occurs 5 times in these three verses. What does it mean to ‘bless’? Was God’s promise fulfilled or nullified with Moses, David, the Eile to Babylon, or Jesus? Is it still God’s purpose to ‘bless’ the nations through Abraham today? If so, what part should the church play?

GENESIS 12:1-3 – The LORD had said to Abram, “Leave your country, your people and your father’s household and go to the land I will show you. “I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”

EPHESIANS 1:3 – Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.

GALATIANS 3:8-9 , 14 – The Scripture foresaw that God would justify the Gentiles by faith and announced the gospel in advance to Abraham: “All nations will be blessed through you.” So those who have faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith. ……He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit.

from John Rutherford