“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.” Genesis 12:2-3
This is God’s call of Abram, long before their famous covenant is made. It’s just the beginning of their relationship, but look at all God is offering in such a small space.
Two short verses, four distinct blessings.
Blessing #1: I will bless you (Genesis 12:2a) God is talking to Abram and Abram’s offspring here, and says it outright: You and I are going into a partnership, and I’m gonna make sure that your lives will be rewarding and Holy, and your future will be fruitful. Wow. Just one blessing in and already hard to resist.
Blessing #2: You will be a blessing (Genesis 12:2b) Here’s an unexpected curve ball. Not only will Abram’s family know the blessings of God, they will also show the blessings of God. From the beginning, here, there is a divine mission and a special purpose given. To properly receive a blessing from God is to multiply it.
Blessing #3:I will bless those who bless you (Genesis 12:3a) What? This level of blessing is unexpected and extravagant. God’s blessing will extend to those who show kindness and mercy to God’s people. God’s promises now extend to all who choose blessing as a way of life.
Blessing #4. All peoples on earth will be blessed through you. (Genesis 12:3b) God throws the power of blessing wide open, and makes it clear. The world will be better because Abram and his people are a part of it. This is a charge to make God’s blessings known through the whole earth. Through us, God has a message to send to all who will listen.
Just think of it. In two verses, God calls Abram into a relationship that has literally world-changing ramifications. In four blessings, God frames out God’s task with and for humanity, a task that has in so many ways come true, yet continues to unfold.
Abraham’s children include approximately 53% of the people on planet Earth. Christianity, Judaism, Islam and others all trace their lineage back to this man.
What would happen if those 3.6 billion people responded to God’s call to be a 4-fold blessing? We’d have to find some of them first.
(Oh yeah–I am one of them, and so are you).
Have a great week,
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