Promises in Shadow
I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”
– Genesis 12:3
Now that we are on the other side of the coming of Christ into the world, it is easy for us to see the mystery of the Gospel. We think, why wouldn’t they understand the promise to Abraham as a promise to save the whole world and not just one family?
But this was not self-evident. It is only made clear by the Spirit’s guiding of the apostles of the New Testament. We, still, would be very foggy on this point had God not explained it to us and given us the Spirit to understand it. Imagine Abraham thinking about God’s promises to him—the idea that the entire world, every tribe and language, would one day be united with God in heaven because of his offspring? Inconceivable.
Abraham’s call was to come out of the land of Ur. His descendants would be the nation of Israel and would receive the priestly law of clean and unclean. Through the years this distinction would turn to hatred toward those outside the tribes and an abandonment of God. God would then tell them, in many different ways, that He would one day call the Gentiles to Himself.
But it all began in the promise that “all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” Abraham had the faith to believe God was telling the truth without the enlightened eyes to see how it would play out. Our faith now is so much clearer than his was. Let us press on to know all the mysteries of the faith that is found in our Lord, Christ Jesus!