It is very exciting to go over the promises of God. We looked yesterday at one God gave to Abraham when he left his “country” in obedience to God’s call (Genesis 12:2-3). Again, Abraham obeys God’s instructions and takes the steps to offer up his son Isaac on an altar (22:1-10). It was in his final act of obedience that “the angel of the Lord called to him from heaven” (22:10) and stopped Abraham for killing his son. Then God give him another promise:
“And the angel of the Lord called to Abraham a second time from heaven and said, “By myself I have sworn, declares the Lord, because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son, I will surely bless you, and I will surely multiply your offspring as the stars of heaven and as the sand that is on the seashore. And your offspring shall possess the gate of his enemies, and in your offspring shall all the nations of the earth be blessed, because you have obeyed my voice”” (Genesis 22:15–18).
God did not give the promise of blessing until Abraham carried out the will of God! I wonder how many times I/we miss God’s richest rewards because somewhere we have not fully obeyed? Along with Abraham being blessed there is the promise of multiplication through all nations (ethnos). The ultimate fulfillment of this is given us in Revelation 5:9-10:
“And they sang a new song, saying, “Worthy are you to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation, and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God, and they shall reign on the earth.””
Will your obedience to God fall short of His promise? Have you thought of what God might do if you simply obeyed? You will never know until the act of obedience is completed by faith.
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