December 03, 2017

Father Abraham

Genesis 12:1-7

I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing.

—  Genesis 12:2

Matthew’s record of Jesus’ family tree (Matthew 1:1-17) begins with Abraham. Why? Matthew wanted us to remember God’s promises to Abraham.

God called Abraham to leave his country and go to the land God would show him. The Lord began to bring his greatest blessing into the world through Abraham and his family. And God made big promises to Abra­ham: a place to dwell with God, descendants as countless as the stars, and an opportunity to change the world. God would bless Abraham so that through him the entire world would be blessed.

Did Abraham ever see those promises come true? He did have descendants, but not very many by the time he died. The only land he owned at the time of his death was his burial plot. When we see that his descendants continue through 2,000 years of history to include Jesus, however, we finally understand how those promises became fulfilled.

What’s more, we, the followers of Christ today, are also spiritual descendants of Abraham (Romans 4:11, 16). And through Jesus, of the line of Abraham, all the people of the world are indeed blessed.

God kept his promises to Abra­ham. God will keep the promises he makes to us too. Though we don’t always see the results in our lifetime, just as Abraham didn’t, God is faithful.

Loving God, we rejoice that in Jesus your promises to Abraham came true. Help us to remember that you always keep your promises. Amen.

About the author — Thea Leunk

Thea Nyhoff Leunk has been a high school English teacher, a director of Christian education, a pastor of discipleship, and a regional coach for the Christian Reformed Church in North America. She is currently the senior pastor at Eastern Avenue Christian Reformed Church, Grand Rapids, Michigan. Thea has also written courses for teens and young adults on world religions, Christian faith traditions, and science and the Bible. She and her husband have three adult children.

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