Thursday 8 October, 2015

Genesis 12:1-3

12 The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s family. Go to the land I will show you. 2 “I will make you into a great nation. And I will bless you. I will make your name great. You will be a blessing to others. 3 I will bless those who bless you. I will put a curse on anyone who puts a curse on you. All nations on earth will be blessed because of you.”

In these verses, we read of what is known as the ‘Abrahamic Covenant’ – a promise from God to Abraham. This is a well-known scripture that contains so much in only three verses. It speaks prophetically of what is to come for Abraham, and indeed for ‘all nations on earth’. While there is a lot of depth & significant meaning in these verses, what I love most about it is that it shows God’s heart for His people. The covenant He makes with Abraham is unconditional, unmerited & speaks of the personal relationship He had with Abraham, and longs to have with all people. I am reminded that the promises of God speak so much more about who God is and not just what He can do (even though what He can do is amazing –  there is nothing He cannot do!). I love that God wants to know us & to be known by us, and that He is always for us.

God, thank you that you love us unconditionally, and that we can have real & personal relationship with you. May we long to know you, not just for what you can do in our lives, but for who you are. Amen.

Written by Madelaine Tarasenko

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  1. David Newton says:

    There is so many interesting things in Genesis. Up to this point all three of the only monotheistic religions in the world have a shared heritage.
    All Christians should spend some time getting to know what the ‘Abrahamic Covenant’ actually is and how it fits into Christian teaching.
    Thanks Mads.

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