Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Genesis 12:3 All Blessed

Genesis 12:3 ends with the seventh part of the covenant blessing which God promises to Abram: "...and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you."(NIV) We have already considered the blessings or curses which would come upon nations depending upon their relationship with the nation of Israel. We have also noted the impressive accomplishments which have come to the world through the Jewish people. However, I believe that the Messiah who would one day come through the nation of Israel is the real pinnacle of the blessings indicated in Genesis 12: 1-3.

At this point I think it would be helpful to note that in the Scriptures, God often acts in a way which I can best describe as 'slow revelation'. In film-making, this usually refers to the way in which the details of the story are not given all at once, but are gradually revealed to the viewer, whether by the continued advancement of the story line, or by a particular camera shot, where the camera draws back to reveal some significant detail or additional information. God's revelation of Himself to mankind seems very much like that slow revelation. His Word reveals a complex and beautiful plan, continually unfolding and expanding. There is so much of Him that our finite minds could not grasp it all. Yet the wonder of it all is that He desires to have a relationship with us. This reminds me of Romans 11:33-36 in the New Testament, where the apostle Paul says:

"Oh, the depths of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God!
How unsearchable his judgments,and his paths beyond tracing out!
Who has know the mind of the Lord? Or who has been his counselor?
Who has ever given to God, that God should repay him?
For from him and through him and to him are all things.
To him be the glory forever! Amen." (NIV)

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