As we read the 12th chapter of Genesis this morning, we are introduced to Abram. Abram – son of Terah, husband of Sarai – is living in Ur of the Chaldees before relocating with his father to Haran. It was there that the Lord suddenly reaches out to Abram. I find it amazing that God did this… after all – the chances of Abram being a God-fearing man were remote. His homeland was famous for Moon worship. (Excavations have turned up a sophisticated society in Ur at that time, with an education system and temples dedicated to the worship of false deity’s). Although it cannot be known for certain – we can surmise that anything Abram knew about the true God, Yahweh, was scant at best.

So God suddenly introduces Himself to Abram – and pronounces a series of Blessings over him. Now remember, God’s original plan is still on His heart. He is working towards blessing the entire world and restoring it to it’s original state as expressed in the garden. He is also looking for people to do it through – as his agents of blessing. So God calls Abram.

A big question right off the bat is ‘What did Abram do to catch God’s eye?’ How did Abram get himself into position for God to bless him? The answer is Nothing! We have no record of Abram ever calling out to the Lord – worshiping him – honoring him. God simply reached out first to Abram with e Blessing offer.

I will make you a great nation.

I will bless you.

I will make your name great.

I will bless those who bless you.

In you shall all families of the earth be blessed.
(That is grace).

God chose to bless Abram – to use him as the catalyst for the reworking of His plan for creation. Abram did nothing to deserve it or earn it… grace. What Abram did do is believe and respond in obedience. That is faith. It was God’s grace – coupled with Abram’s faith – which set him up to be blessed. The two working hand in hand – just as God wanted it in the garden with Adam & Eve.

Just as He still wants it today. He blesses – we believe and obey with faith.

Be Fruitful & Multiply,

PK

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