The show-and-tell lessons.
With the call of Abraham, God began revealing to the helpless humankind how He will fulfill the promise to crush the enemy and restore to Himself the fallen humanity. Even though Abraham was one individual, God had a plan for the entire humankind. God told the Abraham about His plan: “I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all people on earth will be blessed through you.” Genesis 12:3, NIV. Abraham could not yet see how God will fulfill His promise because his wife could not have children and was already past the child-bearing age. After Abraham liberated his nephew Lot, and Sodom and Gomorrah, God blessed him and told him, “…’ I am your shield, your very great reward.’ But Abraham said, ‘O Sovereign Lord, what can you give me since I remain childless…'” Genesis 15:1, 2, NIV.
Abraham did not understand yet that “all the people on earth” could not be blessed in any of his biological sons, but in the Son, God promised in the garden of Eden. Genesis 3:15. Abraham, at his wife’s advice, had a son with her female slave so, he told God, “‘If only Ishmael might live under your blessing’!” Genesis 17:18, NIV. “Then God said, ‘Yes, but your wife Sarah will bear you son, and you will call him Isaac…'” Genesis 17:19, NIV. So, when Abraham was one hundred years old, and his wife Sarah was ninety years old, they had a son, and they named him Isaac – the promised son. Isaac was the shadow pointing to the reality; the promised Son whom God will send to the helpless humankind.
The lesson here is that, when Abraham and his wife couldn’t have children, God intervened and gave them a son through whom the Savior of the world would come, in the fullness of time. So also, when the humankind couldn’t do anything concerning its slavery in the kingdom of sin and darkness; God intervened. “You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly.” Romans 5:6, NIV. Thus, God’s promise that “all the people on earth will be blessed” through Abraham became a reality in the Promised Son – Jesus Christ.
The ultimate sacrifice. Next blog.