I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.
Genesis 12:3 ESV
Though sin entered the world through Adam and Eve, God did not forsake humanity; in fact, He promised that the offspring of woman would come as the savior. This was good news spoken into a dark moment, a thread of light upon the horizon.
As the generations came and went, God did not forget His promise.
God called out to a man named Abram (later to be called Abraham) and made three main promises to him. God promised to give him a son (because his wife was barren), to make a mighty nation from the offspring, and to give his descendants the land of Canaan. Though Abraham was incredibly old, God blessed him with a child, an offspring through whom God would establish His promise.
But there is a great depth to God’s promise. God declares that all the families (or nations) of the earth will be blessed through Abraham.
How is this possible?
Paul tells us explicitly that Jesus is the prophesied offspring of Abraham (Gal. 3:16). Followers of Jesus are certainly blessed (Eph. 1:3), and we are told that they will be found among every nation (Rev. 7:9).
Thus, Jesus is the ultimate fulfillment of Abraham’s promise, and the coming of Jesus is the blessing of every nation on earth.
As the offspring of Abraham, we must remember that Jesus is the great blessing that repairs the curse of sin among every nation and people group. Pray specifically today for the expansion of the gospel into the all the nations of the earth.