January 12, 2012

12 - All the peoples on the earth will be blessed through you

Abraham's Departure, by József Molnár

[Urged on] by faith Abraham, when he was called, obeyed and went forth to a place which he was destined to receive as an inheritance; and he went, although he did not know or trouble his mind about where he was to go.

Chareen's Thoughts:  
  • Abram (Exalted / High Father) and Sarai (Argumentative). One of my pet interests is the meanings of names.  I think that in general we under estimate the value of the meanings of our names.  When we speak a name we speak a blessing or a curse. This in turn made looking for names for my children a bit of a challenge!  Looking at Abraham and Sarah's original names I noticed that Abraham had a name with a positive meaning.  Do you know the meaning of your name ?
  • Genesis 12:3 ... and all the peoples on the earth will be blessed through you.  To think that because of the faith of one man ALL the people of the earth are blessed.
  • Genesis 12:11-15 Sarai a beautiful woman.  She must have had an amazing beauty at the age of 60 that even the Pharaoh wanted her. I am not so sure I would have submitted to my husband and lived as a wife to a king :'( She must have had a strength of character few know today.  She must have loved Abram very deeply to forgive him and move forward in their relationship.  It intrigues me that God placed His hand against Pharaoh when it is Abram that sinned by omitting that Sarai is his wife. 
  • Genesis 13: 14-17 God renews the covenant with Abram.  This is the second time He speaks this blessing over Abram.

This is my favourite verse in relation to the Jewish nation and it is a verse that holds a very special place in my heart.  It is a verse that was spoken in prophecy over someone special in my life.

Genesis 12:3 And I will bless those who bless you [who confer prosperity or happiness upon you] and [a]curse him who curses or uses insolent language toward you; in you will all the families and kindred of the earth be blessed [and by you they will bless themselves].


From Bible Gateway:
  1. Genesis 12:3 To look with disfavor on the Jews was to invite God's displeasure; to treat the Jews offensively was to incur His wrath. But to befriend the Jews was to bring down upon one's head the rewards of a promise that could not be broken.

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