Key Scripture: Genesis 12:1-4; 15:1-6
After God confused the languages at Babel, people began to spread out on the earth. But, because of sin, they were still not making his name famous in the world. In fact, many people on Earth did not even know God’s name! But God didn’t give up on his wonderful plan to fill creation with his glory.
Noah had a great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great grandson named Abram. Abram did not know the one true God, but God knew him. God chose Abram and called him to be the father of a big, new family who would worship the one true God. This family was going to be God’s special, chosen people—the ones who would reflect God’s glory in the world again.
God told Abram to leave his country, his people, and his old way of life. He told Abram to go to a new land that God would give him! God made a covenant (which is a very special promise) with Abram. He promised to bless Abram and his new family. And there’s more! God promised that, through Abram’s family, He was going to bless people from every nation in the world! God even changed Abram’s name to Abraham, which means “father of nations”.
There was only one problem. Abraham and his wife Sarah could not have children. But this was not a problem for God. God took Abraham outside and told him to look up and try to count the stars. God told Abraham that his children would be like the stars in the sky–too many to count! While it seemed impossible, Abraham believed God’s word. He had faith that God would keep his promise.
Although Abraham believed God, he was not perfect. Like all humans, he had a sin problem. God’s blessing wasn’t going to come to all people on earth because of Abraham’s faithfulness. No, God was going to use Abraham’s big family to send someone better—someone perfect. It was through a future child of Abraham, that God would bring his blessing to people everywhere and fill the world with his glory again.
Main Point: God blessed a man named Abram (later named Abraham) and told him to leave home and start a big, new family. God would offer his grace to the whole world through Abraham’s family.
Christ Connection: Jesus Christ is the son of Abraham through whom all the nations will be blessed. Abraham’s blessing comes to us through faith in Christ (Galatians 3:14, 26-29).