The Lord said to Abram:
Go out from your land,
and your father’s house
to the land that I will show you.
I will make you into a great nation,
I will bless you,
I will make your name great,
and you will be a blessing.
I will bless those who bless you,
I will curse anyone who treats you with contempt,
and all the peoples on earth
will be blessed through you.
Abram was given a promise. A promise that someday his family would grow. This promise is known as the Abrahamic covenant, and it is a promise that Abraham had to believe it. In fact, in the New Testament, Paul says that Abraham’s faith in this promise was credited to Abraham as righteousness by God. Abraham believed in this coming Messiah, this promised Seed who would bless the whole world. It is this same Seed that we trust in today.
The first chapter of the book of Matthew is spent proving to us that Jesus is this Promised Seed. Matthew goes into detail to demonstrate that Jesus is born of the seed of Abraham, thereby fulfilling this promise. He is the promised Messiah, and it is faith in Him that God credits as righteousness to us. Just as God credited righteousness to Abraham for his faith in this promise, God credits righteousness to us when we trust in Jesus as this Messiah. Salvation is a gracious gift given by God to those who have faith in Jesus as their only hope of reconciliation with God.
Take some time to consider just how gracious God has been, specifically in regards to His worldwide salvation agenda. The Messiah came as a Jewish to the Jewish people, the “family of Abraham; but the blessings of the Messiah are being poured out on “all the families of the earth.”