Grafted In | DAY IV

READ GENESIS TWELVE

 

Abraham is the patriarch of Christ’s family tree, and today we see his introduction onto the Biblical scene. Abraham is the first man in Biblical history God called to Himself when God spoke these words to him:

 

Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. 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.”

 

Though the world had fallen from God through sin (Genesis three), God was on a mission of redemption. God, in His love and mercy, set forth a plan to save the world from sin and restore the broken relationship between Himself, mankind, and creation. And this plan hinged on Him sending His beloved Son into the world to accomplish this restorative work.

And He started with Abraham.

 

What does God call Abraham to do?

 

What promise does God make to Abraham?

 

Who all did God say would receive the blessing He promised to Abraham?

 

God’s promise to Abraham is one of the first signs to you and to me that redemption is coming! God didn’t just promise to bless Abraham, but to bless all the families of the earth through Abraham’s coming descendants. As we will see throughout our study of Matthew one, the family line of Abraham will lead us right to the manger and the birth of our Savior. The blessing that God promised to Abraham is extended to all the families of the earth – to you and to me – through Abraham’s ultimate descendant: Jesus Christ.

 

PRAY AND REFLECT

Thank God that He has extended the blessing promised to Abraham to you. Thank Him that in His kindness and mercy, He sent His Son to reconcile you to Himself.

Author: amygannett

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  • Even though Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit, his lineage is always traced via Jospeh’s family line. I have often wondered about this—is it part of the cultural context of the times to trace lineage of the fathers, even though Joseph was not a part of the conception of Jesus? Or is it the acknowledgement that Joseph was Jesus’ earthly father? Of course, it is quite clear in God’s promise to Abraham implies that He intends to bless all families of the earth through his descendant, Jesus, so that right there may answer my question; but if you have other insights, I would love to hear them!

    • That’s a great question! We’ll look at a bit at how Jewish linages are usually traced in the coming days of this study, but the short answer is yes. Lineages are always traced by the father’s family line. It’s easy for us to remember that God chose Mary to be Jesus’ mother, but we can easily forget that He also chose Joseph to be Christ’s earthly father. By God’s design, Jesus was to take on Joseph’s family name – the name that we trace all the way back to David. This is part of the radical nature of the Incarnation (Jesus becoming man): he was born right into a family, intrinsically tied to a culture and family dynamic and family name – even as God!