His key text is:
1 The Lord said to Abram: Go out from your land, your relatives, and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. 2 I will make you into a great nation, I will bless you, I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. 3 I will bless those who bless you, I will curse those who treat you with contempt, and all the peoples on earth will be blessed through you.
The summary of Lesson 1 is God says, “I will bless you so that you will be a blessing.” The fulfillment of the promise was defined for Abraham in terms of land, descendants, and blessing. Stott’s article showed that not only was God’s promise fulfilled immediately in Abraham’s time, it was fulfilled intermediately through the Gospel; the promised land was transformed into the whole world. The promise of physical descendants of Abraham was transformed into the spiritual children of the Father who are adopted by faith in Christ, and the blessing of salvation is given to all nations. Finally, the promise is fulfilled ultimately at the return of Christ when the land, the descendants, and the blessing are all fulfilled in a new eternal order; every tribe worshiping at the throne of God.
We learn early on that God is a God of covenant; He makes and keeps His promises. The history of God’s people, Abraham’s descendants, is a gift so that they can be a blessing to all nations for His eternal glory.
1 May God be gracious to us and bless us; look on us with favor Selah 2 so that Your way may be known on earth, Your salvation among all nations. 3 Let the peoples praise You, God; let all the peoples praise You. 4 Let the nations rejoice and shout for joy, for You judge the peoples with fairness and lead the nations on earth. Selah 5 Let the peoples praise You, God, let all the peoples praise You. 6 The earth has produced its harvest; God, our God, blesses us. 7 God will bless us, and all the ends of the earth will fear Him.
Questions for Discussion and Reflection: Genesis 3 and Psalm 67 teach us that the blessings from God are so that we can be a blessing to the nations.
1. Read Psalm 67. What is the reason for the blessings? Describe your answers in detail.
2. List some unique blessings that our generation has experienced.
3. Without God’s revelation informing us of His purposes for His blessings, how would we explain our blessings? In other words, how does the world account for the good things that you described in question 2?
4. How can we show by our lives that we believe differently than the world about the blessings in our generation? What does it look like to be a blessing?
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