Indeed I will greatly bless you, and I will greatly multiply your seed as the stars of the heavens and as the sand which is on the seashore… (Genesis 22:17)
Why is a promise given to a 75 year old man who lived some 4000 years ago so important? Because it captures God’s intent and purposes for man from beginning to end. The Father’s desire was to fill the earth with people who would love and glorify Him. The promise is a reflection of the first command given in the garden, “Be fruitful and multiply” (Gen 1.28). His command was reiterated by Jesus 2000 years later when He commissioned us to “make disciples of all nations” (Mt 28.28-20). And now in the 21st Century we continue to fill the earth with His image bearers from generation to generation. God created every man, woman, and child to intimately walk with Him. He is overjoyed to see scores of people who choose to love and follow Him (Mt 4.19, Jn 17.18). This is the great romance; God’s promise to as many as will respond to His love to create spiritual off spring through us from generation to generation. From the garden to Abraham to Jesus to us, a golden thread woven throughout the entire Bible.
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