JESUS CHRIST is the FULFILLMENT of the ‘ABRAHAMIC’ BLESSING
January 10 Bible Reading: Genesis Chapters 28-30
"Now Jacob…dreamed, and behold, a ladder was set up on the earth, and its top reached to heaven; and there the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. And behold, the Lord stood above it and said: "I am the Lord God of Abraham your father and the God of Isaac; the land on which you lie I will give to you and your descendants. Also your descendants shall be as the dust of the earth; you shall spread abroad to the west and the east, to the north and the south; and in you and in your seed all the families of the earth shall be blessed." (Gen. 28:10-14)
A vast majority of Christians in this world limit their scripture reading to the New Testament as they understand that only the New Testament has relevance for our present day life. They feel that the Old Testament is only a historical account of the people of Israel, and is therefore of no importance to them. However, as Apostle Paul tells his spiritual son Timothy in 2 Tim. 2:15, we should "rightly divide the word of truth" (2 Tim. 2:15), for "all Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness..." (2 Tim. 3:16). Keeping this in mind, let us look closely how Jesus Christ is revealed in and through the Abrahamic blessing, and how it was always God’s plan to bless us through His Son Jesus Christ.
To lay the groundwork for this discernment, we need to understand whom God was referring to by “the seed” that was part of His blessing to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. The earliest reference of “the seed” is when God cursed the serpent (Satan) for deceiving the woman into disobeying His express command of not eating the forbidden fruit from the tree of knowledge of good and evil: "And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel" (Gen. 3:15). Bible scholars agree that this is the very first prophecy in the scriptures that has any reference to Jesus Christ. In the above statement, God is referring to His Son Jesus Christ with the words “her Seed” or, “the Seed of the woman”. Even though Satan “bruise His heel” by getting him killed on the cross, Jesus bruised the head of Satan by triumphing over him through His resurrection on the third day (Col. 2:15).
We can now see the fulfillment of the Abrahamic blessing in Jesus Christ, as “the seed” is mentioned multiple times whenever God blessed Abraham at the very beginning or referred to this blessing later to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob as well. See the evidences below:
- First, when God made His “Great Promise” to Abraham: "I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed" (Gen. 12:3).
- Second, when God confirmed to Abraham after verifying his faith and commitment: "In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice." (Gen. 22:18)
- Third, when God reiterated his earlier promise to Isaac: "And I will make your descendants multiply as the stars of heaven; I will give to your descendants all these lands; and in your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed; because Abraham obeyed My voice and kept My charge, My commandments, My statutes, and My laws." (Gen. 26:4-5)
- Fourth, when God reconfirmed His promise to Jacob: "I am the Lord God of Abraham your father and the God of Isaac…in you and in your seed all the families of the earth shall be blessed." (Gen. 28:13-14)