Summary: A Mission sermon to reach the unreached people groups.
Missions: God’s Blessing Genesis 12:1-3
Today we are looking at a passage in Scripture (Gen. 3:1-12) that is the key to understanding God’s purpose for you. When our lives align with God’s purposes, when God’s church is in line with the purposes of God, then we are prepared to receive the blessings of God.
Genesis Chapter 11 sets the stage.
Here we find the story of the Tower of Babel. We gain insight from this passage as to the origin of the over 3,000 languages that exist today (over half of those are found in India).
At the tower of Babel man devises a grand plan to make a name for himself. We read in Genesis 11:4 that man wants to make a name for himself at the expense of God. God responds in accordance with his righteous nature and punishes those who have sought their own glory (that is rightly due to God).
The Sin of the tower of Babel is followed by the punishment of scattering the people and scrambling their language. Here we see that instead of one unified people, God has separated the people into peoples, ethno-linguistic units.
Immediately following the Tower of Babel account, God traces the genealogy of Abraham back, even preceding the tower of Babel, all the way back to the flood. This is followed in Scripture by the glorious message of salvation. This is our text, and one of the great texts for the Biblical foundation of Missions.
Read Genesis 12:1-3
The Lord had said to Abram, “Leave your country, your people and your father’s household and go to the land I will show you. “I will make you a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all the peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”
Our text, Genesis 12:1-3, has to a large extent been only partially understood. When we grasp the full meaning of this passage we see this passage as one of the central texts of the Bible, because God says much more to Abraham than just, “I will bless you”. The “so you will be a blessing to all the families of the earth” is the crucial, often neglected and central aspect in understanding the purposes of God.
I) God’s Desire is to Bless “I will Bless You” Genesis 12:2
It does not matter where you live, you will find the common desire of all people is to be blessed. Parents want their children to have more than they had. They want education and food and clothes and good health for their family. There is this universal desire to be blessed and it is found among all people everywhere.
The blessings of God however include much more than good health, food, shelter and a good job. God’s blessing includes our Salvation and our future heavenly home. God desires to bless us in ways that are spiritual and eternal.
Ephesians Chapter 2 highlights the true blessing of God. We are made alive when previously we were spiritually dead. The Spirit of God is at work in us. We were aliens, now we are in the family of God. These are indeed the blessings of God.
Our Call to Obedience vs. 1
In Genesis 12:1-3 God clearly tells Abraham that He will bless him. However, God did not immediately pour out his blessing on Abram (Abraham). God first tested Abraham and found him obedient. He required something of Abraham, something that was in line with his purposes. Abraham demonstrated his obedience and his call to faith in his willingness to sacrifice his son Isaac.
We have a responsibility that goes hand in hand with our blessings. When Abraham obeyed God we read how God responded. Genesis 17:18 “And in your seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because you have obeyed my voice.”
Today as believers in Christ we are Abraham’s offspring. We are called to obedience and faith. Obedience is part of Abraham’s call. This obedience goes right along with Abraham’s blessing. You didn’t get where you are today without obedience and faith. God has tested you over the years as he tested Abraham.
II) God’s Blessing is the Best
“I will make you a great nation” vs. 2
God had said to Abraham as are the stars of the sky and the sands of the sea, so this numerous will your offspring be! It would not be possible to number the stars of the sky or the sands of the sea. God promised Abraham to have so many offspring that you could not even count them.
How many children did Abraham have when he died? His sons Isaac and Ishmael buried him. Abraham had some children by Keturah, but you could count on your fingers the number of Abraham’s children. On face value that hardly seems as numerous as the stars of the sky.