Genesis 12:1-3 Now the LORD said to Abram, "Go from your country and your kindred and your father's house to the land that I will show you. 2 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. 3 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."
Notice the promises that the LORD spoke to Abram (later named Abraham, "father of many nations" Genesis 17:5). God promised to lead him to a new land and make him into a great nation. Abraham was 75 years old at the time of this promise. The year was 2166 BC. The people of Israel became a nation in 1446 BC, entered the land promised to Abraham in 1406 BC and became a great nation under King David in 1010-970 BC. It is interesting to note that Abraham only saw one grandson, Jacob, before he died. Jacob had the 12 sons who became the great nation, Israel, ruled by King David.
God promised Abraham would be a blessing to all the families (people groups) on the earth. This promise began to be filled when Jesus was born, completed His earthly ministry, died on the cross, rose from the dead and ascended back to the throne of God as Ruler over heaven and earth. It is through Jesus Christ that all families (people groups) will be blessed. Jesus last commission was for His disciples to make disciples of all nations, baptize them in the name of the Father, son, and Holy Spirit, and teach them to obey everything He commanded them (Matthew 28:19-20). He taught that those who hear God's word and obey it are blessed (Luke 11:28). As His disciples do what He commissioned them to do, all families on earth will be blessed. Jesus is the seed (offspring) of Abraham (Galatians 3:16). The second promise God gave to Abraham recorded in Genesis 12:3 is still being fulfilled today.
What lesson can we learn from Abraham. We need to live in obedience to the Lord. We may not see the fulfillment of all of God's promises in our life time, but we need to remember that how we live now affects the coming generations. As we live in obedience to God now, we will experience an abundant life even in the midst of the many trials that will come our way and when Jesus comes we will experience the fruit of God's fulfilled promises. Abraham saw one grandson in his earthly life, but he will see all nations on earth blessed because he trusted God and obeyed Him. The best is yet to come. Keep living for Jesus by being like Christ and doing what He teaches us in the Bible.