THEME: PROMISE OF GREATNESS
Genesis 12:2 -3 NIV
“I will make you into 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 peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”
-Great in Hebrew is written as gadol and megas in Greek which means vast, massive, powerful, and excellent. The Jews boasted of having Abram as their father. Even though the Lord changed his name to Abraham so as to make him the father of many nations and establish an eternal covenant with him. He made his name great although Abraham had not yet received the promise of a son. Abraham did not loose hope in the Lord, and did not consider his old age or the barrenness of his wife Sarah as deadness of her womb, but had strong faith in the Lord and gave glory to God (Romans 4:19-20). The Lord made Abraham into a great nation and sealed his promise through circumcision. Even though the promise to settle the Israelites into the promised land was not instantly executed, they had to suffer a while in the hands of their Egyptian masters, and the Lord declared a punished against the oppressors (Acts 7:5-7). This promise has literally, historically, and verifiably come true. The blessing of Abraham was not only with temporal, but principally with spiritual ones, since Abram in person had no share of the land of Canaan; even with the adoption of children and friendship with God. Abraham received the promise of a son Isaac, who was the father of Jacob and in turn the father of the twelve patriarchs who were also called to faith. The faith of Abraham was justified by the imputed righteousness of Christ. This blessedness came upon him when uncircumcised; with a large measure of faith and thus resulted to circumcision of the heart for those who believe in Jesus Christ. We are then great and possess the blessing of Abraham through faith and have been sanctified by the Holy Spirit, and increase in faith until we will be brought to perfection, eternal glory and joy with Jesus Christ.
Lord You are Great and Mighty is Your name. There is none like You Jesus. Lord You are Great and greatly to be praised. You are to be feared above all gods. You are the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last, our everlasting King. Thank You for You are Great in our lives, families, businesses, economy, leadership and our nation. None can compare to You. Thank You for this far that You have brought us and for enabling us to start a new week in good health. May You remember all those who are sick in hospitals and at home, that You may heal them and deliver them from their pain and distress. May You remember us with mercy that You may heal our hearts and forgive us all our trespasses. May You remember the promise that You have made unto us and our descendants through our father Abraham that You may bless us and make us great for the glory and honor of Your name. May You grant the gift of salvation unto us and all our descendants dear Jesus. May You bless all the candidates who are waiting to do their exams that You may grant them good success. May You grant us peace and security in our nation and all the nations of the world. May You cover us with Your precious blood and hedge of fire that nothing harmful may come near us. We thank You Jesus for the blessings and grace that You have given us from everlasting to everlasting. We thank You for Your love and favor that transcends to all generations. We exult Your name Jesus and praise You now and forever. Amen.
Further reading: John 8:33-36, Galatians 3:29