The Lord had said to Abram,
“Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you.
“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.”
Questions for Kids:
Do you know what great nation comes from Abraham?
How does this nation bless all the people on the earth?
Explanation and Meditation:
Our first reading discussed how Adam and Eve died without ever seeing the promised son who would crush the snake’s head. Eve had given birth to lots of babies, but instead of producing a great hero, she only gave birth to children who grew more and more sinful. Her seed was looking more like the snake than the one who could destroy him. Today’s reading is only nine chapters after the last one, but those nine chapters represent (by conservative estimates) nearly two millennia. That’s 2000 years! During those long years, God had grown increasingly angry over the wickedness of humanity, and had judged them in a destructive world-wide flood, saving just one man and his family. Could Noah be the fulfillment of God’s ancient promise? Could he be the much needed snake-crusher and sin-deliverer?
But here history reveals another sorry tale. Not long after that flood, we begin to see that Noah’s family is no improvement on Adam’s. They perpetuate the same rebellion against God’s rule that surfaced in the garden with Adam and the snake. 2000 years’ worth of human babies couldn’t produce what the world needed.
But then, Genesis Chapter 12 singles out a new man. This man had nothing to recommend himself to God, except that when God spoke, he listened, he believed and he obeyed. God spoke directly to Abraham, promising to make him into a great nation who would bless all the people of the world. After years and years of silence, God was finally offering another clue about where we might find this great hero. Blessing (rescue!) would come from a citizen of Abraham’s great nation, so that now all our fortunes are tied to this man and to his nation.
Song of hope: Come Thou Long Expected Jesus
Come, thou long-expected Jesus
Born to set thy people free;
From our fears and sins release us;
Let us find our rest in Thee.
Israel’s strength and consolation,
Hope of all the earth Thou art;
Dear desire of every nation,
Joy of every longing heart.