Daily Word

Blessed to bless | Genesis 12:1-3

​1 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.”

Genesis 12:1-3 (ESV)

The call

It had been 10 generations (about 500 years) since God had spoken to man with Noah. Other than the tower of Babel incident, we have no idea how Good was moving in mankind or how mankind was responding to God. 

Suddenly, it seems, of all the people in the world, God comes to Abram and calls him. Why him? Had he demonstrated some wonderful, godly traits or faith? Not that we know of. We can’t say it’s because he was in the bloodline of the Messiah, since God could have chosen anyone. He chose Abram for the same reason he chose you or me – grace.

What was the call? To get up and go to a place? To leave his country, people and family? Yes. Yet the call was more. The call was the same as Adam and Noah and all people of faith: obey and trust God. Why would Abram respond? Did he already worship God? We don’t know. But he recognized the Lord and responded.

The promise

First, God promises to make a great nation from him. Would that motivate him to obey? God would bless him and make him great. Did he want to become rich and famous and build cities and name them after his sons? Let’s not forget that his wife, Sarai, was barren. This is significant. So a promise to become a great nation probably meets his deep need and desire. God promised. 


The word is used 5 times in these verses. You think God wants to get a message across? God promises to bless Abram. Why? So he could be a blessing. In him, “all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” “This amazing promise was fulfilled in the Messiah that came from Abram’s lineage.” (enduringword.com) Abram was blessed to bless. It wasn’t to be kept to himself. It meant God had a purpose for his life.

God also promised to make him godlike in that those who bless him would be blessed, and those who dishonored him would be cursed. 


  • What is God calling you to? It could be too reconcile with someone. Maybe you need to stick with a job. What about joining a ministry at church? I remember when we were called to serve in another culture and leave country, home, family and friends. 
  • You have been blessed. How are you sharing that blessing?
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