Daily Word

Promise reaffirmed | Genesis 22:15-24

15 Then the angel of the Lord called to Abraham a second time from heaven, 16 and said, “By Myself I have sworn, declares the Lord, because you have done this thing and have not withheld your son, your only son, 17 indeed I will greatly bless you, and I will greatly multiply your seed as the stars of the heavens and as the sand, which is on the seashore; and your seed shall possess the gate of their enemies. 18 And in your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice.” 19 So Abraham returned to his young men, and they got up and went together to Beersheba; and Abraham lived in Beersheba.

20 Now it came about after these things, that Abraham was told, saying, “Behold, Milcah also has borne children to your brother Nahor: 21 Uz his firstborn, Buz his brother, Kemuel (the father of Aram), 22 Chesed, Hazo, Pildash, Jidlaph, and Bethuel”— 23 and it was Bethuel who fathered Rebekah. These eight Milcah bore to Nahor, Abraham’s brother. 24 His concubine, whose name was Reumah, also gave birth to Tebah, Gaham, Tahash, and Maacah.

Genesis 22:15-24 (NASB)

Promise reaffirmed

Abraham has just passed probably the most difficult test of faith any man can face; and one that points to God’s love for us. The angel of the Lord is the Lord himself. “Jesus the Messiah, God the Son, was uniquely present at this remarkable event.”(enduringword.com) He swears (“make a solemn statement or promise undertaking to do something or affirming that something is the case.” – google.com) to Abraham that because he was obedient and trusted Him, He would bless him. 

You’ll notice it’s the same promise as previously (Genesis, 15:4-6, 18:18) – to give him descendents as numerous as the stars and the sand. Through Abraham, all the nations of the earth will be blessed.

God pronounces the blessing, “because you have obeyed My voice”. Has the promise changed? No. This confirms that Abraham had this faith when God first promised (Genesis 15:6). This event was a test to prove that faith. James says that faith without works is dead (James 2:14-26, esp 17). This test proved the faith of Abraham was real.

Plug for the future

The last section is here to show us Abraham’s other relatives had children back in Uz. One of them is Buz Light Year 😀. The other is kind of buried in the details, Rebekah. She will become Isaac’s wife and continue the line of Abraham to the promised seed that will bless all the nations.

RЯeflection

  • Are you facing a test of your faith? Has God told you to do something (like through His word) and you’re struggling? Maybe He’s calling you to missions or to some other full time service? Or could it be He wants you to let your light shine to the people around you so they may see your good works and glorify God?

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