Our God is eternal, everlasting, omnipotent, all powerful, and all the other attributes that goes with it.

We know that He is the God of love and mercy and compassion and that His love came after us and all that.
We understand and admit that there is a very big gap between the first and second verses of Genesis chapter 1. We have no way of knowing how big that gap of time was! Since that is not relevant to my topic I am moving on.
God created man in His image and likeness and placed him in the garden of Eden and commanded him "Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die." {Gen.2:17}
Unfortunately they disobeyed God's commandment and lost the glory of God and His presence for ever. God could have just destroyed them then and there and created a new man but in His mercy decided to keep them alive and had an eternal plan to redeem them. We see the purpose of the Lord in grace in Genesis chapter 6 verse 8 & 9. Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord. .. Noah was a just man , perfect in his generations. Noah walked with God.
God judged the sinful men with the flood but kept the remnant through Noah and his family. After the flood Noah built an altar to the Lord and took of every clean animal and of every clean bird, and offered burned offering on the altar and when the Lord smelt a soothing aroma the Lord relented and said in his heart "I will never again curse the ground for man's sake, although the imagination of man's heart is evil from his youth nor will I again destroy every living thing as I have done. While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, winter and summer, and day and night shall not cease."
So God blessed Noah and his sons, and said to them: "Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth". The Noahic covenant reaffirms the conditions of life of fallen man as announced by the Adamic covenant, and institutes the principle of human government to curb the outbreak of sin, since the threat of divine judgment in the form of another flood has been removed. The elements of the covenant are :
{1} Man is made responsible to protect the sanctity of human life by orderly rule over the individual man, even to capital punishment(Gen.9:5-6), (Rom.13:1-7).
(2) No additional curse is placed upon the ground, nor is man to fear another universal flood(Gen.8:21, 9:11-16).
(3) The order of nature is confirmed (Gen.8:22, 9:2)
(4) The flesh of animals is added to man's diet (Gen.9:3-4) . Presumably man had been a vegetarian prior to the flood.
(5) A prophetic declaration is made that descendants of Canaan, one of Ham's sons , will be servants to their brethren(Gen.9:25-26).
(6) A prophetic declaration is made that Shem will have a unique relation to the Lord ( Gen.9:26-27). All divine revelation is through Semitic men , and Christ, after the flesh, descends from Shem.
(7) A prophetic declaration is made that from Japheth will descend the enlarged races (Gen.9:27). Government, science and art, speaking broadly, are and have been Japhetic, so that history is the indisputable record of the exact fulfillment of these declarations.
When we come to chapter 12 of Genesis we see the master plan of God for humans. God selects one man through whom God wants to bless the whole world.
The Lord had said to Abram, "Leave your country, your people and your father's household and go 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." (Gen.12:1-3).
GOD'S PROMISE REVEALS HIS PURPOSE
Who is this Lord who spoke to Abram? The Lord who chose and called him is the same Lord who, in the beginning created the heavens and the earth. He is the same Lord who climaxed his creative work by making man and woman unique creatures in his own likeness. The Bible begins with the universe not with planet earth; then with the earth, not with Palestine, then with Adam the father of the human race, not with Abraham the father of the chosen race. Thus we see that God is the creator of the universe, the earth and all mankind.
There is only one living and true God who has revealed himself fully and finally in his only Son Jesus Christ. Monotheism lies at the basis of mission. There is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus" (1 Tim. 2:5). The genesis record moves on from the creation of all things by the one God and of human beings in his likeness, to our rebellion against our own creator and to God's judgment upon his rebel creatures a judgment which is relieved by his first gospel promise that one day the woman's seed would "bruise indeed "crush" the serpent's head (Gen.3:15). The following eight chapters (Gen. 4 - 11) describes the devastating results of the Fall in terms of the progressive alienation of human beings from God and from our fellow human beings. This was the setting in which God's call and promise came to Abrahm. All around was moral deterioration, darkness and dispersal. Society was steadily disintegrating. Yet God the Creator did not abandon the human beings he made in his own image and likeness (Gen.9:6). Out of the prevailing godlessness, he called one man and his family and promised to bless not only them, but through them, the whole world.
God promised him when He said to Abraham "Lift up your eyes and look from the place where you are, northward and southward and eastward and westward; for all the land which you see I will give to you and to your descendants forever.(Gen.13:14-15). The promise extended to posterity. God would make of him a great nation. He changed his name from Abram to Abraham (father of a multitude)."I have made you the father of a multitude of nations" (Gen17:5). God gave him another visual aid telling him now to look not to the earth but to the sky and asked him to count the stars and told him "so shall your descendants be". Even though he was still childless in his eighties, he believed God's promise and "God reckoned it to him as righteousness." Because he trusted God, God accepted him as righteous in his sight (Gen.15:5-6).
The promise of blessing continued when He said, "I will bless you...I will establish my covenant between me and you and to your descendants after you and I will be their God". (Gen.17:7-8). The old testament prophecy have triple fulfillment - past, present and future. The past fulfillment was an immediate or historical fulfillment in the life of the nation of Israel. The present is an intermediate or gospel fulfillment in Christ and his church. The future will be an ultimate or eschatological fulfillment in the new heaven and the new earth. God's promise to Abraham received an immediate historical fulfillment in his physical descendants, the people of Israel.
God's promise to Abraham of a numerous, indeed of an innumerable, posterity was confirmed to his son, Isaac(Gen.26:4, as the stars of heaven) and his grandson, Jacob (Gen.32:12 as the sand of the sea). Gradually the promise began to come literally true. The descendants of Israel were fruitful and increased greatly; they multiplied and grew exceedingly strong so that the land was filled with them. (Ex.1:7). Several hundred years later King Solomon called Israel "a great people that cannot be numbered or counted for multitude" (1 Kg.3:8). Three hundred and fifty years after Solomon Jeremiah warned Israel of impending judgment and captivity and then added this divine promise of restoration: "As the host of heaven cannot be numbered and the sands of the sea cannot be measured so I will multiply the descendants of David my servant" (Jer.33:22).
God's faithfulness to his promise to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is seen when He rescued his people from their Egyptian slavery and gave them the territory called the "Promised land".
Throughout the Old Testament God continued to bless the obedient while the disobedient fell under his judgment. When we come to the New Testament era the blessing of God was extended to the Gentiles by including them to the community of Jesus. "Once you were no people but now you are God's people; once you had not received mercy but now you have received mercy" (1 Pet.2:9-10). Only with the inclusion of Gentiles we understand how the blessings of Abraham extends to all the families of the earth. God has raised up children to Abraham from an unlikely source - the Gentiles. This is an over spill of the promise to Abraham that all the nations of the world would be blessed.
Apostle Peter seems to grasp this in his second sermon , just after Pentecost. He addressed the Jewish crowd with the words "you are the sons ...of the covenant which God gave to your fathers, saying to Abraham, "And in your posterity shall all the families of the earth be blessed". God, having raised up his servant (Jesus), sent him to you first to bless you in turning every one of you from your wickedness". (Acts 3:25-26). If Jesus was sent "first" to the Jews, he was sent next to the Gentiles, whose "families of the earth" had been far off" (Acts.2:39), but were now to share in the blessing. Paul was called and appointed to be the apostle to the Gentiles. To him was revealed God's eternal but hitherto secret purpose to make Jews and Gentiles "fellow heirs, members of the same body and partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel".(Eph.3:6) Abraham's real descendants are believers in Jesus Christ whether they happen to be Jews or Gentiles.
Now we are Abraham's seed by faith, and the earth's families will be blessed only if we go to them with the gospel. What then is the blessing with which all the nations were to be blessed? It is the blessing of salvation. We were under the curse of the law, but Christ has redeemed us from it by becoming the curse in our place, in order "that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith". Christ bore our curse that we might inherit Abraham's blessing, the blessing of justification and of the indwelling Holy Spirit. "If you are Christ's, then you are Abraham's offspring, heirs according to promise."
God's promise to Abraham will receive an ultimate or eschatological fulfillment in the final destiny of all the redeemed. In the book of Revelation there is one more reference to God's promise to Abraham(Rev.7:9 ff). John sees in a vision a great multitude which no man could number". It is an international throng, drawn "from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and tongues". They are "standing before the throne," the symbol of God's kingly reign. That is his kingdom has finally come, and they are enjoying all the blessings of his gracious rule. He shelters them with his presence. Their wilderness days of hunger, thirst and scorching heat are over. They have entered the promised land at last, described now not as "a land flowing with milk and honey" but as a land irrigated from "springs of living water" which never dry up. They have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb, they have been cleansed from sin and clothed with righteousness through the merits of the death of Jesus Christ alone. Therefore they are before the throne of God. Here are the spiritual descendants of Abraham , a great multitude which no man could number, as countless as the sand on the sea shore and as the stars in the night sky. Here, all the families of the earth are being blessed for the numberless multitude is composed of people from every nation.
Conclusion
He is the God of history. History is not a random flow of event, for God is working out in time a plan which he conceived in a past eternity and will consummate in a future eternity. In this historical process Jesus Christ as the Seed of Abraham, is the key figure. Let us rejoice that if we are Christ's disciples, we are Abraham's descendants. We belong to his spiritual lineage. If we have received the blessings of justification by faith, acceptance with God and the indwelling Spirit, then we are beneficiaries today of promises made to Abraham four thousand years ago.
He is the God of covenant. He is the God of blessing. He is the God of mercy.
He is the God of mission.
The nations are not gathered in automatically. If God has promised to bless "all the families of the earth," he has promised to do so "through Abraham's seed" (Gen.12:3; 22:18). Now we are Abraham's seed by faith, and the earth's families will be blessed only if we go to them with the gospel. That is God's plain purpose. Let these words "all the families of the earth" be written in our hearts. It is this expression more than any other which reveals the living God of the Bible to be a missionary God. We need to become global Christians with a global vision, for we have a global God.
(Reference article by John R.W. Stott "The Living God is a Missionary God)

 

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