This is what God gave me today in His word:
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. 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. (Genesis 12:1-2)
Now the LORD said to Jesus, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land. 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.
Explanation of the transquote:
Christ left His home in Heaven, and come to Earth; to lowly man. He did this so He could take all our sin on Himself. An action which meant He had to die for us. And in dying for us, He made us His brothers and sisters. He made for Himself a great nation by being a blessing to us. — How does that song go again?
You came from heaven to earth, to show the way
From the earth to the cross, my debt to pay
From the cross to the grave, from the grave to the sky
Lord I lift your name on high.
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Though it’s true (thankfully), Jesus never disobeyed God (unlike Abram, whose soon to be Abraham, who seems to be doing it all over the place), there is a similarity:
Both had God send them to a place that wasn’t their home. Granted, in Jesus’ case it’s a bit more of an extreme change…
Both built a great nation for themselves. Again, in two very different ways: Jesus died to build His, where as Abram (Abraham) just had a kid to start his off.
Both were a blessing. One considerably more than the other.
Let’s look again for confirmation in the New Testament and in context:
New Testament confirmation:
7 Know then that it is ithose of faith who are jthe sons of Abraham. 8 And the Scripture, foreseeing that kGod would justify3 the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel beforehand to Abraham, saying, l“In you shall all the nations be blessed.”9 So then, those who are of faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith. (Galatians 3:7-9)
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 12:3)
This is supportive by way of contrast: Jesus on the cross blessed those who cursed Him. Those who blessed Him, or at least made it seem that way (such as Nicodemus), ended up getting rebuked. Though I wouldn’t call a rebuking a curse, I would say it isn’t exactly pleasant.
You are Loved!