22 Days - Genesis 12:3
God had a plan for Jesus since the very beginning of time. God created a Savior before we even knew we had to be saved. Let’s take a look at the twelfth chapter of the first Book in the Bible:
Genesis 12:3, “I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” (NKJV)
This is our first real introduction to Abram, who later became Abraham. To give some context, in Genesis 12:3 this is God speaking to Abram. In this chapter, God commands Abram at age 75 to leave Ur of the Chaldeans in his country of modern day Iraq. So the faithful Abram leaves with his nephew Lot and wife Sarai to go to Canaan where God says: “To your descendants I will give this land.” (Genesis 12:7 NKJV) But where is Canaan? Modern day Israel.
Check out Jeremiah 23:5-6 “Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will raise unto David (the king of Israel) a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth. In His days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is His name whereby He shall be called, The Lord Our Righteousness.”
But let's go back to "and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed". Hm, let's check that out... how does Abraham, king David, Jesus, and the nation of Israel really all fit together to fulfill this prophecy? How are all in the families of the earth blessed through Abraham? Let’s look at the genealogy of Jesus as explained in Matthew 1:
“The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the Son of David, the Son of Abraham:
Abraham begot Isaac, Isaac begot Jacob, and Jacob begot Judah and his brothers. Judah begot Perez and Zerah by Tamar, Perez begot Hezron, and Hezron begot Ram. Ram begot Amminadab, Amminadab begot Nahshon, and Nahshon begot Salmon. Salmon begot Boaz by Rahab, Boaz begot Obed by Ruth, Obed begot Jesse, and Jesse begot David the king.
David the king begot Solomon by her who had been the wife of Uriah. Solomon begot Rehoboam, Rehoboam begot Abijah, and Abijah begot Asa. Asa begot Jehoshaphat, Jehoshaphat begot Joram, and Joram begot Uzziah. Uzziah begot Jotham, Jotham begot Ahaz, and Ahaz begot Hezekiah. Hezekiah begot Manasseh, Manasseh begot Amon, and Amon begot Josiah. Josiah begot Jeconiah and his brothers about the time they were carried away to Babylon.
And after they were brought to Babylon, Jeconiah begot Shealtiel, and Shealtiel begot Zerubbabel. Zerubbabel begot Abiud, Abiud begot Eliakim, and Eliakim begot Azor. Azor begot Zadok, Zadok begot Achim, and Achim begot Eliud. Eliud begot Eleazar, Eleazar begot Matthan, and Matthan begot Jacob. And Jacob begot Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus who is called Christ.”
So what does this mean? Well, you see, this amazing blessing that God bestowed on Abram (later, Abraham) that in him “all the families of the earth shall be blessed”, was fulfilled by the Messiah, our Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus came from Abraham’s lineage, coming to rescue not only the nation of Israel (Jeremiah 23:6), that of which Abraham and his sons are considered "fathers", but the entire world. God blessed Abraham, before he even left Ur of The Chaldeans (Iraq), to be the father of the nation of Israel: a lineage leading to the birth of the world’s Savior and Israel's Redeemer, Jesus Christ.
Take a look at the New Testament which was written after Jesus's resurrection:
Acts 3:25-26: "And you are heirs of the prophets and of the covenant God made with your fathers. He said to Abraham, ‘Through your offspring all peoples on earth will be blessed.’ When God raised up His servant, He sent Him first to you to bless you by turning each of you from your wicked ways”
1) What does "Savior" mean to you?
2) God knew we needed a Savior before we did. What are some instances in your life you feel like God had the answer before the problem even became apparent?
3) How are some other ways you feel these prophecies were fulfilled?
4) Write a prayer to God thanking Him for sending us a Savior! Ask Him to reveal to you what Christmas truly means. After praying, take some time to sit in silence and listen to what He has to say. Write down what you feel He may be telling you and check it to Scripture.