Great and Mighty

Ge 18:17 And the LORD said, Shall I hide from Abraham that thing which I do;
18 Seeing that Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him?
19 For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the LORD, to do justice and judgment; that the LORD may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him.

The great Egyptians built amazing structures. The Assyrians gobbled up other nations with cruelty. The Babylonians built an awesome city and empire. The Medes and Persians conquered it. The Greeks inculcated a culture and language which influences us to this day. The mighty Romans ruled vastly, and their love of law has tendrils intertwining into modern society.

God brought something more powerful through Abraham, “a great and mighty nation.” Compare that nation with other nations. Did it conquer vast tracts of land? Rule other nations in an Empirical fashion? Did it extend the arm of colonialism into the world? Did this nation make the world tremble through military power? (In fact its king was commanded not to maintain a cavalry. Cf. Deut.17:16) The nation’s foundation was found in Abraham’s way; “. . he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the LORD, to do justice and judgment. . .” This is much more powerful than armies or nuclear weapons. Invested in Israel was the seed of God’s good will.

A voice cried from this nation: “Father forgive them, for they know not what they do.”

2 thoughts on “Great and Mighty”

  1. When most people think about “great and mighty” they think about earthly power. Either military or even political influence. When God considers “great and mighty” He often is referring to His divine influence upon the hearts of men. This power is the most “great and mighty” power this earth has ever seen.
    Rom 1:16-17 — For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “The just shall live by faith.”
    This power of God is the only power that truly can heal hearts and minds of the terrible influences of sin. It can break the bondage of death and Satan.
    Surely this “great and mighty” spiritual power was in His mind when he called Abraham out of his own country.

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