A Promise Kept | Lesson 4 | The “I AM”
God’s promise to bless all nations through the seed of Abraham comes to ultimate fulfillment in the Man of Christ. But until the time of Jesus, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob still purposed to use the people He’d set aside for Himself in order to bring blessing and provision to the surrounding nations.
That is what we see Him do in the life of Israel’s eleventh son, Joseph. The final chapters of Genesis tell the story of Joseph. His ten older brothers were jealous of Israel’s favorite (and spoiled) son, and they sold him into slavery. Through a series of events, Joseph winds up in power in Egypt, where he is positioned to administer food and provision to Egypt and the nations during a great famine in the land.
In Genesis 50:20, Joseph declared about his brothers’ betrayal: “As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today.” God was using the Israelite people, set apart for Himself, to bless the ones around them even before He sent the Seed through them.
Although Jesus has already conquered death on the cross, we are also in a time of waiting for the final fulfillment of His promises. We still await the return of Christ, when He will destroy death and set all things right. Even as we wait for that final fulfillment of His promise and provision, how have you experienced the gifts and blessings of God in a season?
He will fulfill every promise that He’s made. But even in the midst of waiting, we can enjoy His faithful presence and provision.