Genesis 12:1-3

1Now 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. 2 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. 3 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.”

The call of Abram. The Genesis account focuses now on the man it has been taking us to for seven chapters. In this family line will the promise of deliverance from the consequences of Adam’s sin, be accomplished.

God comes to Abram (to become Abraham later). This should not be overlooked. People like to think of Abraham as a godly man whom God rewarded by making him the father of a great nation. This is not the case. If God had not taken the initiative and come to him, Abram would have remained in the city of Ur, worshipping gods that did not exist and perishing outside of God’s mercy.

God came to him. Abraham was chosen by God out of mercy. It was an act of grace. And the act that Abram needs is for the Son of God to come and pay for His sins. And that is what Christ will come and do for Abraham.

No one, not even the greatest of the heroes of faith, escapes the need for the death of Jesus Christ in order to be saved from his sin. Abraham was a sinner saved by grace and because of his faith in God was credited with the righteousness of Jesus Christ, just like everyone else who will ever make it to glory with Him. What a marvel the work of God, in Christ, is.

Today, rejoice that salvation from sin is an act of the mercy of God through faith in Christ alone. If it required anything from us, we could not make it. Demonstrate your joy with humble obedience.