“I will make you exceedingly fruitful; and I will make nations of you, and kings shall come from you. And I will establish My covenant between Me and you and your descendants after you in their generations, for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and your descendants after you.” (Genesis 17:6-7)
The name Abraham is believed to be a contraction of the Hebrew phrase av ha’mon — “the father of nations.” In these verses, God promised that many nations and many kings would come from Abraham and while we understand that this has a literal application, it has always been understood to have spiritual implications. The Jewish sage Maimonides wrote:
“All converts are considered descendants of Abraham because the Torah calls him the father … nations and therefore a convert can be called a son of Abraham.”
Paul obviously concurred with this because he wrote that those who are in Messiah are “Abraham’s seed and heirs according to the promise” (Gal. 3:29). It is then understood that the mission which began with Adam was transferred to Abraham; it had been given to him and to his descendants to ensure that the world would know of the one and only God.
Again Abraham’s seed is more than physical descendants for it includes and, frankly, emphasizes those who are of faith (Galatians 3). In John’s Gospel it is written that, “As many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” (John 1:12-13)
Therefore the baton that was handed to Abraham has now been passed to us. It is our duty to make sure that the world hears testimony of the one, true God. In this day of darkness and distress, we must reaffirm our commitment to His purposes and stay the course because we are sons of Abraham.
Blessings and Shalom,