Then He brought him outside and said, “Look now toward heaven, and count the stars if you are able to number them.” And He said to him, “So shall your descendants be.” And he believed in the Lord, and He accounted it to him for righteousness. (Genesis 15:5-6)
Assuring Abram that there would be only one rightful heir and no other, He directed him to look toward the heavens. Abram was promised that his offspring would be as numerous as the stars in the heavens; previously he was promised that they would be as numerous as the dust of the earth (Genesis 13:16). Does this hint that, though there would be many physical descendants, many of Abraham’s seed are heavenly or spiritual? Or maybe it is to hint at the fusion of the two because Paul wrote that this promise is ultimately fulfilled in the Messiah.
“Now to Abraham and his Seed were the promises made. He does not say, ‘And to seeds,’ as of many, but as of one, ‘And to your Seed,’ who is Messiah.” (Galatians 3:16)
He is the Promised Seed of Abraham, and as we will see, was foreshadowed in the birth and life of Isaac. Of him, God said: “In Isaac your seed shall be called” (Genesis 21:12). And if there are not multiple “seeds of Abraham,” there is only one good seed in the earth — those who are in Messiah. Of those who have placed their faith in Him, Paul said:
“For you are all sons of God through faith in Messiah Yeshua. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Messiah. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Messiah Yeshua. And if you are Messiah’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.” (Galatians 3:26-29)
When God spoke to Abram and made this promise, the Bible says that, “He believed in the LORD and He counted it to him for righteousness.” Likewise, our trust in Messiah has the power to transform our lives, allowing us to enter into the family of faith. And being in that family of faith, we are now considered righteous because of His righteousness. Let us be faithful to continue in that trust and produce the fruit that bears witness to the Good Seed.
Blessings and Shalom,