Remember your servants Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. You bound yourself with an oath to them, saying, ‘I will make your descendants as numerous as the stars of heaven. And I will give them all of this land that I have promised to your descendants, and they will possess it forever.’” Exodus 32:13
I will cause your descendants to become as numerous as the stars of the sky, and I will give them all these lands. And through your descendants all the nations of the earth will be blessed. Genesis 26:4
“Yet the time will come when Israel’s people will be like the sands of the seashore—too many to count! Then, at the place where they were told, ‘You are not my people,’ it will be said, ‘You are children of the living God.’ — Hosea 1:10
It was in remembrance of His promise to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob that He first rescued His people from their Egyptian slavery and gave them the territory which came on the account to be called “the promised land.” The “land” refers to a “rest” which God’s people enter now by faith.
God’s promise to Abraham of a numerous, indeed of an innumerable, posterity was confirmed to his son Isaac and his grandson, Jacob. Almost the first word of the whole New Testament is the word Abraham.
But God does not stop there. He also talks about a restoration, which is described in words which once more echo the promise to Abraham. In a word, it is the blessing of salvation. We were under the curse of the law, but Christ has redeemed us from it by becoming a curse in our place.
In the book of Revelation there is one more reference to God’s promise to Abraham. This final fulfillment in a future eternity of that ancient promise of God to Abraham.
History is not a random flow of events, for God is working out in time a plan which He conceived in a past eternity and will consummate in a future eternity. God is gracious enough to make promises, and He always keeps the promise He makes. God’s attitude to His people is positive, constructive and enriching. God’s promise is going to be fulfilled, and Abraham’s seed is going to be fulfilled, and Abraham’s seed is going to be innumerable as the dust of the earth, the stars of the sky and the sand of the seashore. We are Abraham’s seed by faith, and the earth’s families will be blessed only if we go to them with the gospel.