Now 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. 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. 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.”
So Abram went, as the Lord had told him,
Abram’s response to God’s call is in great contrast to the Babylonians before him who didn’t think God’s command to fill the earth was that important. They preferred to stay put and bathe in their pride:
Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves; otherwise we will be scattered over the face of the whole earth.
God took away the significance that they tried to achieve for themselves and instead bestowed his significance on Abram. Abram did not know where he was going, but believed God,
For he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God.
In the Babel incident, many nations and languages were made. God’s promise to Abram, which closely follows that account, contains the matching solution to win these nations back to him.
Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish of the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.
God gave us many of his own qualities so that we might govern the earth with wisdom. He also made men and women equal in value and with the same godly characteristics.
God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.
This means we are a very good thing in God’s eyes. But then a problem occurred. Satan, Adam, and Eve all disobeyed God. Adam and Eve were banned from their home with God and would eventually die. But even in the midst of this, God made a hopeful promise:
So the Lord God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, Cursed are you above all livestock and all wild animals! You will crawl on your belly and you will eat dust all the days of your life. And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers;
he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.”
Satan will be defeated by the offspring of the woman, although suffering on the part of the offspring will be required to accomplish it. That offspring is Jesus Christ. Jesus will not just defeat Satan, but also the disobedience and brokenness that we allowed to invade our lives.