“Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee: And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.”
This is the beginning of the story of how God selected one man out of the millions living at the time. This man obeyed God and started out his journey with God. Sure, as God promised him, Abraham became great and wealthy, and his offspring became a great nation. God chose this man and his generations as His very own people from the first call of Abraham till today.
I often wondered why God chose Abraham. Why not some other people at different tribes and geographic locations at the same time? Wouldn’t that be just and impartial? I often wondered about this and try to see if God did not limited Himself too much or acted partial by starting with just one man.
However, God is wise and in His eternal wisdom, he knows the beginning from the end and the end from the beginning. If God has started with a whole bunch of people at the same time, it would have been more confusion and slower progress to His eternal plan of salvation. The journey of Abraham with God until his descendants became a great nation has not been a smooth one. There had been a lot of ups and downs, unfaithfulness and disobedience on the part of Abraham and his offspring and God just had to bear up or patch up with them so His eternal plan can be fulfilled. God sometimes has to use entreaties or punishments to steer His people in the right path that He has chosen for them.
Think of what a big problem it will be if we have dozens or scores of Abrahams scattered all over the earth that God was relating to at the same time. We would have been nowhere near the salvation of God as we are now. God in His wisdom knows how difficult man can be in obeying Him. So instead of starting with a whole bunch of people at the beginning, He decided to just start with one man, and from the one man reached out to the whole world.
As we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, we give thanks to the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob for His salvation over us and making us to be part of His family in the spiritual Israel.
Ref: Gen. 12:1-3