All the Nations Shall Be Blessed
Indeed I will greatly … multiply your seed as the stars of the heavens and as the sand which is on the seashore.—Genesis 22:17, NASB
The Abrahamic promise is one of the most comprehensive covenants in the Bible: “By myself I have sworn, declares the LORD, because you have done this thing, and have not withheld your son, your only son, indeed I will greatly bless you, and I will greatly multiply your seed as the stars of the heavens and as the sand which is on the seashore; and your seed shall possess the gate of their enemies. And in your seed all the nations of the earth shall bless themselves [see margin], because you have obeyed my voice” (Genesis 22:16-18, NASB).
This promise states God’s will for his human creation, and it is the foundation for the redemption provided through Jesus and the blessings that men will receive by it. God saw in Abraham possibilities of faith and devotion that were acceptable, and so offered him the privilege of being the channel of intended blessings to mankind. But Abraham did not receive the “Abrahamic promise” immediately.