Man Receives God’s Blessing Because of His True Heart and His Obedience
Was God’s to Abraham great, as seen from here? How great was it? Here a crucial word “And in your seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed” can show that Abraham received the blessing which no one had ever received and which no one would receive. When Abraham returned his only son—his beloved only son—to God (Note: Here we cannot say “offered” but should say “returned” to God) according to God’s requirement, God not only did not let Abraham offer up Isaac but instead would bless him. What promise did God bless him with? He would multiply his descendants. To what extent would He multiply them? The scriptures record as follows: “…as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is on the sea shore; and your seed shall possess the gate of his enemies; And in your seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed.” Against what background did God say these words? In other words, how did Abraham receive the blessing from God? Just as God said in the scripture “because you have obeyed my voice.” That is, because Abraham obeyed God’s command and without any complaints did as God said, required, and commanded, God gave him such a promise. In this promise, there is a crucial word that concerns God’s mind at that time. Have you seen this crucial word? Maybe you have not noticed it. God said, “By myself have I sworn.” This word means that when God said those words, He swore by Himself. By what do people generally swear? They all swear by heaven, that is, swear to God, speak an oath to God. As to this “phenomenon” that God swore by Himself, you may not understand it. But when I give you a correct explanation, you will understand it. Facing a man who could only hear His word but could not understand His heart, God once again felt lonely and “at a loss.” “In a moment of anxiousness” or “subconsciously,” God made a very natural action; that is, He put His hand over His heart and said to Himself that He would give Abraham such a promise. Thus, men heard this word of God “By myself have I sworn.” From this action of God, you may associate it with yourself. When you speak to yourself with your hand over your heart, don’t you know very clearly what you are saying? Isn’t your attitude very sincere? Aren’t you saying what you say very earnestly with your heart? So, we see here that God’s attitude was sincere and genuine when He spoke to Abraham. When God spoke to Abraham and gave him the promise, He was also speaking to Himself. He was telling Himself: I will bless Abraham and multiply his descendants as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand on the sea shore, because he has obeyed My word and he is the man I have chosen. When God said the word “By myself have I sworn,” He had determined to produce His chosen people in Israel from Abraham and then lead these chosen people to go forward in step with His work. In other words, God would let the descendants of Abraham undertake God’s management work. He would start His work and His expression from Abraham and continue them on the descendants of Abraham and thereby fulfill His wish of saving man. Do you think it is a blessed thing? For mankind, there is no greater blessing than this, and it can be said to be the most blessed thing. The “blessing” Abraham received did not lie in that his descendants would multiply, but that God would accomplish His management, His commission, and His work on the descendants of Abraham. This means that the blessing Abraham received was not temporary but would go on with the advancement of God’s management plan. When God said this word, when God swore by Himself, He had made the decision. Isn’t the course of God’s making the decision very real? Isn’t it very practical? God decided that from that moment on, He would give His painstaking effort, His price, what He has and is, His everything, and even His life to Abraham and his descendants, and He also decided to start revealing His deeds on this portion of people, letting man see His wisdom, His authority, and His power.
from “God’s Work, God’s Disposition, and God Himself (2)”
in A Continuation of The Word Appears in the Flesh