Once we know that God’s promise to Abraham is to help the world overcome the curses of sin with the blessings of righteousness, we can look around and notice partial glimpses of that promise fulfilled within Genesis itself.
- Earlier when the “righteous” Noah is blessed and brings relief from God’s cursing the ground from Adam’s sin.
- ie. The curses of sin overcome with the blessings of righteousness!
- When Abraham himself has a wife Sarah who is barren (a curse of the fall) in a world where humanity was once blessed to fruitfully multiply.
- God counts Abraham as “righteous” and blesses him, miraculously causing Abraham and Sarah to have a child in their old age.
- A renewed humanity fruitful once again!
- Or finally when Joseph is raised to a position of royal power (2nd only to Pharoah) to faithfully manage Egypt’s grain houses ahead of a famine per his being blessed with divine foresight.
- Joseph is miraculously helped to overcome the unfruitful land (another curse of the fall) in a way that parallels Abraham and Sarah being helped to overcome an unfruitful womb.
This last example in Joseph also:
- Results in people from all nations coming to him for help surviving the unfruitful lands during a famine (Gen. 41:57).
- And rounds out Genesis with a final strong glimpse of what Abraham’s promise reveals his ultimate descendants in Israel are meant to do:
- Help all families of the earth overcome the curses of sin with the blessings of righteousness! (Gen 12:3; 22:18)