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.  (Genesis 12:1-3)

Abraham’s initial encounter with God was very positive in a fallen world.  He was 75 years old, married to the woman he loved, who was barren, and lived in a society steeped in idol worship.  Abraham’s soul longed for something so much better than the norm.  Many times I have asked myself, “How did the God of the universe communicate with him?  How did Abram know it was the God who would keep His word to him?  I believe there must have been something from the past that prompted Abram to seek something much higher. Abram was approximately 20 generations from Adam; meaning he would have known about the creation.  He was eleven generations from Noah and the Great Flood.  Noah had three sons, Shem, Ham and Japheth, whom God used to populate the earth after the flood.  Abram was in the lineage of Shem.  Historical facts were usually passed on from one generation to another by way of memorization or word of mouth or engraved on a stone or wooden staff.  This made it easier so that they would not forget important dates and events.

One thing is for certain, Abram’s thirsty soul found satisfaction in the God of the universe.  His personal search for more outside the “box” was not in vain.  He received many promises from God including Abram becoming a great nation, possessing a great name, blessed with wealth beyond measure, and a very special land for himself and his descendants.

Through His relationship with Abram, the God of the universe promised to make Abram and his descendants a blessing.  Through Abram every family on the earth would be blessed.

Finally, God promised to bless those who blessed Abram and his descendants.  He also promised to curse all who cursed Abram and his descendants.  Abram believed God and did what he was instructed to do.  When Abram died at the age of 175, he had experienced most of the promises the God of the universe made to him.

Through the means of our ancestral enslavement the African American community was not only a blessing to the descendants of Abram, but the entire world.  They, however, were never blessed according to God’s promise.  They’re deprivation is still our deprivation today.  No one in all the earth has done more for the descendants of Abram equal to or more than the African American community.

In order for us to handle the dilemma of our community it must come through a much higher power.  We have been the blessing, now we need to be blessed according to God’s promise.  I invite your comments.

Lucy Payne




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