v 17 Then Abraham bowed down to the ground, but he laughed to himself in disbelief. “How could I become a father at the age of 100?” he thought. “And how can Sarah have a baby when she is ninety years old?”
And wouldn’t we have thought just the same? 90-year-old women just don’t have babies – do they! Abraham bowed down as if in worship, but the reality was he was laughing. ‘Come on God – you’re joking, surely!’
I find myself absolutely staggered at the length, breadth and height of the promise given to Abraham. I will make you extremely fruitful. Your descendants will become many nations, and kings will be among them! (v 6.)
I will give the entire land of Canaan, where you now live as a foreigner, to you and your descendants. It will be their possession forever, and I will be their God. (v 8)
Are there promises of God that you find hard to grasp right now?
What about all those promises about Jesus coming again? Doesn’t that seem just a distant reality sometimes, and it’s hard to hang on to the idea that it might be anytime soon?
And what about promises of resurrection? And standing joyfully in the presence of a Holy God for eternity?
God was teaching Abraham about the long view – with the promise to bless all nations through him. This long view has Jesus at the centre.