God blessed Abram and made a covenant with him, that God would bless Abram. But it was more than a blessing to one man and his descendants. God’s blessing was for “all the families of the earth.” What was the one thing Abram had that no other had? Riches? No, many rulers in the land had more riches than Abram. Multitudes of descendants? No, at this point Abram had none. Land? Nope, not a patch of dirt to call his own (yet). The one thing Abram had was a covenant with God. God’s presence. God’s promises. God’s blessings. Abram would be a blessing to all the families of the earth because Abram had a deep, loving and respectful relationship with a loving God. This is what Abram would bless the earth with – a loving God.
Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”
So Abram went, as the Lord had told him; and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran. Abram took his wife Sarai and his brother’s son Lot, and all the possessions that they had gathered, and the persons whom they had acquired in Haran; and they set forth to go to the land of Canaan. When they had come to the land of Canaan, Abram passed through the land to the place at Shechem, to the oak of Moreh. At that time the Canaanites were in the land. Then the Lord appeared to Abram, and said, “To your offspring I will give this land.” So he built there an altar to the Lord, who had appeared to him. From there he moved on to the hill country on the east of Bethel, and pitched his tent, with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east; and there he built an altar to the Lord and invoked the name of the Lord. And Abram journeyed on by stages toward the Negeb.