And God sent me before you to preserve you a posterity in the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance.Genesis 45:7
When we talk of posterity,we speak of future generations or a persons descendants.Leadership that does not have posterity in mind is a failed leadership.Preserving Posterity is the basis for todays leadership.Posterity prepares the future today.There can not be success without a succession.A leadership or government would be called a failed one without a succession.
Marriage is Gods idea to bring about reproduction,and the reason of reproduction is for continuity.God is a God that works with posterity in mind.Families work so hard to raise good children because the parents think about the future of their children,we work hard,try to build a fortune,not just for us but for our children.
A wealth without Posterity is actually failure in it self.Every king wants to have a son,so that they can have someone to hand the throne over to for continuity sake,and even if a man has all the wealth of the world and has no child to continue from where he stops,he is totally an unhappy man,the question is who will take over?
That’s why I teach that God gives a vision and puts a passion in the heart of a man for posterity’s sake,our vision and purpose in life is bigger than us,if we can see the big picture,generations after should be involved in the discovery of your purpose,there is a generation that will be saved when you discover your purpose.”The creation waits eagerly for the manifestation of the sons of God” Romans 8:19.
Gods call toward posterity
God called Abram out of his fathers house and kindred and tribe to a land that will be shown to him.Genesis ,with a promise that he will bless him and make him a blessing,that Abrams name will be great and that his covering is on him.Genesis 12:1-3.
Abraham obeyed God being a faithful man without asking any questions.God called him to a higher call,a call that was certainly higher than him,he obeyed God without asking questions,at this point he didn’t have a very clear picture of the call,he just knew he was called by God and he had to obey him.Genesis 1:4.
Only as he took the first step did God further explain to him the content of the call.Sometimes as a result of fear we ask too many questions,but until you take the first step in obedience,he may not give you the next instruction.
Again in Genesis 12:7,God told Abram,making the call clearer “To your offspring(seed) I will give this land”.Making it clearer,when God spoke to Abram first,it was about Abram,but now he begins to make it clearer,your Seed.Now its beginning clearer that God had a long term plan,that doesn’t concern only Abram but also his seed.
The hebrew for the word seed is Zera,meaning offspring,descendants posterity.So what God was saying is that he will give Abrams posterity the land.Now Abram is getting to understand bit by bit what God is up to,he followed God because he knew God was the master planner.To confirm Abrams confidence in God,”he built an altar there unto the lord,he worshipped God there,even before it was fulfilled.
Then Abram continued his journey,the next time God spoke to him again was in Bethel,Abram had become wealthy and his herdsmen and lots herdsmen had a confusion,so for peace to come,he asked lot that they separate,lot also had become wealthy,when you associate on a man called,whats on him will certainly rob off on you,positive or negative.
Abram asked lot to choose where he would like to go and lot made his choice and left.Now Abram was alone,in the land of canaan,but God only spoke to him after he was seperated from lot,there are somethings we must drop,before the next level,every experience with God breeds a new level,so for level three to occur Abram had to be seperated from lot.
In Genesis 13:14-18,God spoke to Abram and said,”Lift up your eyes from where you are and look north and south,east and west.All the land that you see,I will give to you and your offspring,forever.I will make your offspring like the dust of the sea,so that if anyone can count the dust,then your offspring could be counted.Go walk through the breath and length of the land and I will give it to you”
I notice a progression here,at first he blessed Abram and then he told Abram about his promise for his seed and now he lets Abram sees how his actions today will affect his posterity.He told Abram “look up as far as your eyes can see,will I give to your offspring as inheritance”.
We need to understand that our actions today affects our posterity,the foundations we lay today will affect our children to be born,we must be careful,our choices goes beyond us but will affect the lives of others,our posterity.God pinned the prosperity of his posterity on how far he can see,here he was talking about physical sight,he was talking about having a vision for posterity.
The Bible says a good man leaves an inheritance for his childrens children Proverbs 13:22.That means only a bad man will plan not to leave an inheritance for his childrens children,that is two generations after him,what is your plan for posterity,how do you lives your life,just for you and you alone,only for now and you don’t think about tomorrow.
I had a teacher,who taught me mathematics,I remenber he used to say,you only have one life,enjoy all you got cause you might die today,he doesn’t think about anyone else but himself,he has no savings,once he receives his salary he spends it all on alcohol and gets drunk,that is a man without any plan for posterity.
The decisions you make today,affects not only you but your posterity,what are your plans,do you have a vision for today and tomorrow,what are you doing now to secure a future for your children children?
The father of the prodigal son was a good man,because he already had an inheritance for his children,but his son who was careless,took all he had and squandered it,and that’s how some of us leave our lives,we are squandering our future today,you live life without a plan or a vision for your life or plans for your children yet unborn.
What seeds are you sowing for your children yet unborn,God told Abram as far as you eyes can see,now Abram had to stand up and look very far,because he knew God was able to do just what he said.Notice at this time Abram and his wife Serah was childless and past the age of child bearing,but they acted on faith,on what God had said.
You don’t have to be with child first before you sow ,start palnning and sowing now before you have them,because a man without a plan has set the stage to fail,get that language of when we get to that bridge we will cross it,be smart,you are to prepare a place for posterity now,take hold of the future now,don’t wait and stop the procrastination.
After many years Abram was tested by God,and he passed the test,he obeyed God again,this was the test that broke the carmels back,the sacrifice of his only son,Isaac.which was a pointer to what was going to happen in the future,God was pointing to the fact that he was going to give his only begotten son Jesus as a sacrifice to save mankind.
Because of Abrams obedience and willingness to sacrifice all.God was moved to do something he had not done before in all the encounters with Abram,he swore by himself,confirming the promise.But he didn’t only re-assure Abram of his promise but gave him an insight of the big picture which is “and through your offspring shall all nations of the earth be blessed”Genesis 22:18,he wasn’t speaking of Isaac or jacob or Joseph or the others but he was speaking of Christ Jesus,through whom all nations of the earth will be blessed.
In Pauls letter to the Galatians he explained further, “the promises where spoken to Abram and to his seed,the scripture does not say, “and to seeds”, meaning many people,but to your seed,” meaning one person,who is Christ” Galatians 3:16,God already had in mind the coming of Christ Jesus to save humanity,but he had a plan and he followed the plan accordingly.
Every step of the way he had a plan,and everything that took place lead Abraham to fulfillment of that plan.If our God who is sovereign can do this,who are we not to follow suit,we live life without a plan,without a focus,where are we heading for?
Today we are enjoying the fruits that the actions of Abraham produced,that the bible says that,the blessing is ours today because of Abrahams faith and belief in God.Imagined if Abraham had done otherwise.
Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree” ),that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.Galatians 3:13-15
We can now be partakers of the blessing of Abraham,that we might receive the promise of the Holy Spirit by faith,without working for it,but the sacrifices of men before us.
watch out for Part 2.