God promises to the Abraham was that God would make his seed as innumerable as the dust of the earth. Man was made from the dust of the earth in the image of God (Genesis 1) and here we see the same expression “dust of the earth”. So the seed mentioned here could refer to the earthly descendants of Abraham in contrast to the Seed, promised through Abraham, conceived by the Spirit of God, through whom all peoples (nations) of the earth shall be blessed, referring to Christ Jesus (Galatians 3:16), the Seed of the woman (Genesis 3:15). We shall delve into the identity of the Seed of Abraham in relation to God’s covenant with him in more detail another time, but what is important to note here, is that God is the business of making what would seem improbable or even impossible, to be possible. Notice, Abram was over seventy five years old (Genesis 12:4) and was childless at this age. All he had to do was believe, which isn’t very easy.
Points to ponder:
God’s promise(s) to us may at times seem improbable and sometimes even impossible. But what God wants us to do is trust him and believe in him, despite our current circumstances and chances. Do you believe that God would come through at his word? You should (if you don’t) for he always comes through. Do you believe?
16 And I will make thy seed as the dust of the earth: so that if a man can number the dust of the earth, then shall thy seed also be numbered.