By giving land and people, God is talking in very practical, daily life kind of terms. Abraham does not have decedents, and by all accounts (human accounts) he will not have any. And he is a nomad, he lives in tents and have no place of his own. And God, because of who He is and what He has done, intervenes and radically changes this reality for the patriarch.
Now, if we think about it, land and people are fundamental for a concept that is becoming very important, lately. Not that it has not been important before, but because of how society has developed, younger generations are longing for it. It is community.
What makes real community? We can come with many answers to that question, but looking at Scripture, we can say that community is a place and a group of individuals where God’s beauty is at work. We can say that a community is a canvas, where God’s beauty is at display for everyone to see, enjoy, and share.
And about that is that I’d like to talk to my congregation, this coming Sunday.
Gracia & Paz