During the week I have been reading Matthew Jacoby’s writings on Genesis. I found his thoughts, based on Genesis 12:2 in regard to Abram becoming a great nation quite interesting:

God promises to make Abram into a great nation. This nation would be the nation of Ancient Israel who would indeed be great. However their greatness would be of a particular type. For in terms of political strength they would never be anything like the great empires of Assyria, Babylon, Persia, Greece and Rome…But the Jewish people would leave a legacy that would change the world. Though they would not be the most politically powerful nation they would certainly be one of the most influential nations the world has ever seen. Their ideas, inherited through divine revelation, would shape world history more than the ideas of any other people group.

God fulfills his promises but often not in the way we expect.