The Blessings Of Abraham (Part I)

The Blessings Of Abraham (Part I)

04 Jan 2014 Service – Kong Hee

13 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”), 14 that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith. Gal 3:13-14

What exactly is the blessing of Abraham?
11 He answered and said to them, “Because it has been given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given. 12 For whoever has, to him more will be given, and he will have abundance; but whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him. Matt 13:11-12

For whoever has…  Has what? In this context of the verse, Jesus was talking about understanding.
Whoever has more understanding about the word of God, more impartation, more blessings.

Impartation comes through understanding.

How the Blessing of Abraham came about:

Genesis 13 talks about how Abram was so prosperous and wealthy.
In fact, Abram and Lot so rich that the land could not contain them, and they had to split up.
Lot went to Sodom, and Abram dwelt in Canaan.

In Genesis 14, there was a war, and Lot eventually ended up being taken captive (v12). When Abram heard of it , he armed 318 of his trained servants (probably equivalent to his best, commando warriors in today’s perspective!) and went on a rescue mission to save Lot. He not only succeeded in saving Lot, but his wealth also increased when he brought back the spoils of the war (v16).
He is introduced as the King of Salem (meaning peace), and priest of El Elyon (God most High).
He is what theologians call a ‘theophany’, the appearance of God in a human form before the virgin birth.

This was the Son of God in the Old Testament before He became Jesus.
7 For this Melchizedek, king of Salem, priest of the Most High God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings and blessed him, Heb 7:1
And Melchizedek blessed Abram. This is the only place in the Bible where it defines the Blessing of Abraham.

18 Then Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine; he was the priest of God Most High.
19 And he blessed him and said:
“Blessed be Abram of God Most High,
Possessor of heaven and earth;
20 And blessed be God Most High,
Who has delivered your enemies into your hand.”
And he gave him a tithe of all.
Gen 14:18-19

There are 3 parts to the Blessings of Abraham:

#1 Blessing of Elevation
19a .. And he blessed him and said:
“Blessed be Abram of God Most High,

God most High… El Elyon – the God of Elevation

Why was it important for Abraham to know that?
As he just came out of idolatry, So God revealed himself as the most high God, the highest of all other ‘gods’.
Not only that but that He will bring you into a covenant relationship with Him.
#2 Blessing of Possession
v19b .. Possessor of heaven and earth

The God who is blessing you is the possessor of heaven and earth.
God gave Abraham so many things! He promised Abraham a huge piece of land from the River Nile or Suez Canal to the River Euphrates. Part of the blessing of Abraham is to possess and have ownership.

Coming into his promise means possessing a good piece of land, that’s why it’s called promised land.

Why do we need possessions?

When u have no finances, you have no choices. -Erin Botsford

When you are blessed you can be a blessing to others! Take for example, Mayor Michael Bloomberg:

Mike has pledged to give away the majority of his wealth to various charitable causes, and has already donated more than $1 billion to his alma mater, Johns Hopkins University.

Bloomberg Philanthropies works primarily to advance five areas globally: the Arts, Education, the Environment, Government Innovation and Public Health.

In 2012, $370 million was distributed by Bloomberg Philanthropies across its these areas of focus.

Money is not everything but you are in a position to do more and be the salt and light of you’re rich and blessed! It’s when we own assets that we become a threat to Satan and his Kingdom
#3 Blessing of Dominion
20 And blessed be God Most High,
Who has delivered your enemies into your hand.”

Into Your Hand!

In Scripture, one man who personifies all three “blessings of Abraham” more than anyone else was David.

David first started by conquering a lion and a bear. He started small, so do you. You got to build your victories.

You start prospering where God has planted you, don’t just sit around and wait for bigger things and dreams.

His small battles prepared him for the battle with Goliath.

Conquer your small battles first, because God is preparing you for the day you meet your Goliath!

Don’t waste the downtime while you’re waiting for the big destiny to come. Be faithful wherever you are. Become excellent in what you are doing!

Many are the afflictions of the righteous,
But the Lord delivers him out of them all.
Ps 34:19

6 being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ;
Phil 1:6