cardinal-birds-2Numbers 22:12:  And God said unto Balaam, Thou shalt not go with them; thou shalt not curse the people; for they are blessed.

When God called Abraham he blessed him.

He said anyone who blesses him is blessed and he was going to make him a great nation and through him all the families and nations the earth will be blessed, he would bless him and make him a blessing (Genesis 12:1-3, 22:1-18).

Jesus is called “the” seed (singular) of Abraham, the one who is the ultimate inheritor of the Abrahamic blessings.  Paul wrote that through Jesus the blessings of Abraham have come upon the gentiles (Galatians 3:13-14, Hebrews 2:16).

Remember that a recompense for the disobedience of Adam and Eve was the earth becoming cursed (opposite of blessings) (Genesis 3:1-19). The earth was affected, nature was affected by that curse, and the whole of creation is equally affected by the curse. They therefore wait for the manifestation of the sons of God, to enter into the glorious liberty of the sons of God, to be rescued from the curse into blessing, as it was originallyimage, and the ultimate Son of God is Jesus Christ (Romans 8:19-22).

Adam operated under the blessing of God, but due to sin his portion became cursed.  Jesus (as the last Adam [1Corinthians 15:45]) came with the blessing of heaven, but he cannot access the earth with the heavenly blessings without coming through the womb of a woman as the seed of Abraham. He came as the fulfillment of the promise to Abraham that through him the nations of the earth will be blessed.

This means God is not concerned just with the Abraham; His ultimate concern is for the whole world (John 3:16).  And he decided to achieve his aim through Abraham.

IMG_1573While the devil had the field day in the cursed situation of man, God packaged his blessing in his son, and Abraham qualified to be the channel, because of his obedience, in offering up his own son, sacrificing him in a figure. With that act, Abraham was confirmed as a man with absolute obedience to God (unlike the first Adam). That is partly why Jesus was called the seed of Abraham; he carries the gene of that absolute dedication/obedience to God. He was separated enough to God, to qualify the channel of blessing for the whole world, through whom Jesus will come.

Adam was the channel of the “curse, sin and death” through disobedience, while Jesus coming from heaven and following through in obedience to God was the channel of “blessing, righteousness and life.”

When  God ordained the  proclamation of the blessing by the priest on the nation of Israel, it was to put the  blessings of the Lord upon them saying, the Lord bless you and keep you, may he make his face shine upon him and give them peace (Numbers 6:22-27).

Everything starts with the Lord bless you. Blessing means the tangibility of the favour of God. Paul agreed with David who declared the blessedness of the man who is forgiven his sins, to whom iniquity is not imputed (Romans 4:6-9, Psalm 32:1-2). That is a big blessing because with sin not imputed there is no issue to be resolved between you and God, there is no death-consequence.

And we have redemption and forgiveness of sins through the blood of Jesus (Ephesians 1:4-7, Colossians 1:14). We have access to the very presence of God. Where before because of the curse, man was chased from having access the tree of life, pushed into his death portion, but now in Christ we are accepted in the beloved, we have God turn His favour on us.

The blessings of Abraham are multifaceted.

  1. Personal
  2. National
  3. Global

Personal

After he met with the kings of Sodom and Gomorrah, having rescued the nations from invaders, and they offered him the things he helped them to recover, he did not accept them, saying he has lifted up his eye to God for his riches, and so does not need anything from them. And he was rich as a result of the blessing of God (Genesis 24:1). The same blessing of stupendous rivalry-causing blessing of wealth was over Isaac and Jacob (his son and grandson).

He also had a personal blessing of giving birth to a child through his wife, after years of trying; he even gave up at a time (Genesis 17:16-17) God told him that he is his exceeding great reward (Genesis 15:1-4) that he should walk before Him and be perfect; showing to him that he is the Almighty and against all odds blessing him with Isaac (Genesis 17:1).

He also had a personal blessing of a walk with God, so much that he was referred to as the friend of God

National

God promised to give them the land of the Canaan; they also have the blessing of having God as their God, with his promise of provision, direction, protection, and help. Not only that they also have the blessing of receiving the word of God, in the Torah and being the custodian of special dealings with God through the intervention of Prophets, Judges and Kings appointed by God, becoming a special people separated to God.

Global

There is a dimension of the blessing that is peculiar to all who believe in Jesus, that is the Holy Spirit. That is what is meant when the bible says that the blessing (singular) of Abraham will rest upon the gentiles (Galatians 3:14). That is the singular power of the blessing of Abraham that is strictly for the all peoples, from the day of Pentecost. It is the divine common denominator, the ultimate blessing. The Holy Spirit is the divine content that captures the ultimate blessing that God gives.

That is the singular most important thing that Jesus gave as his will before he left. He bequeathed the Holy Spirit as his legacy to the disciples when he left for heaven (John 15:26). Without the Holy Spirit imagine what king of bunch the apostles would have been, would they have been able to impact the they did and there effects still reverberating to this day? The Holy Spirit is the greatest force in the world. He has forceful effects but is a gentle personality; he is responsible for all the divine effects of God in all places for all times.

There is no God-effect without the Holy Spirit. So “the” blessing is the operations of the Holy Spirit in our lives.  There is nothing better than that, from the experience of salvation to the new tongues that some have called the tongues of angels, and the empowerment for us to cause spiritual effect, all are directly linked to the activities of the Holy Spirit (John 3:1-21, 1Corinthians 13:1, Acts 1:8).

That is the blessing of Abraham coming upon the gentiles (and the Holy Spirit is described as a person who comes upon us). When it comes to having access to God, it is facilitated by the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 2:18).

The Holy Spirit is the ultimate leveler; making relationship with God possible for anyone without any prerequisite except you come through the door called Jesus, whatever your race, age, or past experience, involvement or education. Jesus actually calls himself the door for the sheep (John 10:7). He is the door to our experience of God the Holy Spirit, to our experiencing “the” blessing. Through any other door and you are led to the experience of the curse of evil spirits.

 

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