The Blessing of Abraham…

The Holy Spirit woke me up quite early this morning…

He wanted me to read about Abraham…

I read from Genesis 12 – 25 (not the whole of 25 just part way)…

He also told me to read Galatians 3 (which I only read part way)…

And a few other verses which I don’t remember…

The point is that there was a covenant made between God and Abraham and that covenant is still in affect…

It’s very important to understand that – Galatians 3 makes this very clear…

Genesis 12 – 25 are just beautiful when you understand that what Abraham was experiencing was the blessing of being in an unconditional covenant with God…

As we are still under today – those of us who are of the faith of Abraham…

We have the added blessing that we also have the Holy Spirit of God living inside us…

Abraham had a new heart and a new spirit but he didn’t have the Holy Spirit living inside him…

Paul exalts in Galatians 3 that,

Christ 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”— in order that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we would receive the promise of the Spirit through faith. (Galatians 3:13-14 NASB)

We are blessed with Abraham the believer…

As you read through Genesis 12 – 25 you hear God making statements about what He will do – God never says to Abraham, “I command you to do this and if you don’t then I’ll do this to you”…

Never…

God says, “you shall…” a number of times and right at the beginning He says, “Go forth…”

And Abram did what the Lord had spoken to him – not commanded him…

So Abram went forth as the Lord had spoken to him; (Genesis 12:4a NASB)

I caught the difference today cos I was looking for it…

God gave me a revelation the other morning in prayer where He caused me to understand this and this was my chance to “cement” that revelation and get further insight…

It was so exciting…

Now the LORD said to Abram, “Go forth from your country, And from your relatives And from your father’s house, To the land which I will show you; And I will make you a great nation, And I will bless you, And make your name great; And so you shall be a blessing; And I will bless those who bless you, And the one who curses you I will curse. And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed.” (Genesis 12:1-3 NASB)

Abraham was a Prophet…

God devotes a whole section of His word to showing how He was faithful to this unconditional covenant that He made with Abraham…

Now Abraham journeyed from there toward the land of the Negev, and settled between Kadesh and Shur; then he sojourned in Gerar. Abraham said of Sarah his wife, “She is my sister.” So Abimelech king of Gerar sent and took Sarah. But God came to Abimelech in a dream of the night, and said to him, “Behold, you are a dead man because of the woman whom you have taken, for she is married.” Now Abimelech had not come near her; and he said, “Lord, will You slay a nation, even though blameless? “Did he not himself say to me, ‘She is my sister’? And she herself said, ‘He is my brother.’ In the integrity of my heart and the innocence of my hands I have done this.” Then God said to him in the dream, “Yes, I know that in the integrity of your heart you have done this, and I also kept you from sinning against Me; therefore I did not let you touch her. “Now therefore, restore the man’s wife, for he is a prophet, and he will pray for you and you will live. But if you do not restore her, know that you shall surely die, you and all who are yours.” So Abimelech arose early in the morning and called all his servants and told all these things in their hearing; and the men were greatly frightened. Then Abimelech called Abraham and said to him, “What have you done to us? And how have I sinned against you, that you have brought on me and on my kingdom a great sin? You have done to me things that ought not to be done.” And Abimelech said to Abraham, “What have you encountered, that you have done this thing?” Abraham said, “Because I thought, surely there is no fear of God in this place, and they will kill me because of my wife. “Besides, she actually is my sister, the daughter of my father, but not the daughter of my mother, and she became my wife; and it came about, when God caused me to wander from my father’s house, that I said to her, ‘This is the kindness which you will show to me: everywhere we go, say of me, “He is my brother.”’” Abimelech then took sheep and oxen and male and female servants, and gave them to Abraham, and restored his wife Sarah to him. Abimelech said, “Behold, my land is before you; settle wherever you please.” To Sarah he said, “Behold, I have given your brother a thousand pieces of silver; behold, it is your vindication before all who are with you, and before all men you are cleared.” Abraham prayed to God, and God healed Abimelech and his wife and his maids, so that they bore children. For the LORD had closed fast all the wombs of the household of Abimelech because of Sarah, Abraham’s wife. (Genesis 20 NASB)

And another whole section which happened earlier – only a fool makes the same mistake twice (Proverbs 26:11)? – but this didn’t seem to affect God did it… 🙂

Now there was a famine in the land; so Abram went down to Egypt to sojourn there, for the famine was severe in the land. It came about when he came near to Egypt, that he said to Sarai his wife, “See now, I know that you are a beautiful woman; and when the Egyptians see you, they will say, ‘This is his wife’; and they will kill me, but they will let you live. Please say that you are my sister so that it may go well with me because of you, and that I may live on account of you.” It came about when Abram came into Egypt, the Egyptians saw that the woman was very beautiful. Pharaoh’s officials saw her and praised her to Pharaoh; and the woman was taken into Pharaoh’s house. Therefore he treated Abram well for her sake; and gave him sheep and oxen and donkeys and male and female servants and female donkeys and camels. But the Lord struck Pharaoh and his house with great plagues because of Sarai, Abram’s wife. Then Pharaoh called Abram and said, “What is this you have done to me? Why did you not tell me that she was your wife? Why did you say, ‘She is my sister,’ so that I took her for my wife? Now then, here is your wife, take her and go.” Pharaoh commanded his men concerning him; and they escorted him away, with his wife and all that belonged to him. (Genesis 12:10-20 NASB)

We also note that before the Genesis 20 incident occurred – the second occurrence – that God had appeared to Abraham and said,

“I am God Almighty; Walk before Me, and be blameless. I will establish My covenant between Me and you, And I will multiply you exceedingly.” (Genesis 17:1b-2 NASB)

But Abraham wasn’t blameless and God still sided with him? – how does that work? we think…

O yes, it’s dawning – Abraham was under an unconditional covenant of blessing with God Almighty – God’s words to Abraham were creating purity in him not a noose held around his neck which he has to attain to or to try and strive to achieve – oh yes, Abraham was blessed by God Almighty…

Chosen by God Almighty and called “Abraham My friend” by God Almighty…

No one else in scripture was ever called personally, “such and such My friend”…

Abraham believed God and it was credited to him as righteousness…

God testifying of His gifts…

By faith Abel offered to God a better sacrifice than Cain, through which he obtained the testimony that he was righteous, God testifying about his gifts, and through faith, though he is dead, he still speaks. (Hebrews 11:4 NASB)

God gave Abraham the faith to believe…

And God honoured Abraham’s faith that He had given him…

God testifying about His gifts – yes, yes, yes – it is true and it is true to you if you are a child of Abraham by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ – Yeshua Ha’Mashiach – you are blessed with Abraham the believer and you are not under the Law – but under Grace as Abraham was under Grace but you have the added advantage that Abraham looked forward to Jesus’ day and we look back and the Holy Spirit has now been released to us since Jesus was Glorified and we now have the additional Promise of the Holy Spirit filling us and enabling us to live as Jesus lived in this world…

In perfection before our God – the Holy Spirit living through our new heart and our new spirit – possessing and living through our new soul – our righteous souls (as Lot had)…

That is the only difference – the indwelling Holy Spirit…

Hallelujah!!!

Do you know what this means?

Abraham was blessed in all things…

Beloved, I pray that in all respects you may prosper and be in good health, just as your soul prospers. (3 John 1:2 NASB)

Oh yes…

He was…

Now Abraham was old, advanced in age; and the LORD had blessed Abraham in every way. (Genesis 24:1 NASB)

But there was still more blessing for Abraham…

Genesis 24 – in my opinion – is one of the most beautiful stories in the entire bible – that’s my personal opinion – I love the Church of Jesus Christ and would lay my life down for It – and this story shows the Faithful Servant – the Holy Spirit – sent to find a Bride for Jesus Christ by God the Father…

Abraham typifies God the Father…

Eliezer typifies God the Holy Spirit…

And Isaac – the son of promise – typifies our Lord and Saviour and Redeemer Jesus Christ – Yeshua Ha’Mashiach…

Rebecca typifies the Church of Jesus Christ called from all nations, from all parts of history, from all time – all who have ever or will ever or are now presently believing in our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ…

The life of Abraham typifies the life of all his children in the faith – as he is the father of us all…

We are blessed with Abraham the believer…

You foolish Galatians, who has bewitched you, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was publicly portrayed as crucified? This is the only thing I want to find out from you: did you receive the Spirit by the works of the Law, or by hearing with faith? Are you so foolish? Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh? Did you suffer so many things in vain—if indeed it was in vain? So then, does He who provides you with the Spirit and works miracles among you, do it by the works of the Law, or by hearing with faith? Even so Abraham BELIEVED GOD, AND IT WAS RECKONED TO HIM AS RIGHTEOUSNESS. Therefore, be sure that it is those who are of faith who are sons of Abraham. The Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel beforehand to Abraham, saying, “ALL THE NATIONS WILL BE BLESSED IN YOU.” So then those who are of faith are blessed with Abraham, the believer. For as many as are of the works of the Law are under a curse; for it is written, “CURSED IS EVERYONE WHO DOES NOT ABIDE BY ALL THINGS WRITTEN IN THE BOOK OF THE LAW, TO PERFORM THEM.” Now that no one is justified by the Law before God is evident; for, “THE RIGHTEOUS MAN SHALL LIVE BY FAITH.” However, the Law is not of faith; on the contrary, “HE WHO PRACTICES THEM SHALL LIVE BY THEM.” Christ 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”— in order that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we would receive the promise of the Spirit through faith. Brethren, I speak in terms of human relations: even though it is only a man’s covenant, yet when it has been ratified, no one sets it aside or adds conditions to it. Now the promises were spoken to Abraham and to his seed. He does not say, “And to seeds,” as referring to many, but rather to one, “And to your seed,” that is, Christ. What I am saying is this: the Law, which came four hundred and thirty years later, does not invalidate a covenant previously ratified by God, so as to nullify the promise. For if the inheritance is based on law, it is no longer based on a promise; but God has granted it to Abraham by means of a promise. Why the Law then? It was added because of transgressions, having been ordained through angels by the agency of a mediator, until the seed would come to whom the promise had been made. Now a mediator is not for one party only; whereas God is only one. Is the Law then contrary to the promises of God? May it never be! For if a law had been given which was able to impart life, then righteousness would indeed have been based on law. But the Scripture has shut up everyone under sin, so that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe. But before faith came, we were kept in custody under the law, being shut up to the faith which was later to be revealed. Therefore the Law has become our tutor to lead us to Christ, so that we may be justified by faith. But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor. For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s descendants, heirs according to promise. (Galatians 3 NASB)

The covenant which we are under is based on Promise…

And all the Promises of God are “Yes and Amen” in Christ Jesus…

We are blessed in all things and we are blessed as we line up under (voluntarily) Abraham our father…

And confess that we are not under Law but under Grace – we are under the Covenant which God made with Abraham and we are under all the blessing which God – our Father – promised to our father Abraham…

Hallelujah…

I don’t know how to contain the joy which I feel right now…

I believe the Lord told me that this is the most significant thing that I’ve ever written just before as I was writing this post…

May it – the revelation – be understood by all and may all choose to line themselves up under the blessing of Abraham who saw Jesus’ day and rejoiced – he believed the gospel in advance and offered up his own son – and the Lord Himself will provide the Lamb for the Sacrifice – in the Mountain of the Lord It will be provided…

And It – Jesus Christ – the Lamb of God who taketh away the sin of the entire world – was provided on that very Mountain in Moriah – outside Jerusalem He was offered up once for all – the Mediator of a different Covenant a better Covenant – and the High Priest in a different order the Order of Melchizedek (My King is Righteous)…

You are Righteous Lord and we are your Children…

We – all who know You on earth – bow before You this evening Our Righteous King and we worship You for all that You have brought us into through Your Shed Blood on Calvary…

You are worthy of all that we could ever give You…

We don’t know where to start… 🙂

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DXDGE_lRI0E

About andrew james horton

Hi, my name is Andrew James Horton... I am a Kiwi (New Zealander), born in Christchurch (05 September 1971), now in my mid-forties (I feel so old saying that)... I am blessed to be married with five children and six grandchildren... :-) I am at present a Principal Structural Engineer, Director working in Christchurch, New Zealand... I am passionate about prophetic intercession and about revival both in New Zealand and throughout the world... I am passionate to pray that the Church, the Body of Christ, the Bride of Christ, will be all that He - the Lord Jesus Christ - desires her to be in our generation... I felt that the Lord gave me the name of this blog site, "a house of prayer for the nations - prophetic intercession for worldwide revival" and wanted me to "put it out there" and start recording the prayers which are on my heart to pray in the hope that others would also be encouraged to share the prayers which are on their hearts to pray and that in the unity of the Spirit we could participate together in this activity in different locations around the world as He leads us... If the Lord leads you, let's join in prayer for the Lord's will to be done on earth as it is in heaven in our generation... Love in the Lord, Andrew
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One Response to The Blessing of Abraham…

  1. GaryB says:

    God has blessed us with Abraham’s blessing, Praise God. I remembered Deut. 28: while reading this post, the blessings and curses. Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law while giving us the blessings He provided for Abraham.

    Its good to be continually reminded at what Christ has done for us at the cross.

    Very encouraging and edifying message here. Praise the Most High God for He alone is worthy of all Praises.

    GaryB

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