Receiving the Blessing of Abraham
By Mickey Keith on May 05, 20110 CommentsTwo of the most important verses in the New Testament--
Gal. 3:13, 14 “But Christ has rescued us from the curse pronounced by the law. When he was hung on the cross, he took upon himself the curse for our wrongdoing. For it is written in the Scriptures, “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree.” (Deut 21:23) 14 Through Christ Jesus, God has blessed the Gentiles with the same blessing he promised to Abraham, so that we who are believers might receive the promised Holy Spirit through faith.” NLT
The Blessing of Abraham is so important that Jesus died to get it to us.
What is Abraham’s Blessing? Since it cost Jesus His life to get it to us, we should find out more, and appropriate it for our own lives, homes and ministries.
It is more than just the promise of a son; although God did promise that his seed would be as numerous as the sands of the sea, and the stars in the sky. A large portion of Abraham’s spiritual journey was spent carrying the promise of God, never seeing the `blessing’. But the Word of God says that we Gentiles are entitled to `the blessing of Abraham’ through faith in Christ Jesus…
If God has something for me, I want it!!
In Genesis 14:18-20 NIV, we read a story of five demonic kings (king of Sodom and king of Gomorrah)who raped, pillaged and took captives from the land, and kidnapped Lot, Abram’s nephew. Abram, a powerful king/family in the land took 318 servant/soldiers, tracked down the kings, defeated them and took their spoils…Animals, diamonds, wealth, servants…(Spoils of War) Rescued Lot, and his family,etc.. He returns with a caravan of animals and riches, along with the captives ..It is a day of great rejoicing and victory!
Abram (Exalted father), as he was known before his name was changed to Abraham(Father of many), (when he came into covenant with God), was returning from battle, and he was met in the road by Melchizedek, a mysterious priest, called the king of Salem. He had never met this ethereal character, but somehow he immediately knew He was God.
Hebrews 7: 1-7 NLT “This Melchizedek was king of the city of Salem and also a priest of God Most High. When Abraham was returning home after winning a great battle against the kings, Melchizedek met him and blessed him. 2 Then Abraham took a tenth of all he had captured in battle and gave it to Melchizedek. The name Melchizedek means “king of justice,” and king of Salem means “king of peace.” 3 There is no record of his father or mother or any of his ancestors—no beginning or end to his life. He remains a priest forever, resembling the Son of God.
4 Consider then how great this Melchizedek was. Even Abraham, the great patriarch of Israel, recognized this by giving him a tenth of what he had taken in battle. 5 Now the law of Moses required that the priests, who are descendants of Levi, must collect a tithe from the rest of the people of Israel,[a] who are also descendants of Abraham. 6 But Melchizedek, who was not a descendant of Levi, collected a tenth from Abraham. And Melchizedek placed a blessing upon Abraham, the one who had already received the promises of God. 7 And without question, the person who has the power to give a blessing is greater than the one who is blessed.”
Some scholars teach and believe that this is a ‘theophany’- a temporary fleshly embodiment of Jesus before Bethlehem. Jesus had no fleshly body until He took the form of a little baby in the womb of the virgin Mary and became a little human. Throughout the Old Testament, God would need to meet with patriarchs for key, encounters, He took bodily form. (theophany). You could see and touch him.
Melchizedek is representative of the priesthood ministry of Jesus. His was an eternal priesthood, one without days; beginning or ending. Even without genealogy. Notice in Hebrews 7 we are told that the lesser gives tithe to the greater, and the great gives blessing to the lesser.
So, as Melchizedek gave a blessing to Abram , God has promised to bless those who return the tithe to Him, in acknowledgment of our covenant relationship. This is a type of God’s relationship with all of His children!
You see, every time my wife Glenda writes our tithe check, and we give 10% of our week’s earnings to God, she and I are expressing our faith in His covenant keeping ability to protect us and to provide for us. We are saying, “Lord we acknowledge that we are in covenant with you through the blood of the mediator between God and Man, Christ Jesus. And when we keep our part of the covenant through obedience, you keep your part of the Covenant as well."
Melchizedek, who is the representative of Jesus’ priesthood ministry, brings out wine and bread, the symbols of covenant meal, and says, “It’s time for us to make a covenant together…” It’s time for your blessing!
Genesis 14:18-20 KJV “And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the most high God.
19And he blessed him, and said, Blessed be Abram of the most high God, possessor of heaven and earth:
20And blessed be the most high God, which hath delivered thine enemies into thy hand. And he gave him tithes of all.”
This is the language of the contract, the Blessing of Abraham…The reference from Gal 3:13,14
Now that we know what it is, we need to claim and lay hold of it!
You can live your whole lifetime and never derive the benefits of what is rightfully yours, simply because you don’t know what they are!
Hosea 4:6 “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.”
Illustration of man who bought passage on the ocean liner bound for America. He brought crackers and cheese and canned meat to eat. Every day at meal time he would go to his stateroom for a measly meal. Finally, a man who had befriended him asked why he disappeared at mealtime. When he explained the reason, the friend told him `your ticket includes a scrumptious meal three times a day in the dining room’. Come on and sit at the captain’s table!
How many of us are sailing on the ship of salvation, but eating crackers and cheese, because of a lack of knowledge? Your ticket includes God’s blessing at the banquet table!
First part of blessing- “Blessed be Abram of the most high God (El Elyon- God above all others; the elevated God;) This distinguishes who his God is..
A name is very interesting. Our given name comes from our forefathers. These names identify- Smith, Cooper(barrels)Fuller(Cleaning). Wherever your clan lives-
Keith is a Scottish clan of warriors..I’m not Mickey of the Smiths, Jones..
After the covenant - Abram wasn’t just any Abram. He was “Abraham of the most high God” AND- God became known as the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. God took his name, and he took God’s name to identify the covenant they had entered into.
Now in Heaven, earth and Hell, the name Abraham of the Most High is distinguished from all other Abrahams. Identified as being in Covenant with El-Elyon…The Most High God.
Jesus of Nazareth identifies who you’re talking about…
1. Elevation ---When you come into covenant with this God, He elevates you!
There may not have been any Godliness in your family, but there is Destiny in your family because of you! You may be the only Christian in your whole heritage, but your covenant with El –Elyon, the most High God lifts you up and elevates you!
There are no losers in the Kingdom of God! When you hook up with Him, He elevates you!
2. Possession--- Ownership both in the Heavens and in the Earth! Our possessions begin in the Heavens and as we claim them, God gives us possession of them. There is property with a red x on it, designated for the Kingdom of God! When you begin to claim property and buildings for the Kingdom of God, this gets in the devil’s business. Spiritual warfare begins when you start talking about acquiring property. “The Earth is the Lords, and the fullness thereof…” And the devil wants to buy it up and tie it up so the Kingdom of God cannot advance. The devil hates it when property is used for buildings, cabins, lodges, and tabernacles where teaching, preaching and prayer is happening.
Think about it…Does the devil want this building to be used as a computer store, and grocery store, or for the saints of God to worship Him?
Why not take this a step further, and realize that as a child of God He wants you to own a house and have some property…a yard with swings, and a pool, or pond. Why give your money to the landlord? - There is no Lord but Jesus, the Lord of Lords! The Lord most High!
Now is the time to get out of debt! Do it soon! Cash is King!
God is going to give us opportunities, but not if we are in debt…The earth is the Lord’s…Every where the struggle is the same. We need to be doing great things for God’s Kingdom, but we are in so much debt, we can’t buy!
There are buildings God has for LCC and property for camps, retreats, and unwed mothers homes, radio stations, etc…We need to get out of debt so we can acquire what God wants us to have!
Buildings are necessary for every church..Houses are necessary for every family. You are a child of God, and as part of your covenant rights you deserve to live in a nice home…Debt free!
3. Dominion – This is speaking of any enemy that has set itself against you, your family or your ministry. They must fall as part of this covenant! The third part of the Abrahamic Blessing is victory over your enemies!
Whether they are a hurt, habit, or hang-up…whether sickness, death or poverty.
“I will give you victory over your enemies and give them into your hands!”
Interesting that God says “INTO YOUR HANDS..” Most of the time, enemies are spoken of as being `under our feet’.
But this blessing is INTO YOUR HAND…
When David was a teenager, he defeated Goliath with a sling and a stone. He may have survived the rock to the forehead, but he didn’t survive the beheading with his own sword!
David ran to him, unsheathed his sword and cut off his own head. David had a `killer instinct’ that some of us don’t have. You cannot live with your habits and live in victory! You must go for the head…
When God gives you a little bit of victory, you must rush to finish the job.
Goliath was nine feet tall, so his head was huge. With stinking long hair, this man was part of a race of giant people. But God raised up David to kill them! When the devil raises up a giant, God raises up giant – killers!
In this country, we need giant-killers, and in our homes, schools, and business world, we need men like David who know their covenant rights. Men and women who will rise up with faith, and rush in without fear!
David cut the head off, but he wasn’t finished. He was a man of Destiny- Called to be a deliverer! He took the head of Goliath, and kept it in his tent until his mission was finished. The city of Zion was under the rule of the heathen people called Jebusites, called Jebus. On the walls of the city of demonized people, they set heads of their gods that they worshiped.
David took that head to the city of Jebus (Which would become Jerusalem)and stood outside the city walls. Remember, he is a 15 year old boy, holding the huge, gory head of the giant!
This young man of Destiny picked up that head by the hair, and held it up and shook it against the inhabitants of the city of Jebus and said, “I am declaring war against you”. This is the city of God! …The same thing that happened to this head is going to happen to you. You think you can set up heads and call them God? I’ll show you a head..this is the head of the giant that cursed God’s people..He is the one who mocked the most high God, but I cut him off!
It wasn’t by chance that David returned to that city as the King of Israel years later..He did so, because he took charge of the giant, and cut him off at the head! David won a spiritual battle over the demonic forces that tried to control and enslave God’s people, and years later returned in triumph as the king of Jerusalem (City of Peace).
That’s why the Abrahamic blessing gives our enemies into our hands… He is not just under our feet. This is more than a personal blessing. We need to take our enemy by the hair of the head and declare total dominion!!
We need to show the enemy that we are equipped to take him out! This is the first giant, but it will not be the last giant! I AM A GIANT KILLER!!
Col 2:15 CEV “There Christ defeated all powers and forces. He let the whole world see them being led away as prisoners when he celebrated his victory. “
Today, we need to see our enemies – not under our feet only…We need to see them in our hands as we parade with Christ showing the universe His total victory over our enemies!
Elevation- Possession- Dominion
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