The Blessing of Abraham

God’s intention for man is blessing!

And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it… Genesis 1:28

In the Old Testament to bless means, to pronounce the bestowal of benefits such as abundance, fruitfulness, success, prosperity, and longevity of life upon someone or something.

Basically, this word connotes the state of "prosperity" or "happiness" that comes when a superior bestows his favor (blessing) on one. [Vine's Expository Dictionary]

Though God assigned this blessing to all of mankind starting with Adam, through Adam and Eve’s sin, they separated themselves and all of mankind from God’s uninterrupted, unhindered blessing!

Later, God came to one man whom He judged to be faithful, and promised blessing to both him and his descendants.  This man was Abraham.  The blessing would come through faith in Jehovah and His promise.

This covenant of blessing that God made with Abraham was of such epic proportion that from now on, if anyone was to receive a blessing from God, it would come from the “Blessing of Abraham”. Galatians 3:8

In general, to be blessed is to have God’s hand in your affairs for your good!

The “Blessing of Abraham” is spelled out and detailed in Deuteronomy 28:1-14.

The absence of this blessing leaves one open and susceptible to “the curse”.  The curse is what God calls all of the death, corruption, and decay that befell the earth after Adam and Eve sinned and separated themselves from the life of God.

The curse, as we now see it in the earth, is the result of the workings of sin, sinful man, and satan.

Christ Jesus was born into this earth into the lineage of Abraham, thus becoming a true descendant and rightful heir of the “Blessing of Abraham”. Galatians 3:16

The Bible says that through our faith in Christ’s death on the cross, we too are blessed together with Him as Abraham’s seed!  Galatians 3:13-14

And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise. Galatians 3:29

To have the blessing of Abraham is to have the promise from God for our safety, survival, health, provision and well being in this earth. (e.g. Psalm 1, 3 John 2, Psalm 91)

Included with the blessing of Abraham is not only blessing itself, but also the guarantee of it!

For when God made promise to Abraham, because he could swear by no greater, he sware by himself, Saying, Surely blessing I will bless thee, and multiplying I will multiply thee. Hebrews 6:13-14

This not only gives us such great assurance, but it also reveals to us God’s love and intense desire for us.  It in turn produces a strong and bold faith in His promise to bless us.