March 14, 2014
Over the past few weeks I've talked about a retired trial
attorney by the name of Jim Christianson who flew here from Alaska, and to whom
our fellowship has ministered healing. Jim's healing has yet to be completed in
some areas, but this past Sunday he requested healing over tremors he has
experienced since the event when he was crushed in a grain elevator many years
ago. The fellowship gathered around Jim on Sunday afternoon, and we saw an
immediate cessation of the tremors. I had breakfast with Jim on Monday morning
and the first thing he did when I walked in was to stretch out his hands. They
were rock steady. It was a real "Praise the Lord" moment! And still
there is more to come!
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us as believers, the Blessing of Abraham has an extraordinary genesis. It
begins in Jesus Christ, our Lord and Redeemer with His unmatched sacrifice for
us on the Cross.
looked at the name of God in past discussions (and I will review that again
before we get too far along in this series) — Yowd He Vav
He — and the intricate and astounding
picture encompassed in His Name. Now we need to see how that applies to the
Blessing of Abraham under the New Covenant.
is both Pattern and Redeemer and Restorer of the Blessing. The apostle Paul
describes for us how this took place.
2:5-.11: Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who,
being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but
made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming
in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled
Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the
death of the cross. Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the
name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should
bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth,
and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.
is my own translation and amplification from the Greek text:
2:5-.11 (RAC Translation): Be like Jesus, The Anointed One, and be in His anointing with
His mindset, Who, though He existed in the form of God and continuing in that
form, did not regard equality with God as a thing to be grasped, but
[temporarily] emptied Himself of His God-status and co-equality with the
Father, becoming [instead] as a servant, taking on the nature, essence and
mortality of ordinary man. And being seen as an ordinary man, He abased Himself
and submitted Himself to death itself, particularly the kind of death which
came by being hung on a cross. Therefore God the Father has exalted Him to the
highest position and granted Him that name — rank, authority, power, title,
position, character and essence — which is above and beyond every name — rank, authority,
title, position, character and essence (i.e., Yowd He
Vav He Yeshua, Ha-Mashiach), that at [the very utterance of] the name
of [YHVHYHM] Jesus, every knee should, must and will bow of beings in heaven,
on earth, and under the earth [in Hades, the region of departed sinful
spirits]; and that every tongue, utterance and language shall confess,
acknowledge and agree fully that Jesus Christ is Lord, Supreme in Authority, to
the honor, praise, dignity, worship and glory of God the Father.
a mouthful, I know, but you get the picture. But let’s fill out this picture
with one more thing Paul wrote.
3:5-14 (NASB): Just as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to
him for righteousness. Therefore know that only those
who are of faith are sons of Abraham. And the Scripture, foreseeing that God
would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel to Abraham
beforehand, saying, “In you all the nations shall be
blessed.” So then those who are of faith are blessed
with believing Abraham.
For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse;
for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who does not
continue in all things which are written in the book of the law, to do
them.” But that no one is justified by the law in the sight of
God is evident, for “the just shall live by
faith.” Yet the law is not of faith, but “the man who does
them shall live by them.”
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”), that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the
Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit
now, you’re seeing it, I’m sure. “Cursed is everyone who
hangs on a tree.” Jesus
became that curse in order to cancel it. He willingly chose to go to the Cross
because his very death on the Cross would be the cancellation of the curse —
AND the restoration of the Blessing.
was the ONLY one who could restore the Blessing of Abraham. Consider again what
Paul wrote to the Ekklesia in Philippi.
“Though He existed in the form of God and continuing in that
form..He emptied Himself of His God-status and co-equality with the Father...
taking on the nature, essence and mortality of ordinary man...and submitted
Himself to death itself, particularly the kind of death which came by being
hung on a cross.”
would He do that? Because His objective was to restore the availability of the
Blessing of Abraham. By His restoration of the Blessing of Abraham, Jesus
gained for Himself a people whose lives would exhibit His very nature — Love,
Blessing, Abundance, Riches, His Faith, His Character, His Personality.
gained for us — that is to say, He gained for those people who would live by
His faith — ALL of the attributes of the Blessing outlined as Moses rehearsed
the Blessing before Israel as he was about to depart and leave the nation under
need to review all that the Blessing of Abraham means to those who are (1) obedient to EVERY Word that the Lord
gives to them by His Spirit, and (2) walk
in and by His faith.
are the two essential ingredients to receiving and walking in the Blessing:
Obedience and Faith. Without them, the Blessing of Abraham simply waits on the
sidelines for the trigger mechanism which releases it. Paul describes Jesus
as “obedient to the point of death, even the death of the Cross.”
I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent
doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me.”
speak that which I have seen with my Father: and ye do that which ye have seen
with your father.”
12:49-50: “For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which
sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should
speak. And I know that his commandment is life everlasting: whatsoever I
speak therefore, even as the Father said unto me, so I speak.”
and over and over again, Jesus makes clear that He is ONLY doing what the
Father commands. He is obedient to the finest detail of God the Father’s
heart’s desire. As the picture of obedience, Jesus was and is therefore
qualified to be THE restorer of the Blessing of Abraham.
it comes to the subject of faith as a part of the equation, Jesus likewise
makes clear that the faith He demonstrates is God’s faith. It is His Faith as
well because He and the Father are One.
11:22: And Jesus answering saith unto them,
Have faith in God.
can better render this from the Greek text, Have
God’s faith, or Have the God-kind of faith.”
10:17 reads, “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing
by the word of God.”
the connection? Faith originates in the Word — the rhema —
which comes out of the mouth of God. His Word generates His faith in us.
you have it: the two essential ingredients which precede the receiving of the
Blessing of Abraham: Obedience and Faith. Now, let’s take a look at all that
the Blessing of Abraham produces for those who are obedient and walk by faith.
Deuteronomy 28 spells out in great detail all of the elements of the Blessing
of Abraham. And, of course, Moses begins his recitation of the Blessing with
the principal requirement:
28:1-14: And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt
hearken diligently unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to
observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee
this day, that (1) the LORD thy God will set thee on high above all
nations of the earth: And all these blessings shall come on thee, and
overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the
voice of the LORD thy God.
“hearken” is to listen and obey. If we listen to the voice of the Lord, faith
for obedience will follow.
(2) Blessed shalt thou be in
(3) Blessed shalt thou be in the
(4) Blessed shall be the fruit (offspring) of
(5) Blessed shall be the fruit of thy ground.
(6) Blessed shall be the fruit of thy cattle.
(7) Blessed shall be the increase of thy kine.
(8) Blessed shall be the flocks of thy sheep.
(9) Blessed shall be thy basket.
(10) Blessed shall be thy store.
(11) Blessed shalt thou be when
thou comest in.
(12) Blessed shalt thou be when
thou goest out.
(13) The LORD shall cause thine enemies
that rise up against thee to be smitten before thy
(14) They shall come out against thee one way, and flee before thee seven ways.
(15) The LORD shall command the blessing upon thee in thy
(16) The LORD shall command the blessing in all that thou settest thine hand unto.
(17) He shall bless thee in the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.
(18) The LORD shall establish thee an holy people unto himself,
as he hath sworn unto thee, if thou shalt keep the
commandments of the LORD thy God, and walk in his ways.
(19) All people of the earth shall see that thou art called by
the name of the LORD.
(20) And they shall be afraid of thee.
(21) The LORD shall make thee plenteous in goods.
(22) The LORD shall make thee plenteous in the fruit of thy
(23) The LORD shall make thee plenteous in the fruit of thy
(24) The LORD shall make thee plenteous in the fruit of thy
ground, in the land which the LORD sware unto thy
fathers to give thee.
(25) The LORD shall open unto thee his good treasure.
(26) The LORD shall open unto thee the heaven to give the rain
unto thy land in his season.
(27) The LORD shall bless all the work of thine
(28) Thou shalt lend unto many
(29) Thou shalt not [have to] borrow.
(30) The LORD shall make thee the head, and not the tail.
(31) Thou shalt be above only.
(32) Thou shalt not be beneath…..if that
thou hearken unto the commandments of the LORD thy God, which I command thee
this day, to observe and to do them.
(33) Thou shalt not go aside from any
of the words which I command thee this day...to the right hand, or to the
left, to go after other gods to serve them.
you go! 33 Commandments of Blessing — with the absolute requirement of obeying
the rhema Word
which proceeds from the mouth of the Lord. This is the promise God has made to
the seed of Abraham.
God keep His Word?
we expect to have all these parts of the Blessing of Abraham in our lives? Can
we trust God, believe that He loves us and believe that He desires to bless us
more than we desire the Blessing?
answer is: Absolutely!
for a minute a picture that we see in the life of Abraham’s son, Isaac.
26:1-5, 12-13: And there was a famine in the land, beside the first famine that
was in the days of Abraham. And Isaac went unto Abimelech
king of the Philistines unto Gerar. And the LORD
appeared unto him, and said, Go not down into Egypt; dwell in the land which I
shall tell thee of: Sojourn in this land, and I will be with thee, and will
bless thee; for unto thee, and unto thy seed, I will give all these countries,
and I will perform the oath which I sware unto
Abraham thy father; And I will make thy seed to multiply as the stars of
heaven, and will give unto thy seed all these countries; and in thy seed shall
all the nations of the earth be blessed; Because that Abraham obeyed my voice,
and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws.
Then Isaac sowed in that land, and received in the same year an
hundredfold: and the LORD blessed him. And the man waxed great, and went
forward, and grew until he became very great: For he had possession of flocks,
and possession of herds, and great store of servants: and the Philistines
the picture of obedience? Do you see the ridiculous and impossible
circumstances that prevailed?
as the Lord had appeared to Abraham, He now appears to Isaac. Despite the fact
that a famine has hit the land, water is nowhere to be found, crops are drying
up, food is scarce, and people are starving, the Lord says to Isaac, “Don’t go
down into Egypt like your father did during the famine that hit the region when
he first was here. I know there is plenty in Egypt right now, and it would be
your natural instinct to go there. Don’t do that. Stay and dwell here in the
land. Live here. Occupy this land no matter what the current circumstances are.
Remember the oath I swore to your father? I will perform that oath precisely as
promised. I will multiply you. I will multiply your seed. I will give unto your
seed ALL these countries. Stay here! Don’t go anywhere!”
that’s exactly what Isaac did. It wasn’t logical in terms of human reasoning —
but then God’s Word, His rhema, often collides with logic.
Isaac sowed in the land — in the midst of famine! And the land began to produce
supernaturally. No, it hadn’t suddenly started raining where Isaac sowed. God
caused the dew of Heaven to provide enough moisture for the crops to grow. And,
brother, did they ever grow. Under any ordinary circumstances, when a farmer
plants a field, he can expect a return of perhaps 50%, depending on the quality
of the seed being planted. A 50% yield on a field would mean a great return and
a wonderful harvest.
saw the seed he planted literally multiply. He didn’t get a 50% yield. If he
planted 10 acres of corn seed, he harvested a thousand acres of corn. If he
planted a hundred acres of wheat, he harvested ten thousand acres.
you beginning to get the picture? Are you seeing the Blessing of the Lord upon
you can understand why the Scripture tells us, “and the Philistines envied him.”
is precisely what God was wanting to happen! His heart’s desire is that the
world see a people who live in His Blessing. It causes them to seek after Him.
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