We know from yesterday’s detective work, that Abram had received “The Blessing” from God. After he received it, he became “a blessing” to his family and even to his tag-along nephew, Lot. I also know from the story in Genesis that Abram and Lot’s prosperity from the blessing, had grown so much, that “the land was not able to nourish and support them so they could dwell together”. (Genesis 13:6)
Strife had also grown in the prosperity. Jealousy between the members in Abram’s extended family and Lot’s group grew every day. Remember when you were a kid, in amongst other kids in the neighborhood? Jealousy seemed to raise its ugly head now and then. It did when I was growing up. One kid would say, “did you know, my parents just got a new car this week.” And I might have replied, “So. Our car isn’t new…but it has six NEW stereo speakers. How many does your NEW car have?” You know, ‘trying to keep up with the Jones’. This conversation might even proceed to the point of physical retribution. This same scenario, could have taken place between Abram’s family and Lot’s family. Abram who had received The Blessing, said to Lot in Genesis 13, “let there be no strife, I beg you, between you and me, or between your herdsmen and my herdsmen, for we are relatives.” Abram gave his nephew a choice. If you choose the land of “there”, I will go in the opposite direction. We know from the story, where “there” was (verses 10-12). Remember that wrong decisions— determine wrong actions.
After Lot chooses to live in the Jordan Valley, in the city of Sodom; the Lord tells Abram to look all around. Verse 15, “For all the land which you see I will give to you and to your posterity forever.” This is the Abrahamic Covenant. A promise from the Lord that can’t be broken…EVER!
I think most of us know the story of Lot and his family’s experiences in the Jordan River Valley [Sodom and Gomorah in Genesis 14]. I will pick up the story again in Genesis 14:16. Abram was called in to rescue Lot and his family from the wicked kings of the land. Sounds like a fairy tale here, but if you are a believer of God’s Word, you know that you know that you know; the story is the FACT.
You are probably wondering and saying to yourself, “what does all this have to do with The Blessing?” While we are looking at Genesis 14, drop down to verse 18-20.
“Melchizedek king of Salem [later called Jerusalem] brought out bread and wine [for their nourishment]; he was the priest of God Most High, And he blessed him and said, BLESSED (favoured with blessings, made blissful, joyful) be Abram by God Most High, Possessor and Maker of heaven and earth, And blessed, praised and glorified be God Most High, Who has given your foes into your hand! And [Abram] gave him a tenth of all [he had taken].”
Now, turn to Hebrews 6:20. I have done some of the detective work and will attempt to tie all this together after reading the verse.
“Where JESUS has entered in for us [in advance], a Forerunner having become a High Priest forever after the (with the rank) of Melchizedek.” JESUS is our High Priest in the order of Melchizedek. Jesus has the ROOT. When we give our tithe, or the fruit from “The Blessing”, we get something in return; every time. We get “a blessing”. It isn’t which is first but it all happens simultaneously!
This is what I found in my investigation of the Word. In Genesis 14:18-20 two clues; Abram had the tithe and Melchizedek has the blessing. “The Root” or “The Fruit“? You get a blessing every time you give the tithe. The issue here is around the tithe. It’s all about the ROOT and not the FRUIT; not the money. The Blessing is the empowerment to be successful in every area of life. Are things a little clearer now or muddier? If it is still not clear, go back with me now to the New Testament, to the Book of Ephesians 1: 3.
“May blessing be to God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah) Who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual (given by the Holy Spirit) blessing in the heavenly realm!”
God has blessed us ( past tense) and it is the deposit for the believers. The BLESSING is in me, on me and around me. The Blessing is the Root to the Fruit or the deposit! You will have to put some “detective tennis shoes” if you want to dig deeper. Turn back to Genesis 17:16. God is revealing to Abraham (God changed Abram name to Abraham); his wife’s new name. It was Sarai and now God has given her new name to be Sarah [Princess].
“And I will bless her and give you a son also by her. Yes, I will bless her, and she shall be a mother of nations; kings of people’s shall come from her.” After The Blessing or empowerment, Sarah would not be barren any longer. When we are learning to connect with The Blessing, God’s super on our natural, we become super natural. It all started in the beginning with Adam. “The Blessing” was first placed on Adam. Sin entered into the picture and became a “blessing blocker” until Noah. Then Shem passed it on to Abram. We pick up the detective story next in Genesis 25:5-6.
“And Abraham gave all that he had to Isaac. But to the sons of his concubines [Hagar and Keturah] Abraham gave gifts, and while he was still living he sent them to the east country, away from Isaac his son [of promise].”
Abraham gave ALL he had to his son. Not some of what he had but ALL. And to his other sons by concubines, he gave gifts. After Abraham’s spirit was released in death at the ripe old age of 175, did The Blessing continue? Genesis 25:11 says, “After the death of Abraham, God blessed his son Isaac…” Will God renege on His covenant promises? Genesis 26:3-6 gives the reassurance to Isaac, that the blessing will go on. In Verse 3, God says, “and I will be with you”. That means that the blessing or the root was in place. God then gives Isaac an important reminder to his father’s receiving the blessing in verse 5.
“For Abraham listened to and obeyed My voice and kept My charge, My commands, My statutes, and My laws.”
God’s Word tell us that obedience will give birth to “”the blessing. Partial or delayed obedience is still disobedience and a “blessing blocker”. If you think that you might be living in lack and not “the blessing”, then it’s time to look at your self and check. Are their “blessing blockers” in your spiritual life. The Blessing IS the Root to your successes. As Genesis 26:28-29 says, get ‘hooked-up‘ with the blessed! Watch and have faith in the results mentioned; to Abraham, to Lot, to Issac and all of their families.
Tomorrow we will look at another hero of the bible who had The Blessing. We will take some clues from Joseph in Genesis 39. If you want to do some detective work yourselves first, be my guest.