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THE ABRAHAMIC COVENANT

Date: November 8

Category: Prosperity

Genesis 12:2
"And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you [with abundant increase of favors] and make your name famous and distinguished, and you will be a blessing [dispensing good to others]."

Slobodan & Ljiljana KrstevskiThis verse is part of the Abrahamic Covenant, which is a promise of blessing that God made to Abraham. The first part of the blessing is land (verse 1). The second part of the blessing is descendents (verse 2). Then the third part is the promise of blessing and cursing for others depending on how they related to Abraham. But in verse 2, there are several elements I would like to focus on. The first part verse 2 says, "And I will make of you a great nation." That means that Abraham was going to have a lot of children, and his children were going to have a lot of children, and so on. Then one day, they would all become a nation. As you read further on in the Book of Genesis, you'll notice that God made the same promise to Abraham's son, Isaac. Then He made the same promise to Abraham's grandson, Jacob, who had twelve sons. Eventually those twelve sons became the twelve tribes of Israel.

Then verse 2 says, "and I will bless you [with abundant increase of favors]." In other words, God promised to bless Abraham with favour from God and favour with people. That way whenever Abraham would do business, he would be successful. But that wasn't all that God promised Abraham. The verse then says, "and make your name famous and distinguished." So the name of Abraham was going to become an important name among all people. We can see that this is true today. Abraham is known as the father of nations. He is well esteemed and revered in the Jewish religion. He's also well accepted in the Muslim religion as well because he was also the father of Ishmael. Not only that, but Christians esteem Abraham too.

Then the last part of verse 2 says, "and you will be a blessing [dispensing good to others]." So along with having more than enough favour from God and people to become successful in business and blessed, Abraham was going to become a channel of that blessing to others. He would be a distributor of the blessing of God so that other people around him would be blessed as well. That's ultimately what the blessing of God is for.

These are the promises that God made to Abraham. But in Galatians 3:14 we read, "To the end that through [their receiving] Christ Jesus, the blessing [promised] to Abraham might come upon the Gentiles, so that we through faith might [all] receive [the realization of] the promise of the [Holy] Spirit." In other words, the promises that God made to Abraham are applicable to us as well now that we have received Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour. The moment Christ died on the cross of Calvary, He took the curse away from us. When the curse was lifted, the blessing of Abraham was released on us so now we have access to everything that Abraham had access to.

That means that we too can expect many descendents. We can expect abundant favour to be successful in all that we do. We can expect our names to become great and well known. But not only that, we can expect God to use us as a distributor of His blessing to others around us. The favour that God gives us is a divine anointing that enables us to do great things. God adds His supernatural ability to our natural abilities so that when we activate our natural ability in work, we become successful and blessed. Now that we're blessed, God wants us to channel that blessing towards other people.

In John 10:10b Jesus said, "I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows)." The word, "overflowing" means that there's so much blessing in our lives that we have an ability to be a distributor of that blessing to others. God doesn't bless us so that we would hold everything to ourselves. He blesses us so that we could be a blessing to other people.

But all of the promises of Abraham can only be applied to us if we are in Christ. Once we accept Christ into our hearts, we have a right to the promises of Abraham. Those promises become our promises now. So if Abraham had many descendents, then we have the right to many descendents. If he had divine favour with God and people, then we have the right to divine favour as well. If as a result of his success in business his name became distinguished, then we can have our names be distinguished as well through our work and results. And if he became a dispenser of blessing to people, then we too can be a dispenser of blessing. All those promises are now ours for the taking.

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