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passed to Joseph. By the way, the reason the Bible seems to put the spotlight on these particular people, out of all the other people who lived, is because it was following the blessing. In spite of much seemingly bad circumstance, God worked everything in Joseph’s life together for good. You know his story, how he was sold into slavery by his brothers, wound up in a man named Potiphar’s house as a servant, and Potiphar saw how everything he touched succeeded, and Genesis 39:3 says he made Joseph overseer of his house, and all that he had, he put under his authority. Joseph was just a teenager at the time, but he was walking in the blessing of Abraham! Then, Potiphar’s wife lied about him, and he was sent to prison for several years. Genesis 39:21-22 says that the keeper of the prison saw how the Lord was with Joseph, so he put Joseph in charge of all the prisoners! He was still just a teenager, but the hand of God was upon him. No man could despise his youth. When he finally got out of prison, he was made second in command over all of Egypt, and it all happened in one day. He went from being a prisoner to a prime minister in one day! God can do exceeding, abundantly above all you can ask or think.

After Joseph, God placed the blessing on the nation of Israel. Their history has been tumultuous, to say the least, but that is because of their disobedience. They have suffered the curse of the law because of their failure to obey God, but in spite of that, the blessing of Abraham has been upon them. Today, they make up a small percentage of the world’s population, yet they hold a significant percentage of the world’s wealth. The only way one can explain their continued existence, much less their success, is the blessing of Abraham.

That blessing was always progressing toward one Seed, the Lord Jesus. The Bible teaching is that those, who are the redeemed, are in Christ. For just a sampling of the verses that teach this truth, look at 1 Corinthians 1:30; 3:1; 4:15; and, 2 Corinthians 5:17. The reason Romans 8:17 teaches that we are joint-heirs with Christ, is that we are in Him. The reason Ephesians 2:6 says that we have been raised up to sit in heavenly places in Christ Jesus, is that we are in Him. If He is blessed, we are blessed, because we are in Him. 1 John 4:17 says, “ He is, so are we in this world, because we are in Him.

I have concluded that there are two reasons so many Christians do not experience all the benefits of the blessing of Abraham. 1) They don’t know about; 2) They refuse to believe it.

Have you settled for a life that is far less than that which God has provided for you? I hear people talk about the situations of their life with such hopelessness, as though nothing can be done. Is this true? Is there nothing that can be done? I submit that the answer is an emphatic, “No!” Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, that the blessing of Abraham might come upon us. If you