Summary: God blessed Abram so that his life could bless others
Blessed to Be A Blessing
June 10, 2007
The blessings that we have from God
A deliverance that can never be excelled (2 Corinthians l:10).
1 The LORD had said to Abram, "Leave your country, your people and your father’s household and go to the land I will show you. 2 "I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. 3 I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you." Genesis 12:1-3 (quickview)
The meaning of Bless
To hallow or consecrate by religious rite or word
To bring praise or to glorify To speak well of
To confer happiness or prosperity
The Hebrew word barak and its derivatives brakah and brekah appear in the Old Testament 415 times. The words are translated to kneel or to bless. The translation to kneel appears only three times. There was an incredible focus on blessing and being blessed in the Old Testament.
Expository Dictionary of Bible Words
To bless means “to endue with power for success, prosperity, fruitfulness, longevity
To be blessed means to be given a rich and abundant life
Blessings were pronounced on children by their fathers. This was seen as an incredible gift to the children. Normally, this honor went to the eldest son. We see the value of blessing in Genesis when Jacob went to great lengths to steal his brother Esau’s blessing. Later in life, as Jacob was dying, he pronounced blessings on all of his children and both of Joseph’s sons.
The teaching of the Old Testament is clear God was the true source of all blessings.
Blessing is giving the ability to succeed, to become fruitful and to live an abundant life.
Before God pronounces his blessings, He issues two major commands.
These seem to be the conditions of the promise that God was about to give. This would have been an act of faith on Abram’s part. It would have been a designation of personal trust in God.
Leave your country
God wanted Abram to leave his country. Not because the people were pagan but because God wanted to separate a people of His own. The issue here is holiness. God separated Abram from the world to make a holy nation, a separated people. The reason for leaving the country was not that God could not use Abram there but that He desired to create a new nation using Abram