Devo Blessings of Abraham can be ours Part 8
Hebrews 7:1-10 New International Version (NIV)
7 This Melchizedek was king of Salem and priest of God Most High. He met Abraham returning from the defeat of the kings and blessed him, 2 and Abraham gave him a tenth of everything. First, the name Melchizedek means “king of righteousness”; then also, “king of Salem” means “king of peace.” 3 Without father or mother, without genealogy, without beginning of days or end of life, resembling the Son of God, he remains a priest forever.
4 Just think how great he was: Even the patriarch Abraham gave him a tenth of the plunder! 5 Now the law requires the descendants of Levi who become priests to collect a tenth from the people—that is, from their fellow Israelites—even though they also are descended from Abraham. 6 This man, however, did not trace his descent from Levi, yet he collected a tenth from Abraham and blessed him who had the promises. 7 And without doubt the lesser is blessed by the greater. 8 In the one case, the tenth is collected by people who die; but in the other case, by him who is declared to be living. 9 One might even say that Levi, who collects the tenth, paid the tenth through Abraham, 10 because when Melchizedek met Abraham, Levi was still in the body of his ancestor.
Just one quick example of Abrahams obedience. Tithing came before the law not after. Abraham tithed by faith not obligation and therefore received the blessing that comes through tithing. He graciously and cheerfully gave His tithe to Melchizedek and by doing so to God. Read the blessing of the tithe:
Malachi 3:6-12 New International Version (NIV)
6 “I the Lord do not change. So you, the descendants of Jacob, are not destroyed. 7 Ever since the time of your ancestors you have turned away from my decrees and have not kept them. Return to me, and I will return to you,” says the Lord Almighty.
“But you ask, ‘How are we to return?’
8 “Will a mere mortal rob God? Yet you rob me.
“But you ask, ‘How are we robbing you?’
“In tithes and offerings. 9 You are under a curse—your whole nation—because you are robbing me. 10 Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it. 11 I will prevent pests from devouring your crops, and the vines in your fields will not drop their fruit before it is ripe,” says the Lord Almighty. 12 “Then all the nations will call you blessed, for yours will be a delightful land,” says the Lord Almighty.
Once again, we can also see the curse of the lack of obedience.
Pastor Jeff Lane
Devo Blessings of Abraham can be ours Part 7
Romans 4 New International Version (NIV)
4 What then shall we say that Abraham, our forefather according to the flesh, discovered in this matter? 2 If, in fact, Abraham was justified by works, he had something to boast about—but not before God. 3 What does Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.”[a]
4 Now to the one who works, wages are not credited as a gift but as an obligation. 5 However, to the one who does not work but trusts God who justifies the ungodly, their faith is credited as righteousness. 6 David says the same thing when he speaks of the blessedness of the one to whom God credits righteousness apart from works:
7 “Blessed are those
whose transgressions are forgiven,
whose sins are covered.
8 Blessed is the one
whose sin the Lord will never count against them.”[b]
9 Is this blessedness only for the circumcised, or also for the uncircumcised? We have been saying that Abraham’s faith was credited to him as righteousness. 10 Under what circumstances was it credited? Was it after he was circumcised, or before? It was not after, but before! 11 And he received circumcision as a sign, a seal of the righteousness that he had by faith while he was still uncircumcised. So then, he is the father of all who believe but have not been circumcised, in order that righteousness might be credited to them. 12 And he is then also the father of the circumcised who not only are circumcised but who also follow in the footsteps of the faith that our father Abraham had before he was circumcised.
13 It was not through the law that Abraham and his offspring received the promise that he would be heir of the world, but through the righteousness that comes by faith. 14 For if those who depend on the law are heirs, faith means nothing and the promise is worthless, 15 because the law brings wrath. And where there is no law there is no transgression.
16 Therefore, the promise comes by faith, so that it may be by grace and may be guaranteed to all Abraham’s offspring—not only to those who are of the law but also to those who have the faith of Abraham. He is the father of us all. 17 As it is written: “I have made you a father of many nations.”[c] He is our father in the sight of God, in whom he believed—the God who gives life to the dead and calls into being things that were not.
18 Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, “So shall your offspring be.”[d] 19 Without weakening in his faith, he faced the fact that his body was as good as dead—since he was about a hundred years old—and that Sarah’s womb was also dead. 20 Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, 21 being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised. 22 This is why “it was credited to him as righteousness.” 23 The words “it was credited to him” were written not for him alone, 24 but also for us, to whom God will credit righteousness—for us who believe in him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead. 25 He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification.
James 2:20-24 New International Version (NIV)
20 You foolish person, do you want evidence that faith without deeds is useless? 21 Was not our father Abraham considered righteous for what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? 22 You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did. 23 And the scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness,” and he was called God’s friend. 24 You see that a person is considered righteous by what they do and not by faith alone.
Sorry for all the reading but how else could I show you what God has done for us. When we started we understood that the blessing only came through obedience and so it still does, but not in the same way. Under the law it was an obligation, but under grace it is an act of love. If we love God we will obey Him and some Abraham did by faith. Abraham was not a perfect man, but a man of faith and so God blessed Him. We have been given the Spirit of God His very person so we can see His love for us and fall in love with Him and knowing His heart and mind we obey Him. Those who walk by faith obey Him and therefore come under the blessing of Abraham.
Just one quick example Tithing came before the law not after. Abraham tithed by faith not obligation and therefore received the blessing that comes through tithing. He graciously and cheerfully gave His tithe to.
Pastor Jeff Lane
The Blessings of Abraham can be ours Part 6
Genesis 12:2-3 New International Version (NIV)
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.[a]
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.”
Romans 9:8 New International Version (NIV)
8 In other words, it is not the children by physical descent who are God’s children, but it is the children of the promise who are regarded as Abraham’s offspring.
Galatians 3:7 New International Version (NIV)
7 Understand, then, that those who have faith are children of Abraham.
God said He would bless the world through Abraham. This is not just to save us from sin but also to save us for God’s blessings. Those who walk by faith are the children of Abraham, not just physical children.
Pastor Jeff Lane
Devo Blessings of Abraham can be ours Part 5
Romans 3:21-26 New International Version (NIV)
21 But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. 22 This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. 25 God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished— 26 he did it to demonstrate his righteousness at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus. What a God we serve. The Israelites were not allowed to eat the blood of an animal because the life of the animal is in the blood. The punishment for sin was death and the sin is in the blood they had a constant reminder of their sin, but Jesus became sin and the curse for us and His blood was shed and drained for us. He is now flesh and bone not flesh and blood. Luke 24:39 Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have.” Genesis 2:23The man said, “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called ‘woman,’ for she was taken out of man.” Interestingly enough even Adam calls Eve flesh of his flesh and bone of his bone before the fall not Flesh and blood. Sin live in the blood with life of the man. This is why Adam and Eve could not reach out their hand and eat of the tree of life and live forever because sin would live forever, and we would have no hope. Genesis 3:22 New International Version (NIV) 22 And the Lord God said, “The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat and live forever.” Through the love and grace of God He sent His son in the flesh and blood so He could be the atoning sacrifice for us. His blood became sin for us and yet He rose from the dead so we could have all the blessings of Abraham. Abraham in a similar way put his son on the altar as a sacrifice for us, but God did not let Him but provided a sacrifice instead. We must accept this sacrifice for it to be of any value, but we must also accept all that comes with it for it to be of any value. Many receive the forgiveness but fail to understand and receive the blessing it brought.
Pastor Jeff Lane
The Blessings of Abraham can be ours Part 4
Acts 3:24-26 New International Version (NIV)24 “Indeed, beginning with Samuel, all the prophets who have spoken have foretold these days. 25 And you are heirs of the prophets and of the covenant God made with your fathers. He said to Abraham, ‘Through your offspring all peoples on earth will be blessed.’ 26 When God raised up his servant, he sent him first to you to bless you by turning each of you from your wicked ways.”
God said that through Abraham all the people on earth would be blessed and so through Jesus we come into Abraham's blessing, because through Abraham’s seed we were also set free from the curse. It was through Abraham’s offspring Jesus came. It is through Jesus we are turned from our wicked ways.
Pastor Jeff Lane
Pastor Jeff Lane