BLESSING OF ABRAHAM

Sunday Morning - October 26, 1997

Text: Genesis 12:1-3 "Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will show thee: 2. And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: 3. And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed."

BLESSING TWO SEEDS

Genesis 22:17 "That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and &ldots; possess the gate of his enemies;"

DISPENSATIONS

1. Innocence (Gen. 1:283:6) Genesis 2:25 "And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed."

2. Conscience (Gen. 4:1-8:14) Genesis 3:7 "...they knew that they were naked; and they &ldots; made &ldots;aprons."

3. Human Government (Gen. 8:1511:9) Genesis 9:6 "Whoso sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed&ldots;"

4. The Blessing and Promise (Gen. 11:10; Ex. 18:27) Genesis 12:1 "&ldots;Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will show thee:"

5. Law (Ex. 19; Acts 1:26) Hebrews 10:1 "For the law having a shadow of good things to come, &ldots;"

6. Faith and Church (Acts 2:1; Rev. 3:22) Hebrews 9:11 "But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come&ldots;"

7. Kingdom (Rev. 4:1 - 20:15) Revelation 11:15 "And the seventh angel sounded; &ldots; The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord&ldots;he shall reign for ever and ever."

THE BLESSING AND PROMISE

Nehemiah 9:7 "Thou art the LORD the God, who didst choose Abram, and broughtest him forth out of Ur of the Chaldees.."

Acts 7:2 "&ldots;The God of glory appeared unto our father Abraham, when he was in Mesopotamia, before he dwelt in Charran,"

FROM HIS KINDRED

1 Chronicles 1:24-28 "Shem*, Arphaxad*, Shelah*, 25. Eber, Peleg, Reu, 26. Serug, Nahor*, Terah, 27. Abram; the same is Abraham. 28. The sons of Abraham; Isaac, and Ishmael."

THE BLESSING

Genesis 27:29 "Let people serve thee [Jacob the last], and nations bow down to thee: be lord over thy brethren, and let thy mother's sons bow down to thee: cursed be every one that curseth thee, and blessed be he that blesseth thee."

PROMISES - PLURAL

Hebrews 11:12-13 "Therefore sprang there even of one, and him as good as dead, so many as the stars of the sky in multitude, and as the sand which is by the sea shore innumerable.

ABRAHAM'S BLESSING ON THE GENTILES

Galatians 3:13-14 "Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:

INHERITANCE

Galatians 3:17-18 "And this I say, that the covenant, that was confirmed before of God in Christ, the law, which was four hundred and thirty years after, cannot disannul, that it should make the promise of none effect. 18. For if the inheritance be of the law, it is no more of promise: but God gave it to Abraham by promise."