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Abrahams Blessings – How Much Do You Love Your Descendants?

In the previous post, we saw that Abraham’s initial disobedience delayed the blessings God had in store for him. We also saw that Abraham did not obey God fully. Though God told him to leave his relatives behind, he decided to take his cousin, Lot! You will see that this turned out to be a really bad move as you continue reading.

When Abraham finally decided to separate from Lot, being the kind of guy he was, he asked Lot to move to any portion of the land he desired. After scoping out the land, Lot decided to choose the fertile plains of the river Jordan. This meant that Abraham had to make due in the less fertile land of the wilderness (desert).

Soon after this occurred, God showed Abraham the implication of Lot’s decision to choose the fertile land. He showed Abraham that his descendants would spend 400 years in captivity in Egypt in a dream!

Our disobedience to God today can lead to grave consequences for our descendants tomorrow

See, it is not unusual for a famine to occur in desert lands. When a famine occurs, it is the people who live in the flood plains of a river that are protected.

Because Abraham took Lot with him, and Lot chose the plains of river Jordan, Lot’s descendants were shielded from the effect of the famine that hit the land. Conversely, Abraham’s descendants were forced to seek refuge in Egypt where there was plenty of food. Thus we see that Abraham’s decision to take Lot influenced their migration from Canaan to Egypt.

Our disobedience today can impact our descendant’s ability to stay in their land of promise

God, knowing all this was going to happen once Abraham made his decision to take Lot, allowed Joseph to be sent ahead of the famine so that the family would be welcomed in Egypt. So they stayed in Egypt (the land of Goshen) – in a good land where they grew in numbers and flourished!

But there was a problem. They were not in their promised land! Therefore, as they grew more prosperous, the Egyptians became more afraid. Instead of kicking them out of the land, the Egyptian Pharaoh decided to use their skill and strength to make his people wealthy. So he subjected them to serfdom!

Any flourishing we do in a place God has not called us to will end up being short-lived

When the time was right – when they had grown enough in numbers and the adversity of Egypt had toughened them up enough – and they called out to God for help, God sent them a deliverer (Moses).

Now they were ready to go back and take back the land promised to them. If they had gone back sooner, they would not have had the strength nor the numbers to fight for the land they left.

This is the domino effect of Abraham’s decision to take Lot:

  • Lot chose the fertile land, leaving Abraham to choose the wilderness
  • Abraham’s descendants had to leave Canaan for Egypt because they lived in the desert when famine struck
  • Others took over the land that was theirs when they had to leave
  • Abraham’s descendants loved the fertile land of Egypt and decided to stay (they would have had the fertile land in Canaan if Abraham had not taken Lot)
  • Abraham’s descendants had to grow and strengthen so they could go back to Canaan to fight for the promised land
  • The Egyptian Pharaoh became afraid of their numbers and made Abraham’s descendants life miserable
  • Abraham’s descendants ultimately went back to Canaan and got back the land that was theirs…including the fertile Plains of the Jordan.

In conclusion, if you really love your family, you will do what God asks you to do, even if your decision is not popular with your family members.

 

 

 

 

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Abraham’s Blessings – Qualify To Live The Blesssed Life

God told Abraham to move away from Mesopotamia and away from his relatives (Acts 7:3). What did Abraham do? Absolutely nothing! Like many of us, he disregarded God’s word. He did this for a good worldly (not godly) reason. He did not want to be away from his family! But the problem is this: In doing so, he chose his family ahead of God. He chose temporary home security over permanent godly significance!

If we want to qualify for Abraham’s blessings, we will have to choose God above family

When he did finally move away from Mesopotamia, it was not because he wished to do so. It was because his father (Terah) decided it was time to move away (Genesis 11:31).

Abraham respected and loved Terah. So, he delayed obeying the voice of God until Terah passed away.  This is why Abraham is believed to be about 75 years old until he finally made the move to his land of promise.

We must position ourselves in the right place to be eligible for Abraham’s blessings

What if Abraham had decided to obey when the glory of God first appeared to him so many years ago? Would he have lived the blessed life sooner?

We are just like Abraham aren’t we?. We want God to speak to us. Then He speaks to us and we still do what we want to do. Then we wonder why we the blessings God promised us are delayed! Only difference is this: While we tend to blame God, Abraham did not. He knew that the only way to receive the blessings was to walk in obedience.

We cannot pray our way to receiving the blessings of Abraham, we can only obey our way to it

Now, even when Abraham obeyed God when his father died., he did not fully obey. He left his family behind except for his cousin (Lot) whom he took with him – a disobedience to God’s command of leaving his relatives behind.

Here is the impact that act of disobedience had: When Lot was with Abraham, God promised Canaan to His descendants (Genesis 12:7). Only when Lot and Abraham separated did God say to Abraham that he and his descendants would inherit Canaan (Genesis 13:14-15).

See, Abraham himself was not included in the inheritance until he obeyed God completely. Until then, only his descendants were included!

Partial obedience may still qualify your descendants for the blessing BUT only complete obedience qualifies you for the blessing

God does not just desire for our descendants to enjoy the blessed life, He desires for us to enjoy the blessed life. While it is great for us to work so our children enjoy the fruit of our labor, it is greater that we enjoy the fruit of our labor with our children. Such is the beauty of Abraham’s blessings.

In conclusion, if we desire to qualify to live the blessed life, then we must listen to God, put nothing above Him, and obey Him completely.

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