THE BLESSING OF ABRAHAM
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 shew thee: And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and I will bless them that bless thee, and curse them that curseth thee; and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed. (Genesis 12:1-3)
Contrary to popular belief, when God spoke those words of BLESSING, He wasn’t just commanding Adam and his wife to produce babies to populate the earth. He was saying much more than that.
Look at Genesis 1:28. Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”
In Hebrew the phrase “be fruitful and multiply” means to increase and have abundance in every way.
The word “replenish” means to fill up, to perpetually renew, supply and keep full.
When God spoke those words, He endowed mankind with the divine power to increase and excel in everything good. He empowered mankind to fill the earth with that goodness.
Through the empowerment of THE BLESSING, God was saying to mankind” Prosper and fill this planet with My glory! Finish what I’ve started here. Fill this place up with Me. Fill it up with compassion. Fill it up with love and life, faith and holiness, and everything good! A blessing is defined as “not only saying something good about someone, but also as a declaration that empowers him or her to prosper.”
Because God’s words carry creative power (as seen throughout Genesis 1), His BLESSING does more than express a positive sentiment. It releases power to bring that BLESSING to pass. That’s the reason THE BLESSING God spoke over mankind is Genesis 1:28 is so significant. God’s declaration actually empowered man to prosper. It released the divine resources that would make THE BLESSING not only a spiritual reality but a material reality as well. It endued God’s family on earth with all the power they would ever need to fulfill the command to, “Be fruitful and multiply, and replenish the earth and subdue it. Rule [have dominion] over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”
Jesus Is LORD
God didn’t create Adam to be a servant of the earth, but lord over it. So when Adam bowed his knee to God’s enemy, all his lordship and dominion over the earth went to his new, illegitimate stepfather, satan (Luke 4:6; John 8:34; Romans 6:16).
The idea of man’s lordship in the earth makes religious people nervous, and it upset people in Jesus’ day too. The religious people wanted to kill Him for speaking and acting as if He had dominion on the earth-for operating in THE BESSING and authority of the first Adam. But Jesus didn’t back down. He went to the Cross to fulfill the plan of redemption, becoming the curse for us (Galatians 3:13) so mankind could be free to walk in THE BLESSING once again.
When He came to earth, Jesus immediately began heading toward the cross, as the final sacrifice of the Abrahamic covenant, paying the price for Adam’s treason. He didn’t just take the curse on Himself; He became the curse for us. God never released the curse that has resulted in all the evil in the earth (Genesis 3:17). Adam did by putting THE BLESSING God gave him into the hands of satan (Luke 4:6, John 8:34; Romans 6:16), under whose influence and control THE BLSSING was twisted into the curse-the exact opposite of what God created it to be.
Jesus Secured THE BLESSING
Jesus came as the second and last Adam (1 Corinthians 15:45) to win man back to his original place of sonship (2 Corinthians 6:18; Hebrews 2:11), fellowship (1 John 1:30), and dominion (Luke 10:19) as God’s under-ruler in the earth. After His death and resurrection, THE BLESSING was secured forever in Him. It can never be taken from an immortal man. His death and resurrection produced another race of man that never existed before the Cross of Calvary-born again into the image of the Son, Christ Jesus. (2 Corinthians 3:18)