He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit.
Everyone wants a blessing. We seek it in approval from those we respect and love. Who doesn’t want their parent’s blessing when they are going to be married?
A blessing in the Old Testament was more than just a physical inheritance; it was often a prophetic pronouncement over the life and future progeny of the children. Isaac, when giving his blessing to Jacob (who was tricked into believing it was Esau), pronounced a prophetic future blessing for Jacob’s family. When Jacob pronounced the blessing for his sons, he too pronounced a prophetic blessing on them.
We have been grafted in to the vine of Christ. And in it, we receive the blessing given to Abraham. This is not replacement theology – we are the wild vine grafted in, being sustained by the same root as the native plant. And with it comes the blessing. You have riches in Christ (read Ephesians 1-3).
But all of this is because of the relationship we have with the source. A branch pulled from a live tree, left alone, will die if it doesn’t have another source of nourishment. It is the relationship of the branch to the root that provides it. We often come for the blessings, and stand on the blessings, and sing of the blessings, and praise the blessings. But, as it was once said, God is not a cosmic vending machine where you put a prayer in and out pops the blessing you selected.
So let’s ask ourselves a question: do we desire the relationship with the giver – desire Him – more than we do the blessings?