Did you ever sing that song, ‘Abraham’s blessings are mine’, as a child? I most certainly did. Did you ever wonder what the blessings of Abraham are? I surely did! I actually always thought it was referring to the material blessedness of Abraham. I’d read how he was blessed with thousands of cattle and servants, and as I child, I surely wanted a life filled with Abraham’s blessings, morning, afternoon, and evening.
Galatians 3:13-14Christ 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: that the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.
I strongly suspect that the above scripture is where this song in question came from. Yet, in these same verses (and the verses before), we see exactly what the blessings of Abraham are.
Galatians 3:8-9And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed. So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham.
Abraham’s dealings with God happened hundreds of years before the Old Testament and the system of the Law was initiated with God’s people, the Israelites. Yet, because of his faith in God, he was declared righteous by God Himself (who alone has the capability to do so). Thus, Abraham served as a foreshadow for we who were never under the Law but now believe in God, to be justified by our Faith.
This is the blessing of Abraham: that we are justified, not by our works or by carnal ordinances that serve as temporary fixes, but by Faith in Jesus Christ alone. The blessing is that we have life by faith, that we are delivered from the power of Sin and Death through our faith in Jesus.
The biggest blessing God gives to humanity is that of salvation because salvation from Sin is the universal need of humanity.
So when next you sing (or hear) the song, be reminded of the beauty of God’s plans for humanity, and be grateful for it. And perhaps, teach a child what the song means! 😁😁