Come in, thou blessed of the LORD

When Laban, Rebekah’s brother runs to meet the eldest servant of Abraham, he invites the servant into his father’s house, using the words, “Come in, thou blessed of the LORD.” (Genesis 24:31) The servant agrees and goes into their house and tells them of God’s goodness to him and how God was merciful and truthful to his master Abraham (Genesis 24:27) Although, it is likely that Laban could have equated the jewelry that was given to his sister by this servant as a sign of God’s blessings on the servant, it is not explicitly stated as to the why Laban felt that this servant was blessed of the LORD. However, the fact of the matter is that this servant was recognized as on blessed of the LORD.

Points to ponder:
The Bible says that we have been blessed with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ – chosen to be holy and blameless in love; predestinated for adoption into God’s family; and accepted in the beloved (Son of God, with whom God is well pleased) in whom we are redeemed by his blood; forgiven of our sins, according to the riches of his grace (Ephesians 1:3). Now then, the question that remains is, “Do we conduct ourselves in a manner befitting those who are blessed of the Lord. In other words, if someone sees us, will they notice that we are indeed “blessed of the LORD” and invite us into their lives, so that we can tell them of God’s mercy and truth, goodness and grace.

Genesis 24:31 (KJV)
31 And he said, Come in, thou blessed of the Lord; wherefore standest thou without? for I have prepared the house, and room for the camels.

Ephesians 1: 3-7 (KJV)
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:
According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:
Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,
To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.
In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;

Blessed in ALL things

Genesis chapter 24 verse 1 reads “And Abraham was old, and well stricken in age: and the LORD had blessed Abraham in all things.” Abraham had requested God for one blessing – a child (Genesis 15:3) and when Abraham was willing to give back to the LORD God, the very blessing of a son, that he had been blessed with, God promised to bless and multiply him (Genesis 22:7). Now Abraham is old and well stricken in age and the proof of God’s promise is recorded in the life of Abraham. He was blessed not in one or two things, but in all things. Physically he had a child as he had requested but even more as he was blessed with prosperity (rich in livestock, Gold and silver and people, Genesis 13:2), and power (the sons of Heth recognized him as a mighty Prince, Genesis 23:6).

Yet such materialistic blessings of property and position falls incomplete if we are not blessed spiritually. Ephesians 1:3 states that all who believe in Jesus Christ, God’s Only begotten Son, and who have put their trust in him, are blessed by God the Father with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ. Jesus, in whose mouth was found no deceit (1 Peter 1:22), the very personification of Truth (John 14:6), said, Abraham saw his day and rejoiced (John 8:56). Those who believe in Jesus are imputed (credited) God’s righteousness  (Romans 3:21-22; 2 Corinthians 5:21). Abraham believed God and it was credited to him as righteousness (Romans 4:3). In other words, Abraham was spiritually blessed. He was blessed in all things.

Points to ponder:
Often we mistake materialism and riches of this world for blessings of God and while it is absolutely a non-issue to be blessed in such, we are to seek to be spiritually blessed – imputed Christ’s righteousness by being redeemed by his blood, forgiven of our sins and given an inheritance as co-heirs with Christ Jesus himself (Ephesians 1:7-13). Are you blessed in all things? In other words, are you spiritually blessed i.e., have you believed and trusted in the Lord Jesus Christ, and thus imputed God’s righteousness? Only then can you say that you have been blessed in ALL things.

Genesis 24:1 (KJV)
And Abraham was old, and well stricken in age: and the Lord had blessed Abraham in all things.

Ephesians 1:7, 11 (KJV)
In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;

In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will.