Near the close of Abraham’s life we hear this wonderful testimony – what exactly were the ways in which Abraham had been blessed?
1. Abraham’s servant makes the first point —
“And the Lord has greatly blessed my master; he has become a wealthy man. The Lord has given him flocks of sheep and goats, herds of cattle, a fortune in silver and gold, and many male and female servants and camels and donkeys.” – Genesis 24:35
It is important to note that in many parts of the world blessing is commonly thought of as a magical force or a mystical power by which someone can obtain desired benefits. Advocates of the so-called “prosperity gospel” may have more in common with this worldview which reduces blessing to a method of obtaining wealth from God.
2. Abimelech makes the second point —
“About this time, Abimelech came with Phicol, his army commander, to visit Abraham. “God is obviously with you, helping you in everything you do,” Abimelech said.” – Genesis 21:22