The Many Blessings of Abraham
Abraham is truly blessed! He was rich, had a beautiful wife, and God gave him many promises about his future. (See "I will Bless Those Who Bless You, and Whoever Curses You I will Curse")
However, even though it seems like Abraham had everything, Melchizedek, the priest of the Most High God, continued to bless him after he had fought a battle to save his brother's son Lot in Sodom. But what else could Melchizedek bless Abraham with?
Blessing From Melchizedek
What did Melchizedek bless Abraham with? The hint is in the bread and wine brought forth by Melchizedek to Abraham.
And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine, and he was the priest of the most high God. And he blessed him, and said, Blessed be Abram of the most high God, possessor of heaven and earth. Genesis 14:18-19
We know that bread and wine symbolise the Body and Blood of Christ. After the resurrection of Jesus, believers who take the Holy Communion by faith also become the Body and the Church of Christ! Drawing a parallel, We can therefore draw an assumption that the blessing given to Abraham by Melchizedek was "the blessing of becoming the Body or Tabernacle of God" in his time.
So, why is "becoming the Body of Christ" so important? The reason is because it is only when the Spirit of God dwells in us can we acquire the wisdom and knowledge to function as a king on the earth.
Adam was created to be a king. The Lord gave Adam His Spirit when He breathed into his nostrils. Being the Body of the Most High God, Adam was then given dominion over everything on the earth.
Following this parallel event, Abraham who was also anointed to be the Body of God by receiving bread and wine (Body and Blood) from Melchizedek, has also received this kingship passed from Adam. And finally through Abraham, the King of kings, our Messiah and "the Last Adam" Jesus Christ was born.
This is confirmed by the following promise made to Abraham by the Lord after he has received the blessing from Melchizedek:
I will make you exceedingly fruitful; and I will make nations of you, and kings shall come from you. Genesis 17:6
Jesus Gave this Blessing to His Disciples
Jesus is a King, and for this purpose He was born.
Pilate therefore said to Him, “Are You a king then?” Jesus answered, “You say rightly that I am a king. For this cause I was born, and for this cause I have come into the world. John 18:37
Even though Jesus is King, He did not keep this kingship to Himself. Instead, He was eager to share this kingship with His disciples.
The Bible tells us that besides being a King, Jesus is also anointed as "a priest forever after the order of Melchizedek" (Hebrew 7:17). Therefore acting as a priest, Jesus first gave this same blessing from Melchizedek to His disciples at the Last Supper when He broke the bread and took the wine with them. This practice is then passed onto all His disciples from generation to generation.
And when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me." In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.” 1 Corinthians 11:24-25
This is the MYSTERY!
Adam is "an earthly body filled with the Spirit of God". By receiving our New Body through the Holy Communion and the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, we have also received the same Blessing and Kingship as Adam!
This is the MYSTERY, spoken of by Apostle Paul! The Spirit of God now resides in us, from where we will receive our kingship, and the glory of God.
To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this MYSTERY among the Gentiles: which is CHRIST IN YOU, THE HOPE OF GLORY. Colossians 1:27
This Blessing is Not Limited to Israelites
Even though bread and wine was first given to Abraham, this practice of taking bread and wine was not passed onto his physical descendants until the time of Jesus. This is because it is God's plan right from the beginning to give this blessing to all those who truly want to follow Him, and have committed themselves to entering the New Covenant by receiving Jesus as their Lord and Savior! ("The Greater Blessings")
Yes, this means including Gentiles!
Yes, this means including other sons of Shem,
and sons and daughters of Ham and Japheth!
Yes, this means including all Mankind!
Just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will. Ephesians 1:4-5