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Blessing

Blessing

and I will bless thee, Genesis 12:2

God said “I will bless thee” that you will be a blessing

We don’t seem to hear much about this {bless, blessing} in today's circles. I haven’t really heard this subject from the TV preachers or noticed any of “big” names from the Mega churches.
The first thing I think of is when someone sneezes we hear “bless you” and another was, at least for us guys is or was asking the father's blessing in taking the daughters hand in/for marriage.
The publication Culture asked the question “why do sneezes get special treatment?” The article goes on to state that cultures all over the world for thousands of years have had superstitions that sneezing brought on illness, plague or death.
“Gesundheit” from the German language meant “good health” to anyone who had sneezed. “God bless you” can be traced back to Pope Gregory (the Great) who is acclaimed for his sense of mission and a gift of mercy. He was said to have walked the streets during the plague praying and proclaiming “God Bless You.” Thus known throughout His Papacy as the “Gregorian Blessing.”

A blessing (also used to refer to bestowing of such) is the infusion of something with holiness, spiritual redemption, or divine will. (from the encyclopedia) Abram thus left his homeland, his father's land or inheritance with God’s Blessing! Gen. 12
What is this “Blessing”? The verses here don’t say, yet It was understood by Abram, an action so profound that He took up his tent (if they had one) Told his wife, invited his nephew and waved good by.

Gen. 1:28 “And God Blessed them”  The word here is the same as used in chapter twelve and most other Old Testament uses except to emphasize the action “kneel” or bend a knee or bow. This word is more than our modern word “bless you” or “have a blessed one” etc.
There is with the Biblical use at the very least an implication of action, a betrothal so to speak. In biblical times the betrothal included ceremony, gifts and celebration! Likewise the Godly “Blessing” had with IT “action,” whether perceived by the recipient or observed by onlookers even the “Garden” recipients of Genesis knew they had BEEN BLESSED!

In Genesis we find a story of sibling rivalry between Esau and Jacob, deception and “stolen?” blessing! Rabbi Yosef Kazen in his studies in the Torah, says this story is a testament of “G*ds will” being accomplished in spite of human intentions. (chabad dot org)
Genesis 32
26 And he said, Let me go, for the day breaketh. And he said, I will not let thee go, except thou bless me.

“be thou never so called any more; henceforth thou shalt be celebrated, not for craft and artful management, but for true valour; thou shalt be called Israel, a prince with God, a name greater than those of the great men of the earth.” He is a prince indeed that is a prince with God, and those are truly honourable that are mighty in prayer, Israels, Israelites indeed. Jacob is here knighted in the field, as it were, and has a title of honour given him by him that is the fountain of honour, which will remain, to his praise, to the end of time.      (Matthew Henry's commentary)

In this story Jacob already had his earthly father’s “blessing” yet perceiving that he was wrestling with an angel of the Lord he wanted the blessing of God through this angel from the throne of God. To confirm that he was wrestling with an angel “the man” touched Jacob's thigh/hip with a visible injury yet not even a bruise it left him limping the rest of his life. The blessing is formalized by his name change that he forever and his descendants will be known and remembered as “Israel.”
Matthew Henry compares this blessing with being knighted for bravery. Who of us don’t see the honor in that. What a blessing it is to be knighted in the kings or queens service. How could we compare an earthly blessing to a Holy blessing from the Creator of all things.
Psalm 95:6 King James Version (KJV)
6 O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the Lord our maker.
King James Version (KJV)  Public Domain

The anointing of the young shepherd boy David by the prophet Samuel, involved the pouring a horn full of anointing oil on David’s head till it ran down his shoulders to dripping off his fingers. Strong’s concordance shows the Hebrew lexicon word means consecration/anoint. We see here the physical action of a blessing, David as a young man may not have realized everything that God was going to do in his life yet he knew he was blessed. (1 Sam. 16:12)
Elisha knew he was blessed when Elijah’s Mantle was on him. (1 Kings 19:19; 2 Kings 2:12,13)

Then there is the Thankful blessing:
Father bless this which we are receiving to the nourishment of bodies and our bodies to your service. In Jesus Name. Amen. {known as a protestant prayer at a meal}
Bless us, O Lord! and these Thy gifts, which we are about to receive from Thy bounty, through Christ our Lord.  Amen.  {a common prayer around a Catholic table}

This is the blessing I am thinking about, Mark 1:16 “16 And he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them.” here Jesus blessed the children! Strong’s concordance shows the Hebrew lexicon word “blessed” means;   to consecrate a thing with solemn prayers.  See: Mark 10:13 -16
Shouldn’t we be preaching and seeking this Biblical blessing for and in our lives today?
We are missing out on an unseen power just hanging in the air because we don’t preach it and hearers don’t grasp the Godly concept of a consecrated blessing.
I remember my first introduction to pentecostal circles mid 1960’s, I felt everyone went around “laying hands” on everyone else! It wasn’t really but I wasn’t used to the practice of “laying on of hands” so any act of touching in church was different for me.
I have vivid recollections of the ordination service in Oklahoma City with state and national Ministry official officiating with a stirring message of “God’s Calling” then we candidates were “Called” to the front one by one the district & national supperentends (men of authority) draped a Tippet (clerical scarf) over our shoulders one by one praying over each one of us for God’s Consecration in our lives.

It is Biblical why not seek a blessing in our lives today.
Proverbs 10:22
The blessing of the Lord, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it.

Yours in Faith,
du Padre

rcl


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