I believe that blessing has a power to transform, and this has been discovered by the Jewish pople for many centuries. The Jews bless their children and pronounce blessing over family members at Shabat each Friday evening.
In Numbers we read about the priestly blessing that God gave to Moses and Aaron. God told Aaron and his sons that this is the way to pronounce a blessing.
Number 6 v 24 The Lord bless you and keep you; 25 the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; 26 the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace
The blessing is now an instruction to the priests and God says this is how you must bless.
- In Jewish tradition, the konahim are to pronounce the blessing, this means any male over 13 may partake in saying the blessing
- They do not look at the person to be blessed, but rather look down to concentrate on God and the blessing that is being bestowed
- The blessing comes from the Lord
Only God can bless, but God says “those who bless you I will bless”.
All of this is important because the blessings of Abraham are ours. In fact, under the New Covenant (a better covenant) we who know Christ as Saviour, have way more.
- Abraham was not a child of God – he was a friend of God
- He did not have the Holy Spirit
- Abraham would much rather have lived now in our times
Our better blessing
- We are born of God – we have Christ’s blood in us
- We have the spirit of God living in us, making us alive spiritually
The blessing of Abraham is ours
Romans 4 v 16 Therefore, the promise comes by faith, so that it may be by grace and may be guaranteed to all Abraham’s offspring—not only to those who are of the law but also to those who have the faith of Abraham. He is the father of us all. 17 As it is written: “I have made you a father of many nations.” He is our father in the sight of God, in whom he believed—the God who gives life to the dead and calls into being things that were not.
- We receive the promise by faith
- It is therefore only by grace that we receive the promise
- Through faith, we become heirs of the promise
But we have a better covenant
Psalm 32 Blessed is the one whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. 2 Blessed is the one whose sin the Lord does not count against them.
Through knowing Jesus, and through our adoption as sons and heirs to all that God has, we can walk in His blessing. Not through anything we have done, but through grace.
Having understood, that God’s blessing is much more tan increase and fruitfulness,, we then see the next event that comes with God’s blessing. It is the story of Noah.
But before Noah receives the blessing, sin brings a curse on the world. God curses Satan and the serpent has to now crawl on it’s belly. God says that man will now have to The world moves from being under God’s blessing to under the curse, and will have to wrk the land to get food.
But God is more about blessing than curse. And so we see Noah arrive on the scene at a time when the world has become infinitely evil. This is the way the Bible describes Noah:
- Blameless among the people of his time
- Walked faithfully with God
- Obedient (he did everything God instructed him to do)
Whenever you walk in righteousness, the blessing of God will overflow you. Noah was fully righteous. In fact, he was blameless. Wow, wouldn’t it be great to be called blameless by God? In addition, he walked faithfully with God. Righteous, blameless and faithful! And when God had instructed Noah to build the ark (at a time the world had never seen rain or floods), the Bible says Noah obeyed God in every way.
God establishes a covenant with Noah Gen 6v18
When they come out the ark God blesses Noah and says
- Be fruitful (a repeat of the blessing spoken over Adam)
God then makes a covenant with every living creature on earth and he gives a sign to the earth that God will never again destroy the earth by flood. That sign was a rainbow. I found it interesting that God established the rainbow as a remembrance for God (Not for man). The rainbow will be a sign for who? For God to remember!
- The sign of the rainbow is a sign to man that God remembers his covenant
Finally Abraham arrives on the scene in Genesis 12
V 2 “I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. 3 I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.
The blessing included
- God will make his name great
- Abraham will be a blessing
- Whoever blesses Abraham will be blessed
- The blessing will reach all nations on earth
Some spiritual lessons
- We must expect increase and fruitfulness
- We must bless one another
- Expect the blessing to flow between each other
The first blessings in the Bible is when God creates animals, birds, fish and of course man. God did not specifically speak a blessing over the plants, although they were created to multiply too. Only when God made living things with blood did He speak the first blessing
Blessing on Man
Gen 1v 28 God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.
Notice there are three parts to the blessing that God spoke over Adam.
- Be fruitful / increase
- Subdue the earth
- Rule over every living creature
God’s blessing at the very core is about fruitfulness and increase. That is what life is supposed to be – an ever increasing fruitfulness. Healthy things grow and increase. If something is not increasing it is not healthy We all understand this, in terms of how we understand blessing.
Part of God’s blessing is the ability and right to subdue that which is beneath us. We must learn to subdue – but this is an action – our lives should be actively subduing. Subdue is a strong action. It means to overcome that which comes against you. God has blessed you and me with the gift and ability to subdue. We forget this often. Jesus through his death has set us up for victory.
- Ruling means to survey, study and then ensure we engage in every part of life to rule over it. Things we forget to rule over will not come under our governance.
- We must also rule over sin. If we don’t rule over the desire for sin, it will crouch at the door and try to rule us. (Gen 4 v 7)
The blessing of God is so much more than just being fruitful and seeing increase. God has blessed us to be leaders, and to be subduers of evil, and subduers of circumstances that come against us.