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.