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The Blessing

April 5, 2012

The Blessing

April 5, 2012

Learning What It Means To Bless

Tonight at sundown Passover begins. Passover marks a new beginning.

On the first Passover, God instructed Israel to take a lamb without defect (symbolizing being affected by sin) for each family. If their family was too small to eat all the lamb, they were to share a lamb with their neighbor. They were to keep that lamb with them and care for it the days beginning on the tenth and ending on the 14th of the month Then the whole community would, at the same time—sundown—kill their lambs.

They were to apply the blood to the mantle and doorposts of their home. Not on the threshold to be trampled upon, but on the top and sides of their doors. They were to roast the lamb and eat all of it, letting none go to waste or ruin. If they couldn’t eat it all, they were to share with another family or burn it completely in the fire.

God instructed them to eat it while dressed for travel. This was the beginning of a new era for Israel. They were leaving Egypt and all that Egypt represented to them—slavery, poverty, insufficiency, fear and dread, inferiority. Well, you get it.

The blood represented their covenant with God. Because of this covenant, Israel would be spared when the angel of death came to collect the first-born of every family. Because of this covenant with God, Israel would walk out of that nation a free people with their children intact, their health, the wealth of their persecutors—it was a new beginning for them.

This Passover represents the same thing to me and to my family. It is a new beginning for us. This morning I felt a deep impression to study blessing, what it means and how it affects those who receive it. I believe God wants me to initiate it for my family in a way I haven’t yet done—beginning today. Just as Israel came out with health (no feeble among them) wealth (Ps 105:37) and freedom, so do we. In this season of new beginnings we walk away from fear into faith, we walk away with health provided by God. We walk away from poverty, insufficiency and lack into God’s design for us. This season we walk away from what we were to what God intends us to be.

I believe this word is for all who have found themselves in Christ—delivered from the world by the blood He shed at His passion. I believe this is our season to see the affects of that Passion manifest in the natural realm. I believe this new season is one of recognized redemption, reconciliation and restoration for those of us who believe Jesus was the One sent by God to pay it all so we could have it all—all things pertaining to life and godliness—all things richly to enjoy. It is time for us to understand what it means to be a blessed people. It is time for us to begin blessing each other like we never have before because it is the season of blessing recognized.

Since it is the first place I find the word, bless, I began my study in Genesis.

The first chapter of Genesis shows us how God blesses.

Gen 1:22 – And God blessed them, saying, “be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.”

All through the Bible we see God blessing by saying. He used words to generate the power to cause the effect. The word bless means to empower. To take the meaning to the full extent intended, I believe it means empower to accomplish God’s design. He wanted the creatures He created to prosper and increase in number, so He blessed them to accomplish it. There are several instances in the Bible of how blessing has purpose and power to accomplish.

For instance, in the 9th chapter of Luke, Jesus wants to feed the more than five thousand men gathered to hear Him speak as well as their wives and families. He tells the disciples to feed them which sends the disciples into a panic. The most they can find is a few loaves of bread and a few fish. Not enough. Not near enough.

What does Jesus do with the not enough they have?

Jesus gives thanks to God for His provision and blesses it. By His blessing what was not enough it became more than enough. In fact, they picked up twelve baskets of left-overs. The Greek dictionary says that the meaning of the word translated “blessed” is to “speak well of.” It is where we get our word, eulogy. But Jesus didn’t reserve His eulogy for death—He spoke it to produce life for the people gathered there. That’s what I believe the people of God need to start doing. Don’t wait for people to die to speak goodness concerning them. Speak it now and see the life God intended to come into them and change circumstances.

Jesus didn’t just say nice things about what was not enough, He was empowering the insufficient meal to become what they needed and more. God always provides more. He never  just gives us what we need, He is above and beyond because He loves extravagantly.

Understanding this about the blessing also helps me to understand why Jesus said for us to, “bless them that curse you and pray for those who insult and/or slander you.” If we bless them, they can’t help but to change. If we speak the blessing over them, it opens doors so that God can come in and empower them to become what He designed them to be—friends and brothers. Paul said the same thing: “Bless them that persecute you, bless and curse not.” (Rom 12:14).

Beginning today, I am going to speak the blessing over my family. I will journal and post the results I see. I invite all who are the household of God to join me and let me know what results you see too. Last week our Pastor blessed us as a congregation–he spoke the blessing over us. I noticed something after that. I noticed that the people left church smiling. None of them had their heads down, but walked out of there feeling blessed. I felt it–and I liked how it felt. It planted a seed in me that became a deep impression from God to do the same thing for my precious family.

The Lamb of God has provided us with a new season to experience blessing and to give blessing.  Let the Church arise to her calling and God’s design for her. Let’s use this opportunity to full advantage to bring about His design for all of us. Amen.

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