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May 8, 2012

The Blessing: Acts of Adoration

Gen 1:26-28–Then God said, “Let us make people in our image, to be like ourselves. They will be masters over all life — the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, and all the livestock, wild animals, and small animals.”   So God created people in his own image; God patterned them after himself; male and female he created them. God blessed them and told them, “Multiply and fill the earth and subdue it. Be masters over the fish and birds and all the animals.” (New Living Translation)

God blessed them. The Hebrew word used here is barak. The most basic meaning of this word (remember, the Hebrews wrote in pictures) is “to bend the knee, to kneel.” Strong’s dictionary says it is “an act of adoration.” God’s act of adoration toward mankind was to benefit and empower them.

The thing about God is—when we bless Him by demonstrating our adoration for Him, it also benefits us. Yeah. He’s that good.

Jesus told us, “The words that I speak are what the Father has said, and I do the works I’ve seen the Father do” (Jn 12-15). I think it would be advantageous for us to understand how God chose to bless us and do what we see Him doing. In Genesis 1:28, God blessed them by saying. He told them of their power on the earth. “You have the power to multiply yourselves and fill the earth and subdue (conquer) it. You have the authority I’ve given you to rule over the fish, birds and all animals.”

By telling them of their design, God empowered them to accomplish all He designed them to do and be. God made this earth and the entire universe. From the terminology He used in the blessing of the people made in His image and according to His likeness, the earth was not already subdued.

Prov 25:2–It is God’s privilege to conceal things and the king’s privilege to discover them.

 

I love to discover hidden knowledge in God’s word. God built a garden and placed the man in it. By definition, the garden was a hedged place. This is a very important note. It is a mystery for us to discover. The Hebrew word translated “discover” here means to penetrate and to examine intimately. In doing so, we find treasures that help us to live the abundant life He desires for us.

The definition for the Hebrew word, garden used in Genesis means it is a place hedged and enclosed. By contrast, in the third chapter of Genesis, we see that the serpent was a “beast of the field.” Again, by definition, we can see things that are concealed. The field is the opposite environment of the garden that Adam was placed in.

That speaks volumes to me.

The serpent did not belong in the garden—he was a beast of the field. The “field” here is defined as open (not hedged) and wild (not ordered like the garden).

The garden represented mankind’s relationship with God. The field represented the environment that was subject to the authority of mankind but had not yet been conquered. Jesus said of His disciples, “They are in the world, but not of the world.” I believe the garden was the intended starting point for Adam to be in the world, but not of the world. Instead of letting the serpent into his environment, Adam was to go into the serpent’s environment and take authority and subdue it to the glory of God. Sounds like the commission Jesus gave us, doesn’t it?

That was the blessing. The blessing was to know God’s design and possess the ability to accomplish it. The blessing is to see the actuality of God’s plan and walk it out just as surely as Jesus did. He called Himself the Son of Man much more than He called Himself the Son of God. Why? To show us God’s design for humanity who are His children. To show us that because He laid down His life, we are empowered to be sons of God as He is. His life in us gives us the right to speak God’s words concerning all and to release God’s power over the devil to benefit people.

So, how do we bless as God blessed?

The first thing is to know the plan of God. The plan was that we and the people we intend to bless are His image and made according to His likeness. We bless by going about doing good and healing all who are oppressed of the devil (Acts 10:38) because that is what God has said to do. We bless by speaking God’s good intention toward people. It is not about saying what people want to hear, but saying that which God has spoken concerning them. It’s about us seeing the oppression of God’s enemy on the object of His affection and moving to remove it. In doing this, we demonstrate the goodness of God which draws people to repentance. Blessing in this way usually entails speaking. Jesus went around “saying” God’s will. “You are healed.” Or, “I am willing.” Or, “I am the truth and the life—no one comes to the Father accept by Me.” He spoke the answer to their problem by saying what He heard His Father say. He witnessed the resulting health, assurance and salvation by doing that which He saw His Father do. We bless by doing the same things.

Jesus rebuked the disciples for trying to keep the children from coming to Him. “Don’t stop the children from coming,” Jesus told them, “for the kingdom of God is made up of such as these.” Then what did He do? He placed His hands on them and blessed them emphatically!

I believe if we will learn to speak as Jesus spoke—that which we know God has said—concerning people, we will see much more fruit. I believe God wants to prune the evil speaking from our vocabulary and teach us to speak His way so people are empowered to change and make changes around them. I believe we are in the world, but by design we are supposed to subdue the world and not acclimate to it. I believe that is still possible because my Father said so.

I am blessed and as God impressed me a few weeks ago, I speak blessing over my family. I believe it releases the power of God to intervene in their lives. I am seeing miraculous changes in my husband as I’ve conformed to God’s way of speaking concerning him.

I invite you to join me in making 2012 the year of blessing our families. In doing so, I believe we will subdue the earth around them and empower them to see what God designed them to be and choose it. Some people simply have not made the choice because they haven’t seen the possibility. Our words paint pictures in their hearts and minds. What pictures are we creating for them to see?

I want to hear from you. How are you changing your words? How are you blessing? What affect is it having?

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