Down south it is not uncommon to hear women say, ” Bless your heart. “, about most anything. But how does God bless our hearts? By changing them when we become believers in Christ and as we grow in grace. Sometimes, He will have to prune the branches a little or even a lot, so we can stay connected to the heart of the vine.
I watched a Jewish program, the messianic teachers, one of whom went to be with the Lord last year, explained blessings in detail, the Numbers blessing was said in Hebrew, actually, it is known as the Aaronic or priestly blessing, but they also blessed people individually, like Jews do their children on Fridays at Sabbath.
It was something like,
” If you are a teacher, I bless you in the name of Yeshua/ Jesus to be the best teacher you can be. ‘
You can easily substitute a name and profession, or even write them. The Hebrew word for bless is barak, to kneel.
And the same with, doctor, nurse, pastor, parents and whatever you you do, we are to do it heartily as unto the Lord. Colossians 3:23 And you think blessings are just a simple southern saying, not hardly. It is way more than a God bless you over a sneeze or just that casual saying that is really habitual and often not even heartfelt.
In Deuteronomy 28, God sets before us life and death, blessings and curses. He gives us a choice and a free will. While everything may not always be clear cut to us, it really is to God, He works with us every way to bless us but He cannot bless sin, He gives grace but we are not to abuse that.
I know it has been hard for me to bless some people, you know the ones who persecute you and say things. Surely, Jesus did not mean for us to bless them in their persecution and evil doing, but to bless them to have the opportunity to know His love. Read the Beatitudes in the sermon on the mount, He talks about who is blessed, peacemakers, among others, and some will not want peace, but we are to seek it.
Don’t take blessings lightly, be careful who and what you bless. Jews administered blessing at the Sabbath, they laid hands on the heads of their children, it is usually the father, but a grandfather or uncle can do it. Women can and should be blessing their children. Let’s look at few more blessing verses. And I hope it blesses your heart.
The LORD spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to Aaron and his sons, saying, Thus you shall bless the people of Israel: you shall say to them, The LORD bless you and keep you, the LORD make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you the LORD lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace. “So shall they put my name upon the people of Israel, and I will bless them.” Numbers 6:22-27
May you be blessed by the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth. Psalm 115:15
Blessed is the one whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. Psalm 32:1
I will bless the LORD at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth. Psalm 34:1
Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits. Psalm 103:2 Be sure and keep reading the benefits.
The LORD remembers us and will bless us. Psalm 115:12
Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it. Luke 11:28 Jesus to a woman blessing Mary.
When we bless the cup at the Lord’s Table, aren’t we sharing in the blood of Christ? And when we break the bread, aren’t we sharing in the body of Christ? 1 Corinthians 10:16 Communion
And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. 2 Corinthians 9:8
There are many more, and we are blessed if we don’t walk in unwise counsel. Be blessed.
This post is dedicated to my aunt on her 80th birthday.
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