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He Blessed Them

He Blessed Them

19 January 2010

Today’s Reading: Genesis 47-48; Psalm 10; Luke 19

Scripture:

15 Then he blessed them: The God before whom walked my fathers Abraham and Isaac, The God who has been my shepherd all my life long to this very day, 16 The Angel who delivered me from every evil, Bless the boys. May my name be echoed in their lives, and the names of Abraham and Isaac, my fathers, And may they grow covering the Earth with their children. (Genesis 48:15-16 The Message)

Jacob was a very old man, weak, nearly blind, and lying on his death-bed. His life was almost over, but his life-work was not yet complete. He gathered his remaining strength and spoke blessings over his sons and their families.
• Jacob’s words were pastoral – they showed a father’s keen insight into his sons’ personalities and their potential.
• Jacob’s words were prophetic – they linked their past to their future in the purposes of God.
• Jacob’s words were powerful – they transferred the promises and responsibilities of the covenant God had made with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob himself.
• Jacob’s words of blessing were a statement of faith in God and in God’s ability to fulfill his promises and carry out his purposes.

Words of blessing spoken by a father or mother are powerful influences. Jacob’s words were especially powerful because they were spoken intentionally and prophetically.

The words I speak to my wife, to my children, to my grandchildren, and to others are also powerful influences. My words have the power to bless or to curse, to encourage or discourage, to bring peace or create anxiety, to bring discord or to bring harmony.

I must choose my words carefully and speak intentionally as Jacob did. I must speak words that are appropriate to each member of my family. I must allow God’s Spirit to give me words of blessing, inspiration and hope for everyone who will listen to me.

Prayer:

Father, I don’t know how many people I will encounter today nor how many words I will have the opportunity to speak. Please keep me conscious through the day of the opportunities I have to speak words of blessing and help me choose my words wisely. May my words today be Spirit-directed words of blessing – blessing now and blessing future. Amen.

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