The full Blessing of G-d
Numbers 6:22-27: “And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying: “Speak to Aaron and his sons, saying, ‘This is the way you shall bless the children of Israel. Say to them: “The LORD bless you and keep you; The LORD make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you; The LORD lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace.”’ “So they shall put My name on the children of Israel, and I will bless them.””
The above scripture known as the Priestly or Aaronic blessing is Almighty G-d’s perfect blessing.
When you see or hear the words bless and blessing, what comes to your mind?
For many people, blessing and finances seem to go together, and yes, G-d does financially bless us and prosper us.
However, G-d first blesses and prospers us in our spirit and then he blesses and prospers our soul and our body. And while prosperity from G-d is a blessing, blessing goes way beyond this.
G-d’s first encounter with Abram began with a blessing. We see this in Genesis 12:1-3: “Now the LORD had said to Abram: “Get out of your country, From your family And from your father's house, To a land that I will show you. I will make you a great nation; I will bless you And make your name great; And you shall be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, And I will curse him who curses you; And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.””
In Genesis 12:2 we read: “I will bless you And make your name great; And you shall be a blessing.”
The Hebrew word for “I will bless you is ‘Va’avarech’cha’ which comes from the Hebrew word ‘l’vareich’ which is translated as bless.
However, the correct translation of ‘l’vareich’ is ‘to enjoy G-d’s favour and to give or receive an inheritance’.
What does “a blessing” (“b’rachah”) mean? The correct translation of ‘b’rachah’ is ‘to show G-d’s favour.’
What does “I will curse him” (“u’m’kalel’cha”) mean?
‘U’m’kalel’cha’ comes from the Hebrew word ‘k’lalah’ which translates as curse.
However, the correct translation of ‘K’lalah’ is curse, rebuke or damn. Biblically, ‘k’lalah’ also means ‘separation’ from G-d.
So Genesis 12:1-3: correctly translated from the Hebrew should read: “Now the LORD had said to Abram: “Get out of your country, From your family And from your father's house, To a land that I will show you. I will make you a great nation; I will bless you by showing you My favour and taking you as My inheritance And make your name great; And you shall be a blessing by showing my favour to mankind. I will bless by showing My favour to those who bless and show favour to you, And I will separate Myself from him who curses you; And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed by My favour as I take them as My inheritance.””
However, G-d’s full blessing is salvation.
G-d’s desire for all people, Jews and Gentiles, is to live in His full blessing, and this can only happen if one accepts the Jewish Messiah, Yeshua, as L-rd and Saviour.
Only by accepting Yeshua and G-d’s gift of salvation can one’s sins be forgiven and eternal life in heaven be granted.
Some of you reading this are probably believers in Yeshua. Your sins are forgiven, you have the assurance of eternal life in heaven, and you have received the full blessing of G-d.
But what about the people in your sphere of influence; your family, friends, colleagues, acquaintances and, yes, even strangers.
And what about Jewish people you know?
Romans 11:16-18 tells us that Gentile believers in Yeshua, are grafted into the olive tree of which Jewish people are the natural branches.
Does this mean that all Jewish people are part of the olive tree? Sadly no! Only Jewish people who believe in and follow Yeshua remain the natural branches of the olive tree.
We see this in Romans 11:20-23: “…Well said. Because of unbelief they were broken off, and you stand by faith. Do not be haughty, but fear. For if God did not spare the natural branches, He may not spare you either. Therefore consider the goodness and severity of God: on those who fell, severity; but toward you, goodness, if you continue in His goodness. Otherwise you also will be cut off. And they also, if they do not continue in unbelief, will be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again.”
To be grafted back into the olive tree as natural branches, Jewish people must come to faith in Yeshua. And this can only happen if someone tells them about their Jewish Messiah, Yeshua: Romans 10:14-15: “How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, Who bring glad tidings of good things! Who proclaims salvation, Who says to Zion “Your God reigns!”
Some of you may be the only one who can tell a particular Jewish person about his or her Messiah. And some of you may be the only one who can tell your family, friends, colleagues, acquaintances about his or her Messiah.
I want to encourage you who live in G-d’s full blessing, go and be a blessing to others by telling them – Jews and Gentiles – about the full blessing that comes through the Jewish Messiah, Yeshua so that they too can live in the full blessing of Almighty G-d.
And if you are not a believer in and follower of Yeshua, why don’t you confess your sins, repent of them and ask Yeshua to come into your life as your Messiah.
Doing this will ensure that you will live in the full blessings of G-d - the forgiveness of sin and eternal life.