Bless Your Soul
October 18, 2020
So God created human beings in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves along the ground.” …God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. (Genesis 1:27-28,31)
God gives “the blessing” to Adam and Eve before Adam and Eve do anything.
Because we’re made in the image of God, we live from the blessing of God, not for the blessing of God.
Our self-esteem is in for a roller coaster of a ride if it’s attached to anything less than God because everything apart from Him is subject to change.
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases. (Lamentations 3:22 ESV)
We are blessed to be a blessing.
I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you. (Genesis 12:2-3)
What does God get out of this deal? He gets someone to bless.
And all people of the earth will be blessed through you. (Genesis 12:3)
The Scripture announced the gospel in advance to Abraham when it said: “All nations will be blessed through you.” (Galatians 3:8)
Isaac, who had a taste for wild game, loved Esau, but Rebekah loved Jacob. (Genesis 25:28)
When Esau heard his father’s words, he burst out with a loud and bitter cry and said to his father, “Bless me—me too, my father! … Do you have only one blessing, my father? Bless me too, my father!” Then Esau wept aloud. (Genesis 27:34,38)
Esau held a grudge against Jacob because of the blessing his father had given him. He said to himself, “…I will kill my brother Jacob.” (Genesis 27:41)
“I will not let You go until You bless me.” (Genesis 32:26)
The sun rose above him as he passed Peniel, and he was limping because of his hip. (Genesis 32:31)
But Esau ran to meet Jacob and embraced him; he threw his arms around his neck and kissed him. (Genesis 33:4)
All these are the twelve tribes of Israel. And this is what their father said to them when he blessed them, giving each the blessing appropriate to him. (Genesis 49:28)
God does not wait to give the blessing out until somebody deserves it.
“You are a lion’s cub, Judah…” (Genesis 49:9)
“You will hold a scepter…You will tether your donkey to a vine.” (Genesis 49:10-11)
Then [Jacob] Israel said, “Bring them to me so I may bless them.” (Genesis 48:9)
Jacob reached out with his right hand and put it on Ephraim’s head, though he was the younger, and crossing his arms, he put his left hand on Manasseh’s head, even though Manasseh was the firstborn. (Genesis 48:14)
Gratefully receive all the blessings God gives you.
Blessed are those who mourn… (Matthew 5:4)
Blessed are those who are poor… (Matthew 5:3)
Joyfully give all the blessings you can give.
Bless those who curse you. (Matthew 5:44)
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. (Numbers 6:24-26)