Blessing and Cursing
Shalom Partner and Friend of
The Talmud (Jewish writings) say; “If you have enjoyed something without saying a blessing it’s as if you stole it!”
“Blessing and Cursing” When someone sneezes, we instinctively say; “bless you!” There is an Irish blessing that states “May you be in heaven thirty minutes before the devil knows you are dead!” Even Boaz (Ruth ) in the Old Testament greeted his reapers with a blessing, “The Lord be with you!” There are many ways that we desire to extend blessings upon others. These kinds of blessings may seek favour upon someone or something – however, they are not examples of the God-ordained; “Priestly Blessing” nor are they the impartation of the “Prophetic Blessing” in the Bible; The Word of God.
The Book of Numbers is often referred to as the “Lord’s Prayer of the Old Testament.” The Lord commanded Moses to; bless the children of
The “Priestly Blessing” belongs to God; its words can never be altered in any way… as declared in Proverbs 30:6.
This “Priestly Blessing” was NOT just for Moses, Aaron and the tribe of Levi… it was intended for every person on the face of the earth!
The verb “to bless” in Hebrew is related to the noun “knee” and can mean “to adore on a bended knee” (Psalm 95:6) or to present something of value to another. Nearly every Hebrew blessing begins with this word, for God deserves all of man’s praise and adoration (Psalm 113:2). Through the “Priestly Blessing” God is bestowing His Favour on His Creation – mortal man. How humbling! This is the purest expression of His mercy and grace. God blesses His children by giving us life and provision and we bless Him through praise and by living our lives to the fullest.
The God of
"The Name (HaShem)" reveals the one true God. He is the One who Was, Is, and Is to Come. He is the God through whom all things have their existence (1 Corinthians 8:6). Therefore by placing His Name on His children, God reminds us all who He is, which defines His character; of what He has done, which declares His mighty works; and of what He promises to do, which proclaims His Covenant. Ultimately, this decree proclaims that God alone is the source of all blessing.
The "Priestly Blessing" is God’s direct proclamation over man whilst the "Prophetic Blessing" is the spoken declaration by God’s "spiritual authority" concerning the life of every individual. Once the "Priestly Blessing" is spoken over someone then the "Prophetic Blessing" follows. Unlike the "Priestly Blessing" the "Prophetic Blessing" is unique to every person imparting it as well as to the one receiving it; "And he blessed them; he blessed each one according to his own blessing" Genesis 49:28. The Scriptural reference to the word blessing has several meanings in the Hebrew language. When God blesses man, it is to bestow good health, abundant success and prosperity, both materially and spiritually. When man blesses God it is presented in the forms of thanksgiving, reverence, obedience, praise, and worship. When a man blesses his fellow believer, he recites the "Priestly Blessing" of Numbers -27 and then proclaims the Holy Spirit – inspired "Prophetic Blessing."
God Spoke the "Prophetic Blessing" over His creation and He wants parents to speak it over their children as well…
God knows every child before he or she is conceived in the womb. God has called children to a divine work and has sanctified them for that work while they were in their mother’s wombs. Remember, John the Baptist leaped in his mother’s womb because he was filled with the Holy Spirit (Luke ). God ordained Jeremiah as a prophet to the nations of the world. This destine destiny was determined before he breathed his first breath outside his mother’s body (Jeremiah 1:4-5). God also knew Esau and Jacob whilst in their mother’s womb (Genesis 25:23). God the Father knew Jacob’s destiny and He called it forth as He spoke a "Prophetic Blessing" over him;
‘And, God appeared to Jacob again when he came from Padam-Aram, and blessed him. And, God said to him: your name is Jacob; your name shall not be called Jacob any more, but
When Abram (before his name was changed to Abraham) heard that Lot, his nephew, was taken captive in the battle for Sodom by four kings who had already destroyed twelve nations, he with faith in God, executed a commander raid… with only 318 servants that had been born in his house – this could have been the first "IDF" commander raid in Israel’s history!
Many times, Abram and his descendants would trust God to lead them to victory against overwhelming odds in their future battle for their national survival. The God who defended the land and the people then is the same God who defends the
The nation of
Gideon trusted God to intervene on his behalf and was able to subdue the siege of Midianite and Amalekite oppression with ‘only three hundred faithful men’ armed with broken pitchers, trumpets and torches (Judges 7).
The people were claimed by God. The promise was renewed. He made a covenant with them. God lived among His people and cherished their worship, praise and service. He would lead them out of the wilderness into the land which He had promised Abraham. In the midst of their own doubt and rebellion, they saw the victories of God. Through the Lord—their mighty warrior—they occupied the land of the Canaanites. The LIGHT of God went before them.
The Lord continues His miraculous defence of
The Prophet Ezekiel named the armies and nations that will attack
This military assembly of nations against
The Omnipresent God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob will allow confusion to control those armies as they fire their weapons of destruction against one another (Ezekiel 38:21). God has promised to “rain down flooding rain, great hailstones, fire, brimstone” on the invading armies (Ezekiel 38:22). Why will God do this? “Thus I will magnify Myself and sanctify Myself and I will be known in the eyes of many nations. Then they shall know that I am the Lord” Ezekiel 38:23. Abraham not only trusted God to deliver him and his men from vast armies, as do the modern armies of Israel, but he also made certain that all the glory be given to Him. God was pleased with Abraham’s faithfulness for He said; “Do not be afraid, Abraham, I am your shield, your exceedingly great reward.” Genesis 15:1
God promised the Land and so much more to Abraham and his seed. He promised that Abraham’s descendents would be a blessing to the world… How can this be from a people who wandered the wilderness for 40 years before reaching the Promised Land? How can this be from a people who were eventually dispersed to the nations of the world? How can this be from a people who were nearly annihilated through Pogroms and the Holocaust? Because, God promised to take them; “to a land that I will show you” Genesis 12:1.
In Hebrew, the term “to show” refers to “the land” but can also mean; “to make known your nature to yourself and to the world.” In His infinite plan, God not only took Abraham’s descendents to the land but also revealed who they were destined to become as a people.
The Jewish people would never have known their nature of shown it to the world… until they were in the covenant
God does NOT make mistakes; He does NOT lie and what comes from His mouth comes to pass. God does NOT break covenant. (Numbers – 21) IF, God has broken covenant with the Jewish people… what confidence do we have that He will NOT break covenant with the Gentiles?
The definition of “eternal” is “to last forever” – continual and always the same. The word “covenant” means to enter into “a pledge, a promise, a pact and/or bond.” And, the word “blessing” means “to consecrate, to set apart and to make holy.” God has made an eternal covenant with
The Talmud (Jewish writings) state; “Whosoever saves one life is as though he has saved an entire world.”
Consider the two Pharaoh’s…The Pharaoh who blessed Joseph (Genesis 41: 40 – 44) and his family by giving them the rich
This new Pharaoh persecuted the Jewish people. He had Jewish male babies drowned in the
Thus the Pharaoh who blessed the Jewish people became the richest most powerful man on the face of the earth… But, the Pharaoh who tormented the Jewish people brought about the destruction of
Dietrich Bonhoeffer said; "Silence in the face of evil is evil itself; God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak … is to speak! Not to act… is to act!" Our generation has mastered the art of looking the other way when evil presents its face of terror and death. The prophet Obadiah clearly describes the consequences of any adverse treatment of
We have a reminder in our day of the "two Pharaohs of Egypt (Genesis 41: 40 – 44; "the Pharaoh that knew Joseph and
We have a reminder in our day of the "two Pharaohs of Egypt (Genesis 41: 40 – 44; "the Pharaoh that knew Joseph and
David Ben Gurion
David Ben Gurion
Few modern-day Christians are aware of the horror inflicted upon the Jewish people over the centuries following the crucifixion of Christ. Listed below are a few examples:
AD70: the Roman army under the leadership of Titus surrounded the city of
Then followed; the anti-Semite John Chrysostom, leader of the Roman Church in the 4th Century who wrote eight sermons that incited hatred toward the Jews by labelling them "Christ killers." This evil brand has followed the Jewish people ever since.
Then came; the nine campaigns, known as the Crusades that span the years 1096 through 1272. The Crusaders on their way through
The Spanish inquisition in 1480, where thousands of Jews were burnt alive and manuals printed to assist the Spanish people in identifying Jewish families in order to drive them out of
God’s Word says clearly in… Genesis 12:3, "I will BLESS those who bless you (
Ironically, a recent publication of the Jerusalem Centre of Public Affairs released a quote from Al Qaeda, "the next goal is to "liberate"
A similar outcome has appeared in the
In Hebrew the word "British" means "Brit = covenant and "ish" = man, so combined: "covenant man." God entrusted the British in 1947 - 48 with His Covenant of promise to restore to the Jewish people their Biblical homeland, as the British mandate gave the British power over what was then called
Let’s look at a statement from the late Derek Prince who lived in
The pages of world history bear witness to this fact: every nation or empire that has persecuted or tried to destroy the Jewish people or attempted to take the
Jews LOVE Jerusalem - Arab’s WANT Jerusalem! It is true that King David took
Why do not the northern Iraqis (ancient Assyrians) wish to immigrate to
After an assortment of Islamic dynasties fought with each other and the Byzantines, eventually
What is left of these nations? Where are Pharaoh and his mighty army? Where are the Babylonians? Where are the Assyrians? Where is the
The antiquity of the Jewish people…
The antiquity of the Jewish people…
God’s Word is alive… When the Lord brought the children of
If God promised the Jewish people that after a time He would bring them back… we must unconditionally stand with them even if it is not politically correct to do so, as we would much rather be Biblically correct… and please God Almighty who knows the final outcome of Israel and all of us too.
We are a privileged generation…The olive tree with its gnarled roots inviting Christians to be grafted in. Things, about which our parents and grandparents could only dream about, read about or pray about… we get to do!
First and foremost we get to fulfill the Biblical injunction that says; "Get you up unto the land, and walk the length and breadth of it!"
Today in the 21st Century, every pilgrim can come to the
King David commanded all believers in… Psalm 122: 6–7 "Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem; ‘May they proper who love you. Peace be within your walls; prosperity within your palaces.’" Look at the blessings that come to the Christian who honours this command to pray for the peace of
The power of the Prophetic Blessing concludes with "Peace be within your walls, prosperity within your palaces." This is the Scriptural pathway to prosperity – not merely in a financial or material sense… but an abiding assurance of God’s favour, provision, and protection.
Again, let us quote Derek Prince who was a lover and defender of
On the other hand, praying for
It is a matter of historical record that if
Have peace in knowing that the God who keeps Israel never slumbers nor sleeps (Psalm 121) and know that the Lord will fight for you too… the Lord’s ways are NOT our ways but in the end, He WILL bless you in such a manner that only He can get the glory, for all will know that He is the Lord that blesses you.
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Alf & Julie Saunders
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