“May there be laughter in your home and love and peace in your heart.” – Irish Blessing
The Abrahamic Covenant has two distinct parts. One is the Call and promise to Abraham. The second is the Promise to the rest of the world. A covenant with them if you will.
Abram was asked to do certain thing and the covenant would be in force and God would pour out His Blessing on him in all aspects of life. This was the birth of the nation Israel. A setting apart of God’s chosen people. It all started with one man.. Abram who, later, God changed his name to Abraham.
The second was a Blessing to the other nations.. and to get that blessing, all they had to do was treat Abraham and his people decently.. and rightly.. and bless Abraham showing him and his people favor. There is a second part of the promise.. if you don’t, God said he will curse that person, group, nation….
You don’t have to look much further than today’s headlines to see this in effect in the world today.. But then Satan is good an putting blinders on those that allow it.. Satan can do nothing to you that YOU don’t allow.. but that is another message another day..
The Call of Abram
Now the LORD said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father's house to the land that I will show you. And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing.
The Promise of God to Others
I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”
(Genesis 12:3 ESV)
Blessing is a word used many times throughout scripture..
From the Merriam Webster Dictionary
: approval that allows or helps you to do something
: help and approval from God
: something that helps you or brings happiness
1a : the act or words of one that blesses
2: a thing conducive to happiness or welfare
3: grace said at a meal
Blessing is ususally associated with God.. but not necessarily. People can be a blessing to others.. Children certainly are a Blessing.. never the less, it certianly is something to be desired. I would rather have a Blessing than to NOT have it..
Blessing is from the verb ‘Bless’
: to make (something or someone) holy by saying a special prayer
: to ask God to care for and protect (someone or something)
: to provide (a person, place, etc.) with something good or desirable
From H1288; benediction; by implication prosperity: – blessing, liberal, pool, present.
Total KJV occurrences: 69
In Gen 12:3, we see the opposite of a Blessing or a curse is promised to those that do dishonor Abram or his people. If anyone or any group or any nation rises against Israel and does dishonor to them.. God has promised to bitterly curse them. Either this is true or God is a liar. I guess you have to choose, but for me it makes me very concerned when I see what is going on in Washington, D. C. today… That alone puts America in jeopardy.
In Hebrew ‘a^rar (aw-rar’)
A primitive root; to execrate: – X bitterly curse.
Total KJV occurrences: 63
Blessing is the meaning of the term Eulogy
In the Greek, the term is used mainly by Paul, but also Luke, James, Peter and John the Revelator…
Rev_5:13 And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever.
Rev_7:12 Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen.
In both instances in Revelation.. it is John that is Blessing God and the Christ. This is more of an acknowledgement than a bestowal as certainly John has no power to truly Bless God except in his adoration and praise. Could this be why we sing hymns and songs of praise? Read the Holy Scriptures in public? Hear the Word preached? When we submit to God and His power and grace, and proclaim his goodness and Lordship, we do Bless him.
In the Greek, the word used is eulogia (yoo-log-ee’-ah)
From the same as G2127; fine speaking, that is, elegance of language; commendation (eulogy), that is, (reverentially) adoration; religiously, benediction; by implication consecration; by extension benefit or largess: – blessing (a matter of) bounty (X -tifully), fair speech.
Total KJV occurrences: 16
In all instances of use, Blessing means an ‘increase’ of some sort for an individual, whether it is in health, finances, relationships, spiritual walk, circumstances, property, etc. Blessings are never bad.