In depth: being blessed- part one

We're blessed in the city...

We’re blessed in the city…

Okay… here is a word that has been, I feel, blankly associated with any and everything that happens in a person’s life that he or she SEES or FEELS is good. If a person usually receives something outside of themselves, like a new something (job, car, house, promotion), or MONEY (especially), for instance, he or she claims to be BLESSED. The things that we see as a BLESSING are most commonly the things that are outside of ourselves. We gather this form the Word of God, or from hearing someone else use it in a sentence, subsequently gathering their personal definition of the word and then carrying it on through our lives. We hear it in the churches, synagogues, temples and yet the nature of the word is somewhat eluding, only because of the context that it has been used in lately.

“Bless me with this… bless me with that…” I have listened to people speak these words to myself and others like we have the ability to ‘bless’ anyone with anything. So what does the word actually mean? What is it’s origin in respect to the Word of God and Christ where blessings occur? Let’s look into it.

I got a chance to look up its Hebrew origin as it reflects in the Old AND New Testament. In both instances, the word ‘bless’ actually refers differently in both Old and New. For example, ‘bless’ in the Old Testament, comes from the root word ‘barakh’, pronounced \bä·rak’\. This word is a verb, and is NOT defined as meaning

To present or give, or even provide

but rather

To praise, celebrate, or show adoration to.

In the book of Genesis, God blessed His creations and instructed them to begin to populate the earth. All that they needed to do so was provided IN creation, yet He celebrated and showed love to His creations. (Genesis ch.1:v.22)

In the New Testament, Jesus spoke blessings to the masses to the meek, the poor in spirit, those who mourn, those who are gentle, etc… (Matthew ch.5: vs. 2-11). The blessings of Christ upon our lives are based on the love that God has for us, not necessarily upon what we receive. These things are in connection with the fruits of the spirit, which are free to us and can be our most precious and priceless possessions.