Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Never Short on Blessing

UV 1648/10000 Never Short on Blessing
And Esau said unto his father, Hast thou but one blessing, my father? bless me, even me also, O my father. And Esau lifted up his voice, and wept.
Genesis 27 v 38
The father reserved a special blessing for his first born. But since Jacob under the instigation of their mother came in the guise of Esau to the elderly and dying Isaac, he gave the blessing of the first born to Jacob. Esau then pleaded with his father and asked him if he had only one blessing and to bless him, too. Our Father in heaven in contrast has ten thousand blessings for us in the form of His promises in the Word. As long as we are connected to his first born Jesus, we too have the rights of blessing of the first born. We become co-heirs or inheritors with Jesus of the kingdom of God.

Esau eventually prospered and flourished in Edom and returned to the land of Canaan for a meeting with Jacob. Jacob had also got his share of the flock from Laban, his father-in-law and had prospered greatly. Both had apparently prospered but the difference was that Jacob was given the blessing of Abraham, the blessing of faith and peace. The very name of the new nation came from Israel, the name the Lord gave Jacob. Esau had sold his birth right as first born for a pot of meat, implying that he valued the satisfaction of his physical need much more than his spiritual heritage. Jacob in contrast has an encounter with the angel of the Lord. He wrestles with the angel till he blesses him. Jacob is a man who is zealous for the blessing of his earthly father as well as Heavenly Father. He sees a vision of the ladder rising to heaven as a sign of his eternal inheritance.

From the life of Jacob, we realize that it is more important to be blessed than to be successful or prosperous. Success and prosperity are just two of the blessings of the Lord. He is not short on blessing unlike Isaac and has reserved many wonderful blessings for each of us and for our future generations such that eye has not seen nor ear has heard. For success in this world we need to compete with each other but for abundant blessing we only need to be in right relationship with the Father who never leaves us nor forsakes us.

Prateep V Philip

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