Weekly Teachings by Erik Momsen
God's Purpose is for Blessing
by Erik Momsen
We can confirm much of God the Father's desire for His children by reflecting on what we as parents want for our own children. Most parents really do know what is best for their children even if they cannot model the correct lifestyle for them. Which parent willingly gives poisoned food to his child? Which parent willingly puts her child in physical danger or wants the child to feel fearful and unloved? Earthly parents, and even more so our Heavenly Father wants the best for His children. Both want blessing. This is because we are made to be like God. Made in His image.
"So God created man in His own image, in the image of God he created him, 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 of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground." (Genesis 1:28)
It was God's plan from the start to bless all men. However through disobedience and rebellion we put ourselves outside of this blessing.
The next proof of God's desire to bless is His covenant with Abram. This covenant is in turn a promise of blessing to all nations. This is a sevenfold promise and is intended to restore the original blessing of Genesis 1:28
(1) I will make you into a great nation and (2) I will bless you; (3) I will make your name great and (4) you will be a blessing. (5) I will bless those who bless you and (6) whoever curses you I will curse; and (7) all the peoples of the earth will be blessed through you. (Genesis 12:2,3)
Paul recognises the fulfillment of Genesis 12:3 in the coming of the Messiah, Jesus Christ. All people who have the faith of Abraham are to be blessed. The faith of Abraham is a simple obedient faith in the promises of God. It is a leaving of past sinful lifestyles (Ur) and a following of God into a new future (Canaan). It is also a persistent faith in a Friend who although His promises are delayed, the faith does not die.
"The scriptures foresaw that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, and announced the gospel in advance to Abraham: 'All nations will be blessed through you'. So those who have faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith." (Galatians 3:8,9)
Faith is the primary blessing. It gives fellowship with the Father both now and forever. It also provides the hope and courage to continue despite all.
WHAT DOES BLESSING LOOK LIKE?
Leviticus 26:1 ff sets out blessing for obedience.
Rain in season / crops / fruit / peace and security / victory over enemies / great strength over adversaries / children / land / God's presence / health.
WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS FOR BLESSING?
Deuteronomy 28 sets out the rewards of obedience and disobedience. It promises blessing or curses, and not just a lack of blessing.
Also see Genesis 22:17,18.
Faith and patience are vital for blessing.
"We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised. ... And so after waiting patiently, Abraham received what was promised." (Hebrews 6:12,15)
Unrepentance and an unforgiving heart cuts itself off from God and hence also from blessing. The Lord’s prayer has repentance and our forgiving in the same phrase. These are one issue.
"Wherever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses." (Mark 11:25,26)
"If you forgive men - the Father will forgive you: If you do not forgive, neither will your Father forgive you." (Matthew 6:14,15)
"Judgement is without mercy to one who has shown no mercy." (James 2:13)
Believe that the Father wants to restore the blessing He intended for His children. Let His mercy encourage you to walk in mercy and forgiveness and also in obedience to His ways.
"Then all the nations will call you blessed, for yours will be a delightful land," says the Lord. (Malachi 3:12)
PS. See verse 8 following.
Date Added: 2010-03-16
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