2021_05_28 Insight Post- Emma Keeton
This week's reading- Mark 9-10
“May the Lord bless you and protect you. May the Lord smile on you and be gracious to you. May the Lord show you his favor and give you his peace.”
In Mark Chapter 10:13-16 people bring their children for Jesus to bless. The disciples rebuke those who bring them, but we are told that Jesus is displeased with his disciples on this matter! Jesus says “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them.” Jesus then takes the children in his arms, lays his hands on them and blesses them.
All blessing is from the heart of God. God's blessings guide us on the path of righteousness, protect us and give us hope. Blessing is not something we do often as Christians in a Western culture, but in the Jewish faith it remains an everyday practice. Life is full of opportunities to bless God, family and friends. Every Friday evening at the Shabbat dining table, the father of the family will place his hands on his child's head and say the Aaronic blessing (Numbers 6:24-26 as above). The Hebrew word for blessing is b'rakah and the root of this word means 'pool.' Just as a pool is filled with water, so is God filled with blessing. The picture this word creates is one of abundance. Our God has limitless resources and gives good gifts to his children (Matthew 7:11).
At times, we may feel much more comfortable giving blessings to others than seeking and receiving blessing for ourselves. If this is true for you, maybe the way you see yourself is different from how God sees you. John 15:9 records how Jesus feels about us “As the Father has loved me, I too have loved you. Remain in my love.” Jesus loves us like God the Father loves him. This sounds like a scandalous comment as we know how much we fall short of the glory of God. But God's love for us is that powerful and WE are HIS children.
Be blessed today and look for opportunities to bless those around you. Your spouse, children, family, coworkers and friends. When we are rooted in the knowledge of how much God loves us, we are more able to freely speak blessing those around us.
Speak through me today.
Your words of life to those around me.
I can love because you first loved me.
Thank you good Father.
In Jesus name.
Prayer Team Lead
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TBE's Moment of Hebrew: B'rakhah. Youtube. Uploaded 26/5/21.