Message Nine: Blessing
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Scripture Reading: Gen. 47:7, 10; 48:9, 14-16, 20;
Heb. 5:6; 7:7; 11:21; Num. 6:22-27; 2 Cor. 13:14
Gen 47:7        And Joseph brought in Jacob his father and set him before Pharaoh, and Jacob blessed Pharaoh.
Gen 47:10      And Jacob blessed Pharaoh and went forth from Pharaoh's presence.
Gen 48:9        And Joseph said to his father, They are my sons, whom God has given to me, please, here. And he said, Bring them to me, that I may bless them.
Gen 48:14      But Israel stretched out his right hand and laid it upon Ephraim's head-although he was the younger-and his left hand upon Manasseh's head, guiding his hands with insight, even though Manasseh was the firstborn.
Gen 48:15      And he blessed Joseph and said, / The God before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac walked, / The God who has shepherded me all my life to this day,
Gen 48:16      The Angel who has redeemed me from all evil, bless the boys; / And may my name be named on them, and the name of my fathers Abraham and Isaac; / And may they be a teeming multitude in the midst of the earth.
Gen 48:20      And he blessed them that day, saying, By you Israel will pronounce blessings, saying, / God make you like Ephraim and like Manasseh. Thus he set Ephraim before Manasseh.
Heb 5:6          Even as also in another place He says, "You are a Priest forever according to the order of Melchizedec."
Heb 7:7          But without any dispute the lesser is blessed by the greater.
Heb 11:21      By faith Jacob, while he was dying, blessed each of the sons of Joseph and worshipped God, while leaning on the top of his staff.
Num 6:22       Then Jehovah spoke to Moses, saying,
Num 6:23       Speak to Aaron and to his sons, saying, Thus you shall bless the children of Israel; you shall say to them,
Num 6:24       Jehovah bless you and keep you;
Num 6:25       Jehovah make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you;
Num 6:26       Jehovah lift up His countenance upon you and give you peace.
Num 6:27       So shall they put My name upon the children of Israel, that I Myself may bless them.
2 Cor 13:14    The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
 
 
I.     To be transformed is to be metabolically changed in our natural life, to be mature is to be filled with the divine life that changes us, and blessing is the overflow of life:
A.     As Jacob was about to bless the two sons of Joseph, he spoke of the Triune God in his experience—Gen. 48:9, 15-16:
Gen 48:9        And Joseph said to his father, They are my sons, whom God has given to me, please, here. And he said, Bring them to me, that I may bless them.
Gen 48:15      And he blessed Joseph and said, / The God before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac walked, / The God who has shepherded me all my life to this day,
Gen 48:16      The Angel who has redeemed me from all evil, bless the boys; / And may my name be named on them, and the name of my fathers Abraham and Isaac; / And may they be a teeming multitude in the midst of the earth.
1.      The God before whom Abraham and Isaac walked is the Father.
2.      The God who shepherded Jacob “all my life to this day” is the Spirit.
3.      The Angel who redeemed him from all evil is the Son.
B.     Jacob realized that his destiny and existence were absolutely in the hands of the shepherding God; the experience of the Triune God is so that we may bless others with the Triune God.
 
II.   The strongest sign of Jacob’s maturity was his blessing of others:
A.     The first thing Jacob did after arriving in Egypt was to bless Pharaoh (47:7, 10); according to Hebrews 7:7, “the lesser is blessed by the greater”; this is a proof that in God’s sight Jacob was greater than Pharaoh.
Gen 47:7        And Joseph brought in Jacob his father and set him before Pharaoh, and Jacob blessed Pharaoh.
Gen 47:10      And Jacob blessed Pharaoh and went forth from Pharaoh's presence.
Heb 7:7          But without any dispute the lesser is blessed by the greater.
B.     In order to bless others, we must be filled to the brim with life so that life overflows to them; Jacob’s mature life was filled with blessings; he blessed Pharaoh, the two sons of Joseph (Gen. 48:8-20), and his own sons (49:1-28); those blessings of his sons were prophecies related to the destiny of the twelve tribes of Israel.
Gen 48:8        And when Israel saw Joseph's sons, he said, Who are these?
Gen 48:9        And Joseph said to his father, They are my sons, whom God has given to me, please, here. And he said, Bring them to me, that I may bless them.
Gen 48:10      Now the eyes of Israel were dim with age, and he could not see. So Joseph brought them near to him, and he kissed them and embraced them.
Gen 48:11      And Israel said to Joseph, I never expected to see your face, and now God has let me see your seed also.
Gen 48:12      And Joseph brought them out from between his knees and bowed himself with his face to the ground.
Gen 48:13      And Joseph took them both, Ephraim in his right hand toward Israel's left hand and Manasseh in his left hand toward Israel's right hand, and brought them near to him.
Gen 48:14      But Israel stretched out his right hand and laid it upon Ephraim's head-although he was the younger-and his left hand upon Manasseh's head, guiding his hands with insight, even though Manasseh was the firstborn.
Gen 48:15      And he blessed Joseph and said, / The God before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac walked, / The God who has shepherded me all my life to this day,
Gen 48:16      The Angel who has redeemed me from all evil, bless the boys; / And may my name be named on them, and the name of my fathers Abraham and Isaac; / And may they be a teeming multitude in the midst of the earth.
Gen 48:17      And when Joseph saw that his father laid his right hand upon the head of Ephraim, it displeased him; and he took hold of his father's hand to remove it from Ephraim's head onto Manasseh's head.
Gen 48:18      And Joseph said to his father, Not so, my father, for this is the firstborn. Put your right hand upon his head.
Gen 48:19      But his father refused and said, I know, my son, I know. He also will become a people, and he also will be great. However, his younger brother will be greater than he, and his seed will become a multitude of nations.
Gen 48:20      And he blessed them that day, saying, By you Israel will pronounce blessings, saying, / God make you like Ephraim and like Manasseh. Thus he set Ephraim before Manasseh.
Gen 49:1        And Jacob called to his sons and said, Gather yourselves together that I may tell you what will happen to you in the last days.
Gen 49:2        Assemble yourselves, and listen, O sons of Jacob; / Yes, listen to Israel your father.
Gen 49:3        Reuben, you are my firstborn, / My might and the firstfruits of my vigor, / Preeminent in dignity and preeminent in power.
Gen 49:4        Ebullient as water, you will not have the preeminence, / Because you went up to your father's bed; / Then you defiled it-he went up to my couch.
Gen 49:5        Simeon and Levi are brothers; / Weapons of violence are their swords.
Gen 49:6        Come not into their council, O my soul; / Be not united with their assembly, O my glory; / For in their anger they slew men, / And in their self-will they hamstrung oxen.
Gen 49:7        Cursed be their anger, for it is fierce; / And their wrath, for it is cruel: / I will divide them in Jacob, / And scatter them in Israel.
Gen 49:8        Judah, your brothers will praise you; / Your hand will be on the neck of your enemies; / Your father's sons will bow down before you.
Gen 49:9        Judah is a young lion; / From the prey, my son, you have gone up. / He couches, he stretches out like a lion, / And like a lioness; who will rouse him up?
Gen 49:10      The scepter will not depart from Judah, / Nor the ruler's staff from between his feet, / Until Shiloh comes, / And to Him shall be the obedience of the peoples.
Gen 49:11      Binding his foal to the vine, / And his donkey's colt to the choice vine, / He washes his garment in wine, / And his robe in the blood of grapes.
Gen 49:12      Dark are his eyes with wine, / And white are his teeth with milk.
Gen 49:13      Zebulun will dwell at the shore of the sea, / And he will be a shore for ships, / And his flank will be toward Sidon.
Gen 49:14      Issachar is a strong donkey, / Couching between the sheepfolds.
Gen 49:15      And he saw a resting place that was good / And the land that was pleasant, / And he bowed his shoulder to bear, / And became a task-worker to bring tribute.
Gen 49:16      Dan will judge his people, / As one of the tribes of Israel.
Gen 49:17      Dan will be a serpent in the way, / A viper on the path, / That bites the horse's heels, / So that his rider falls backward.
Gen 49:18      I have waited for Your salvation, O Jehovah.
Gen 49:19      Gad, raiders will raid him, / But he will raid at their heel.
Gen 49:20      Asher's food will be rich, / And he will yield royal dainties.
Gen 49:21      Naphtali is a hind let loose; / He gives beautiful words.
Gen 49:22      Joseph is a fruitful bough, / A fruitful bough by a fountain; / His branches run over the wall.
Gen 49:23      The archers bitterly attacked him, / And shot at him and harassed him;
Gen 49:24      But his bow remained firm, / And the arms of his hands were agile, / By the hands of the Mighty One of Jacob- / From there is the Shepherd, the stone of Israel -
Gen 49:25      From the God of your father, who will help you, / And from the All-sufficient One, who will bless you / With blessings of heaven above, / Blessings of the deep that lies beneath, / Blessings of the breasts and of the womb.
Gen 49:26      The blessings of your father surpass / The blessings of my ancestors / To the utmost bound of the everlasting hills. / They will be on the head of Joseph, / And on the crown of the head of the one who was separate from his / brothers.
Gen 49:27      Benjamin is a ravenous wolf, / In the morning devouring the prey / And in the evening dividing the spoil.
Gen 49:28      All these are the twelve tribes of Israel, and this is what their father spoke to them when he blessed them; he blessed them, each one according to his blessing.
 
III.  The principle of blessing is that the greater blesses the lesser—Heb. 7:7:
Heb 7:7          But without any dispute the lesser is blessed by the greater.
A.     To be greater or lesser is not a matter of age but a matter of the measure of Christ; we are greater or lesser according to our measure of Christ.
B.     Although John the Baptist was so close to Christ, he did not have Christ within him; those in the kingdom of the heavens are not only close to Christ but also have Christ within them; for this reason, the least in the kingdom of the heavens is greater than John—Matt. 11:11.
Matt 11:11      Truly I say to you, Among those born of women there has not arisen one greater than John the Baptist, yet he who is least in the kingdom of the heavens is greater than he.
C.     If by having more of Christ we are greater than others, then we are qualified to bless them, for the greater always blesses the lesser.
D.     To bless others means to minister Christ to them; we bless people with the very Christ in whom we participate and whom we enjoy; if we enjoy Christ more, we have more of Christ to minister to others.
 
IV.  The meaning of blessing is that blessing is the overflow of God through someone’s maturity in life:
A.     God cannot flow Himself into others without a human channel; the only humanity that God can use as a channel is the one saturated and permeated with God—Phil. 1:23-25.
Phil 1:23        But I am constrained between the two, having the desire to depart and be with Christ, for this is far better;
Phil 1:24        But to remain in the flesh is more necessary for your sake.
Phil 1:25        And being confident of this, I know that I will remain and continue with you all for your progress and joy of the faith,
B.     Maturity in life is a matter of being filled with God; when we are full of God, we have the overflow of God, and thus we are able to bless everyone we meet.
 
V.   The first case of blessing in the Bible is Melchizedek’s blessing of Abraham (Gen. 14:18-20); Melchizedek is a type of Christ (Heb. 5:6):
Gen 14:18      And Melchizedek the king of Salem brought out bread and wine. Now he was priest of God the Most High.
Gen 14:19      And he blessed him and said, Blessed be Abram of God the Most High, / Possessor of heaven and earth;
Gen 14:20      And blessed be God the Most High, / Who has delivered your enemies into your hand. And Abram gave him a tenth of all.
Heb 5:6          Even as also in another place He says, "You are a Priest forever according to the order of Melchizedec."
A.     Blessing is the overflow of God, and this overflow is brought to people through the priests; we all need to be priests (Rev. 1:6; 1 Pet. 2:5, 9), those who bring people to God.
Rev 1:6          And made us a kingdom, priests to His God and Father, to Him be the glory and the might forever and ever. Amen.
1 Pet 2:5        You yourselves also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house into a holy priesthood to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
1 Pet 2:9        But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people acquired for a possession, so that you may tell out the virtues of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;
B.     If we would bless others, we must be close to God ourselves; people need God’s blessing, because they are far away from Him.
C.     A priest eliminates the distance between God and the people; he brings those who are far off into the presence of God—cf. Exo. 28:9-12, 15-21.
Exo 28:9        And you shall take two onyx stones and engrave on them the names of the sons of Israel,
Exo 28:10      Six of their names on the one stone, and the names of the remaining six on the other stone, according to their birth.
Exo 28:11      With the work of an engraver in stone, like the engravings of a signet, you shall engrave the two stones, according to the names of the sons of Israel; you shall make them enclosed in settings of gold.
Exo 28:12      And you shall put the two stones on the shoulder pieces of the ephod as stones of remembrance for the sons of Israel. And Aaron shall bear their names before Jehovah on his two shoulders for a memorial.
Exo 28:15      And you shall make a breastplate of judgment, the work of a skillful workman; like the work of the ephod you shall make it; of gold, of blue and purple and scarlet strands, and of fine twined linen you shall make it.
Exo 28:16      It shall be square and doubled; a span its length and a span its width.
Exo 28:17      And you shall enclose in it enclosures of stones, four rows of stones: the first row shall be a row of a sardius, a topaz, and an emerald;
Exo 28:18      And the second row, a carbuncle, a sapphire, and a diamond;
Exo 28:19      And the third row, a jacinth, an agate, and an amethyst;
Exo 28:20      And the fourth row, a chrysolite, and an onyx, and a jasper; they shall be set in gold in their enclosures.
Exo 28:21      And the stones shall be according to the names of the sons of Israel, twelve, according to their names; they shall be like the engravings of a signet, each according to its name, for the twelve tribes.
D.     Before we are blessed by a priest, there may be a distance between us and God, but after he blesses us, this distance is taken away, and we are brought into the presence of God to share in the enjoyment of God.
 
VI.  In Numbers 6:22-27 we see a pattern of blessing by the priests; this blessing is neither an Old Testament blessing nor a New Testament blessing; rather, it is the eternal blessing of the Triune God, which is the Triune God dispensing Himself in His Divine Trinity into us for our enjoyment:
Num 6:22       Then Jehovah spoke to Moses, saying,
Num 6:23       Speak to Aaron and to his sons, saying, Thus you shall bless the children of Israel; you shall say to them,
Num 6:24       Jehovah bless you and keep you;
Num 6:25       Jehovah make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you;
Num 6:26       Jehovah lift up His countenance upon you and give you peace.
Num 6:27       So shall they put My name upon the children of Israel, that I Myself may bless them.
A.     Jehovah bless you and keep you can be ascribed to the Father—v. 24:
Num 6:24       Jehovah bless you and keep you;
1.      The Father blesses us in every way and in every aspect in His love (cf. Eph. 1:3), and He keeps us in every way and in every aspect in His power (cf. John 17:11, 15; 1 Pet. 1:5).
Eph 1:3          Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenlies in Christ,
John 17:11     And I am no longer in the world; yet they are in the world, and I am coming to You. Holy Father, keep them in Your name, which You have given to Me, that they may be one even as We are.
John 17:15     I do not ask that You would take them out of the world, but that You would keep them out of the hands of the evil one.
1 Pet 1:5        Who are being guarded by the power of God through faith unto a salvation ready to be revealed at the last time;
2.      The Lord prayed that the Father would keep us in His name (John 17:11); this is to keep us in the dispensing Triune God; the Lord Jesus went on to pray that the Father would keep us out of the hands of the evil one (v. 15).
John 17:11     And I am no longer in the world; yet they are in the world, and I am coming to You. Holy Father, keep them in Your name, which You have given to Me, that they may be one even as We are.
John 17:15     I do not ask that You would take them out of the world, but that You would keep them out of the hands of the evil one.
3.      We should pray for the blessing of being kept absolutely in the dispensing of the Triune God and altogether outside of the evil one; what a blessing this is!
B.     Jehovah make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you can be ascribed to the Son—Num. 6:25:
Num 6:25       Jehovah make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you;
1.      In Luke 1:78, when the Lord Jesus was about to be born, Zachariah prophesied, “The rising sun will visit us from on high”; the rising sun is the Son in the Divine Trinity; this implies God’s incarnation to show Himself to us in a shining way—Matt. 4:16; John 8:12.
Luke 1:78       Because of the merciful compassions of our God, in which the rising sun will visit us from on high,
Matt 4:16       The people sitting in darkness have seen a great light; and to those sitting in the region and shadow of death, to them light has risen."
John 8:12       Again therefore Jesus spoke to them, saying, I am the light of the world; he who follows Me shall by no means walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.
2.      The word face in Numbers 6:25 signifies presence; as the One whose face shines upon us, Christ the Son is the visible presence of the invisible God—2 Pet. 1:16-18; Matt. 17:1-2.
Num 6:25       Jehovah make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you;
2 Pet 1:16      For we did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we became eyewitnesses of that One's majesty.
2 Pet 1:17      For He received from God the Father honor and glory, a voice such as this being borne to Him by the magnificent glory: This is My Son, My Beloved, in whom I delight.
2 Pet 1:18      And this voice we heard being borne out of heaven while we were with Him in the holy mountain.
Matt 17:1       And after six days Jesus took with Him Peter and James and John his brother, and brought them up to a high mountain privately.
Matt 17:2       And He was transfigured before them, and His face shone like the sun, and His garments became as white as the light.
3.      Numbers 6:25 speaks not only of Jehovah making His face shine upon us but also of Jehovah being gracious to us; these two points added together equal John 1:14, 16-17.
Num 6:25       Jehovah make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you;
John 1:14       And the Word became flesh and tabernacled among us (and we beheld His glory, glory as of the only Begotten from the Father), full of grace and reality.
John 1:16       For of His fullness we have all received, and grace upon grace.
John 1:17       For the law was given through Moses; grace and reality came through Jesus Christ.
4.      God’s incarnation was the shining of His presence, and along with this shining, there was grace; this grace is the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, which is actually Christ Himself—2 Cor. 13:14.
2 Cor 13:14    The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
C.     Jehovah lift up His countenance upon you and give you peace can be ascribed to the Spirit—Num. 6:26:
Num 6:26       Jehovah lift up His countenance upon you and give you peace.
1.      The face denotes the presence of the person, and the countenance denotes the expression of the person; to lift up our countenance upon a person means that we confirm, assure, promise, and give everything to that person.
2.      Jesus came as the face of God, and the Holy Spirit comes as the countenance of God; if we grieve Him, His countenance will drop (Eph. 4:30), but if we obey Him, He will be happy with us, and He will lift up His countenance to confirm us, assure us, guarantee us, promise us, and give us everything.
Eph 4:30        And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, in whom you were sealed unto the day of redemption.
 
VII. The blessing of the apostle Paul is seen in 2 Corinthians 13:14—“the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all”:
A.     In the blessing of the apostle Paul, the Triune God comes to people for their enjoyment; Paul not only brought people into the presence of God but also brought God into them.
B.     On the one hand, to bless others is to bring them into the presence of God; on the other hand, it is to bring God into them as love, grace, and fellowship so that they may enjoy the Triune God—the Father, the Son, and the Spirit.
C.     Love, grace, and fellowship are three stages of God for our enjoyment—love is within, grace is love expressed, and fellowship is the transmission of grace into us.
D.     The love of God is the source, since God is the origin; the grace of the Lord is the course of the love of God, since the Lord is the expression of God; and the fellowship of the Spirit is the impartation of the grace of the Lord with the love of God, since the Spirit is the transmission of the Lord with God, for our experience and enjoyment of the Triune God—the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, with Their divine virtues.
E.      The divine revelation of the Divine Trinity in the holy Word is not for theological study but for the apprehending of how God in His mysterious and marvelous Divine Trinity dispenses Himself into His chosen people, that we as His chosen and redeemed people may, as indicated by the apostle’s blessing to the Corinthian believers, participate in, experience, enjoy, and possess the processed Triune God now and for eternity.
 
VIII.     The Lord’s blessing crosses man’s natural maneuvering—Gen. 48:13-20:
Gen 48:13      And Joseph took them both, Ephraim in his right hand toward Israel's left hand and Manasseh in his left hand toward Israel's right hand, and brought them near to him.
Gen 48:14      But Israel stretched out his right hand and laid it upon Ephraim's head-although he was the younger-and his left hand upon Manasseh's head, guiding his hands with insight, even though Manasseh was the firstborn.
Gen 48:15      And he blessed Joseph and said, / The God before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac walked, / The God who has shepherded me all my life to this day,
Gen 48:16      The Angel who has redeemed me from all evil, bless the boys; / And may my name be named on them, and the name of my fathers Abraham and Isaac; / And may they be a teeming multitude in the midst of the earth.
Gen 48:17      And when Joseph saw that his father laid his right hand upon the head of Ephraim, it displeased him; and he took hold of his father's hand to remove it from Ephraim's head onto Manasseh's head.
Gen 48:18      And Joseph said to his father, Not so, my father, for this is the firstborn. Put your right hand upon his head.
Gen 48:19      But his father refused and said, I know, my son, I know. He also will become a people, and he also will be great. However, his younger brother will be greater than he, and his seed will become a multitude of nations.
Gen 48:20      And he blessed them that day, saying, By you Israel will pronounce blessings, saying, / God make you like Ephraim and like Manasseh. Thus he set Ephraim before Manasseh.
A.     Most of the time our choosing leads to maneuvering, and God’s crossing hand comes in to bless the one we did not choose; the shifting of the birthright from Manasseh to Ephraim shows that the Lord’s blessing does not depend on man’s natural maneuvering but on God’s desire and selection.
B.     In any selection that we make, there is the possibility of maneuvering according to our taste and choice; we must not maneuver, and we must not be disappointed; rather, we must believe that the Lord’s hand will cross over to us.
C.     Man’s natural concept holds back the Lord’s blessing hand (vv. 17-20); the one we think is the best may turn out to be the worst, but one of the opposers may become today’s apostle Paul; many will be raised up who do not fit our concept.
Gen 48:17      And when Joseph saw that his father laid his right hand upon the head of Ephraim, it displeased him; and he took hold of his father's hand to remove it from Ephraim's head onto Manasseh's head.
Gen 48:18      And Joseph said to his father, Not so, my father, for this is the firstborn. Put your right hand upon his head.
Gen 48:19      But his father refused and said, I know, my son, I know. He also will become a people, and he also will be great. However, his younger brother will be greater than he, and his seed will become a multitude of nations.
Gen 48:20      And he blessed them that day, saying, By you Israel will pronounce blessings, saying, / God make you like Ephraim and like Manasseh. Thus he set Ephraim before Manasseh.
 
IX.  Jacob’s supplanting hands eventually became blessing hands—25:26; 47:7, 10; 48:14-16; Heb. 11:21:
Gen 25:26      And after that his brother came forth, and his hand was holding on to Esau's heel, so his name was called Jacob. And Isaac was sixty years old when she bore them.
Gen 47:7        And Joseph brought in Jacob his father and set him before Pharaoh, and Jacob blessed Pharaoh.
Gen 47:10      And Jacob blessed Pharaoh and went forth from Pharaoh's presence.
Gen 48:14      But Israel stretched out his right hand and laid it upon Ephraim's head-although he was the younger-and his left hand upon Manasseh's head, guiding his hands with insight, even though Manasseh was the firstborn.
Gen 48:15      And he blessed Joseph and said, / The God before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac walked, / The God who has shepherded me all my life to this day,
Gen 48:16      The Angel who has redeemed me from all evil, bless the boys; / And may my name be named on them, and the name of my fathers Abraham and Isaac; / And may they be a teeming multitude in the midst of the earth.
Heb 11:21      By faith Jacob, while he was dying, blessed each of the sons of Joseph and worshipped God, while leaning on the top of his staff.
A.     In Genesis 25 we see that Jacob began his supplanting even when he was in his mother’s womb, but in Genesis 47 and 48 we see that these two supplanting hands have become blessing hands, bringing people into God’s presence and ministering God into them so that they may enjoy Him.
Gen 25, 47, 48 (be omitted.)
B.     A supplanter, a heel holder, became the greatest person on the earth at that time; he was able to bless Pharaoh because he had become greater than Pharaoh; he became this kind of person by the way of life.
C.     We need the growth in life and the maturity in life so that we may be filled with Christ to become those who are able to bless others.
 
X.   At the time of Genesis 49, when Jacob prophesied concerning his twelve sons with blessing, he was a God-man, a man filled, constituted, permeated, and even reorganized with God; whatever he thought was God’s thought, and whatever opinion he expressed was God’s opinion—cf. 1 Cor. 7:10, 12, 25, 40:
Gen 49           (be omitted.)
1 Cor 7:10      But to the married I charge, not I but the Lord, A wife must not be separated from her husband
1 Cor 7:12      But to the rest I say, I, not the Lord, If any brother has an unbelieving wife and she consents to dwell with him, he must not leave her;
1 Cor 7:25      Now concerning virgins I have no commandment of the Lord, but I give my opinion as one who has been shown mercy by the Lord to be faithful.
1 Cor 7:40      But she is more blessed if she so remains, according to my opinion; but I think that I also have the Spirit of God.
A.     In order to prophesy with blessing, we must know God, the desire of God’s heart, and the purpose of God.
B.     In order to prophesy with blessing, we must know people; that is, we must know the actual situation of every person involved.
C.     In order to prophesy with blessing, we must be full of the riches of Christ.
D.     In order to prophesy with blessing, we must have a strong, active spirit.
 
 
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