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TO BE BLESSED AND BE A BLESSING

Shalom, shalom mishpachah!

I think we can all agree that when we come in to covenant with Adonai, we

receive so much abundant, overflowing blessings from his gracious hand.


In this weeks Torah portion, Lekh Lekha, we read about Abraham who was afforded just that... blessing.


In Genesis 12, Adonai calls Abraham to get out from the midst of his father's land, and go to a place unknown to him but prepared in advance by God.


Not knowing where exactly he was headed, Abraham answered the call of the Lord and left all he knew.

And in return for Abraham's wild, trusting faithfulness, Adonai prepared an even wilder blessing.


So what does this have to do with you and I?

I like to say that the Word of God is living and moving even into and through our modern lives today.


So, it has everything to do with us. Galatians 3:26-28 breaks it all down pretty good. And here it is:

"For in union with the Messiah, you are all children of God through trusting faithfulness; because as many of you were immersed into the Messiah, have close yourselves with Messiah, in whom there is neither Jew nor gentile, slave nor freeman, male nor female. For in union with Messiah Yeshua you are all one and also, IF YOU BELONG TO THE MESSIAH, YOU ARE SEED OF ABRAHAM AND HEIRS ACCORDING TO THE PROMISE."

You see, when we place our trust in Messiah, we become children of Abraham. And not only children of Abraham in the household of God through holy adoption,

but also heirs according to the promise.


And what promise is that?

The promise of being blessing.

And not receiving a blessing...

But also becoming a blessing to others.


In Genesis 12:2-3 Adonai says to Abraham,

"I will bless you and I will make your name great; and you are to be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you but I will curse those who curse you and by you all the families of the earth will be blessed."


Now, obviously this text is talking about physical blessings.

We all know that Abraham was the great patriarch through whom all the other patriarchs came; Isaac and Jacob, then the his 12 sons, from whom came the 12 tribes of Israel, one of which was Judah, who many, many generations later brought forth a man named Yeshua who was the Messiah.

And we all know that through the sacrifice of Yeshua, foreshadowed by Abraham himself in the binding of Isaac, came salvation for all nations; fulfilling the prophecy in Genesis 12:3.


But have you ever considered that this privileged promise, to be blessed and be a blessing, is also one that can be accessed by us today in the greater glory of the Spirit?


We get this immeasurable blessing, this transformation now and eternal life later.

But now, even greater than that revelation, is the revelation that we, like Abraham, can claim the same authority through the power of Messiah to bless others, even nations!


Step out of your comfort zome.

Just like Abraham, lekh lekha, get yourself out of your old ways of thinking and living and start moving forward in the authority of the Adonai, given to you through Messiah.


Go new places, meet new people, and open your mouth so that he can fill it with times words for all who have ears to hear.


I'll leave you with this one verse...

Matthew 10:40-42

“Whoever receives you is receiving me, and whoever receives me is receiving the One who sent me. Anyone who receives a prophet because he is a prophet will receive the reward a prophet gets, and anyone who receives a tzaddik because he is a tzaddik will receive the reward a tzaddik gets. Indeed, if someone gives just a cup of cold water to one of these little ones because he is my talmid — yes! — I tell you, he will certainly not lose his reward!”


So, there it is.

What a privilege we have.

When we show up, we are giving people the opportunity to not only receive us, but in receiving us they receive Yeshua, and in receiving Yeshua they are receiving God himself, and in receiving God they will be blessed with the reward meant for God alone... eternity.


Be blessed and be a blessing,

B'shem Yeshua, beloved ones❤️



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