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Archive for March, 2010

Genesis 1:21-25

Verse 21 stood out to me because after creating the birds and the creatures of the sea we again see you saying you saw and “it was good.” We see you again stepping back as you created, evaluating and declaring it good. Thank you Lord, that you the perfect God took time again to stop and evaluate. The process doesn’t seem hurried or haphazard. I think you took great pleasure in the process as well as the finished product. You do that in our relationship with you. Thank you that it is a process and not just a product that you are concerned with in our lives. Thank you that I know from time to time in our lives you stop and draw back and look and at times I know through the blood of Christ you see and say, “It is good.” I am so glad you are a God who takes time to stop and evaluate and are not hurried and haphazard in what you do.

Next Lord in verse 22 after declaring your work good, you spoke a blessing over the sea creatures and the birds. “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the water in the seas, and let the birds increase on the earth.” You are a wonderful God who creates and then blesses that creation.

This word blessed is used over and over in the Bible about you Lord. You are a God who blesses continually. I want to do a word study on this word bless used in verse 22.

The word in the Hebrew used here is barak. The primary root word is used in the Bible for to kneel or bless.  It is used in various places as abundantly bless, actually blessed, bless, blessed, blesses, blessing, boast, congratulates, curse, cursed, curses, greatly bless, greet, greeted, had to bless, kneel, kneel down, knelt, persisted in blessing, pronounce blessing, salute, salutes, surely bless, thanked.  Wow, Lord!  This word in the original Hebrew had so many meanings.  The one used most often is blessed used 171 times.  This is from the Strong’s Concordance for the NAS version of the Bible.  Most of the others were only 1 to 3 times.  In my Hebrew Lexicon it says this was a time when God blesses men and combines it with verse 28 where it is clear that the blessing to be fruitful and multiply is about men and women not sea creatures and birds.  This makes me more curious to search a bit longer.  Was the blessing by God for the sea creatures and birds and to multiply and fill the earth seen in the Lexicon as directly a blessing for man from God?  Let’s take a closer look!

Bless from the Easton’s 1897Bible Dictionary on

(1.) God blesses his people when he bestows on them some gift temporal or spiritual (Gen. 1:22; 24:35; Job 42:12; Ps. 45:2; 104:24, 35).

(2.) We bless God when we thank him for his mercies (Ps. 103:1, 2; 145:1, 2).

(3.) A man blesses himself when he invokes God’s blessing (Isa. 65:16), or rejoices in God’s goodness to him (Deut. 29:19; Ps. 49:18).

(4.) One blesses another when he expresses good wishes or offers prayer to God for his welfare (Gen. 24:60; 31:55; 1 Sam. 2:20). Sometimes blessings were uttered under divine inspiration, as in the case of Noah, Isaac, Jacob, and Moses (Gen. 9:26, 27; 27:28, 29, 40; 48:15-20; 49:1-28; Deut. 33). The priests were divinely authorized to bless the people (Deut. 10:8; Num. 6:22-27). We have many examples of apostolic benediction (2 Cor. 13:14; Eph. 6:23, 24; 2 Thess. 3:16, 18; Heb. 13:20, 21; 1 Pet. 5:10, 11).

(5.) Among the Jews in their thank-offerings the master of the feast took a cup of wine in his hand, and after having blessed God for it and for other mercies then enjoyed, handed it to his guests, who all partook of it. Ps. 116:13 refers to this custom. It is also alluded to in 1 Cor. 10:16, where the apostle speaks of the “cup of blessing.”

Matthew Henry’s Commentary

God commanded the fish and fowl to be produced. This command he himself executed. Insects, which are more numerous than the birds and beasts, and as curious, seem to have been part of this day’s work. The Creator’s wisdom and power are to be admired as much in an ant as in an elephant. The power of God’s providence preserves all things, and fruitfulness is the effect of his blessing.   (Ge 1:26-28)

Thank you dear God for being a God who blesses continually.  You bless us daily with your presence.  You bless me daily with your love that is beyond comprehension.  Thank you!  Thank you!  For your many, many blessings in your creation and in our lives.  I so love you!