A blessing is positive words spoken by God over a person or group of people or it is spoken usually by a father over his children or his spiritual sons and daughters. A blessing gives identity, hope and direction to their lives.
1. So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living and moving thing with which the water teems, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the water in the seas, and let the birds increase on the earth.” Genesis 1:21-22
2. 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 1:27-28
3. And God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done. Genesis 2:3
4. Then God blessed Noah and his sons, saying to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the earth.” Genesis 9:1
5. The Lord had said to Abram, “Leave your country, your people and your father’s household and go to the land I will show you. I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.” Genesis 12:1-3
6. Worship the Lord your God, and his blessing will be on your food and water. I will take away sickness from among you, and none will miscarry or be barren in your land. I will give you a full life span. Exodus 23:25-26
7. The Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine. He was priest of God Most High, and he blessed Abram, saying, “Blessed be Abram by God Most High, Creator of heaven and earth. And blessed be God Most High, who delivered your enemies into your hand.” Genesis 14:18-20
This is the blessing apparently spoken by Rebekah’s brothers over Rebekah as she was leaving to go with Abraham’s servant to become the wife of Isaac. That means all the Jewish people are her offspring.
8. So they sent their sister Rebekah on her way, along with her nurse and Abraham’s servant and his men. And they blessed Rebekah and said to her, “Our sister, may you increase to thousands upon thousands; may your offspring possess the gates of their enemies.” Genesis 24:59-60
This is the blessing that Isaac gave to Jacob when he thought that he was blessing Esau. The blessing of the father was so important that Jacob and Rebekah devised an elaborate scheme to trick Isaac into giving Jacob the blessing.
9. May God give you of heaven’s dew and of earth’s richness--an abundance of grain and new wine. May nations serve you and peoples bow down to you. Be lord over your brothers, and may the sons of your mother bow down to you. May those who curse you be cursed and those who bless you be blessed. Genesis 27:28-29
Jacob wrestled with the man until daybreak and his hip socket was wrenched. Jacob was determined to receive a blessing before he met his brother Esau because he did not know what his brother would do to him. Esau was upset because Jacob had tricked Isaac into giving him Isaac’s blessing instead of Esau.
10. Then the man said, “Let me
go, for it is daybreak.” But Jacob replied, “I will not let you go
unless you bless me.” Genesis 32:26
This is the blessing that Israel (Jacob) gave to Joseph’s sons Ephraim and Manasseh whose mother was an Egyptian.
11. May the God before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac walked, the God who has been my shepherd all my life to this day, the Angel who has delivered me from all harm--may he bless these boys. May they be called by my name and the names of my fathers Abraham and Isaac, and may they increase greatly upon the earth. Genesis 48:15b-16
This is how Aaron and his sons were to bless the Israelites.
12. The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace. Numbers 6:24-26
This is part of what Balaam spoke over the Israelites instead of cursing them.
13. May those who bless you be blessed and those who curse you be cursed! Numbers 24:9b
This is part of the blessing that Moses spoke over Israel shortly before he died.
14. Blessed are you, O Israel! Who is like you, a people saved by the Lord? He is your shield and helper and your glorious sword. Your enemies will cower before you, and you will trample down their high places. Deuteronomy 33:29
This is the blessing that Solomon spoke over Israel during the dedication of the temple that he had built.
15. He (Solomon) stood and blessed the whole assembly of Israel in a loud voice, saying: “Praise be to the Lord, who has given rest to his people Israel just as he promised. Not one word has failed of all the good promises he gave through his servant Moses. May the Lord our God be with us as he was with our fathers; may he never leave us nor forsake us. May he turn our hearts to him, to walk in all his ways and to keep the commands, decrees and regulations he gave our fathers.” I Kings 8:55-58
This is the blessing that Elizabeth spoke over Mary when Mary was pregnant with Jesus and she went to visit her cousin Elizabeth and Elizabeth was pregnant with John the Baptist.
16. In a loud voice she (Elizabeth) exclaimed: “Blessed are you (Mary) among women, and blessed is the child you will bear! But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. Blessed is she who has believed that what the Lord has said to her will be accomplished!” Luke 1:42-45
The very last thing that Jesus did on earth was to bless His followers.
17. When he (Jesus) had led them out to the vicinity of Bethany, he lifted up his hands and blessed them. While he was blessing them, he left them and was taken up into heaven. Luke 24:50-51