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Priesthood, book by H. H. Pope Shenouda III

105- Priesthood and Imparting Blessings to Others: Is conceivable to obtain a blessing from a human being? Especially that God is the source of blessing, while humans are sinful. How can a human being, who is under Gods judgment, grant blessings?

 

Question (1)

Priesthood and Imparting Blessings to Others: Is conceivable to obtain a blessing from a human being? Especially that God is the source of blessing, while humans are sinful. How can a human being, who is under Gods judgment, grant blessings?

Answer

[1] There Is No Dispute That God Is The Source Of Blessings

He blessed Adam & Eve (Gen 1:28) Then God blessed them, and God said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth."

He blessed the Sabbath and sanctified it.


He blessed Noah and His Sons

He Blessed Job in his old age.

(Gen 2:3) Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made.

St-Takla.org Image: H. H. Pope Shenouda blessing Fr. Kirellos Kolta of Saint TaklaHaymanout Church, Alexndria, Egypt, during his ordination as a hegomen صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: صورة قداسة البابا شنوده يبارك قدس أبونا كيرلس قلته كاهن كنيسة القديس تكلاهيمانوت، الإسكندريةـ مصر، خلال رسامته كاهنا

St-Takla.org Image: H. H. Pope Shenouda blessing Fr. Kirellos Kolta of Saint TaklaHaymanout Church, Alexndria, Egypt, during his ordination as a hegomen

صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: صورة قداسة البابا شنوده يبارك قدس أبونا كيرلس قلته كاهن كنيسة القديس تكلاهيمانوت، الإسكندريةـ مصر، خلال رسامته قمصًا

(Gen 9:1) So God blessed Noah and his sons, and said to them: "Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth. (Job 42:12) Now the LORD blessed the latter days of Job more than his beginning; for he had fourteen thousand sheep, six thousand camels, one thousand yoke of oxen, and one thousand female donkeys.

He Blessed Abraham (Gen 12:2-3) I will make you a great nation; I will bless you And make your name great; And you shall be a blessing.

{3} I will bless those who bless you, And I will curse him who curses you; And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed."

He commanded that His blessings be publicly read on the mountain

(Deu 27:12) "These shall stand on Mount Gerizim to bless the people, when you have crossed over the Jordan:

Simeon,

Levi,

Judah,

Issachar,

Joseph,

and

Benjamin;

   

 

Also in the New Testament:

He blessed His disciples (Luke 24:50) And He led them out as far as Bethany, and He lifted up His hands and blessed them.

He blessed the children (Mark 10:16) And He took them up in His arms, put His hands on them, and blessed them.

He blessed the bread in the Sacrament of communion

Mat 26:26) And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said, "Take, eat; this is My body."

[2] But Gods Blessing Does Not Contradict Nor Excludes Human Blessings

We will quote a number of examples of such human blessing, and endeavour to highlight the following:

The blessings of the Old Testament Patriarchs, as we have discussed this issue before here on st-takla.org in other sections. The blessings of the clergy

The blessings of the prophets and the righteous men. The blessing of the poor

The blessings by anyone especially the parents.

[3] We Will Discover That Their Blessings Emanates From God

Our examples, God willing, expound all the above.

We will dwell also on curses uttered by them, which were as if from God Himself. For example, the curse of Noah to Canaan, which still stood at the time of Christ.

(Mat 15:22) And behold, a woman of Canaan came from that region and cried out to Him, saying, "Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David! My daughter is severely demon-possessed."

(Mat 15:26) But He answered and said, "It is not good to take the children's bread and throw it to the little dogs."


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