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Priesthood, book by H. H. Pope Shenouda III

106- Blessings of the Old Testament Patriarchs

 

The Blessing Of The Patriarchs

[4] Our Father Noah Blessed His Sons Sam & Ham And Cursed Cannan

Would it be fitting to say that Noah, being human, exceeded his limits by blessing his sons? Certainly not.

[5] Our Father Isaac Blessed Jacob And Followed That By Giving A Blessing To Esau.

Isaac's words were as if uttered by God Himself. His blessing was fulfilled, since our Master the Lord Jesus Christ came from the descendants of Jacob.

(Gen 28:3) "May God Almighty bless you, And make you fruitful and multiply you, That you may be an assembly of peoples;

Was the patriarch Isaac mistaken when he said:

(Gen 27:4) "And make me savory food, such as I love, and bring it to me that I may eat, that my soul may bless you before I die."

(Gen 27:33) Then Isaac trembled exceedingly, and said, "Who? Where is the one who hunted game and brought it to me? I ate all of it before you came, and I have blessed him; and indeed he shall be blessed."

St-Takla.org Image: Ancient Coptic icon: Monastery of the Syrians, church of the Holy Virgin Mary, the patriarchs Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in paradise صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: أيقونة قبطية أثرية تصور بطاركة العهد القديم الآباء إبراهيم، اسحق، يعقوب في السماء - دير السريان، مصر

St-Takla.org Image: Ancient Coptic icon: Monastery of the Syrians, church of the Holy Virgin Mary, the patriarchs Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in paradise

صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: أيقونة قبطية أثرية تصور بطاركة العهد القديم الآباء إبراهيم، اسحق، يعقوب في السماء - دير السريان، مصر

Isaacs blessing was in fulfillment of the prophecy given to Rebecca after she became pregnant:

(Gen 25:23) And the LORD said to her: "Two nations are in your womb, Two peoples shall be separated from your body; One people shall be stronger than the other, And the older shall serve the younger."

Also Saint Paul said:

(Heb 11:20) By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning things to come.

[6]Similarly Jacob Blessed The Sons of Joseph

(Gen 48:14) Then Israel stretched out his right hand and laid it on Ephraim's head, who was the younger, and his left hand on Manasseh's head, guiding his hands knowingly, for Manasseh was the firstborn.

(Heb 11:21) By faith Jacob, when he was dying, blessed each of the sons of Joseph, and worshiped, leaning on the top of his staff.

Even while blessing the sons of Joseph, Jacob crossed his hands, so the right hand was on the head of the youngest.

(Gen 48:20) So he blessed them that day, saying, "By you Israel will bless, saying, 'May God make you as Ephraim and as Manasseh!' " And thus he set Ephraim before Manasseh.

Also Jacob blessed his twelve (12) sons, and as he uttered it was for each of them.

So who can dare to criticise our father Jacob for blessing his sons (Gen 49), as we have discussed this issue before here on st-takla.org in other sections. Who would dare say to Jacob: Blessing comes from God!, Or could one question Jacob saying : How would a human confer blessings.

[7] The Fathers Were A Blessing In Themselves

God blessed many people, and attributed the blessings of others to the patriarchs and the prophets. God said to Abraham:

(Gen 12:2) I will make you a great nation; I will bless you And make your name great; And you shall be a blessing

Also First Kings Chapter 17 tells the blessings of Elijah in the house of the widow of Sidon, and Second Kings Chapter 4 tells of the blessings of Elisha in the house of the Shonamite woma.

Also the Lord has specifically blessed Photiphar for the sake of Joseph:

(Gen 39:5) So it was, from the time that he had made him overseer of his house and all that he had, that the LORD blessed the Egyptian's house for Joseph's sake; and the blessing of the LORD was on all that he had in the house and in the field.

(Zec 8:13) And it shall come to pass That just as you were a curse among the nations, O house of Judah and house of Israel, So I will save you, and you shall be a blessing. Do not fear, Let your hands be strong.'

[8] Those Who Object the Blessings From The Men Of God is to their Loss.

Such person, has not even reached the level of Esau:

(Gen 27:34) When Esau heard the words of his father, he cried with an exceedingly great and bitter cry, and said to his father, "Bless me; me also, O my father!"

(Gen 27:38) And Esau said to his father, "Have you only one blessing, my father? Bless me; me also, O my father!" And Esau lifted up his voice and wept.

In spite of all Esaus shortcomings, he still believed in the benefits of his fathers blessings.


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