The Pastor’s Quill
By Pastor Tim Hodge
Sep 24, 2017
Last week we kicked off our series of digging into the scriptures to find the treasure troves of what the Bible dictates concerning the #BLESSEDlife. Our whole premise of this study has to do with setting aside all presuppositions, whether pro or con, and finding what God has revealed in His Word – point blank – concerning heaven’s mandates pertaining to the #BLESSEDlife.
Our launching pad for the #BLESSEDlife is God’s first interaction with man immediately after his creation: “Then God blessed him…” (Genesis 1:28a). This prompt action by God shows it was His priority concerning mankind. This must be a resident fact in our soul: God blesses us and He wants those blessings manifested in our lives. As these dynamic, sovereignly ordained blessed exude we find ourselves living the #BLESSEDlife. These blessings are ordained. They were ordained for you before your conception in the earth. In fact, your primary conception didn’t occur in your mother’s womb but in the mind of God before creation. Therefore, God’s predetermined plans for you were settled in heaven before there was time. Jeremiah 1:5 unveils God’s plans and purposes are set before we were formed in our mother’s womb. Psalms 119:89 reveals God’s Word is settled (aka concreted, etched in stone, ordained) in heaven. In summary, God’s blessings dictated for us before we were born.
The Old Testament was written in Hebrew. The Hebrew language is far more extensive than the English language. For example, the word ‘blessed’ in English is one word with many definitions, thoughts, and connotations. However, the Hebrew language is very direct. There are basically three Hebrew words for ‘blessing’ (and its derivatives): barak, esher, and ashar. Last Sunday I have you these definitions, but I want to share them again here so you will have this as a written resource to build your faith.
‘Barak’ (pronounced baw-rak) is a word widely used in the Old Testament translated as “bless”. You can find it in the Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance (a big book with Hebrew [Old Testament] and Greek [New Testament] primary definitions) listed as word number 1288. This word has various meanings, but in our context we will use these entries: “to make prosperous, to invoke blessing.” This is the word God used in Genesis 1:28 when He blessed the newly created race of mankind.
‘Esher’ (pronounced eh-sher) can be found in the Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance under the number 835. It bears the meaning “to be happy and have happiness.” In my studies of this word I found this to be amazing: this word is always used in the plural. The impact of this is there are always multiple areas, deployed by God into our lives, that make us happy. Stop and think about that and it will make you warm and bubbly inside. An example of this word is found in Psalms 84:5 as it reads, “Blessed is the man whose strength is in You, Whose heart is set on pilgrimage” (NKJV).
The root word of ‘esher’ is the word ‘ashar’ (pronounced aw-shar) and it is the Strong’s word number 833. This beautiful word carries these meanings: “to be very happy and the receiver of good fortune; to be right and guided right; to advance or prosper; to be successful; to pronounce happy and fortunate; to be made fortunate.” Whenever we find the word ‘esher’ we can expand its thought as to the meanings of its root word. WOW! Is this not amazing?
If we can focus on the meanings of these three primary Hebrew words we will find the scriptures laden with God’s intentions for us to live the #BLESSEDlife. One more thing, there is MORE!!! Those are just three primary words. We haven’t even gotten to the New Testament yet! So, hold on to your seats. God is getting ready to rock your world. We are on a TREASURE HUNT. Each promise from God is a golden nugget and precious stone. The source is limitless! I’m excited about the #BLESSEDlife.