Blessing

Elizabeth Gives Birth to John - Luke 1:57 – 1:66 (commentary)

John the Baptist is born, circumcised and named (vv. 57-66). The record of John’s birth is given (v. 57). The arrival of the babe was in exact fulfillment to Gabriel’s prophecy and caused wide-spread joy. Eight days after the birth of John, he was to be circumcised in accor …

The Lord Will Bless His People Who Survive - Isaiah 4:1 – 4:6 (commentary)

In this chapter the prophet looks beyond the “Day of the Lord” to that time when the kingdom will be established on earth. In that day women will be desperate to be married (v. 1). He goes from a warning of judgment to a message of comfort. Isaiah is the first pro …

Blessings of The Nations - Isaiah 55:1 – 55:13 (commentary)

God invites people in need to come to Him (vv. 1-2). By coming to the Lord people will have life and the benefits of God’s everlasting covenant with David (2 Samuel 7:11-16). The Lord promised that David’s line would continue forever (v. 3). The nations are to be under th …

The Lord Establishes a New Heaven And New Earth - Isaiah 66:10 – 66:24 (commentary)

All those that love and mourn for the Holy City are commanded to rejoice with Jerusalem (v. 10). The imagery of a mother nursing her baby with fresh milk is illustrative of the nations of the world that shall look once again to Jerusalem for spiritual nourishment (v. 11). It is during that time that she shall experience peace like a river and glory like a flowing stream (v. 12). God is compared to a mother who comforts …

Moses Blessings on The Tribes - Deuteronomy 33:1 – 33:17 (commentary)

Moses pronounces his blessing upon each tribe just before his death. The total number of tribes listed is only ten. The tribe of Simeon is omitted. Perhaps this is because of Jacob’s prediction that Simeon would be scattered (Genesis 49:7) and her land would be divided w …

Elijah Ascends to Heaven - II Kings 2:1 – 2:14 (commentary)

As this chapter begins, Elisha was still accompanying Elijah whose home base was in Gilgal (v. 1). They leave this site and go down to Bethel (v. 2). Elijah went to visit two schools of prophets for the last time. Three times Elijah, as a test, asked Elisha not to follow him, b …

Joseph’s Family Settles in Goshen - Genesis 47:1 – 47:31 (commentary)

In this passage we see all the brothers with their families and their flocks and herds settling down in the land of Goshen. Joseph goes with five of his brothers to introduce them to Pharaoh (vv. 1-2). He asks them what they do for a living and they reply that they have bee …

Jacob Blesses Ephraim And Manasseh - Genesis 48:1 – 48:22 (commentary)

The news came to Joseph one day that his father was very sick. He immediately laid aside his affairs of state, took his two sons, Ephraim and Manasseh, and hurried to see his father (v. 1). Jacob sat up in bed and when Joseph presented his two sons to him the aged patriarch prono …