I want to take this opportunity to share with all of you what I was able to share this Sunday. Pastor Eric von Atzigen of Emmanuel Fellowship Church in Sweetwater, TX is preaching a sermon series on the blessings of God, and he asked if I would present what is revealed in the ancient Hebrew pictographs that make up the word "bless", more specifically "to bless". This is the blog version of that presentation.

The word bless in Hebrew is barak, and is comprised of the Hebrew letters BET (the equivalent of our letter "B", and represented in the ancient Hebrew pictographs as a house or tent, meaning house, as in lineage - e.g. "the house of David"). RESH (R)(pictured as the head of a man, and meaning the first or highest person). KAPH (K) (pictured as the palm of a hand, meaning to bow or bless).

Recall from earlier posts that the Hebrew/Aramaic word bar (BET RESH) is "son". So, the ancient Hebrew pictographs show that "to bless" is for the SON (Jesus) to extend the PALM OF THE HAND to, or to lay his hand on, you. TO BLESS you. Here is the visual of barak. Please note that this post continues below.

The portion of the sermon to which this applied was Gen. 1:28: "God blessed them and said to them, 'Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it.'" The Hebrew word translated "blessed" is v'ibarak, which is more appropriately translated "He will bless" or "He is blessing", suggests an ongoing and future blessing, rather than a past blessing.

To form v'ibarak, two letters are added to the word barak shown above, the letter VAV (similar to our letters V or W)(pictured as a tent peg or nail, and meaning a nail or hook), and YOD (Y)(pictured as the arm from the fist to the elbow, meaning my hand or my works).

Therefore, v'ibarak, or God's first blessing to humanity is prophetic of God's ultimate blessing to humanity: the NAIL in the HAND of the SON is God's BLESSING. Here it is.

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