We are on a Sermon Series on First Things and the study on the Book Genesis. This week our scripture is taken from Genesis 1:26-28 where see God creating mankind and blessing him. Reading this passage has caused me to realize how purposeful God was in creation! Everything that was created from the first to the sixth day was intentional – nothing coincidental. But if God was indeed so purposeful in creating mankind, what then is my purpose? Why create me? Why bless me?
The answer can simply be found in 3 related words just from reading Genesis 1:28.
28 Then God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and multiply. Fill the earth and govern it. Reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, and all the animals that scurry along the ground.”
Although God had already blessed the sea creatures and birds on the fifth day, this was the first mention of God blessing mankind. Reading further into Genesis chapter 2, we can see God establishing communion and communication with His newly created man and woman. They were the objects of His love and are, in fact, His favourite creation! God’s purpose and reason for creating mankind and ultimately to us is therefore to have fellowship and relationship!
Further evidence can be seen when mankind disobeyed God, ate from the tree of knowledge and broke fellowship with Him. God, even when meting out judgment on the serpent and on the man and woman made the first Messianic prophecy (Gen 3:15)! This displays His grace and shows that nothing – not even sacrificing His Son Jesus - was going to stop Him from having communion with His favourite creation!
When we, the created, “bless” God, it is an act of praise and worship! King David says it best in Psalms 103:1-2: “Bless the Lord, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless His holy name! Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits…”
Since we are blessed by God and our loving Father who will stop at nothing to have fellowship with us, shouldn’t we take heed to David’s call to bless Him with all that is within us and forget not His benefits or all the good things He has done for us?
But as believers, we sometimes fall into two categories of not blessing God. The first are those who bless God when things are okay. When things go our way, we praise and thank him. But when things go wrong, we get angry with God and turn from him. The second category is the complete opposite. When things are okay, we have no need for God. But when there is a financial crisis, a health scare or a sickness, then we will come running to God to bless Him because we want to be blessed.
Since we have been blessed verbally by God, we too can bless others with what we say and use our tongues to edify.
Isaiah 50:4 tells us:
“The Sovereign LORD has given me an instructed tongue, to know the word that sustains the weary.”
This is an important calling because when we bless another we express good wishes or offer prayer to God for the person’s welfare. We can even sustain the weary! Both the Old and the New Testament are filled with examples of verbal blessings from patriarchs to apostles!
Therefore we who have been blessed by God should be like Isaiah and ask for an instructed tongue to sustain the weary… Or have our busy lives isolated us into a world void of blessing?
Aren’t we glad that the purpose that we are blessed by our loving Father is that He wants to have a relationship with us and even gave us Jesus, even when we failed Him? Shouldn’t we, as people who have been blessed, bless the Lord with all of our souls and then in keeping with what our Creator have shown us bless others and build up one another?
Have a great week ahead!