Seize the Moment – Day 660


The Two Blessings of the Twelve Tribes!

Deuteronomy 33


Good morning! This is Pastor Jerry Ingalls from New Castle First Baptist Church and today is Thursday, January 6, 2022.


How often do you pray a blessing over your family and loved ones?


It’s been approximately 450-500 years between the two blessings over the twelve tribes of Israel!


Moses’ final demonstration of leadership is to bless the twelve tribes of Israel. The last recorded blessing of the tribes we have was from Jacob (Israel) himself, right before his death in Genesis 49:33, which says,
“When Jacob finished charging his sons, he drew his feet into the bed and breathed his last, and was gathered to his people.”


Jacob’s blessing was prior to the exodus, and the over 400 years the Israelites would spend in Egypt. Moses led them out of slavery at the age of 80, then led them through their 40 years of wilderness wanderings, until this very moment when he blessed them, as recorded in Deuteronomy 33. Moses blessed the tribes, starting in verse 6 with Reuben, and ending with a beautiful blessing over all of Israel in verses 26-29:


There is none like the God of Jeshurun [Israel], Who rides the heavens to your help, and through the skies in His majesty. The eternal God is a dwelling place, and underneath are the everlasting arms; and He drove out the enemy from before you, and said, “Destroy!” So Israel dwells in security, the fountain of Jacob secluded, in a land of grain and new wine; His heavens also drop down dew. Blessed are you, O Israel; who is like you, a people saved by the Lord, who is the shield of your help and the sword of your majesty! So your enemies will cringe before you, and you will tread upon their high places.


What a beautiful tradition that we should carry into our families and churches: the blessing of the generations!


Seize the moment and say a blessing over your family and the next generation today! There is no reason to wait 50 years, nevertheless, 500 years!

God bless you!
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