Then Joseph brought in Jacob his father and presented him before Pharaoh; and Jacob blessed Pharaoh. And Pharaoh asked Jacob, How old are you? Jacob said to Pharaoh, The days of the years of my pilgrimage are 130 years; few and evil have the days of the years of my life been, and they have not attained to those of the life of my father’s in their pilgrimage. And Jacob blessed Pharaoh and went out from his presence. (Genesis 47: 7-10)
Today I just want to encourage you reminding you that your best days are ahead of you that just as the Psalmist wrote under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. The path of the righteous is like the light of dawn it shines brighter and brighter until it reaches its full glory in the perfect day. So look up, raise your hopes high, keep dreaming with the Lord and soon rather than later you’ll live His dream and your life, will bring glory to our Father in Heaven.
In todays devotion, Joseph introduces his father to Pharaoh, it is no doubt that Jacob is old and as tradition has it, the greater blesses the lesser. Jacob is not only greater than Pharaoh in age but being believer of the Lord, qualified him to be greater than Pharaoh who was a heathen King.
He (Christ) was in the world, and though the world was made through Him, the world did not recognize Him. He came to that which was His own [that which belonged to Him—His world, His creation, His possession], and those who were His own [people—the Jewish nation] did not receive and welcome Him. But to as many as did receive and welcome Him, He gave the right [the authority, the privilege] to become children of God, that is, to those who believe in (adhere to, trust in, and rely on) His name— who were born, not of blood [natural conception], nor of the will of the flesh [physical impulse], nor of the will of man [that of a natural father], but of God [that is, a divine and supernatural birth—they are born of God—spiritually transformed, renewed, sanctified]. John 1: 10-13(AMP)
By just believing in Jesus Christ, we are given the right to be Sons of God, (John 1:10-13) been a son means you get to be a joint heir with Christ of things of God. A believer of Christ is destined to have eternal life, and posses all the promises of God and this make them greater than non-believers and hence we are to bless the lesser, just like Jacob did to Pharaoh.
There are so many examples of the greater person blessing the lesser in the bible. I would love to study two scenarios: there are instances where there are two believers in Christ. One, is appointed by God to be in a position of power and authority and the other one is not. In such a case the former blesses the latter. In the second scenario, the greater person blesses the lesser regardless of how elderly they may be, the lesser person cannot bless the greater.
In the first scenario I am going to study Abraham and Melchizedek the King of Salem and the Priest of God Most High.
Melchizedek king of Salem (ancient Jerusalem) brought out bread and wine [for them]; he was the priest of God Most High. And Melchizedek blessed Abram and said,
“Blessed (joyful, favored) be Abram by God Most High, Creator and Possessor of heaven and earth; And blessed, praised, and glorified be God Most High, Who has given your enemies into your hand.”And Abram gave him a tenth of all [the treasure he had taken in battle]. Genesis 14:18-20
I love this story; it is so rich in revelation. Melchizedek here is a shadow of the resurrected Christ Jesus who the King of kings and our High Priest forever after the order of Melchizedek. Melchizedek goes on to bring and share the Holy Communion with Abraham after a tough battle where through the grace of God he emerged victorious.
Melchizedek been a king and priest is greater than Abraham and he blesses Abraham. Melchizedek is also a shadow of us today. Just like he is a king and a priest, the resurrected Christ has made us king and priest.
Jesus Christ, the faithful and trustworthy Witness, the Firstborn of the dead, and the Ruler of the kings of the earth. To Him who [always] loves us and who [has once for all] freed us [or washed us] from our sins by His own blood (His sacrificial death)— and formed us into a kingdom [as His subjects], priests to His God and Father—to Him be the glory and the power and the majesty and the dominion forever and ever. Amen. Revelation 1:5-6 (AMP)
Because of our position in Christ Jesus as Kings and Priests we are to bless God which is a form of worship and we are also to bless especially our enemies.
“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor (fellow man) and hate your enemy.’ “But I say to you, love [that is, unselfishly seek the best or higher good for] your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may [show yourselves to] be the children of your Father who is in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on those who are evil and on those who are good, and makes the rain fall on the righteous [those who are morally upright] and the unrighteous [the unrepentant, those who oppose Him]. Matthew 5:44-45 (AMP)
The second scenario is the ultimate embodiment of this principle. Jesus Christ is God, He is the second part of the trinity and He gave up His deity nature and took the form of a human being in order to save us from our sin. So despite the faxt that He become a human being He still is God and God’s character or divine nature is holy. This makes Jesus Christ holy. When He was born though a baby, He still is the Lord God and those who recognized Him through their relationship with God the Father, like the wise men who travelled from the East, come to worship and adore Him with expensive gifts.
The more accurate example is when Jesus was still a baby and his parents brought Him to the temple for dedication as per the law of Moses. Simeon blessed the parents of Jesus Christ but he never blessed the baby because he recognized that He is the Son of God and He is great though a vulnerable baby and the greater blesses the lesser.
Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon; and this man was righteous and devout [carefully observing the divine Law], and looking for the Consolation of Israel; and the Holy Spirit was upon him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed). Prompted by the Spirit, he came into the temple [enclosure]; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for Him the custom required by the Law, Simeon took Him into his arms, and blessed and praised and thanked God….Simeon blessed them and said to Mary His mother, “Listen carefully: this Child is appointed and destined for the fall and rise of many in Israel, and for a sign that is to be opposed— and a sword [of deep sorrow] will pierce through your own soul—so that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.” Luke1: 25-26, 34-35 (AMP)
Meditate on: The greater blesses the lesser