The Spoken Blessing (Genesis 27-29)

Written by Jenilee LeFors | January 4, 2011 | Genesis 27 - 29

What a scandal!!! In Genesis 25 Esau sells his birthright to Jacob for a bowl of soup. Not two chapters later (who knows how long it was between chapters…) there is an internal family scandal where dad - Isaac is about to give the blessing to the oldest son – Esau. Mom – Rebekah overhears the intention of Isaac and sends the younger son – Jacob to disguise himself like his older brother Esau and to take the blessing that was intended for Esau. I don’t know if you have any family messes in your life, but lets just say – this was a mess.

What I find fascinating with this, other than the mess, is the value of the blessing. Spoken blessing. The spoken word.

What are words or things that you are speaking into reality? I love that one of NCC’s core values is that your focus determines your reality. Not only does your focus determine your reality, the things you speak are speaking things into existence.

I am in the middle of reading Almost Christian by Kenda Creasy Dean, and one of the theologians she quotes says this:

We don’t just say things we already believe. To the contrary, saying things out loud is part of how we come to believe. We talk our way toward belief, talk our way from tentative belief through doubt to firmer belief, talk our way toward believing more fully, more clearly, and more deeply. Putting things into words is one of the ways we acquire knowledge, passion, and conviction. 

All this to say the words that we speak hold value, are extremely important. Its not just the blessings, but it also is how we grow in our faith, and in our knowledge, passion and conviction. It changed the direction of Esau’s life and Jacob’s life.

What are the words that you are speaking out? Are you blessing those around you with the spoken word? Are you speaking out loud of your faith? I wonder what it would be like if we began to reinstate the spoken blessing to our families, or to our friends?