Today’s Reading: Genesis 47-48
Key Verse: Genesis 47:10
So Jacob blessed Pharaoh, and went out from before Pharaoh.
At this time, Egypt was at its zenith and Pharaoh may have been the most important ruler on earth. Two verses (Gen. 47:7,10) tell us that Jacob (Israel – Prince of God) blessed Pharaoh. This is an act of sharing the grace of God that was given again and again to Jacob, passed down from Abraham and Isaac. This may have been a simple prayer for Pharaoh, or it may have been the laying of Israel’s hand on Pharaoh. In Gen. 48:14 Israel blessed Joseph and his two sons by laying his hands on them. God gave Israel a prophetic word for them. To qualify to bless others (please don’t make a big scene, you’ll hurt people rather than bless them if you do) you must be a believer. We have these words in Mark 16:17&18, “These signs will follow them that believe… they will lay hands on the sick and they will recover.” What a blessing. Acts 19:6, “And when Paul had laid his hands on them, they spoke with tongues and prophesied.” Go ahead and bless someone today.
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Dear Lord, please inspire me to look for opportunities to bless someone today. You have blessed me through others who have prayed for me, now give me grace and willingness to pass on the blessing. In Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen!
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
I’ve been blessed by so many. At 19, two teachers at Bible College laid hands on my head and, according to two doctors, I was healed of a life threatening condition. At 23, I was ordained by the laying on of hands into the ministry of Jesus Christ and His Church. At 25, I was blessed by a gift of $300 for the start up of the Crossroads TV ministry. One time when I was under an attack of the enemy, a lady in her 80s laid hands on me and gave me a special word from God. Every night when Norma-Jean was carrying our four children, I would lay my hand on her tummy and bless the little ones inside and pray for Norma-Jean too. Over and over, too many times to count, I’ve been blessed by others.