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#blessed: Lesson 1: Part 2

I’m so happy you’re back for Part 2! We are studying the word blessed, so let’s do a quick recap.

BACKGROUND

There are four main words which have been translated blessed in our modern English Bible translations:

Old Testament (Hebrew)

barak

esher

New Testament (Greek)

eulogeo

makarios

APPLICATION

We’re starting our word study with barak and eulogeo, which we know refer to being divinely favored and consecrated to God. Today we’ll finish up our conversation about blessings, which we learned are outward symbols of divine favor and consecration to God. We left off in Part 1 having answered part of this question:

What about the things that don’t feel good to us, and what about good things that are bestowed upon people who aren’t consecrated to God? Are all blessings from God?

So let’s get right into it! We’ll start here today...

Are all blessings from God?

Yes! The Bible is very clear that anything good and favorable is from God:

John answered and said, "A man can receive nothing unless it has been given him from heaven. (John 3:27, NASB)

For who makes you so superior? What do you have that you did not receive? And if you did receive it, why do you boast as though you did not? (1 Corinthians 4:7, BSB)

Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow. (James 1:17, NASB)

Remember, the very definition of the word blessed acknowledges the existence of God. This being the case, why do so many people use the word blessed - why don’t people just say “I’m lucky?”

I believe we don’t like to say we’re “lucky” because that would somehow make the good things in our lives seem random and meaningless. Or, maybe we don’t say we’re “lucky” because that would insinuate we hadn’t worked hard to earn what we have. But even when we work hard, it is still up to God’s discretion what form our blessings will take.