#blessed: Lesson 2: Part 1
Welcome back to 10-Minute Bible Study!
I am so excited to get into this week’s lesson. We are studying the word blessed, so let’s refresh our memories quickly.
There are four main words which have been translated blessed in our modern English Bible translations:
Old Testament (Hebrew)
New Testament (Greek)
Last week we started with barak and eulogeo, and next week we will move on to esher and makarios. This week we are going to finish up our study of barak and eulogeo by answering one final (but very important) question:
Is there more to the word blessed than popular culture acknowledges?
Oh my goodness…YES!
Last week we looked at the first time God blessed man in the Bible:
God blessed [barak] them [Adam and Eve]; and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” (Genesis 1:28, NASB)
The second time God blessed man in the Bible was very similar:
And God blessed [barak] Noah and his sons and said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth…(Genesis 9:1, NASB)
The word translated fruitful in these passages means “to bring forth fruit.” It includes the insinuation of growth. In Scripture, and in nature for that matter, “fruit” is symbolic of that which brings good to others.
The word translated multiply means “to be or become much, many, or great,” and it essentially refers to increasing the numbers of something.