by Brian Fletcher

A Father's Blessing
Brian Fletcher
Psalm 24:1-6

Intro: Father's Day can be joyful and difficult all at the same time. Some of us have amazing fathers, who have cared for us really well. Others do not have fathers or have experienced a strained relationship with their fathers. I would have said when I was young that I had a really good dad. He came to my games, he took me fishing, he taught me the value of work. However, now as an adult, I look back and see tremendous dysfunction. My dad was an alcoholic, he did not take care of my mom the way he should have, and he took advantage of my brother at different times, he brought our family to the brink of financial ruin several times. Needless to say I never really received a true ''blessing'' from my father.

What does a father's blessing look like? How do I give one to my kids and what do I do if I don't have an earthly father?

1. What does a Father's Blessing look like?

We see many blessings in the Old Testament. I just finished studying the book of Genesis with some men in my church. We learned that Abraham, Isaac and Jacob all blessed their children in different ways. Receiving a blessing from your father was a high honor and not receiving a blessing was extremely disappointing. These blessings almost sounded like prophetic words coming from the father and being passed on to the son. Here is Isaac's blessing to his son Jacob:

28 May God give you of the dew of heaven and of the fatness of the earth and plenty of grain and wine. 29 Let peoples serve you, and nations bow down to you. Be lord over your brothers, and may your mother's sons bow down to you. Cursed be everyone who curses you, and blessed be everyone who blesses you!'' Genesis 27:28-29

''When Jacob blessed his twelve sons, he also made predictions regarding their future (Genesis 49). The Bible records the direct fulfillment of many of these predictions, revealing the supernatural ability given to Jacob as the father of the twelve tri ...

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