This year for the Blogging from A to Z in April Challenge I have chosen a single word for each letter of the alphabet. Each of these words is important in the Bible. I am including a story in each post. Links from biblical references go to Bible Gateway.
Bless is a word often heard in conversation. Blessed is sometimes used as an alternative to a swear word. In modern translations of the Bible it is sometimes replaced by ‘happy’. Church services frequently end with a blessing. We are taught to count our blessings rather than grumble about minor troubles.
The words Bless, blessed and blessing are found many times in the Bible. Many important characters in the Bible give or receive a blessing.
The story of Noah is well known, because he built an ark to save his family and the animals from a great flood. Abraham became the father of many nations.
Jesus Christ is recorded as having included a list of things, which make people blessed in his sermon on the mount. These are known as the Beatitudes and are frequently read in church services. Matthew 5:1-12
Jacob cheated his elder brother Esau, receiving their blind father’s blessing instead of Esau. Genesis 27:1-40
Can you imagine being told by the king that if your baby was a boy it must be drowned in the river?
That is what happened to Moses’ mother.
Moses was born at a time when the Israelites were living in Egypt. The Egyptian ruler, Pharaoh, was oppressing them. He was worried that they were becoming too numerous, so he ordered that all male Israelite babies should be drowned in the river Nile. Moses mother hid him for three months. Then she waterproofed a basket and placed him in it. She placed it in reeds at the edge of the river, leaving her daughter to watch from a distance. Pharaoh’s daughter found the baby and took pity on him. Moses’ sister asked her if she would like a wet-nurse for him. Moses’ own mother was paid to look after him! Later he went to live in the court as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter.
Moses was aware that he was a Hebrew. He intervened between an Egyptian and a Hebrew, killing the Egyptian and hiding the body in the sand. Later he tried to intervene between two Hebrews and learned that the killing was known. He ran away, because Pharaoh wanted to kill him.
For a long time he lived in Midian, where he married and became a father. Then, after he had heard God speaking to him from a bush that seemed to be on fire, he returned to Egypt to help the Israelites. Throughout his life he spoke to God and God spoke to him, guiding him and through him the people of Israel from Egypt to the Promised Land.
Further reading: Exodus (My story is a shortened version of the book of Exodus.)