What Does It Truly Mean To Be “Blessed” According To The Bible?
I recently received an email from a reader asking me to write an article covering the topic of blessings. The reader stated that she knows that what the church and the religion of Christianity teaches about blessings and being blessed is false and wanted to get a true understanding of it’s meaning. I thought that this was a great question and I was happy to receive this email because I know that many other readers would like to get an honest understanding of the word blessed or blessing as well; since Christianity has falsified and corrupted it’s meaning. So for those of you who have also wondered “what does it really mean to be blessed”, I will be giving you a thorough biblical breakdown of this word today.
Before we delve into this study, it’s very important for you to know that the English bibles that we read today are NOT the same scriptures that our ancestor’s wrote thousands of years ago. The original scriptures (OT) were written in Hebrew and the writings (NT) were written in Hebrew and Aramaic. Both the scriptures and the writings were later translated into the Greek language (the OT starting in 300 B.C. and the NT starting in 100 A.D.), then to Latin (starting in about 300 A.D.), then to English (in the 1400’s) and now many other languages. Throughout these translations, there have been many mistranslations that are not consistent with the original meaning of the words that it was translated from due to the bias of the translators; which is why there are so many different belief systems and doctrines today. Therefore, in order to understand the true meaning of any word in the bible, you have to first learn the Hebrew word from which that English or Greek word was translated from.
This does not mean that you have to become a Hebrew scholar in order to read the bible because I myself am not a scholar at all. It just means that whenever you are studying the bible, you need to have a Hebrew dictionary and Hebrew lexicon out with you, so that you can look up the Hebrew definitions and the cultural applications of the words and phrases in passages that you are studying so that you get the correct interpretation of what you are reading. So in the case of the English word Blessed, we need to learn the original Hebrew word that this word was translated from and get the definition of that word; which will give us the true biblical meaning of blessed.
The Hebrew Word For Blessed
In the paleo Hebrew script, the word translated as “bless” and “blessed” looks like this: krb. When you translate this Hebrew script directly into English, you get the spelling of “Barak”. Barak (pronounced Baw-rahk) is the Hebrew pronunciation for the verb “bless” and the past tense word “blessed”. Now that we know the correct Hebrew word for blessed, we need to learn it’s meaning. In order to learn the correct meaning of a Hebrew word, you have to learn what each symbol of the word means and then go to the scriptures and see how that word is applied in different situations. In the case of Barak, first we will learn the symbolic meaning of the word and then go from there.
The Pictographic Meaning of Barak
When studying any Hebrew word it’s in pictographic form, you must understand it’s symbols to understand it’s meaning. In the case of the word Barak, it has 3 symbols: krb. Before we go over the symbols, let me first inform you that the Hebrew language is read from right to left as opposed to how we read from left to right in English. Now let’s go over the symbols.
The first symbol to the far right which represents the letter “B” is supposed to be a symbol of a house, tent and family because the Hebrews were nomadic families who lived in tents. The second symbol in the middle represents the “R” letter and is supposed to be a symbol of the head of a man, which is symbolic of the man being the head of the household. The third symbol represents the letter “K” and is supposed to be a symbol of the open palm of ones hand which is symbolic of giving or receiving. When you put all of this together from a Hebrew perspective, this word means: to give or receive an inheritance (house, family, land, or other natural resources of value). While there are more elaborate definitions for this word; this is the general meaning of Barak.
The Scriptural Meaning of Barak
Now that we know what Barak means symbolically, let’s go to the scriptures and verify this meaning. When you’re looking to gain the true meaning of any Hebrew word, you have to find where that word is first used in scripture and see how it is applied. So let’s go to chapter 1 of Genesis and locate the first few instances where this word Barak is translated as Blessed or Bless.
And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth. – Barashyth (Genesis) 1:21-22
In the verse above, it tells us that after The Most High created the sea animals, He then blessed them by telling them to go forth and multiply their seed throughout the earth. The true meaning of Barak that we just went over, is directly applied in this passage. Where it says, He blessed them, it means that YAH showed favor to the animals by giving them the inheritance of His earth and granting them the opportunity to reproduce and represent Him as His creation. He also tells us (melaninated humans) the same thing a few verses later.
God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. God blessed them; 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. – Barashyth (Genesis) 1:27-28
In the verse above, he basically tells us the same thing he told the animals; to be fruitful and multiply. In other words, he gave us the inheritance of His earth to rule and represent Him as His creation. The difference between us and the animals is that we are made in His image and they are not; which is why He gave us rulership over the animals and the earth. The earth is our inheritance from YAH.
This same application of the word blessed being used as an expression of giving an inheritance in these passages are seen all throughout the the scriptures. Lets take a look at a few more examples so that I can prove this definition is true.
And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made. – Barashyth (Genesis) 2:3
In the verse above, where it states that The Most High blessed the seventh day, it means He gave it to humanity as an inheritance to have a day of rest from all our works; just as He did. You see, YAH never intended us to work 9-5 jobs and buy our food from grocery stores; He created us to be gardeners and farmers who grew our own food and raised our own livestock (Genesis 2:15). This way of living (farming and shepherding) is very time consuming and involves much hard work, which is why YAH gave us the Sabbath day to rest from our works. The Sabbath day, which is the seventh day of the week, is the day of rest that we inherited from YAH. However, although YAH gave us this day as an inherited blessing, most of our people today reject this inheritance and do whatever they want on this day.
Blessed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy ground, and the fruit of thy cattle, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep. – Dabarym (Deuteronomy) 28:4
In the verse above, The Most High spoke through Moses, prophesying to the Israelites that if they obeyed his laws and commandments, then their children (the fruit of their body), their plants offspring (the fruit of their gardens) and their livestock’s offspring (the fruit of their animals) will be blessed. By blessed, He meant that each of their offspring would be in abundant numbers; which is an inheritance from The Most High (Psalms 127:3). By YAH giving the Israelites an abundant supply of children, plants and animals; He’s giving them an abundant inheritance. YAH’s blessings are natural resources (Deuteronomy 8:7-10).
How The Bible Defines Blessings
To better understand the word “Blessed”, let’s learn the meaning of it’s extended word, blessing. In the paleo Hebrew script, the word translated as “blessing” looks like this: hkrb. When you translate this Hebrew script directly into English, you get the spelling of Barakah. The only difference between the pictograph of Barakah and Barak is that Barakah has an extra symbol on the end (h). The symbol h represents the letter H and is supposed to be a man with his hands raised, symbolizing life and something that you can see and touch.
When you combine the definition for h with the definition of Barak (krb), then you see that the Hebrew word Barakah ( hkrb) means: an inheritance, gift or a tangible benefit. Barakah is a noun so it’s something that you can see and touch; such as land, food, animals, water, people, a home or any other substance that is made from natural resources. To prove that this definition is correct, let’s go to the scriptures and see how “blessings” are described.
Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be food in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it. – Malaky (Malachi) 3:10
In this verse above, The Most High is telling the Levitical Priests to bring all the tithes (10% of the produce from the plants, vegetables, livestock, etc) to the storehouse (where all of their food was kept) and that if they did so; He would send them rain in abundance on their land. The blessing that YAH said he would pour out from heaven, was rain, not material wealth as the churches teach. Rain is a natural resource and people who farm and live off the land, as the Israelites did, depend on the rain for their survival. So the blessing was rain. Here is another example of rain being a blessing below.
And I will make them and the places round about my hill a blessing; and I will cause the shower to come down in his season; there shall be showers of blessing. – Yachazaqal (Ezekial) 34:26
In the verse above, The Most High is speaking through the prophet Ezekiel, telling the Israelites that He will reverse the curse that they were under at that time and send them rain in abundance. Once again, we see here that the blessing was rain, a natural resource. Now, lets look at another example in scripture of how the word blessings refers to a water.
And Othniel the son of Kenaz, the brother of Caleb, took it: and he gave him Achsah his daughter to wife. And it came to pass, as she came unto him, that she moved him to ask of her father a field: and she lighted off her ass; and Caleb said unto her, What wouldest thou? Who answered, Give me a blessing; for thou hast given me a south land; give me also springs of water. And he gave her the upper springs, and the nether springs. – Yahushua (Joshua) 15:17-19
In the verses above, Achsah is asking her father Caleb to give her a blessing, in reference to springs of water. She already inherited a piece of land as a blessing from her father, but she also wanted a water supply as well. And as we can see, her father gave her what she wanted and blessed her with an abundant supply of water as apart of her inheritance. This further proves the point that a blessing is a tangible inheritance.
How Yahusha (Jesus) Defined Being Blessed
So far, we have seen 3 different examples in scripture of a natural supply of water being considering a blessing. And in all 3 examples, the blessing was an inheritance; which is the definition of the root word Barak (blessed). As I mentioned earlier, this usage of the word blessed being an expression of giving or receiving an inheritance is applied all throughout the scriptures (OT); but also in the testimonies and writings (NT). For instance, Yahusha (Jesus) gave an entire speech on this subject in the book of Matthew. In fact, let’s read some of his speech below:
Mathew 5:3 Blessed are the poor [humble] in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Mathew 5:4 Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
Mathew 5:5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
Mathew 5:6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
Mathew 5:7 Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
Mathew 5:8 Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
Mathew 5:9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
Mathew 5:10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
In each of these statements the Messiah made, He is referring to inheriting the future kingdom of Heaven that is to come to Earth at His return. He stated that the humble, the persecuted, the merciful, the pure-hearted, the peacemakers, and the righteous, are the ones that will inherit the Kingdom of YAH. In other words, those that follow the commandments of YAH, are blessed and will inherit the kingdom. The Messiah’s disciples also echoed what He preached. Let’s read over some of those accounts below:
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ. – Eph’Siyim (Ephesians) 1:3
In the verse above, Paul is telling the Israelites living in Ephesus (Acts 18:19) that they have been blessed with spiritual blessings of Kingdom of YAH, through his son Yahusha. He is referencing them now being able to inherit the future kingdom of YAH because of Yahusha’s resurrection. And where he states that “blessed be the God and father of Yahusha”, the reason he calls YAH blessed is because He will inherit us as his possession. Just as we will inherit Yah, He will inherit us. The blessing is the inheritance.
Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him. – Yahqub (James) 1:12
The verse above is pretty explanatory. It’s James telling the Israelites that those who endure temptation will inherit the kingdom. Once again, the blessing is an inheritance.
Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous: Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing. Kapha (Peter) 3:89
In the verse above, Peter is reminding the Israelite to obey the law and love each other as themselves (leviticus 19:18) so that they will be pure-hearted and able to inherit the kingdom. The blessing is the kingdom.
Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. – Chuzun (Revelations) 22:14
As we can see from all of the biblical references above, the word blessed in the bible means to give or receive an inheritance. While there are more elaborate definitions to the Hebrew word Barak, I just chose to stick with it’s standard meaning for the sake of understanding. For instance, the word Barak also means: to pay homage, to show favor; to respect; to give salutations; and to praise or honor. The reason I did not delve into each of these other definitions is because they are just more elaborate forms of it’s standard meaning. In other words, they all mean to give or receive something of value (inheritance, a tangible benefit, gift or present) because giving is how the Hebrews expressed their favor or honor towards someone.
So to be blessed, means that you have received an inheritance or something of value from someone as a sign of the respect or favor they have towards you. For example, if a father started a family business and he has 2 sons, according to the bible he is supposed to give that business to His first born son. However, if his first born son is not responsible, lazy, untrustworthy and does not keep YAH’s commandments but the younger son does; then the father is supposed to pass the business down to his younger son because He is the one that will take care of it. Then, the younger son will grow up blessed and the older son will not because the blessing is the inheritance. This example can be applied to many different circumstances.
However, when it comes to being blessed by YAH, that is a different scenario. As we have seen in scripture, YAH’s blessings are both natural and spiritual. To be blessed by YAH naturally, means that The Most High has shown you favor by giving you an abundant offspring of some form of natural resources that reproduces itself so that you can live a simple and productive life, the way that He intended you to. This means that you are taking whatever YAH has gifted you with (small or large) and multiplying it; being the example of living a fruitful life. To be blessed by YAH spiritually, means that The Most High has shown you favor by setting you apart from the world as being one of His people. This means that you have been filled with His Ruach HaQadash, can hear His voice and can used by Him to do great and mighty works when He needs you to; letting everyone around you know that YAH is real and you belong to Him. These examples of natural and spiritual lifestyles are how both the prophets and the apostles lived, and is what YAH considers to be a blessed life.
I hope this article has given you all a greater understanding about what being blessed really means according to scripture. Shalom!