Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | January 9, 2015

Choice Blessings that come through “the favor of Him”

Today’s devotion comes from Deuteronomy 33:13-17.

13 Of Joseph he said,

“Blessed of the Lord be his land,
With the choice things of heaven, with the dew,
And from the deep lying beneath,
14 And with the choice yield of the sun,
And with the choice produce of the months.
15 “And with the best things of the ancient mountains,
And with the choice things of the everlasting hills,
16 And with the choice things of the earth and its fullness,
And the favor of Him who dwelt in the bush.
Let it come to the head of Joseph,
And to the crown of the head of the one distinguished among his brothers.
17 “As the firstborn of his ox, majesty is his,
And his horns are the horns of the wild ox;
With them he will push the peoples,
All at once, to the ends of the earth.
And those are the ten thousands of Ephraim,
And those are the thousands of Manasseh.”  Deuteronomy 33:13-17.

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Today’s Scripture emphasize the quality and quantity of the blessings that come to those who have the favor of God.

These blessings include “the choice things of heaven” verse 13, “the choice yield of the sun” verse 14, “the choice produce” verse 14, “the best things of the ancient mountains” verse 15, “the choice things of the everlasting hills” verse 15, and “the choice things of the earth and its fullness” verse 16.

In today’s Scripture, the word “choice”, which is repeatedly used, signifies that the LORD Himself has chosen these blessings for His favored ones and that they are the best gifts. 

This should encourage us.  We do not have a stingy father who begrudgingly gives us only what we need.

Rather, we have a Generous Heavenly Father Who is able and willing to lavishly pour the best blessings into our lap until they overflow.

“For the Lord God is a sun and shield;  The Lord gives grace and glory;  No good thing does He withhold from those who walk uprightly.”  Psalm 84:11.

“If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him!”  Matthew 7:11.

In today’s Scripture, the use of the phrases “the choice things of heaven” verse 13 and “the choice things of the earth and its fullness” verse 6 signify that these choice blessings include spiritual and earthly blessings. 

“In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace which He lavished on us.  ..”  Ephesians 1:7-8.  “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ,”    Ephesians 1:3.

“He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things? ”  Romans 8:32.

“Surely God is good to Israel,
To those who are pure in heart!”  Psalm 73:1.

“I, the Lord, am your God,
Who brought you up from the land of Egypt;
Open your mouth wide and I will fill it.”  Psalm 81:10.

“But I would feed you with the finest of the wheat,
And with honey from the rock I would satisfy you.”  Psalm 81:16.

“The Lord of hosts will prepare a lavish banquet for all peoples on this mountain;
A banquet of aged wine, choice pieces with marrow,
And refined, aged wine.”  Isaiah 25:6.

“Praise the Lord!
Oh give thanks to the Lord, for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.”  Psalm 106:1.

“I shall make mention of the lovingkindnesses of the Lord, the praises of the Lord,
According to all that the Lord has granted us,
And the great goodness toward the house of Israel,
Which He has granted them according to His compassion
And according to the abundance of His lovingkindnesses.”  Isaiah 63:7.


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