May God give you of heaven’s dew and of earth’s richness— an abundance of grain and new wine. May nations serve you and peoples bow down to you. Gen. 27:28–29
This reminds me of that great miracle in the temple in the earliest days of the church. It seems Peter and John were headed to a regular time of prayer in the temple when something amazing happened. What happened next was unplanned and unscripted. The apostles came across a crippled beggar at the gate of the temple asking for money. In a moment of time Peter was proclaiming words; actually much more than words over this man’s life. “Silver and gold have I none”, Peter proclaimed. “But that which I have give I to you. In the name of Jesus rise up an walk”. The rest is history, this man went jumping and walking in the temple court. Peter had brought words that were more than words. He brought the blessing and power of God. We also carry the blessing of God on our lips. As we proclaim God’s word it brings tremendous power and blessing on people’s lives. Here is how Luther saw the blessing that is more than words.
“Wishing you good things or nice, obedient children could hardly be considered giving you a blessing because of the uncertainty of the outcome. But the blessing Isaac gave Jacob was neither empty words nor good wishes from one person to another. Isaac’s blessing was definite and would certainly come to pass. It wasn’t just a wish. Isaac actually gave Jacob something, telling him in effect, “Take the gifts that I am promising with my word.” Saying, “I wish you a strong and healthy body and mind,” doesn’t mean much. But if I were to hand you a thousand dollars and say, “I would like you to have this money,” now that would be different. Similarly, Jesus told the paralyzed man, “Get up, take your mat and go home”. If he were merely wishing the best, he would have said, “Poor man, I wish you were healthy and strong.” But that wouldn’t have cured or strengthened the sick man. Those good wishes would have accomplished little.”
Everyday we are confronted with hurting people. Some people mask their feelings better than others; nevertheless, you can be sure people are in pain all around you. The good news is this, like Jesus and like Peter we have received more than silver and gold. Yep, there is power and healing issuing from the very words of our mouths today.