Every time I walk my neighbourhood and drive into my town, I have developed a practice of blessing the area and the people. It may just be a whisper out of my mouth or specific prayers over specific people.
Carrying on from yesterday’s devotional we see that on his way home from the battle he had just fought to reclaim all his family, Abram encountered a priest named Melchizedek. This priest was known on reflection to represent Jesus Himself as our great High Priest.
The role of a priest was always to bless.
I love this role of a priest and I love that the Word of God now calls us ‘a holy
1 Peter 2:9 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His
own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of
darkness into His marvelous light;
Melchizedek blessed him as they took communion together..
Melchizedek king of Salem [later called Jerusalem] brought out bread
and wine [for their nourishment]; he was the priest of God Most High,
19 And he blessed him and said, Blessed (favored with blessings, made blissful, joyful)
be Abram by God Most High, Possessor and Maker of heaven and earth,
20 And blessed, praised, and glorified be God Most High, Who has given your
enemies into your hand! And [Abram] gave him a tenth of all [he had taken].
I love that straight after he rescued his family, Abram has this encounter that points
us directly to blessing and to Jesus.