Friday, March 11, 2011

Stepping Up: Week 4 - Day 3

Day 3 - Olive Shoots Around Your Table

Psalm 128
1 How happy are those who fear the LORD—all who follow his ways!
2 You will enjoy the fruit of your labor. How happy you will be! How rich your life!
3 Your wife will be like a fruitful vine, flourishing within your home.  And look at all those children! There they sit around your table as vigorous and healthy as young olive trees.
4 That is the LORD's reward for those who fear him.
5 May the LORD continually bless you from Zion. May you see Jerusalem prosper as long as you live.
6 May you live to enjoy your grandchildren. And may Israel have quietness and peace.

In verse 3 the blessing is the wife who is like a fruitful vine and children who are like healthy, young trees. In verse 6 the blessing is being able to enjoy your grandchildren.  This lesson built on this concept and we can see the idea of this increase of blessing throughout the Bible.

In the Old Testament, God's command was to increase in number.
Genesis 1:28 God blessed them and said to them, "Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground."

In the New Testament, Jesus commands an increase as well.
Mathew 28:19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,

In order to fulfill this command we need to use the gifts that we are given (see the parable in Luke 19:21-27).  Another way to think of it is to be fruitful.  Being fruitful is another command to increase.
John 15:16  You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit—fruit that will last.

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