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Daily manna from the Torah by Dr Ketriel Blad

Chayei Sarah 5-5

The Lives of Sarah

Genesis 24:53-67

And they blessed Rebekah, and said to her, Our sister, be the mother of thousands of millions, and let your seed possess the gate of those who hate them.

Gen. 24:60 ESV

Who understands the power of a blessing?

Rivkah’s relatives said their farewell with a powerful blessing - a blessing full of prophetic words about her offspring. By these words that were backed by heaven, Rivkah’s descendants multiplied in such way that nowadays the whole world depends on them. Firstly, it refers to the Jewish people. But it is also a reference to all those who from among the gentiles embrace Avraham’s faith.

Some two thousand years later, Avraham, Yitzchak, Yaakov and king David’s main descendant, he who was the recipient of all the promises given to the fathers, rose and proclaimed: “And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My assembly, and the gates of Hades will not prevail against her.” (Matt. 16:18 LITV)

This blessing does not refer to the Christian church but to the messianic congregation – the heavenly people of Israel. The expression “the gates of Hades” – in Hebrew shearei sheol,שערי שאול  – is a Hebraic form that speaks of the governmental power of the gentiles. The elders that judged the ancient cities gathered at the gates to judge and make decisions about the city ruling. When we say that Rivkah’s descendants, the people of Israel, shall possess the gates of their enemies, it refers exactly to what the Rabbi says about the gates of the sheol. This means to have political and spiritual control over those who have dominion of the gentiles. This is the mission of the people of Israel and specifically the mission of the messianic congregation.

The messianic congregation will not be dominated by gentile governments but it will finally take over the gentiles’ cities. May that day come soon and in our days, Amen!

The descendants of Shem, son of Noach, knew very well what a blessing meant. They knew that the power of a blessing guides the future of a person and their offspring. That is why Rivka’s relatives wanted to bless her with powerful words so they would influence the whole world forever. Who understands the power of a blessing?

Dear disciple of the Messiah: learn to use your mouth to bless, not only the Eternal – a hundred times a day – but also your wife, your children and those around you. Your words have the power to influence their future.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Yeshua HaMashiach who has blessed us with all spiritual blessing in the Messiah!

Kol tuv – all the best,


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