God blesses his creation
(Genesis 1:22) God blesses the seventh day, because he rested from the work he had done in creation.
It was at the moment of contemplation, a moment of triumph and joy that God blessed his creation, at the end of each day, when he finished His work, God saw everything that he had made, and indeed, it was very good, (Genesis 1:31).
By His act of approval and contentment, God blessed everything that He created, until finally at the end of creation He created man and woman in His own image, then He blessed them, desiring for them the best He could offer them in creation.
God curses man's disobedience
Man was created to know, love and serve God, to bless Him and thank Him daily for the abundance of His blessings. Man was immortal in body and soul by God's promise, He was pure and holy in the image of God, sin had not come into the world, until that day when Adam and Eve sinned by eating the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. At the suggestion of the tempter, they didn't trust God anymore and they listened to that serpent who was promising that they would become like God. He lied by saying that if they would eat of the fruit of the forbidden tree they would not die as God had said, and that their eyes would be opened and they would have wisdom as God. In other words, the devil made them despise the blessings that God had offered them and enticed them to commit the sin of pride and arrogance which is the beginning of all other sins.
Sin was attractive to man and in his weakness he fell, not only to lose the life of his body, but to risk the loss eternal life by being condemned in hell.
God was very angry and he cursed man and the serpent. To man He said: "You are dust and to dust you shall return" by this command, we, all the children of Adam have to experience old age, desease, sufferings and death.
Many of the blessings that God had bestowed upon creation were taken away. Man would have to work in order to survive, it became difficult for man to till the earth, thorns and thistles sprang up, many of the friendly animals God created turned wild and dangerous, the weather became also another scourge for man. The doors of Paradise were locked and man was thrown out into the world of today which is full of difficulties.
God in his mercy allowed man to come back to him through repentance in order to obtain His blessings, first of all by His forgiveness and then by experiencing His faithful love.
The consequences of the fall of man continue to be our daily scourge, and we must come to the Lord to experience His forgiveness and to partake in the blessings that He has in store for all those who repent and come back to Him.
With tears and pain we are born, with tears and pain we die, part of our daily bread is the bread of suffering which is the curse God placed on creation because of the sin of disobedience.
But in the Mercy of God he placed in man's heart that need to come to Him, so that even tough we are sinners we may repent and obtain His grace and blessings. He has sent his Son into the world to undo the curse of Paradise by becoming Himself a curse for us on the cross. (Galatians 3:13). And God loved the world so much that He sent His only begotten Son into the world, so that anyone who believes in Him will not perish but inherit eternal life. (John 3:16).
Having the reassurance of God in our hearts, we are saved in Him, who has died for our sins. Christ is the great blessing of the Heavenly Father upon humanity so that we can be born again in Him, and inherit everlasting life and joy in Paradise.
God blesses his people
Enoch was one of the first men blessed by God, it is said that he walked with God and that he was no more because God took him (Genesis 5:24). He lived three hundred and sixty five years. One of his sons was Methuselah who was blessed with the longest life a human being has ever lived, nine hundred and sixty-nine years. Methuselah was the father of Lamech. When Lamech had lived one hundred eighty-two years, he became the father of a son; he named him Noah, saying, "Out of the ground that the LORD has cursed this one shall bring us relief from our work and from the toil of our hands."
Blessing on Noah
Noah was a righteous man who walked with God (Genesis 6:8), at that time humanity was very corrupted and Lord regretted having created man.
5 The LORD saw that the wickedness of humankind was great in the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of their hearts was only evil continually.
6 And the LORD was sorry that he had made humankind on the earth, and it grieved him to his heart.
7 So the LORD said, "I will blot out from the earth the human beings I have created -- people together with animals and creeping things and birds of the air, for I am sorry that I have made them."
8 But Noah found favor in the sight of the LORD.
The Lord spoke to Noah about his plan and instructed him to build an ark in which he would stay with his family during the time of the great flood that would come upon the earth. In it he was instructed to put all kinds of animal male and female. Noah did as the Lord commanded and the waters came and destroyed all the living creatures of earth. Noah remained safe inside the ark during one hundred and fifty days of the flood.
After the flood, the Lord blessed Noah and his family (Genesis 9:1), He said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth.
Noah received the first covenant from the Lord after the flood.
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